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Looking for reading/listening suggestions while I wait

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I couldn’t find anywhere in the forums that seemed like an appropriate place for this, but I figured I’d get better responses here than anywhere else I talk to people.

I’ve already got all of Brandon’s works on audible and I’ve listened to everything at least twice, most more than that.  I’ve currently got two audible credits and I’m struggling to find anything I'm interested in.  I want something new to hold me over until SA 4 and Lost Metal.

I’ve also got everything by Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne, as well as most of the Percy Jackson and related stuff (eventually lost interest).  I tried Rothfuss and Martin, but I decided Rothfuss was too depressing and Martin deserves to suffer the death of one of the halfway decent characters he killed.  (I’m not an angry person, but I honestly would be happy if he died, preferably before he can finish that abomination of a series.)

I’ve tried lots of other things as well, but those are the big names.

Anything else I should try?

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Try the Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale. 10 books, pretty good. Neal Shusterman writes some nice stuff, including UnwindEverlostScythe, plus their continuing serieses. The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz is good for what it is, along with Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series. 

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- WoT if you haven't. If you have, reread it. 

- Septumis Heap by Angie Sage. Greatest YA fantasy to come out of England. 

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10 hours ago, Dr. Dapper said:

- WoT if you haven't. If you have, reread it. 

- Septumis Heap by Angie Sage. Greatest YA fantasy to come out of England. 

I’ve read WoT, but it was exhausting.  I enjoyed it, but I can’t do it again.

Haven’t heard of Septumis Heap.  I’ll take a look.

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10 hours ago, Invocation said:

Try the Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale. 10 books, pretty good. Neal Shusterman writes some nice stuff, including UnwindEverlostScythe, plus their continuing serieses. The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz is good for what it is, along with Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series. 

I tried Pendragon and Scythe.  They were okay. Artemis Fowl was fun, but I lost interest in the one where he had that magic sickness.

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12 hours ago, Invocation said:

 

Try the Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale. 10 books, pretty good.

 

Oh man. Those books were one of my favorites growing up. Ah, good memories.

Here's a few of my recommendations:

1. Brent Weeks - I only started reading his books in the last year, and I can't believe it took me this long to find him. At this point, he's my second favorite author (after Brandon of course). There's some similarities in how they world build and create magic systems, so Weeks' stories feel like the type of grown to love as I've read the cosmere. But his stories also feel different than Brandon's in a lot of ways. Anyways, I definitely recommend his works, especially his Lightbringer series, which is absolutely amazing.

2. The Gentleman Bastard Series by Scott Lynch. The epitome of heist stories in fantasy. Imagine the middle section in Mistborn when the crews making all their different plans and trying to pull them off, except this is the entire series. Definitely worth a shot.

3. N.K Jemisin's The Broken Earth trilogy. I'm mainly putting it on here because I'm finishing this series right now. Its the sort of thing you want to read when you're looking for some amazing prose and stylistic writing. She does some interesting things with narration. But the story is also really good. The books are all pretty short reads too, if you're looking for something quick (but not easy, no no no).

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I would definitely recommend the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks.  The first book is The Black Prism.

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Highly recommend the two books out at the moment in the “Licanius Trilogy” by James Islington, the last comes out this year.

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I recently listened through Red Sister and Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence. There are some fun ideas in these, and the world-building is initially gripping. Towards the back end of Red; and definitely throughout Grey; there's a considerable amount of action/combat (far more even than WoR). It's a bit like reading the Szeth interludes back-to-back. I'd give Red a 75, and Grey a 70. Holy Sister is the third installment; but I'm not inclined to continue...

Prior to these, I went through the New Crobuzon trilogy by China Mieville (Perdido Street Station, The Scar, and Iron Council). "The Scar" is worth a listen (as in audiobook) purely for the narration ("Iron Council" has the same narrator, but Scar has a wider cast of characters). Of these, Perdido was the most magical experience as a first listen; while The Scar is a bit more suitable for multiple listens. These stories are concept-heavy and action-light; the world is weird and the magic is inexplicable. I'd give Perdido a 90, The Scar a 92, and Iron Council a 70.

I also listened through Sufficiently Advanced Magic and its sequel On the Shoulders of Titans by Andrew Rowe. These were fun; but have the feel of someone converting a well-written video game RPG into text form, with character classes, levels, skill trees, and even actual numerical "mana." That was a little bit cringe-inducing for me; and the protagonist's stated motivations sometimes seem a little forced; but I really loved the secondary characters, particularly the antagonists. I'd probably give S.A.M. a 75 and Titans a 75.

For comparison, I'd give Words of Radiance a 98, Elantris a 65, and the median Sanderson score – Warbreaker – an 83. Where I'm probably the biggest outlier is Emperor's Soul, which I'd put up at a 90.

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I'm going to be old fashioned and put in a plug for Lord of the Rings. Tolkien is practically the father of the fantasy genre, so he's an important read for any fantasy lover. The first book starts slow but it's well worth getting through it, because it gets very cool.

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Might want to switch it up a bit and use something like Science Fiction.  It always amazes me how many well read people have not read I Robot for example.

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On 5/24/2019 at 8:25 AM, Chromium Compounder said:

 

I’ve read WoT, but it was exhausting.  I enjoyed it, but I can’t do it again.

Haven’t heard of Septumis Heap.  I’ll take a look.

Most wheel of time rereads I've done I skipped book one because it's so storming slow... 

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Whilst not in the same vein, I always recommend the Earthsea series by Ursula Le Guin. They are such short stories yet the world building, the lore, the magic, the characters are top notch and a high ranker amongst the fantasy world.

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