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Old February 14 2013, 05:43 AM   #31
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Re: I need a new fantasy series to read

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I've been looking into this series tonight and it looks incredible. Something fun and uplifting with some darker themes hidden throughout to give the series some depth. Yeah, I'll definitely be checking this out.
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Old February 14 2013, 09:02 AM   #32
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I much prefer contemporary fantasy. Bob put me on to Mike Carey's Felix Castor books which, although not as well-crafted as Ben Aaronovitch nor as much fun as Jim Butcher's Dresden, are a good read and get better as they go along.
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Old February 14 2013, 04:44 PM   #33
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I do love A Song of Ice & Fire for the complex three dimensional characters and political intrigue, but the gritty realism thing, uh, not really a fan. It works well in this series, but it's an exception to what I normally enjoy. Reading about seriously flawed heroes who live in a Crapsack World just isn't my idea of fun. It's exhausting. I appreciate the suggestions, but the ones I've looked into come across as too dreary for me. You can be serious without losing your sense of fun, whimsy, and adventure. Ideally what I want is something with the characters and tone of Discworld with the storytelling of A Song of Ice & Fire. Basically Buffy or Xena or even Babylon 5 in novel form.

I'm leaning towards checking out Tigana based upon this review of it. It also has a high rating on Amazon, so it seems like a safe bet.
Have you read the three Babylon 5 Trilogies? They're excellent

Technomage Trilogy
Centauri Trilogy
PsiCorps Triloy

The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny was suggested, and it's not dreary/gritty at all, just fun Fantasy and Royl Family Political machinations
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Old February 17 2013, 07:20 AM   #34
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Do you like contemporary fantasy Kelthaz? If so The Dresden Files, Rachel Morgan, and Kate Daniels series all have a lot of humor in them.
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Old February 17 2013, 10:10 PM   #35
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Do you like contemporary fantasy Kelthaz? If so The Dresden Files, Rachel Morgan, and Kate Daniels series all have a lot of humor in them.
Generally no, but I'm not opposed to trying something different. Storm Front does look interesting. I'm not sure if I would like it, but books are cheap.
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Old February 17 2013, 10:22 PM   #36
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Can I plug The Six-Gun Tarot by R.S. Belcher again? I just signed up the sequel, so I guess it officially counts as a series now.
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Old February 17 2013, 11:53 PM   #37
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Bob put me on to Mike Carey's Felix Castor books which, although not as well-crafted as Ben Aaronovitch nor as much fun as Jim Butcher's Dresden, are a good read and get better as they go along.
Is that the same Ben Aaronovitch who wrote a couple Doctor Who stories in the late-1980s? What did he write? (I might give him a look, since "Remembrance of the Daleks" & "Battlefield" were the only two Sylvester McCoy stories that were really worth a damn.)
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