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Old November 8 2012, 01:19 AM   #16
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I'm rereading the Dune series, that might be up your alley if you like GoT... political intrigue, factions battling for power, detailed universe.
Great series. The fourth book is my favorite.

Everything beyond the original 6 books does not "exist" for me, though.
Seconding everything that is said here. Dune's impressive world-building and elaborate politicking in particular should appeal to fans of ASOIAF, but also God Emperor of Dune is just amazing.

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But listing Butcher suggests your into urban fantasy,
As far as urban fantasy goes I read American Gods this year in preparation for its in-production HBO series. It's basically an urban fantasy Small Gods, and not bad either.
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Old November 8 2012, 02:57 AM   #17
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The Misenchanted Sword by Lawrence Watt-Evans is a fun read, pretty much anything by Terry Pratchett is good.
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Old November 8 2012, 06:23 AM   #18
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If you enjoy The Dresden Files you should check out Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan/The Hollows series. It's pretty similar in style and tone. The Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire/True Blood books are a guilty pleasure of mine.
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Old November 8 2012, 06:30 AM   #19
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Pretty much anything by Tim Powers... start with The Drawing of the Dark.
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Old November 8 2012, 09:10 AM   #20
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The list is getting longer and longer. Thanks everyone. My train journeys will fly by.
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Old November 8 2012, 09:25 AM   #21
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Anything by Lord Dunsany.
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Old November 8 2012, 04:25 PM   #22
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Pretty much anything by Tim Powers... start with The Drawing of the Dark.

Another good call. You also can't go wrong with The Anubis Gates or On Stranger Tides.

And just out now: Black Opera by Mary Gentle is an intriguing historical fantasy about the magical powers of, yes, opera music.
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Old November 9 2012, 07:42 PM   #23
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Probably this is too far off from heroic and urban fantasy, as well as uncomfortably old. But I would suggest anyone digging out Fletcher Pratt and L. Sprague deCamp. The Harold Shea stories in particular, of course, but Land of Unreason etc. too. Even Pratt's solo work, The Blue Star.
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Old November 9 2012, 09:43 PM   #24
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Also, I wanted to add to the list:

Let the Right One In and Handling the Undead by John Ajvide Lindqvist..

Both are uncommon takes on Vampire and Zombie methos, respectively... Quite different than the more typical novels of the past several years, especially Handling the Undead, which poses the question of what do you do when the dead rise and just kind of stand around.. Society's attempts to deal with very low functional loved ones who suddenly are back from the dead.

I know the vampire and zombie genres are overly saturated right now, but these defintely are worth the read...
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Old November 9 2012, 09:53 PM   #25
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Probably this is too far off from heroic and urban fantasy, as well as uncomfortably old. But I would suggest anyone digging out Fletcher Pratt and L. Sprague deCamp. The Harold Shea stories in particular, of course, but Land of Unreason etc. too. Even Pratt's solo work, The Blue Star.
I haven't read those in aeons, but I remember loving the Harold Shea stories as a teen.

I was also recently re-reading some of the original Robert E. Howard CONAN stories: "Queen of the Black Coast," "Tower of the Elephant," "People of the Black Circle," etc. Good pulpy fun.
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Old November 10 2012, 03:49 AM   #26
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Yep, the Robert E Howard stuff is good. And can't recommend Pratchett highly enough. Good for a laugh and some hidden depths, particularly good for train journeys, though the odd snort-laugh can be embarrassing. Connie Willis does good stuff too. And Howard Waldrop I can't recommend enough, though he's often hard to find.

In space opera SF stuff, the Culture novels by Iain M Banks, good but intense.

For historical fiction, I'm really enjoying the Shardlake series by CJ Sansom. And if you like the Bombardier Beer ads, that character was based on Sir Harry Flashman, in The Flashman Papers by George MacDonald Fraser, one of may favourite series.

Happy reading!
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Old November 10 2012, 06:21 AM   #27
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I've got some recommendations:

Ben Reeder's "The Demon's Apprentice" and "Page of Swords" (books 1 and 2 in planned 7 book series) are both excellent. The first book is available in print or on Kindle, and the second is available on Kindle, with the print version coming

http://www.amazon.com/The-Demons-App.../dp/B005END37U (Kindle version)

http://www.amazon.com/Page-Swords-De...d_sim_kstore_1 (Kindle version)

If you liked Butcher, you'll like Ben's series.

I don't know how you feel about "zombie apocalypse" stories, but DA Roberts has a fine one out (first in it's series) Called "Ragnarok Rising", also available in Kindle or paperback

http://www.amazon.com/Ragnarok-Risin...agnarok+Rising (Kindle version).

I know both authors personally, and they're excellent writers. I had the privilege to be a beta reader for both of Ben's books. I haven't read all of Doug's book because I haven't been able to access a copy yet.
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Old November 11 2012, 07:43 AM   #28
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Lawrence Watt-Evans - The Lords of Dûs series
Jack Vance - Lyonesse trilogy
Gene Wolfe - Urth of the New Sun series
Piers Anthony - Incarnations of Immortality series
Alan Dean Foster - Spellsinger series
Ursula K LeGuin - Earthsea trilogy
Tony Shillitoe - Andrakis trilogy
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Old November 11 2012, 11:15 AM   #29
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I've read the Shardlake series and enjoyed them.
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Old December 4 2012, 07:46 PM   #30
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China Mieville - especially Kraken, which is fantastic.
I've started reading this and it's very good. Are there any others of his that stand out for you?
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