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Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
I've been wanting to try my hand at a sci-fi/fantasy series for some time, but I've never taken the step (mostly stuck to run of the mill crime fiction).

I recently read the Red Rising trilogy after seeing it recommended on here, and that might be the first true sci-fi/fantasy series I've ever read. I enjoyed the hell out of it.

I went to Books a Million last night and was overwhelmed, and on the spot googling for "The Best Fantasy Series" for newbs didn't really help.

I kept coming back to The Wheel of Time series (mainly because they had the whole thing) but man that looks daunting for someone new to the genre.

Any suggestions on where I should begin?
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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
I wouldn't try something as big as Wheel of Time at this point. Try something in the more classical vein like The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazney or The Martian Chronicles by Bradbury. Also, The Mote in Gods Eye & The Gripping Hand by Niven & Pournelle.

After that you can progress into Asimov (Foundation series) and Tolkien (LOTR)

Enjoy.


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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
I was looking at what my local library had to offer through E-books (which isn't much in this vein). What about The Farseer Trilogy? It wouldn't cost anything (which is a plus because I'm just jumping in), but I want to make sure it's not going to completely throw me off the genre.


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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
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Sci-Fi/Fantasy


To give you a good rec, I'm gonna need you to tell me which of the two genres your actually looking for.

Not trying to be a dick, I just really hate that book stores have blended what I consider two vastly different genres in to one.

If you're looking for more swords than lasers, I would recommend either The First Law Trilogy or The Gentlemen Bastard series as good introductions to Fantasy.


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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
Fair enough. I just went with the book store heading. I really liked Red Rising, so maybe your refs are the way to go.

I do feel like a dumbass now in that I claimed to be a newb ( I still think I am), but I did read ASOIAF after the show came out. I really liked that too.


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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
The First Law Trilogy was pretty good

Another is The Lies of Locke Lamora (book 1 of the Gentleman Bastards series). Haven't read the others yet.
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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
The Mistborn Trilogy is another good one for "newbs", imo, I'm the fantasy side.

Ready Player One if you're a child of the 80's.


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Ready Player One if you're a child of the 80's.



That was a good one too. I actually liked his other book, Armada, a bit better.


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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
Dune. The original series, not that bull shite the author's son put out.


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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
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What about The Farseer Trilogy?


I started reading it not long ago. Only like 25% into the first book. So far so good, but I am probably not the best resource. It has great reviews. I mainly picked it up because I wanted a fantasy series, but wasn't ready to commit to something like 10 books like most of the all time great fantasy series are.


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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
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I've been wanting to try my hand at a sci-fi/fantasy series for some time, but I've never taken the step (mostly stuck to run of the mill crime fiction).

I recently read the Red Rising trilogy after seeing it recommended on here, and that might be the first true sci-fi/fantasy series I've ever read. I enjoyed the hell out of it.

I went to Books a Million last night and was overwhelmed, and on the spot googling for "The Best Fantasy Series" for newbs didn't really help.

I kept coming back to The Wheel of Time series (mainly because they had the whole thing) but man that looks daunting for someone new to the genre.

Any suggestions on where I should begin?


Whatever you pick - be sure the series is actually finished or will be soon.

I'd say frick it and jump into WOT - mainly because i love that series and I'm a fan of the big world-building series. Plus it is actually a really easy read.
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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
Barsoom series by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Hobbit and Lord of the Rings


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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
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but wasn't ready to commit to something like 10 books like most of the all time great fantasy series are.



Is this a bad time to tell you that the Farseer series is 9 books long?


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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
The Wrinkle in Time Quintet: Books 1-5 by Madeleine L'Engle consists of A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time.

Called Young Adult reading, but is a very entertaining series for adult readers, too. And a great blend between SF and Fantasy genres.


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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
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Fair enough. I just went with the book store heading. I really liked Red Rising, so maybe your refs are the way to go.

I do feel like a dumbass now in that I claimed to be a newb ( I still think I am), but I did read ASOIAF after the show came out. I really liked that too.


Ender's Game, though the first book and the following books are completely different.


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GeauxPack81
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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
Eh, its like 12 books in the same world, but the Farseer Trilogy is only 3 books.


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but the Farseer Trilogy is only 3 books


Fitz, Nighteyes, Fool, and crew have 9 books. All vital to their overall character arcs. I'm not including Live Ship or Dragon Keepers.

I understand what you mean about "The Farseer Trilogy" bring the first 3 only, but the whole story is more. The 1st series is best, but the last book was easily my favorite.


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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
Right, and thats all I really wanted. No commitment to a long series, but if I like it enough then I can go to the next trilogy.


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re: Recommend a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for a complete newb.
"The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazney"

The first thing that came to mind. Foundation series by Asimov was the second.


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I think Hobbit & LOTR is a must if you like fantasy.

After ASOIAF I've read Kingkiller Chronicles and The Stormlight Archive. I have really enjoyed both.

I recycle and reread a series after a while. They are in depth and I miss some things in the beginning that mean a lot more once you read a second time.


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