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re: Sci-Fi/Fantasy Recommendation & Discussion Thread
I would call the three stand alone novels a must read if you enjoy the First Law Trilogy. I enjoyed all of them and Heroes in particular.


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It's not so much of lack of info on the gurkish, just not really getting an idea of the "other side" of what ended up being the main conflict I guess so it just didnt feel complete to me.

Hopefully the 2nd trilogy will expand on that, I just didnt realize going in that the world / story was that much bigger than these three books


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But, to shift gears, I finally got around to Dune and was wondering if i need to read all of the Frank Hebert books in the series - through Chapterhouse:Dune


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But, to shift gears, I finally got around to Dune and was wondering if i need to read all of the Frank Hebert books in the series - through Chapterhouse:Dune



It really depends I guess, the first book is one of the best sci fi books of all time of course, but the rest are all over the place and kinda depends on the tastes of the reader. I thought the second and third books were solid but not amazing.

I didn't like the 4th book at all and found it a chore to read through (it is a very philosophical book about what happens if you are immortal, but unlike say in Malazan it's not just part of the story, it's almost the entire plot of the book). I know people who like the 4th book the most of any of them though, it could just depend on if you want an entire book of rambling philosophy.

I thought the 5th and 6th books were great, and they are my favorites after the 1st book, unfortunately he died before he could finish the storyline he set up with book 4 and started in 5 and 6.

So I'd say they are worth reading when you have time and are in the mood, but not something you should rush out to read.


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unfortunately he died before he could finish the storyline he set up with book 4 and started in 5 and 6.


Well that is disappointing. I may finish up the last two hyperion books after Dune, or knock out another book in my Wheel of Time re-read while deciding what series to hit next.


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I would call the three stand alone novels a must read if you enjoy the First Law Trilogy. I enjoyed all of them and Heroes in particular.


I thought all three standalones were great. Red Country was my favorite because I am sentimental

New series (The Age of Madness #1) book #1 A Little Hatred available Sept 17th

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The new series takes place some 25-30 years after the end of Last Argument of Kings, thus 12-17 years after Red Country. It’s set mainly in The Union and The North, with the Circle of the World is now moving rapidly into the turmoil of early industrialization. We've already seen that cannons, the printing press, the coal fire piston, and the mobile forge have all been invented.


Interesting, definitely going to see a lot of that sort of setting moving forward in fantasy I think. I really think that at some point sort of blended sci fi / fantasy settings, like Dune, will become very prominent.

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According to his latest blog post, he has now drafted all three books, redrafted the first book, and is working with the editors towards publication. He makes no promises, but is targetting publication on 19 September 2019.
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I thought all three standalones were great. Red Country was my favorite because I am sentimental


Red country is by far my favorite too, but I love westerns. And an Abercrombie twisted version of Shane hits all the right notes for me. Though I'm weird in that I like Best served cold better than the heroes, I love some Count of Monte Cristo style revenge stuff too.


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Interesting, definitely going to see a lot of that sort of setting moving forward in fantasy I think. I really think that at some point sort of blended sci fi / fantasy settings, like Dune, will become very prominent.



There are a bunch of folks doing good work with these settings right now really.

Brian McClellan (Powder Mage series), John Hornor Jacobs (Incorruptibles series), Django Wexler (Shadow Campaigns series), Anthony Ryan (Draconis Memoria series), and Chris Wooding (Tales of the Ketty Jay series) all have excellent musket/gunpowder era or slightly farther series out that are great.

Will Wight has his Cradle series which is a blend of fantasy and sci fi exactly like you are talking about and is great. Mark Lawrence is very good, and his Broken Empire and Red Queen's war trilogies are a bit of a blend of sci fi and fantasy too, though they are more The Dark Tower or Thundarr the Barbarian mixed with the gritty fantasy world of Joe Abercrombie.

You are right in that it is becoming more and more popular.


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Interesting, I'm going to be looking for a new series to start this weekend probably. I like to buy books I'm limited by what is in the bookstore or I try and find complete sets on Amazon for cheap - got First Law in the full size paperback for like $20 total, Broken Earth and Faith & Fallen were same deal for not much more.

Powder Mage, has been on my radar, Sanderson mentions how interesting its concept is in his writing lectures, but they are still like $15 each on Amazon so I'm waiting for them to put out a full set.

May look into that Mark Lawrence, have seen those mentioned on this board over the past year or so as well.


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Powder Mage, has been on my radar


McClellan is awesome. I actually put off reading him and Django Wexler for a long time because musket era type books mixed with fantasy just didn't seem like a blend that would interest me all that much, but I was dead wrong and loved both.


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I actually put off reading him and Django Wexler for a long time because musket era type books mixed with fantasy just didn't seem like a blend that would interest me all that much, but I was dead wrong and loved both.


+1. They were excellent reads.


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Fun Fact, McLellan was a student in Brandon Sanderson's writing course that has videos online.


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