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Sneaky__Sally
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The Greatcoats series by Sebastian de Castell is basically a plot centered around overthrowing corrupt nobles much like shadow campaigns. It's a fantastic series.

Lord of Light by Zelazny if you haven't already read it fits the bill too, with a legendary leader overthrowing the Kings of a world that basically made themselves gods. It's one of those sci fi that blends into fantasy hybridswe were talking about, and one of my all time favorite sci fi books.



Awesome, I haven't heard of Lord of Light yet - definitely going to get that one soon.

Greatcoats series a lot of people have mentioned thus far.


Had to get out of the house last night and bought Good Omens by Gaiman - anyone read that yet? The cover said Prime was going to be putting out a TV show based on it.


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Good Omens by Gaiman


It's a very good book if you like British humor. It's really more of a Terry Pratchett book with some Gaiman mixed in though. If you wind up liking it I'd highly suggest trying out Pratchett (the guards books, granny weatherwax books, or small gods are good places to start).

Gaiman is great as well (neverwhere and stardust are probably my favorite novels by him).

I still need to watch all of the good omens tv series. I watched the first episode then got sidetracked and haven't gone back to it. David Tennant and Michael sheen were perfectly cast.


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That is great to hear, I love british humor


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Finished Endymion, don't really know why I waited so long to read it as I finished the first two in the series - I think I may have enjoyed it more than the two Hyperion ones - although although all three have been very good. It may have been sticking with the main characters more consistently throughout but I really enjoyed all of them.

Gonna try and get through Rise of Endymion by middle of next week.


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I think I may have enjoyed it more than the two Hyperion ones


I always seem to see people saying the latter two books fall off compared to the first two, but I'm personally of the same opinion as you, I find all 4 pretty close.


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Ya, started the 4th one this morning. I also have Lord of Light getting delivered soon - very excited about that book after your comments.

Have you read any of his other stuff? Anything else I should put on my radar?


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Have you read any of his other stuff? Anything else I should put on my radar?


If you haven't read any Zelazny you should definitely read the Amber Chronicles, they are great. I grabbed a big omnibus version back in the day (10 books), I'm sure it's still around. A night in lonesome October is also good as well.

Strangely I haven't read anything else by him, considering I've really liked everything I've read by him.


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Awesome, I'll check him out - already have a good list of about 30 or so books i'm planning to read this year.


Trying to work in some good non-fiction in addition to the large mix of sci fi and fantasy


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Anyone read Robert Jordan's Warrior of the Altaii?

Finished it the other day and it was very good, I wasn't expecting too much as it was one of his early novels and a one off. But it was very well fleshed out for a one off and didn't have the Eye of the World vibe I was expecting.


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Does anybody know of any well written fantasy or science fi that is about the leader of a populist style revolution, or any revolution, and follows th as that main character to sort of almost mythical status.


The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert Heinlein. Mycroft Holmes - more or less is the leader. Great book.


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Grimnoir Chronicles.


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Sneaky__Sally
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Oh awesome. I loved heinlin's stranger in a strange land. Which is somewhat of a similar idea now that I think about it.
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I'm looking at getting into the series by as all seem to have a good amount of audio books through overdrive.

Jim Butcher

Michael Sullivan

Robin Hobb

Which ones of those should I start with and what book / series should I start with since all seem to have a lot of material out there.

Also, is there anything in those that you think is just phenomenal fantasy that is up there or close to the best stuff out there?

I prefer reading and buying books, so if there is something in there that is really top level stuff, i'd probably rather read that than listen to it.

Thanks for any help


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The Dresden files are so easy to get through. Pick them up, put them down, and pick up the next time without losing anything. And the narration is very good. Perfect person for Dresden. But also an easy read.

Sullivan's books aren't groundbreaking fantasy, but the characters may be my favorite fantasy duo. Their dialogue is unmatched in my reading. And they are thoroughly developed by series end. His new series is a prequel to Riyira, and while not quite as fun overall, they would be great to read before starting Riyira. You would definitely understand more, earlier, of Riyira.

Hobb is frustrating at times. She writes with a slower pace, with a little too much introspection at times. The story itself, and the characters, are all great. But there are a couple of books in the set of 9 that are very difficult to get through. And you know how reddit has r/menwritingwomen? Hobb could occasionally fit into a r/womenwritingmen thread. Some of the shite her characters do, or how they respond, is kind of an eyeroll at time.

I would say read Sullivan in chronological order first. Not when the books were released, but by their actual story timeline. Then Dresden. Then Hobb.

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Thank you, think I'll probably listen to Dresden and try and read Riyria .


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auyushu
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Dresden files is one of my favorites, it's great urban fantasy. Sullivan is more along the lines of Lies of Locke Lamora.

I'd suggest reading Dresden Files in between larger fantasy books, they make great changes of pace between bigger novels because they are fun and quick reads. Just be forwarned that the first Dresden book is pretty mediocre, and they really don't take off till book 4. But from then on they are great.

You can't go wrong with Riyria or Dresden files. I like Robin Hobb, particularly the first Fitz series, but she isn't as good as the other two.


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Thanks and I started Good Omens this morning - I read the two page intro last night and immediately knew I was going to love this book. Got through about 50 pages this morning before work and the voice the author uses is just outstanding.


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Good Omens was absolutely fantastic - the characters were clearly the driving factor and were great, definitely was one of the more enjoyable reads hearing them interact.

They kind of reminded me of the Tehol / Bug dynamic in Malazan.

auyushu - what are the best places to start with Pratchett's other work. I know you said the comedy in Good Omens was indicative of Pratchett's style
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auyushu
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I would suggest starting with his city watch books, which begin with the story Guards! Guards! followed by Men at Arms. That is his best storyline I think, with the book Night Watch down the road being my favorite Pratchett novel.

If you'd rather read a single one off book by him rather than one of the main sequences then Small gods is a very good introduction.

His death books, which start with the book Mort are great too. They feature a similar death character to the one that shows up in good omens.

But honestly all of his storylines in Discworld are good, though the books in the Rincewind sequence get a little weak after the first couple.
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Sneaky__Sally
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Awesome, thank you. I've gotten a lot recommendations lined up that I want to get to.

Its funny because I absolutely loved wheel of time growing up, Harry Potter, redwall and malazan. I read malazan and dark tower, but outside of those really didnt like anything I tried.

Mainly was picking up stuff like dragonlance, a couple of the L.E Modessit books. But I was sort of down on the whole genre since I had trouble finding anything else really captivating but now I've gotten through tons of great stuff I didnt know existed before.


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