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[Chat] Dragon 1, Heroes 0 : My favourite Fantasy

2020-12-25 23:00:00
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Hi Mi Fans

After the rather successful Sci-Fi thread, I thought, why not open the format up, go a bit less low-tech, and do fantasy this week?
Because as we all know, that’s the second pillar of geekery (not sure how many pillars there are, mind, and we could discuss all day as to their respective heights and how important they are to supporting the ‘roof’)

Anyway, like last week, I’ll show you my recommendations, and ask for yours, because let’s face it, there is no such thing as too much time spent reading (slight distinction here, in my mind fantasy IS about books, as the shows and films I’ve seen have all been really disappointing. Maybe something about the format that shows you, instead of letting you imagine things and make them yours? Though I'm perfectly happy to be shown the error of my ways)

Anyway, let’s start with my all time favourite, The lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch. Technically the first of a trilogy, but sadly the two other books, despite being very good in isolation, do not compare that well, so it feels like a let down. Anyway, it’s low fantasy (so no dragons at every street corner, and magic is immensely rare), set in a Renaissance Venice-lookalike. A bunch of thieves and con-artists, weaving their tales through the largest scam there ever was. Or are they?
It’s one of these books where telling you more would ruin it, just expect the unexpected, plenty of rollicking twists, flashbacks, and seriously twisted characters. Seriously, if you don’t hear the sarcastic tones of Locke for at least a year after you finish the book, I’ll eat my hat. (ok, first I'd buy a chocolate hat, just in case)

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The second recommendation, and that one is a proper series that actually builds up a world, starts with the First Law trilogy (first book, the Blade Itself) by Joe Abercrombie.
Same as Lies, it’s a low key fantasy setting, where magic used to be a world-shaping force, but that dwindled so much that most people have no faith it still exists. It’s one of these multi-characters one, where all weave their own stories, and mesh in rather unexpected (and hilarious) ways. They’re all memorable, but Glokta, chief Inquisitor, will take a special place in your heart, a former golden boy turned immensely bitter after being systematically crippled by enemies… Probably the darkest humour in the field, if you’re like me you’ll love it.


Gollancz


In a slightly more traditional style, though still quite different from your old D&D lookalikes, is the Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy (starting with Assassin's Apprentice). Follow the story of an illegitimate scion of the royal branch, who is forced to grow up as an assassin to push his family's less straightforward politics.
It starts quite typically, then veers into a really interesting world, and is one of the most beautifully written series I've read. Just go along with the adventure, safe in the knowledge that there are many more trilogies following it, so you won't invest into getting to know the world then feel lost when it stops.


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And finally, less medieval and closer to us chronologically, is the Temeraire series from Naomi Novik. Do I need to sell it past saying, it's the Napoleonic Wars, but with dragon riders adding air support? Seriously, I love when fantasy goes into alternative history, and provides big 'what ifs', and these books not only gives plenty of that, but as well, has beautifully written character arcs, and you'll be chaining them up.

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Right, that's it for today, I hope you get to discover some interesting reads. Next week, if there is demand, I'll give you my final thread, that deals with Urban Fantasy (and other weirdly unplaceable stuff :P ).

Now, it's the time to do your bit, Fans, and help me find out about new fantastic worlds. What would your recommendations to us be? And will you be able to shift my stance on TV and Films? :D

2020-12-25 23:00:00
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m.faiz.z | from Redmi Note 4

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maybe "How to train your dragon" is good recommendation for fantasy movie
2020-12-26 07:36:38

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😮😮👍
2020-12-26 10:42:49

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Evermore | from app

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I love how you left out obvious ones! I also hate that you left out some obvious ones 😂 From these I have only heard about First Law!
My recommendations:
1. Wheel of time. Get ready to dedicate a lot of time to this collection. it's sometimes a heavy read but overall one of the greatest fantasy book collections so far! I won't spoil any part of the story at all :p
2. White wolf by David Gemmel. Follow the story of skillgannon "the damned", an elite warrior now retiring from the military life on a world at a brink. Amazing story, which also has a follow up book which I found a bit underwhelming in comparison to the first one.
(World of) Warcraft lore. You probably now the games, but the whole lore behind it it's truly amazing! There's however the challenge of finding the very first volumes and I would recommend scavenging in used book shops.
I have way more suggestions but my hands and mouth are full of cheese and cured ham so I'll update later on 😂
2020-12-26 23:36:13

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Torlyn Author | from app

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Evermore
I love how you left out obvious ones! I also hate that you left out some obvious ones 😂 From these I have only heard about First Law!
My recommendations:
1. Wheel of time. Get ready to dedicate a lot of time to this collection. it's sometimes a heavy read but overall one of the greatest fantasy book collections so far! I won't spoil any part of the story at all :p

Yeah, I thought,no point in recommending the basics, either people have read thrm,or they are allergic to fantasy in the first place,and therefore,no point 😂
2020-12-26 23:40:30

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2020-12-28 01:27:14

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Uppo | from app

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Recent good reads in fantasy (where do sci fi and fantasy diverge? it's a question I can't answer). Jasper Fforde's Early Riser about an alternative Wales which has Ice Age winters where most of the population hibernates. They are watched over by a kind of hibernation police who try to keep the sleeping populous safe. Won't say anything more about the plot but it's very funny and very Welsh. Also the Coln Iggulden trilogy the Empire of Salt. A great alternative world of two cities separated by desert and a mountain range but are linked in the stories.  As for films they never are good enough if you have read the book (where is the Old Forest and the Barrow Downs in LOTR?) because you have formed your own pictures of the characters and the world they inhabit. Time Bandits has to be my favourite fantasy film.
2020-12-28 03:24:48

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Torlyn Author | from app

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Uppo
Recent good reads in fantasy (where do sci fi and fantasy diverge? it's a question I can't answer). Jasper Fforde's Early Riser about an alternative Wales which has Ice Age winters where most of the population hibernates. They are watched over by a kind of hibernation police who try to keep the sleeping populous safe. Won't say anything more about the plot but it's very funny and very Welsh. Also the Coln Iggulden trilogy the Empire of Salt. A great alternative world of two cities separated by desert and a mountain range but are linked in the stories.  As for films they never are good enough if you have read the book (where is the Old Forest and the Barrow Downs in LOTR?) because you have formed your own pictures of the characters and the world they inhabit. Time Bandits has to be my favourite fantasy film.

ohhhh, thank you so much, I absolutely loved Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, but had forgotten about him, but now I have a new treat on its way 😁😁😁
2020-12-28 03:30:37

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Uppo | from app

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Torlyn, you might find this link useful if you are going to read the book. I hope he does another winter novel.  http://www.jasperfforde.com/riser/riser.html
2020-12-28 04:53:33
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