Posted 23 November 2011 - 11:53 AM
Has anyone else noticed the difference on how male and female authors write? Very few male writers seem to be able to communicate to me. Some exceptions are Pratchett and Asimov. Actually many of the early, 1930-1950's do well in my opinion.
Maybe its because the later ones seem more intent on being great writers and bringing SF/Fantasy into respectable literary circles. Oddly Pratchett doesnt seem to do that yet he is an amazing writer with incredible imagination and insight, not to mention a great sense of humor, except for Omen which I detest.
I will never read Salvatore, Moorcock, Farmer, Ellison or any of that breed. Yes I have tried and they are just so self inflated as writers that it interferes with the story. Ego is not a good thing in writers. In the end, the story is what counts. If all a reader sees is how pretty the words are constructed then the writer has failed.
Posted 23 November 2011 - 12:07 PM
Nice hand, friend, but those are not the cards I dealt you.
Impenetrability! That's what I say!
Posted 23 November 2011 - 12:10 PM
Where are we going and why are we in this handbasket?
Posted 23 November 2011 - 12:12 PM
annewandering, you might want to give Card a try. His motto is never to let "style" get in the way of storytelling.
lol ahh that was the other author I was going to mention. I have read a few of his books. I dont like them. I have read about him personally and find him to be a very interesting man. Since reading about him I might try him again but ..... I really didnt like the books.
It was disturbing to me that he, or so some say, was using Joseph Smith as his model for the main character, yet makes him out to be so dislikable, to me anyway. Admittedly its been awhile since I read the books. Maybe they would be more enjoyable now.
Posted 23 November 2011 - 03:09 PM
Lilith by George McDonald - Fantasy with a religious under current. To get a taste for his fantasy style you might try a short story he wrote called The Golden Key that has a similar feel. If you like that try Lilith. I also like Phantastes.
Dying of the Light by George R. R. Martin - I'm not really a fan of his Song of Ice and Fire Series, but I loved this SF book. It has a real haunted feel to it and I couldn't guess what was going to happen. The world imagery is beautiful.
Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis - C.S. Lewis considered this his best book. It's a spin on the Psyche and Cupid story.
Posted 23 November 2011 - 04:07 PM
that the magic of the Forgotten Realms is hard to achieve at this point of the series. I would think that unless you play Dungeons and Dragons or have at least read a few of the older books in the series
As long as he's not using THAC0 I'm on board Actually I used to play DnD with a close group of friends but we never used the Forgotten Realms settings, we just made our own worlds. We played pretty ad'hoc.
I am adding that C.S. Lewis book to my list, I was a childhood fan of Narnia, I haven't read anything else by him.
Posted 06 December 2011 - 07:57 AM
I'm a huge Brandon Sanderson fan. Have you had the chance to read Warbreaker? I really loved that book. So completely out of the box.
The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss: This was a great book. I have not read the next one in the series but I've heard it's not so clean as the first book which is too bad.
Posted 06 December 2011 - 09:25 AM
I'm a big sci-fi fan, I've been reading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan for awhile now, which lead me into reading Brandon Sanderson (he took over Wheel of Time when Robert Jordan died and he happens to be lds, which get's him brownie points). I absolutely fell in love with his writing (Mistborn and Stormlight Archives are amazing) while I'm waiting for the his next book I was looking for a new series to start.
Star Wars trilogies (such as Dark Force rising)
The Dragonback series (and don't let the young adult genre thing fool you, these are very good)
C.J Cherryh's stuff. I especially like her Foreigner series.
Isaac asimov's short stories, foundation series, and robot series.
The Death Gate Cycle by weis and hickman (and also their dragonlance stuff)
Dragonlance stuff is pretty good in general.
The Legend of Huma
Kaz the Minotaur
Land of the Minotaurs
The Dark elf Exile trilogy (About Drizzt Do'Urden).
The birth of the Firebringer trilogy.
2001, 2010 by arthur C Clarke
David Brin's Uplift War series
Larry Niven's Man-Kzin Wars, and other Known Universe short stories.
The Shannara series by Terry brooks, as well as his Magic kingdom of landover series.
Starship troopers by heinlein
A Tunnel through Time
Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter of Mars series and Tarzan series.
Dale Browns cold war fiction, such as Flight of the Old Dog are really good
Tom Clancy's stuff is real good.
Micheal Crichton's stuff is really good, like Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park.
Stainless steel rat series are both good and funny. by harry harrison
Expedition by Douglas Wayne Barlowe (he's the guy that designed the critters in Avatar)
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind perfect collection (be warned this is an entry drug for manga ).
Posted 06 December 2011 - 09:45 AM
Tom Clancy is from the Tolkein school of writing. LOL!
I'd also recommend -
The Deed of Paksenarrion - Elizabeth Moon
The Curse of Chalion and Paladin of Souls - Lois McMaster Bujold
Night Angel Trilogy - Brent Weeks (kind of edgy)
Joe Abercrombies work has awesome dialogue, best I've ever read, but he occasionally throws in some pointless inappropriate scenes.
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