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    I find myself being quite bored right now and I thought I would want to read some new books maybe, because I have nothing exciting left anymore. My problem is I never know what books to get before, because those little descriptions of a book never tell me enough to know if I will like it or not. I made good experiences with asking other people for recommendations though, so I thought this time I try to ask people here.

    I usually like reading fantasy, my favourite books are probably the Night/Day/... Watch books of Sergej Lukianenko (original title Nochnoi Dozor etc.) and the Witcher-books of Andrzej Sapkowski (Wiedźmin). I like in those books how the atmosphere is a bit more "adult"-like, how good and evil are not always so clearly obvious but sometimes "grey" and there are sometimes moral conflicts, where there are some parts you have to think about etc.; not always easy to describe what you like in books, but I hope you get the idea.

    I hope you can help me with some recommendations.

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    There's a lot of good fantasy out there. I just finished reading 'Ariel' by Steven R. Boyett. It's a post-apocalyptic-magic-has-returned tale about a boy and his unicorn. It's kind of on the dark side and it's a really nice read. I'm enjoy its follow up 'Elegy Beach' even more, so far.

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    Here are a few suggestions though you may have read some...

    -The Dark Is Rising series (Susan Cooper). They are for children, but are beautifully written and have a sophisticated moral dimension. Only problem, the first book (Over Sea Under Stone) is rather old fashioned and more for children than the others. You could just start with the second book (The Dark Is Rising) because you wouldn't miss much crucial information in the first book.

    -Monster Blood Tattoo - a trilogy, the author's surname is Cornish. A sophisticated and intriguing Lord of the Rings style trilogy.

    -Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin - magical realism set in New York - read it years ago so don't remember a lot of details, but was fascinated at the time.

    -Ursula le Guin's Earthsea books - beautiful and thought-provoking
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    I'm reading Steve Erickson's Tale of the Malazan series (that link is the first in the series). Perhaps you can join me. It's off the beaten path, as far as fantasy goes.

    Also off the beaten path: Mistborn (which I originally heard about here).

    I've never read (or played) the Witcher, but the game design seems inspired by Michael Moorcock's Elric...he apparently even sued for plagiarism (just googled that).

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    Thanks for all the tips so far. Will take a look on the descriptions of those books later, will be probably hard though to decide now on one for now

    @KDude: Didn't know about that (although I am just reading some link where people talk about that topic where they don't seem to find that complaints of Moorcock reasonable). The books existed already before the game though, although I read them after I played the game. I can only say I really enjoyed them, although from what I know many of the books are still not translated into English, so probably it is less interesting for most people here.

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    I'd play the game myself.. It looks cool. I just need a better computer.

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    Fantasy huh? I don't read much, but when I do I read fantasy. Mostly I find the stories slightly interesting, not bad, but not repulsive, and get through it just like that and only few books really get me going.

    My favorite books of all time.
    Arthur Doyle's Chronicles of Conan and Frank Herbert's Dune series.


    I recently read Penelope Fletcher's free book called A Demon Girl (first part of the Rae Wilder novels), and feel weirdly inclined to get the other books now too. It's a little bit juvenile at times though.
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    I also have a bit of request. I know there is this book series about this fantasy gunslinger, and something about a 'the seven' or something and lots of weird phrases. And basicly it's a very odd book (or books). I know it only because many years ago someone once told me about the books, and I can only remember bits of what she told me about the books, but not the title. Anyone know which book this is about? I'm curious because I want to read them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JocktheMotie View Post
    Lol, I love how some of the most popular books out there fall in both the "Best books" as well as the "Worst books" category on that site. Internet voting fail.
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