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    I read the first two Covenant series back in the late 80s or early 90s, and thought they were outstanding. Especially the first. My big gripe was the generic name for the antagonist. "Lord Foul," really?

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    I read the first two Covenant series back in the late 80s or early 90s, and thought they were outstanding. Especially the first. My big gripe was the generic name for the antagonist. "Lord Foul," really?
    Yes, trite naming convention there. Really enjoyed the Covenant series through The Wounded Land (which was like a cold slap in the face), and then Stephen R. Donaldson just got too damn wordy for his and the story's sake -- which, for Donaldson, is an over-amplification of a prolixity already present in his work.
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    ^They're all excellent, but Tigana is a masterpiece.
    Agreed. The Fionavar Tapestry was a slight disappointment after reading this, but I really ought to read more Kay.

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    I read the original series back in the day but man, it was a tiresome slog with Thomas whining like a toddler the whole way. I can take antiheroes but whining? Please. I just cannot go back. The tedious pacing alone made Robert Jordan read like Mark Lawrence.
    I couldn’t even get through the first volume. Not badly written, but tremendously badly conceived. It was an immensely unpleasant read, and having to suffer through the protagonist’s general loathsomeness, it made it impossible for me to continue. My general thinking was, “unless this guy dies a horrible, gory death on the next page, I am done with this series. Considering this thing goes on for another five grueling tomes, I am guessing that does not happen.”
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    Agreed. The Fionavar Tapestry was a slight disappointment after reading this, but I really ought to read more Kay.

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    I've read most of his stuff. I think I started with Tigana too, and though I can say he is a great creator of worlds and cultures, none of his other works lived up to Tigana. That one was a masterpiece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Progbear View Post
    Agreed. The Fionavar Tapestry was a slight disappointment after reading this, but I really ought to read more Kay.



    I couldn’t even get through the first volume. Not badly written, but tremendously badly conceived. It was an immensely unpleasant read, and having to suffer through the protagonist’s general loathsomeness, it made it impossible for me to continue. My general thinking was, “unless this guy dies a horrible, gory death on the next page, I am done with this series. Considering this thing goes on for another five grueling tomes, I am guessing that does not happen.”
    It goes on for 9 more tomes, and since you don't mind a spoiler, yes he does die, but the Law Of Death is broken so he is summoned back...It gets complicated.
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    I've been on a binge through urban fantasy lately. The best I have found is the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews (pseudonym for husband-and-wife writing team). First book is Magic Bites, which has a slightly jittery start but solidifies quickly. Ten books (completed series), with two side novels and several novellas exploring continuing characters. The series is a magic apocalypse in modern-day Atlanta. Outstanding series in practically every aspect - character, dialog, world-building, plot, pacing, and humor.

    Ilona Andrews has three other series, one finished and two on-going. The Hidden Legacy series (first book "Burn For Me", fifth book scheduled for later this year) is also outstanding. It looks like second-rate romance, but don't let that fool you; it's top-quality urban fantasy, with inherited magic being the source of power and wealth in modern-day Houston. Again, great characters, dialog, plot, pacing, everything you'd want as far as I'm concerned.

    Also found Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series to be very good. First book is Moon Called. Eleven books published, 12th due in March, also a parallel series with five books. Werewolf-centric but with a wide-ranging mythology beyond that. As with Ilona Andrews, strong writing in every aspect.

    The Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne is a little more uneven but still worth reading. Nine books, finished. Main character is the last living druid, running an apothecary in Tempe, Arizona. Lots of humor and big stories. Main character seems to have things a little too easy for a while, but definitely gets his come-uppance and things get interesting after that. His relationship with his dog is something of a weak spot, pun intended.

    Thanks to all for a number of recommendations in this thread; I'll be trying out several of them. Like many, waiting for Rothfuss and Martin, although Godot may get here first.
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    I just finished Joe Abercrombie's A Little Hatred. This is the first book in a new trilogy in Abercrombie's First Law universe. If you haven't read the earlier books it is written in such a way that you could make your way through it without know those books. But I would not recommend it - you'll be missing a lot of subtle references. Alternately grim and hilarious with some gut-wrenching action as an industrial age begins and as with all industrial ages, it's bound to get ugly.

    Now I'm starting Gideon the Ninth - the blurb on the cover kinda hooked me.
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    Would China Mieville be considered Urban Fantasy? I’ve enjoyed his Perdido Street Station and The Scar and Embassytown.

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    He's certainly got fantastical elements in his work. I think he regards himself as a urban fantasy writer more than science fiction. He's blending a lot of elements, which is always good.

    Anyone heard of this? It certainly seems intriguing. https://slate.com/culture/2020/01/th...l?via=taps_top
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    Miéville writes a lot of different things: mostly fantasy, mostly urban, but at least one straight science fiction novel (Embassytown), at least one historical SF novel (Kraken), and at least one utterly charming children's dark urban fantasy (Un Lun Dun).
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    Miéville is an incredible author, to put it mildly (IMO of course). His imagination comes up with things intriguing enough that they could form the basis for an entire book, but they are only one small facet of the story he's telling. For example, the "immer" in Embassytown. What the heck was that?!

    His book Railsea managed to encompass fantasy, sci-fi, horror, humor, swashbuckling adventure, and even a bit of social commentary (in a way that was both subtle and funny) -- plus the occasional Lovecraftian terrors lurking on the fringe -- all while focusing on the story of a pudgy awkward young boy trying to survive in that harsh world. I've never read anything quite like it.

    The short stories he writes are also diverse, almost always interesting, and frequently very good. I think he's one of the most talented writers working today.

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    I just finished a very original book that combines fantasy/horror/science fiction: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. I found it quite well written but in no way is it your standard high fantasy. A necromancer and their attending cavalier are dispatched to a large mostly abandoned structure on a water planet to compete against other necromancer/cavalier teams from the other great houses of this universe. OK, that's weird in and of itself. The pair we are following are teens although nearly all the other competitors are adults. The structure is staffed by a small group of weird priests and animated skeletons. There's bones all over the place. The two teen heroes are girls, one of whom is definitely attracted to other women but we're not sure about the necromancer. The snark from them is strong and entirely in character. Midway through the book we get our first deaths and then it's a lot of carnage, blood, and bones right up until the fantastical finale. I have never read anything quite like this but I'll damn sure be buying the sequel. If your tastes run to the weird or just enjoy a quite unpredictable world that is well written, this may be your thing.
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