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Old 04-29-2010, 10:42 AM   #341 (permalink)
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:34 PM   #342 (permalink)
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I've been looking there for a good series to start reading.

So far I'm considering, A Game of Thrones, The First Law, The Dark Tower, and Dresden Files. So what do I want to read?

I'm looking for something that's not too complex, easy to understand, and something that will have me hooked so I can't put it down. I was interested in the Wheel of time series but I heard it goes downhill after about book 6 and is hard to follow with so much stuff happening. But other than that it sounds cool. Any suggestions?
With this criteria, the Dresden series is hands down the best option by and far. Game of thrones is the best fantasy series out there IMO, but it is fairly complex, especially at the beginning.

Dresden, on the other hand, is awesome. It is fairly easy to grasp, and it is probably the most thoroughly entertaining series I've ever read. On the whole, I put Dresden right below the Game of thrones simply because it is so completely exciting and entertaining.

BTW, the Coldfire series is very fantastic as well, with some philosophical elements in it as well.

I'm slightly jealous of you. I wish I could go back and read all these great series for the first time again

Also, I have these books on ebook on my computer. PM me if you want to know where to get them.

I'm currently reading The First Law Series, by Abercrombie. It is pretty damn good I must say. I've been plowing through the books because the fights scenes are incredibly descriptive and entertaining.
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Old 04-29-2010, 05:18 PM   #343 (permalink)
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Haven't heard of it. I'll look up some stuff on it.

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With this criteria, the Dresden series is hands down the best option by and far. Game of thrones is the best fantasy series out there IMO, but it is fairly complex, especially at the beginning.

Dresden, on the other hand, is awesome. It is fairly easy to grasp, and it is probably the most thoroughly entertaining series I've ever read. On the whole, I put Dresden right below the Game of thrones simply because it is so completely exciting and entertaining.

BTW, the Coldfire series is very fantastic as well, with some philosophical elements in it as well.

I'm slightly jealous of you. I wish I could go back and read all these great series for the first time again

Also, I have these books on ebook on my computer. PM me if you want to know where to get them.

I'm currently reading The First Law Series, by Abercrombie. It is pretty damn good I must say. I've been plowing through the books because the fights scenes are incredibly descriptive and entertaining.
Thx for the advice. I think I will give the Dresden Files a try for my 1st series that I read. How can the recommendation of a fellow Bucs fan be wrong? Before book 1 of the series, there is a prequel that I heard is in graphic novel form. Should I read that before book 1 or after the last book in the series?

Also, I think I would rather read a paper copy because I don't have a laptop and I would rather read in bed or on a couch than at my desk chair.
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Trying to get through "The Hobbit." I liked LOTR, but have never been a fan of Tolkien's writing, although I do love his ideas.

I've been trying to muscle this down for over 15 years now. No clue as to why I have so much trouble staying interested in it.
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Old 04-29-2010, 05:35 PM   #345 (permalink)
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Trying to get through "The Hobbit." I liked LOTR, but have never been a fan of Tolkien's writing, although I do love his ideas.

I've been trying to muscle this down for over 15 years now. No clue as to why I have so much trouble staying interested in it.
I don't understand why either, I have read the whole thing at least a couple of times...I guess his style is a matter of personal taste...
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:06 PM   #346 (permalink)
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Trying to get through "The Hobbit." I liked LOTR, but have never been a fan of Tolkien's writing, although I do love his ideas.

I've been trying to muscle this down for over 15 years now. No clue as to why I have so much trouble staying interested in it.
I understand the trouble with getting through the first 200 pages of the Fellowship, but the Hobbit was pretty easy for me. Easily, the most entertaining book written by Tolkien IMO.

btw, have any of you seen how the Lord of the Rings should have ended


And Diablo, the prequel is worth reading, but hardly necessary. There are actually a couple short stories he wrote in between several of the books, and they are all fun, but like the prequel, hardly necessary..
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I understand the trouble with getting through the first 200 pages of the Fellowship, but the Hobbit was pretty easy for me. Easily, the most entertaining book written by Tolkien IMO.

btw, have any of you seen how the Lord of the Rings should have ended


And Diablo, the prequel is worth reading, but hardly necessary. There are actually a couple short stories he wrote in between several of the books, and they are all fun, but like the prequel, hardly necessary..
Yes I have seen that, I cracked up because it is soo true!
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:52 PM   #348 (permalink)
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Trying to get through "The Hobbit." I liked LOTR, but have never been a fan of Tolkien's writing, although I do love his ideas.

I've been trying to muscle this down for over 15 years now. No clue as to why I have so much trouble staying interested in it.
The Hobbit was written for Tolkien's kids so it's not as good IMO as LOTR and like DW I've read all of his books multiple times. One I would definitely suggest is the Silmarillion- it was never fully completed but it is the "prequel" to the LOTR series. You have to get past the bible Genesis-type opening(lots of singing lol) but then it gets really badass- with great stories and battles. I honestly like it as much as I like LOTR.

After Davisty's suggestions I throw out the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson- I'm about to start book 5 and so far each one has gotten better and better. Really can't wait to get back into that series.
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The Hobbit was written for Tolkien's kids so it's not as good IMO as LOTR and like DW I've read all his books multiple times. One I would definitely suggest is the Silmarillion- it was never fully completed but it is the "prequel" to the LOTR series. You have to get past the bible Genesis-type opening(lots of singing lol) but then it gets really badass- with great stories and battles. I honestly like it as much as I like LOTR.

After Davisty's suggestions I throw out the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson- I'm about to start book 5 and so far each one has gotten better and better. Really can't wait to get back into that series.
I really liked "the hobbit" it was the only one of tolky's work that I read more than once. But then again I liked harry potter so
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I really liked "the hobbit" it was the only one of tolky's work that I read more than once. But then again I liked harry potter so
No worries man, I really liked The Hobbit too. But it was just written a little different from his other Middle Earth stuff.

And I was totally into Harry Potter too- really loved those books.
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