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Darth Tater

Journeyed there and back again
For GGK, I was thinking of starting with Tigana.
@Andrew.J

It doesn't matter where you begin. The only books that absolutely MUST be read in the proper order are the books in the Fionovar trilogy and the books in the Sarantine Mosaic duology.

Additionally, the following do NOT need to be read in order but Under Heaven takes place around 400 years before River Of Stars (a couple of references are made) and if you decide to read Ysabel (YA) you may want to read the Fionovar series first because a couple of characters from Fionovar make cameo appearances in Ysabel.

Some of the books take place in the same universe but are otherwise unrelated. Tigana is as good a place as any to begin as it seems to be most peoples favorite (not mine). But IMO they are all awesome.

Oh...make sure you have a box of Kleenex handy (Puffs work too) for every single book ever written by him. IMO, beautiful writing. Just...absolutely beautiful. So much so that even when you bawl your eyes out you still get to keep your "man card". :D
 

Vitriks

Possibly a Darkfriend
Good day to everyone. After reading Witcher and GOT I restart my interest for books. After a certain time I understand that I'm searching for believable (dark) fantasy universe with "strong" female and male main character. Also I liked "Girl with the dragon tattoo" because of that. Right now I'm reading "First Law" and I like it, thought more lewd stuff wouldn't hurt. Also I'm not a big fan of parallel universe and don't scare of gore and violence. ( The Night Angel Trilogy next in list)

To clarify the priority
1. Interesting character
2. Plot
3. Universe
 

kenubrion

Journeyed there and back again
Possibly the best strong female with male main character book is Best Served Cold, the first standalone in after the First Law trilogy. You must read this one.
https://www.amazon.com/Best-Served-...UTF8&qid=1506168675&sr=1-5&keywords=first+law

The best strong females with male sidekick series is Crown of Stars by Kate Elliott. Absolutely fabulous, the females are all kick-ass and also either royalty or mages.
The first book is only $2.99, best bargain going.
https://www.amazon.com/Kings-Dragon...4&sr=1-1&keywords=crown+of+stars+kate+elliott
 

Vitriks

Possibly a Darkfriend
Possibly the best strong female with male main character book is Best Served Cold, the first standalone in after the First Law trilogy. You must read this one.

The best strong females with male sidekick series is Crown of Stars by Kate Elliott. Absolutely fabulous, the females are all kick-ass and also either royalty or mages.
The first book is only $2.99, best bargain going.
Maybe it's just me, but Joe Abercrombie females way too manly. There are no real difference between how female/male characters handle certain challenges. I'm think more about females that avoid straight up fight but still find a way to achieve victory.
 
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kenubrion

Journeyed there and back again
Maybe it's just me, but Joe Abercrombie females way too manly. There are no real difference between how female/male characters handle certain challenges. I'm think more about females that avoid straight up fight but still find a way to achieve victory.
Well I thought it made sense since you're already reading Abercrombie and said you're enjoying it. Had no idea of your dislike of his females.

However you should at least sample it before rejecting the recommendation.
 

MorteTorment

Hired Nicomo Cosca, famed soldier of fortune
Ok, before I begin, I wanna say this.

As someone(who I assume wants to remain annoymous) has mentioned, I've been kinda mean in my responses to recommendations that I've been given in the past. I wanna apologize for that. I appreciate any recommendation anyone is willing to give, and if you'll give me some, I'll keep my mouth shut if it doesn't interest me(Unless you want me to do otherwise). Just please, whatever you're willing to recommend that you think that there's a small chance it'll pique my interest, please do so.

This is some of the things that I know for sure that I like, but feel free to recommend anything. Forget what I said before, we can start fresh, as I found out that you can preview almost anything on goodreads.com, and I'll try to read the first chapter of everything that gets recommended, and I'll judge from there.

1. Sword and Sorcery Adventures with likable characters. This is the probably the easiest thing to recommend to me.

2. Assassins and Mages.

3. Dystopian/Dark Future Fantasy, be it cyberpunk, post apocalyptica, or whatever.

4. A story about a group of people who maybe aren't adventurers.

5. Something heavy on combat

6. Vampires of all sorts.

7. Dark and Lighthearted fantasy.

8. YA and Adult Fantasy.

9. A whole book devoted to characters on the run from something dangerous., or maybe just something that crosses the realm into half fantasy, half horror in general.
 

Veronica Hudson

A farm boy with a sword


I read this one "Behind Her Eyes" by Sara Pinborough and it was an awesome experience. Full of suspense and anticipation. I know that this is not a fantasy genre book but still, you guys can give it a try. I found this book while searching for a fantasy link redacted by moderator so I thought I would do the same. :p
 
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The bard`s song

Will likely be killed by a Lannister soon
Ok, before I begin, I wanna say this.

As someone(who I assume wants to remain annoymous) has mentioned, I've been kinda mean in my responses to recommendations that I've been given in the past. I wanna apologize for that. I appreciate any recommendation anyone is willing to give, and if you'll give me some, I'll keep my mouth shut if it doesn't interest me(Unless you want me to do otherwise). Just please, whatever you're willing to recommend that you think that there's a small chance it'll pique my interest, please do so.

This is some of the things that I know for sure that I like, but feel free to recommend anything. Forget what I said before, we can start fresh, as I found out that you can preview almost anything on goodreads.com, and I'll try to read the first chapter of everything that gets recommended, and I'll judge from there.

1. Sword and Sorcery Adventures with likable characters. This is the probably the easiest thing to recommend to me.

2. Assassins and Mages.

3. Dystopian/Dark Future Fantasy, be it cyberpunk, post apocalyptica, or whatever.

4. A story about a group of people who maybe aren't adventurers.

5. Something heavy on combat

6. Vampires of all sorts.

7. Dark and Lighthearted fantasy.

8. YA and Adult Fantasy.

9. A whole book devoted to characters on the run from something dangerous., or maybe just something that crosses the realm into half fantasy, half horror in general.
I am always on the search for completed series (German Version in my case which means less Options to choose from) and the latest one I stumbled over is The Fallen Blade series by Kelly McCullough.
In fact I have just ordered all books of that series some minutes ago.
There are 6 (although not too Long) books. Main character is a retired assassin. Based on the description it combines "cloak and dagger" Fantasy with some Kind of Detective Noir stories.
It has been called realistic and gritty but not too brutal. Comparisons have been made to Brent Weeks, Jon Sprunk etc.

The samples have been interesting enough so I just went for it. Based on the things you like to read this might fit.
 

Andrew.J

Hired Nicomo Cosca, famed soldier of fortune
I've just finished Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky, which was my first venture into sci-fi of this kind and one of the best books I've read in a long time. Do you have any suggestions for similar books or anything else that a sci-fi newbie should read?
 

TomTB

Super Moderator
Staff member
I've just finished Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky, which was my first venture into sci-fi of this kind and one of the best books I've read in a long time. Do you have any suggestions for similar books or anything else that a sci-fi newbie should read?
You could try the Dark Eden books by Chris Beckett? Quite different, but enjoyable. Maybe read the synopsis to see if you think you might like it?
 

David Sims

Warded demons with Arlen
@Andrew.J

It doesn't matter where you begin. The only books that absolutely MUST be read in the proper order are the books in the Fionovar trilogy and the books in the Sarantine Mosaic duology.

Additionally, the following do NOT need to be read in order but Under Heaven takes place around 400 years before River Of Stars (a couple of references are made) and if you decide to read Ysabel (YA) you may want to read the Fionovar series first because a couple of characters from Fionovar make cameo appearances in Ysabel.

Some of the books take place in the same universe but are otherwise unrelated. Tigana is as good a place as any to begin as it seems to be most peoples favorite (not mine). But IMO they are all awesome.

Oh...make sure you have a box of Kleenex handy (Puffs work too) for every single book ever written by him. IMO, beautiful writing. Just...absolutely beautiful. So much so that even when you bawl your eyes out you still get to keep your "man card". :D
Yep. GG Kay is definitely one of the best when it comes to beautiful writing. He's the master of the poignant moment, of the glorious sunset scene.