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Initial post: Oct 1, 2010 12:45:33 PM PDT
First let me start with what I've already read. Not been reading fantasy for that long.

Wheel of Time
Song of Ice and Fire
Dark Tower
Death Gate Cycle
Vlad Taltos Books
Rift War Saga(Magician)
American Gods, Good Omens

I've tried to research a lot, and my next books are:
(Feel free to comment on, or add any)

(I tried reading Farseer trilogy, finish book1 and didn't really like it)

Cold Fire Trilogy (ordered all 3 from amazon)
Warded Man (ordered first 2)
Malazan Book of the Fallen (have first 2 at home, haven't read yet)
Legend of Drizzt (looks good, highly rated)
DragonLance Series (seems to be a classic)
Darkness That Comes Before

Those are my first choices to read next. Here are my second choices:
His Dark Materials (Phillip Pullman)
First Law Trilogy(Joe Abercrombie)
The Dying Earth (Jack Vance)
The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)
The Book of the New Sun (Gene Wolfe)
EarthSea Trilogy (Ursula K LeGuin)
Chronicles of Amber (Roger Zelazny)
Riddle Master Trilogy (Patricia A. McKillip)
Sword of Truth(Terry Goodkind)

Probably IN THAT ORDER too. Please comment on what i've listed, or add something to the list...or change the order for me?

Reason why LOTR/HarryPotter/Hobbit aren't on list is because I feel like I know so much about what happens in those stories, that i don't have desire to read it. "Not Knowing" is one of my favorite things about reading new books, so if i read LOTR i already know how every major plot line goes

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2010 1:52:28 PM PDT
Whiskey Jack says:
Of all the ones you have here, I have read most. I would have to rate Malazan Book of the Fallen as your next must read. It is a tough read at times to be sure but to pay off for me was worth it. Even though there is one more book in the series, unlike Martin, it will be out next year. Also there are side novels in the series such as "The Return of the Crimson Guard" that are great too!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2010 1:57:04 PM PDT
Joliet Jack says:

That's quite a list you've assembled. Personally, I would start with Bakker's 'The Darkness that comes Before'. I read the trilogy while waiting for the next Martin book to come out and fell in love with it. I try to promote it as often as I can. I would also suggest possibly moving Rothfuss up in your list. 'Name of the Wind' was just a breath of fresh air.

I would also try 'The Lies of Locke Lamora' by Lynch, and Donaldson's Unbeliever series. Both are excellent.

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 2:15:12 PM PDT
Curious which Drizzt books are classified as "Legend of Drizzt". If you're to read any, I'd strongly recommend The Dark Elf Trilogy. With both them and the Dragonlance, don't expect anything groundbreaking. They're kind of like a summer blockbuster: they aim to entertain.

Other than that, I'd love to hear what you think about some of those on your list. I must confess to be shamefully light on some of the must-read fantasies, and I'm looking to broaden my horizons as well.

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 2:42:14 PM PDT
Malazan was going to be my next read actually. But since the last book isn't out yet...and because I just finished GRRM's book w/out looking and found out that the series may never end! I am shying greatly against unfinished series'. My fiancé wanted to read Warded Man with me, otherwise i'd wait until that trilogy was finished too.

@ Joliet
Posted this on other forums asking advice too and a lot of ppl suggest moving Name of the Wind might do so.

@ David
What I've found is Legend of Drizzt series is about 13books? Starts with Darkelf or Icewind trilogy. Many "reading order" websites don't agree with what to read first.

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 2:55:16 PM PDT
Again, I'd strongly recommend reading Homeland first, Chris. I think it is easily the best introduction to Drizzt.

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 4:48:54 PM PDT
J. Butler says:
I have to admit I haven't read every book with Drizzt in it, but I would agree that Homeland (and the others in that trilogy) would be the best place to start. In fact, I would have to say that the others that I have read really didn't compare.

I would move Name of the Wind to the top of your list!

I am also a huge fan of Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun series, so I would move that up as well.

Looking at your list, it looks like you have some great reading ahead of you!

Posted on Oct 1, 2010 6:10:18 PM PDT
Captain says:
Malazan Book of the Fallen is the best. You might not finish all nine books before Erickson publishes the finale next year, but be assured he is one author who will finish the series. Otherwise I also suggest Name of the Wind and then Abercrombie's trilogy.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2010 6:49:24 PM PDT
Heather Myst says:
Since you are a Martin fan I would suggest that you move Joe Abercrombie's First Law series and his stand alone Best Served Cold to the top of your list.
Brent Weeks Night Angel trilogy is another series that I think a Martin fan would enjoy.
I would move The Name of the Wind up on your list too. The Lies of Locke Lamora that Joliet Jack suggested is also very good. One of my favorites is Jennifer Fallon's Second Sons trilogy. Looking at your list you have a lot of good reading in front of you.

Posted on Oct 2, 2010 12:06:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 2, 2010 12:18:55 AM PDT
If you like Dragonlance, you would probably like Forgotten Realms. 1st book is called 'Darkwalker on Moonshae' by Douglas Niles. I read Dragonlance all the way to 'Kaz the Minotaur' page 80....couldn't take anymore. Forgotten much going for it.
Also try Robert Asprin's 'Thieves' World' series....12 books in the series, plus quite afew novels connected to it.
A cute little series by R. Asprin 'Myth Adventures'. 1st book in that is 'Another Fine Myth'.....very comical books.
Warhammer's 'Slayer' series by William King. 1st is 'Trollslayer'. 8th book and on are written by Nathan Long.
'The Black Company' series by Glen Cook (Masterpiece).
'Coldfire' trilogy...nice...been awhile since i read those.
The Complete Book of Swords, Comprising the First, Second and Third Books and The lost swords: The first triad and The Lost Swords: The Second Triad - The Complete Book of Lost Swords: Farslayer's Story, Coinspinner's Story, Mindsword's Story.
Magic in Ithkar 1Magic in Ithkar 2 Magic in Ithkar 3
Magic in Ithkar 4.
'Ravenloft' books are good also.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2010 3:30:32 AM PDT
Boric says:
" 'Name of the Wind' was just a breath of fresh air." [Grins.]

Seriously though, I enjoyed it, but it is the first of a series and the second one has been a while coming (although I understand it is definitely on its way.)

I love GRRM and my favorites of your list are:

The Malazan series (at least the early books)
The Earthsea trilogy by Ursula Le Guin
The Riddlemaster trilogy by Patricia McKillip

But the latter two are YA/crossover, and very different from GRRM in style, although I and many other adults have enjoyed them.

Posted on Oct 2, 2010 5:16:38 AM PDT
Mike says:
The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay. It is a very good well written story.

Posted on Oct 2, 2010 7:42:46 AM PDT
Joliet Jack says:
" 'Name of the Wind' was just a breath of fresh air." [Grins.]

"Seriously though, I enjoyed it, but it is the first of a series and the second one has been a while coming (although I understand it is definitely on its way.) "

'The Wise Man's Fear' is the name of book 2 and was confirmered on the author's web site to have a release date of Mar 1, 2011. It is currently available for preorder on amazon.

I actually hadn't heard of the 'Cold Fire Trilogy', so after reading your list I checked it out and decided to order the set for myself - Thanks. (Heather, I also ordered the 'First Law Trilogy', I've been meaning to read that for a while).

Posted on Oct 2, 2010 9:28:59 AM PDT
Some good posts here. Thanks for the suggestions.

Posted on Oct 2, 2010 5:12:01 PM PDT
Not That Kat says:
Highly recommend Jim Butcher. His Codex Alera series starts with Furies of Calderon and is complete at 6 books. The Dresden Files is about half through at 12 books, but a new one is published each year like clockwork and are still keeping me entertained.

Posted on Oct 3, 2010 10:35:12 AM PDT
Let me try to give you some help here with the below books I have read:

EarthSea Trilogy (Ursula K LeGuin) - You will love this one, great writing and a great story. Put this at the top of your list and you won't regret it. There is a 2nd trilogy to this but I have not read it yet.
Sword of Truth(Terry Goodkind) - Exceptional as were the first couple of sequels but they go on ad nauseam stop after the first one and you would still have a good experience
Chronicles of Amber (Roger Zelazny) - I have read all of them and while they are some of the best stories in SF/Fantasy the plots and subplots and backstabbing really tires you as a reader. Get the complete works and read a couple of the stories then break to something else then a couple more etc.
Legend of Drizzt (looks good, highly rated) - I have mixed feelings about this one, started out fantastic and got more tiring as I went forward, I still have not finished it all but can't say it is a bad book, I think maybe it just drags in places.
Mistborn - Reading this now and while it moves then slows down and starts again looks to be a good story, highly rated by most people.
His Dark Materials (Phillip Pullman) - Save your money, overhyped.
The Dying Earth (Jack Vance) - Not in league with these books listed here.
The Book of the New Sun (Gene Wolfe) - Cut your throat if you really want pain, I read the whole series and when I was finished it was like WTF, what a waste of time.
There is a ton of new and old stuff out there that is great and pathetic but you have enough info to get a good start .
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