Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

io9.com’s 10 Great Fantasy Series to Read While You’re Waiting for George R.R. Martin’s Next Book

Okay, so the title is a mouthful, but io9.com has posted a great list of fantasy series to pick up while waiting for the next Song of Ice and Fire book, or really anytime for that matter. Here’s the breakdown with some of my own comments:

  1. Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
    I’ve read both books in this series that have been published. I really loved the first novel and thoroughly enjoyed the second, though not quite as much as the first. I’m starting to realize that this happens to me a lot (as you’ll see below). I tend to love origin stories so the first book in a series ends up appealing to me the most.
  2. Malazan, Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
    I haven’t read this series. I think it’s 12 books long so I’m not jumping in anytime soon (at least not until I finish the Wheel of Time). I think I actually prefer one-shots or trilogies to lengthy series, although I can’t get enough of the Dresden Files.
  3. The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
    I thought this was a pretty good series. As usual, I loved the first book, but I found the third book and the conclusion to the series to be a little underwhelming. There was a lot that just seemed to go unanswered, although I suppose Hobb probably goes into more detail in her other series set in the same universe, which I haven’t read.
  4. The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
    Bloody awesome. I loved each book equally, all 5 stars. Abercrombie’s story is so delightfully cynical, I just couldn’t love it more. Great characters, great plot, great action. Need I say more?
  5. The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks
    I’m actually reading the third book in this series right now after tearing through the first two. I LOVED the first book and liked the second very well (see, what did I tell you?). The third has been a little slow to start off (in comparison), but I think it will be really good too.
  6. The Sundering Duology by Jacqueline Carey
    I really don’t know anything about this series, but I guess I’ll have to add it to the to-read list.
  7. The Black Company by Glen Cook
    I’ve heard from other readers that this is a really good series, but that’s about all I know. Another one for the to-read list.
  8. Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
    I got this book for Christmas and I think it is literally the thickest paperback I’ve ever seen. It’s literally like 1200 pages and the print is microscopic. Frankly, I’m a little intimidated to even pick it up, but I’ve heard it’s really good.
  9. The Shadowmarch Series by Tad Williams
    Tad Williams is one of those authors that I’ve heard a lot about, but I’ve never read any of this books. I guess this is a good place to start.
  10. The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. LeGuin
    I actually just read the first book in the series and I thought it was really good. It’s also a nice, quick read if you are looking for something a little shorter than some of the typical fantasy tomes. I’m definitely interested in continuing the saga.

So, I guess the only other thing I should mention is that I’m not actually waiting for the next book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. I read the first novel back in 2007 when I just getting into fantasy and it didn’t really appeal to me at the time.

However, seeing as how so many books that I love are compared to it, I can’t help but wonder if I had a temporary lapse of sanity or what. Eventually, I’m going to have to give the series another shot, but for now, my to-read list is plentiful enough.

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