Hey all, long time lurker, first time poster, as it goes.
So, being aware of the general demographics and reading habits of the straight dope masses, I felt like here was a place to turn for some good advice on books. Specifically fantasy books.
Now, I am an avid reader, but I never got into fantasy. Sure, I read Lord of the Rings way back when, but other than that, nothing.
So I was looking for a book to read and decided to go with something different. I found some online advice, (the onion av club, don’t shoot me please) which recommended Patrick Rothfuss’s the Name of the Wind, and so I went out and read it…
…and loved it. Like I said, I don’t read fantasy, but the plotting, the characters, the writing… I couldn’t put it down. What had I been missing, dismissing an entire genre as Tolkien ripoffs written by gawky, neckbearded teens with cheeto stained hands and all the other various nerd cliches. So I decided to check some other things out. Here is what I read, and my feelings on them…
GRR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire - I think I read all four books in the span of 2 weeks. Once again, I couldn’t put it down. Honestly one of the best reading experiences I’ve ever had.
Half of the first book of the wheel of time. Super cliched, with ham-fisted writing, IMHO. Didn’t care for at all.
Acacia by David Michale Durham - could have been interesting, but boring as hell to me. Didn’t finish.
Perdido Street Station - Cool premise, good writing, couldn’t stand the characters. Did not finish.
Lies of Locke Lamorra - sometimes it tried too hard, but it was entertaining as hell. I’m currently reading (and enjoying) the sequel, which is what prompted me to start this thread.
So what I’m looking for is good fantasy, but with a certain requirement - the prose must at least be decent. Show don’t tell, make the dialogue and characters at least somewhat believable, keep me turning pages. I look to you, anonymous dopers, to determine the next fantasy book for me to read. I’ve heard some good things about Brent Sanderson’s Mistborn - is it readable? Give me some titles, a plot summary, why you liked it, and why I might like it (based on my reading list.) Thanks, I really appreciate it!