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  •  I remember reading some of Cherryh's books (12+ / 0-)

    back in the dark ages (late 1970's early 80's).  She's developed an interesting futuristic world of sorts.  I believe her real name is Carolyn Janice Cherry.  She used initials to disguise the fact that she was a female writer, back in the days most scifi books were written by men.

    I've been stuck in fantasy worlds of the past rather than the future lately.  Recently I finished Robert Jordan's 14-book "Wheel of Time" series and I'm suffering withdrawal -  need a new fantasy world to get into.  I've tentatively started Kristen Britain's "Green Rider" series, but....I'm not sure yet.   Any good recommendations for a nice long fantasy-escape series?

    •  Fantasy series.. (9+ / 0-)

      I'm not sure what you've already read. Jim Butcher's series are good. Also, if you want another really long one, look up Robin Hobb. You want to start with the Farseer Trilogy (the 'Assassin books') then the Liveship Trader series, then the Tawny Man series then the Rain Wild Chronicles. They are all the same world and interconnected with characters. Right now there are 10 books in the series, with another one coming in August.

      Also you could look at Jennifer Roberson's Cheysuli Chronicles.  There's 8 of those, but you may be able to find them in Omnibus editions.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Sun May 25, 2014 at 08:17:56 PM PDT

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    •  I very strongly recommend two series (9+ / 0-)

      by Michelle Sagara.  The easier one to get into is the Chronicles of Elantra, currently at nine volumes with the tenth due in July.  The other, published under the name Michelle West, consists of the Sacred Hunt duology, the Sun Sword hexalogy, and the House War series; the last is currently at five volumes with a sixth in progress.  I’ve listed them in the order in which they were published, but the internal order is a bit more complicated; see the link for details.

      I also highly recommend Seanan McGuire’s Toby Daye series, currently at seven books with three more under contract.  It’s urban fantasy, but much of it takes place in Faerie.  The first two books were plenty good enough to keep me reading, the third was very much better, and the series has maintained a high level ever since.  There aren’t many books that I buy automatically, but these and anything by Sagara are amongst those few.

      If you don’t mind a fair bit of grimth, there is of course Steven Erikson’s ten-volume Malazan Book of the Fallen, a truly remarkable job of worldbuilding, albeit not to everyone’s taste.

      •  Yes, read Michelle's books! (6+ / 0-)

        OK, she's a buddy of mine, and an amazing writer. A real writer's writer, but that doesn't mean her books are inaccessible.  Some are a bit long, but there's more to love, IMHO.

        I haven't read Seanan's latest few books, but she's also very, very talented.

        I couldn't get through the first bunch of pages of Erickson's series. I used to work in the biz, and that series was submitted to me twice, and while I knew it was a big deal in the UK, I just couldn't get into it.

        •  I'm envious: she's one of the handful of sff write (2+ / 0-)
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          Ahianne, Brecht

          whom I've often thought that I'd like to meet.  I can't think of another writer in whose work I so consistently find so much emotional depth.  And I was much moved by the dedication in the first book in her new YA series; it's so nice to read about something positive once in a while.

    •  Two fantasy series come to mind..... (7+ / 0-)

      both written years ago so I don't know if they still hold up well.  One is the Cluster series by Piers Anthony.  The other series is the Dragonriders of Pern.

      I know I read some Cherryh books years ago but Cyteen wasn't one of them.

      The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace – Mahatma Gandhi

      by Texnance on Sun May 25, 2014 at 09:51:49 PM PDT

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    •  I've got a couple (6+ / 0-)

      The Outlander tales by Diana Gabledon
      The PERN stories & The Rowan tales by Anne McCaffrey
      The Hallows tales by Kim Harrison

      In each of these multi-book story arcs, you'll find lots of strong women characters. Which I like.

      Plus, they are are terrifically told stories, full of great depth of backstory and a world of characters to populate that backstory.

      I'm sure you'll find someone to love in at least one of them.


      "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

      by Angie in WA State on Sun May 25, 2014 at 10:42:33 PM PDT

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    •  Since you're going off on a bit of a tangent ... (6+ / 0-)

      ... asking about fantasy series' ...

      I'll use this chance to ask if anyone here has read much -- or anything -- of Lord Dunsany (who seems to be considered one of the first fantasy writers)?  

      I've heard of him for years, and his influence on so many people, like Lovecraft, Howard, Gaiman, etc., so I just read The King Of Elfland's Daughter, from 1923.

      I had mixed feelings, tending toward positive ... but won't go into it much more unless some others are more experienced and up for discussing him.

      •  I read two collections of his short stories (5+ / 0-)

        and found a lot to enjoy there. From what I've read about his work, most of the best of it was in his stories, because he had a colorful imagination and a natural flow at storytelling, but never put in the hard work necessary to shape a satisfying novel.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Mon May 26, 2014 at 03:26:37 AM PDT

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        •  Thanks, that's the impression I got too. (4+ / 0-)
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          Brecht, Anna M, RiveroftheWest, Ahianne

          According to Wikipedia he was incredibly prolific ... partly because he was the kind of lucky jerk we all envy, who could write first drafts of incredible quality, but then seldom rewrote them after than.

          He also wrote everything with quill pens he made himself, from duck feathers he found on his property, and he always had to write while sitting on a certain crumpled old hat.  I wish I could have met him!

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