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Official Recommendation Thread: Books

Discussion in 'Books and Anime Discussion' started by Marguerida, Apr 5, 2005.

  1. The-Hyphenated-One

    The-Hyphenated-One Chief Warlock DLP Supporter

    Sep 5, 2006
    Just read Orphan X and its sequel The Nowhere man. Really enjoyed them both.

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    Sorry for the double post

    Guy Gavriel Kay is one of my favorites, and this fits your criteria. It's in the same world as a few of his other works, but doesn't really tie in to them.

    The Last Light of the Sun
  2. Ennead

    Ennead Seventh Year

    Jul 12, 2012
    I mean, you're in a thread for book recommendations. Just look at the previous pages. I'm pretty sure most of my recs are stand-alone or stand-alone books within a series (like the discworld novels) so if you want a place to start, just look at my posts here. Another standalone book recced in this thread that I would suggest is Uprooted by Naomi Novik. She's just a very engaging writer in general. It's hard to put down any of her novels and she's very good at worldbuilding. My only quibble with that novel would be that the political plotline felt a bit thin in comparison to the other fantasy/horror/romance aspects of the plot.
  3. DarkAizen

    DarkAizen Professor DLP Supporter

    Dec 5, 2007
    So I've read a pretty awesome book. It's called Kings of the Wyld.

    It's about a couple of old mercs coming out of retirement to help rescue the daughter of one of them.

    Goodreads description:
    The world is hard core fantasy with dragons wyverns etc etc... The book reminds me of The Heroes by Abercombie, it has that sense of humor but also some really nice fight scenes.
  4. Spanks

    Spanks Minister of Magic

    Jun 8, 2007
    New Jersey
    Literally just bought that book a few hours ago on a whim. I liked the cover.
  5. DeathShade

    DeathShade Third Year

    Mar 7, 2011
    The icy north
    I've recently read this book. It is goodish.
    Though at times it felt somewhat superficial. For example: A lot of creatures are introduced through the story, but most were just a passing mention, or part of a list, which made them much less interesting.
    I'm having a hard time explaining why, but it kinda felt like it was a novelization of a DnD campaign :p Where some of the characters where role-played half-heartedly.
    So I have some problems with the book, but I mostly enjoyed reading it, and I will read the sequel when it comes out.
  6. Shinysavage

    Shinysavage Madman With A Box Prestige

    Nov 16, 2009
    High Score:
    Just finished The Dry, by Jane Harper. It's been a while since I devoured a book so quickly, but I just couldn't put it down - about five hours, start to finish.

    It's a crime thriller set in the drought stricken town of Kiewarra in Australia, and the surrounding farmland. It all kicks off with three bodies, and a cop with a murky past digging through the local tensions and resentment to find out what happened. It's fair to say that it's not revolutionary, but holy shit it's good.
  7. Scott

    Scott Groundskeeper DLP Supporter

    Apr 25, 2008
    I'm looking for books similar (not even similar, maybe just as good as) Dresden Files, King Killer, Wheel of Time. The only thing I ask is it's one main character pov for the whole story. No switching back and forth between chapters.

    So what books would y'all recommend?
  8. Rubicon

    Rubicon Professor DLP Supporter

    Apr 8, 2011
  9. Sigurd

    Sigurd Fifth Year

    Aug 6, 2010
    The Reckoners series by Brandon Sanderson is one main character's POV. It's written for YA but still has an interesting world and I enjoyed them. Brandon Sanderson finished the final novel in the Wheel of Time and wrote the Mistborn series.

    The Reckoners series is 3 books and a novella.
  10. Paranoid Android

    Paranoid Android Groundskeeper

    Jul 8, 2012
    Started reading the Iliad. Was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I am. Diomedes rampaging through the Trojan lines sets a new, or old I guess, standard for epic battle scenes. 10/10 would sack the city of troy with.
  11. Iztiak

    Iztiak Heir

    Dec 4, 2006
    The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  12. ScottPress

    ScottPress The Horny Sovereign Prestige

    Apr 22, 2013
    The Holy Moose Empire
    High Score:
    I just finished it recently and was gonna post about it somewhere on DLP, I suppose this is a good place for it.

    It's definitely an interesting book, but I wouldn't recommend it to everyone. And probably more of a "read once" variety to me than something I'll come back to.

    Lynch's trick here is worldbuilding and that is great. Clearly the dude gave a lot of thought to making his world authentic and populated with people and places and history.

    Writing is good, hitting some real high points, but also hitting a few "trying too hard" moments.

    Structurally, I didn't mind hugely mind alternating past & present chapters, but I did mind when those interludes stopped being story chapters and just became infodumps (talking about the Coin-Kisser's Row and the prostitute war chapters). Compared to the chapter where Lynch sneaked a whole bunch of worldbuilding about the House of Bel Auster during the Teeth Show, those two interludes were really low effort.

    I'm sad to say that the plot is weak. There were some really interesting threads (the Spider and the Midnighters being one), but everything seemed to fall apart the moment the Grey King's plan was realized. He was introduced too late, his buildup was insufficient and the late-stage revelation of his reasons for revenge didn't make me care about it in the least. The Falconer was a much better villain. The plot probably could have been stronger if Lynch hadn't spent half the book building up the Don Salvara game which was then promptly relegated to a B plot. It's like the author decided halfway through the book to derail his heist story in favor of an arbitrary cutthroat villain.
  13. James

    James Professor

    Jan 22, 2015
    I have to agree with @ScottPress about the Locke Lamora. About everything.

    Additionally, I felt the author tried too hard to keep the MC doing stuff "in the nick of time", so was permanently ramping up the odds against Locke. Very much like the Dresden series for instance, except it's much more ridiculous and basically made me abandon the series second book in. Was expecting fantasy flavoured Ocean's Eleven, but while the flavour (the world) was great, the author just… I'd say wasn't simply smart enough for the plots to work for me.
  14. Mutton

    Mutton Auror

    Feb 20, 2011
    Well, I enjoyed the first book, I just didn't really think any of the sequels really worked. It's been too long for me to give anything more in depth than than though >.>
  15. why?

    why? Second Year

    Jun 30, 2017
    High Score:
    You guys are certainly more patient than I am.

    Gave up on Lamora only a few chapters in. Reading it felt like a chore, especially considering it kept on being mentioned in the same breath as The Name of the Wind. I see the similarities, but it just didn't do it for me. It was like comparing instant coffee to a good espresso, and I don't even like coffee all that much.
  16. Eilyfe

    Eilyfe Death Eater

    May 27, 2014
    I've read the first four books of the Earthsea series by Ursula K. Le Guin, and they've been fantastic. It's high-fantasy with dragons and wizards (and more than once I got the impression that Rothfuss got his ideas about names from Le Guin). What's more, and arguably even better, is her prose. There's a bewitching quality to it, and it's so fantastic at times that I'm still salivating a little at the thought.

    To anyone interested in fantasy (and even those who aren't usually) I can only recommend the Earthsea series. They're tremendous books.

    5/5 (especially the third, The Farthest Shore)

    For any writer: keep a notebook handy to scrawl down some of her phrases. They're beautiful, and also make me bow my head in shame -- I'll definitely steal as much as I can from that author-lady. (Fifth and sixth book have been ordered already.)
  17. Miner

    Miner Groundskeeper

    May 27, 2015
    East Coast
    Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize in Literature a little while ago and I'm about halfway through The Remains of the Day. Impressively simple, would recommend.

    Although I've heard even better things about Never Let Me Go.