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>Does every magical forest need talking trees to feel authentic?
>Which book has the best magical forest?
>What are you currently reading and how do you feel about it?

Monthly Reading for June: Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

Monthly Reading books: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/15ZwgDZVXB-nLqjbgcqgntZDyTddd0eqP


Science Fiction:

NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books:

SF&F author listing with ratings and summaries:


>> No.13326938


FUCK George R Martin

>> No.13326944

Sanderson isnt too bad

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>> No.13326989

I thought Elantris was alright. Made for a comfy beach read, at least.
Haven't read anything else of his though

>> No.13327012

are there any fantasy novels that have a similar feeling of dark but also comfy like Demon's and Dark Souls?

>> No.13327023

Unironically >>13326989

Also BotNS had some of those "big dark world that you only get to see a small portion of with lots of room for interpretation" vibes that FromSoft is so good at

>> No.13327138

Dying Earth.

>> No.13327143

I've got a soft spot for Patricia C. Wrede's magic forest, with its magic pull-cords the royal could use and... some sort of mischievous... I guess I don't remember much.

Though there were forests with magic in them in her Frontier Magic series, which was in a magical America where there weren't any Indians but there were lizards that turned you to stone in the woods.

>> No.13327161

>Does every magical forest need talking trees to feel authentic?
Non-talking trees like Old Man Willow can be even creepier. Magical forests need mystery, and talking can obfuscate that.
>Which book has the best magical forest?
I really liked the Labyrinth in the Death Gate Cycle, though it felt like it was better the less it was described.
>What are you currently reading and how do you feel about it?
Death's End, I'm waiting for it to kick in. Dark Forest took a while to start but it was worth it.

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How do I improve on the cyberpunk "formula?" I'm so cumbrained that I can barely attempt to break such a monotonous genre (corporations, hacking, cybernetics, crime), but I love the aesthetic and the possibilities for a good story.
The only ideas I've managed to form in my head is a short story about
>a UN clean up crew having to deal with a bio-weapon being used in the Amazon and the locals trying to keep their privacy from the rest of the world. Going to deal with the future in the countryside instead of inside cities.
>a high school student plans to cheat on a test. Deals with growing up in the future.

>> No.13327274

Anon, I...

>> No.13327303

>to be high tech and low life you must have certain zoning regulations
Shadowrun Brasilia is a great idea though.

>> No.13327326

countrysides filled with vagrants and bandits that are exploited by the people living in the megacities is cool though

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>Not ++ALL++ of the readers loved the Czech cover for Red Sister. So the publisher changed it. >Here are both.

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So I've gotten about 1/3 of the way through Green Mars. I enjoyed Red Mars a great deal, but am a bit disappointed with Green Mars thus far. Does it hit its stride later in the book? Or am I merely too much of a brainlet to enjoy it?

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I wonder how birdboi's progress is going. If he kept up his pace shouldn't he be at like 150k words now?

>> No.13327463

What if a fantasy novel or series that used Heidegger or Hegel's philosophy for how the magic system works?

>> No.13327495

>magic system
That's gonna be a YIKES from me, bro.

>> No.13327503

Yeah I like vague magic a lot more. Sanderson is still readable though

>> No.13327517

What about magic where you just make bird mating calls and hope the magic works?

>> No.13327548

they both look like photoshops made by an 8 year old

>> No.13327570

Redpill me on Children Of Time

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>> No.13327605

>falling behind on reading pace because I have ran out of books that hook me

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It took me 3 months to finish Toll the Hounds but I finally did it. I never want to read another fucking Malazan book again

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i want to read lotr, should i read the hobbit first or what lads?

>> No.13327644

you can if you want, you're not missing out on much by skipping it though

>> No.13327646

You can if you want, it doesn't add a ton. Won't take long anyway, very light read. When you get to Fellowship read that chapter on hobbits, read the whole thing until you can practically smell their comfy little holes, that'll help you keep the stakes in mind.

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Lovecraft's Dream Cycle is better than his Cthulhu mythos.

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Remainder that I'll collect nominees around the 24th and then we'll vote on next months read before the Lord of Light discussion.

>> No.13327661

Dream-Quest is easily the best thing he wrote.

>> No.13327667

Learn to skim

>> No.13327673

Yes. Just because it's really comfy.

>> No.13327720

he hasn't been posting lately, either here or on /tg/wbg/, but I hope he's keeping pace. If his autism works the same as mine id assume hes completely immersed unless something came up irl

>> No.13327739

Based and Ghoulpilled

>> No.13327783

>I never want to read another fucking Malazan book again
This was the only way I was able to finish Malazan and it was the first time I ever had to skim through a book/series to finish it.

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1. Stop jerking off more than once a day, only do it to fulfill your needs
2. Stop watching porn entirely
3. Start reading a lot of non-fiction books
4. Read the greats of sci-fi and cyberpunk
5. Meditate on what makes each work “great” and try to use that to your advantage
6. Practice writing every day (assuming you want to be a writer)
7. Start lifting weights (use SS or stronglifts as a template program)
8. Learn a programming language (codeacademy is a good resource)
9. Learn a second language (assuming you dont already know one
10. Speculate on the future and write about it
I just solved all your issues in life with 10 steps. /sig/ sends its warm regards

>> No.13327842


the Hobbit is literally for kids though, so it's akin to reading the first Harry Potter but with slightly more sophisticated language. Very short and worth reading though.

LOTR is much more adult. I read it last year for the first time since I was a teenager, and was surprised that I enjoyed it far more than when I was younger and couldn't appreciate all of Tolkien's ideas, particularly his religious themes.

I'd also recommend The Silmarillion afterwards, which is sort of like a fake history book, and The Children of Hurin, which is quite a lot darker than LOTR and less known, but amazing.

>> No.13327843

thanks, Giga

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No problem bro. Just remember to put me in your special thanks when you write your magnum opus

>> No.13327868

I will.

>> No.13327909

Was I the only one who rooted for Saruman when reading LOTR?

>> No.13327917

no, but I did genuinely want Sauron to win

>> No.13327937

Also, for your masturbation addiction, habitica is a good app to “gameify” self-improvement and habit building/kicking. Give it a look friend

>> No.13327953

Replace Amazon brazil with Amazon Bezos and a massive automated distribution centre that has tribes in.
-Punk as fuck.

>> No.13327982

and in the end it was the Ents who ROOTED him out

>> No.13328008

/sffg/, ive decided that since i cant write at the moment and I've had too many interviews recently to manage, im going to start looking for a job in the publishing industry so I can get my foot in the door and get my first book published. most likely, its going to get in the way of me write the big one, but you know what they say about a bird in the hand

the dreamlands are a fantastic setting, but I like what other writers have done with it better than the original. The later Johannes Cabal books arent great, but I was amazed at how much more weird and fascinating their version of the dreamlands is

>> No.13328047

Wolfblade shill, are you still around? Do I need to read the first Hythrun Chronicles series to read Wolfblade or can it be read separately?

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>want to read cosmic horror
>lovecraft was a brainlet, scared of niggers, and mediocre at best

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>he wants to get scared about the universe by someone who can't even be scared of black people

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Evening, lads. Just finished this book. I really liked it and wondered if there's anything else like it. What would you guys recommend?

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Should I read Titus Alone (Gormenghast 3)?

>> No.13328278

I will explain myself. Everybody seems to act like a cunt to Saruman even before he comes down to Middle-Earth. They keep telling him how important he is and then they go "Uh yes we're going to give some powerful important crap to people who are more incompetent and more easy to corrupt than you." Then when he gets down to Middle-Earth, the beings he swore to protect all dislike him. The guy can't get a break.

>> No.13328308

>R Martin
>just one R
good man

>> No.13328319

I'm not Wolfblade shill but you don't need to read the first series,Wolfblade is set like 30 years before the first trilogy.

>> No.13328320

I seem to recall, probably from the Silmarillion, that Gandalf was always the slightly greater wizard, but he preferred to wander Middle-Earth and enjoy the company of 'lesser' beings. Whereas Saruman was always an aloof dick who took over Orthanc and brooded over shit, but men were pretty pleased cause at least it kept the Dunlendings out of the damn tower. Basically, it was known that he was prone to being corrupted due to pride, and therefore things happened the way they did rather than the ring coming to Saruman.

>> No.13328352

I mean there was a reason as to why he was at first Saruman The White, That would make any man prideful. They literally chose him to be the leader and then they crapped all over him.

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/sffg/ help me
i just want a book or series or anything that deals with going through dungeon(s) and all the monsters and shit in there. maybe some loot too but i dont need that.
i bought these 6 books recently on an ebay listing but they are a little too pulpy.

>> No.13328446

Might I recommend playing video games?

>> No.13328451

blow me

>> No.13328466

>book starts with 5 pages of maps

And dropped

>> No.13328474

The Second book in the Book of Swords Trilogy by Fred Saberhagen is a big dungeon crawl on a cave,that's the only one i can think of right now if i remember another i will post them

>> No.13328485

I was actually going to rec you a book I just read that fits perfectly with what you want, but then you had to say this:
>but they are a little too pulpy.

>> No.13328486

maps are essential to any fantasy

>> No.13328487

Book of the New Sun, specifically the first half of Claw of the Conciliator.

>> No.13328491

.t a map lover

>> No.13328503

pretty sure that's literally what litrpg is. Just go to amazon and look for the highest rated ones

>> No.13328521

>I was actually going to rec you a book I just read that fits perfectly with what you want, but then you had to say this:
>>but they are a little too pulpy.
to be honest i just parroted that word off a review of these books that i read. i dont know how to describe whats wrong with this series. pulpy may not be the word i was looking for. shoot

will check it out thank you

thanks man i will check it out

eh i just looked into that and it doesnt look right. i shouldnt have even said the loot thing.
thanks for the help though

>> No.13328558

No they are not, but they're a cheap way of explaining where everything is located without having to explain it in story.

>> No.13328588

>to be honest i just parroted that word off a review of these books that i read. i dont know how to describe whats wrong with this series. pulpy may not be the word i was looking for. shoot
Pulp is good. Pulp is life. Remember that next time. And the book I was going to recommend is Dungeon Samurai. It's an isekai so if that triggers you then don't bother reading fruther, but the writer also describes it as an "anti-litrpg." Now I've never read ANY litrpg before and I don't plan to, but my take is the book is an litrpg, but done in a much, MUCH more realistic manner. The book goes into balls-deep details about what it would actually be like to traverse a monster-filled dungeon with traps and monster bosses.

>> No.13328609

Wow this is a retarded opinion. On a continent there can be dozens of countries. Their exact relationship to one another is unwieldy to describe directly and may simply not come up.

Also wouldn't you like to know the relative size of each country as well? Unless they're given you verbal size comparisons in story you're not gonna get that.

In other words maps offer information you're not getting elsewhere.u a tard m8

>> No.13328624

Maps aren't important; they just flesh out information easier than explaining it in story. You're dumb as shit. Fuck off.

>> No.13328628

i cant even find this book

>> No.13328635

Birdboi here. I am feeling unsure of my writing. I have reached the 100k word mark and can see I am over halfway done with The Sweet Mist, but I fear for the quality of my writing overall.

The time I spend editing may vastly outweigh the time I spend writing.

>> No.13328642

>making maps is easier than telling someone 'this country lay to the east'
nigga u dumb, cartography as an art form is extremely time consuming

also maps let you see the whole of the picture and not just what is immediately relevant to the story

fuck off m8

>> No.13328670

Find it how? It's on Amazon for purchase and on mobilism for free.

>> No.13328687

absolutely not, almost ruined the first 2 books for me with how shit it was. Learn from my mistake and don't waste your time on it.

>> No.13328696

BB, the most important thing I learned when writing my first novel was "save the editing for later". No first draft is perfect, and perfect is the enemy of the good. Just get shit down and save the editing for when it isn't a distraction.

>> No.13328706

Honestly I am also feeling back because I think the anon in this thread who dislikes maps may hold a common sentiment. I was planning on having both a map and a calendar at the end of the book to aid understanding.

>> No.13328709

The two flow into each other pretty well, but they’re mostly separate. Outside the USA they’re actually marketed as separate trilogies (Demon Child and then Hythrun Chronicles.) I would argue that Demon Child is a lot more YA than Wolfblade, and only really worth reading if you’re a fan of Fallon.

>> No.13328712

If you want more of the same, Annihilation by Vandemeer is basically Roadside Picnic for American millennials.

>> No.13328805

birdboi, I'm going to level with you about something

In the span of a few weeks, you've written more than most authors will write in their entire lives, and what's more you did so while writing about something you're genuinely passionate about. That's rare man. That alone is amazing. The fact that on top of all of that you have a world you've fleshed out down to mapping the fucking weather patterns shows more than just time investment and attention to detail: it shows that what your writing is completely and utterly true to yourself.

Don't let some guy who hates maps take that away from you. Even if he's right that people don't like maps it doesn't matter. I for one hate learning other languages, but it still awes me that Tolkien invented his own languages complete with beautiful-looking alphabets and nuanced etymology. People don't have to like your maps to respect them, and respect is far more valuable.

>> No.13328828

GRRM's scifi is far better than his fantasy. ASoIaF a shit, Tuf Voyaging 4lyf.

>> No.13329103

>Technology where you can control corpses to do menial labor, and also you can fuck them
>Main Character realizes how real life women always break his heart, so he contents himself with a zombie wife that gives him amazing sex
GRRM has some neat ideas, but man his fetishes kind of insert themselves into most of his work.

>> No.13329170

Why? Literally every work in which there is a causal relationship between the appearance of magic and an action undertaken by its user by definition has a scientific magic system.

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>> No.13329217

It is a mix of things. My pace is steady enough but also I need to leave my home and find a new place to live. Looking occupies much of my time.

>> No.13329304

So, rand got best end
Is he immortal now or what?
will the tarmon gaidon repeat on this world or just on other worlds?

>> No.13329453

I can’t believe that’s the real fucking cover

>> No.13329458

It's much better when the maps are on the inside of the cover

>> No.13329464

Time is a wheel
It goes round and around and around and a

>> No.13329601
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Finished this yesterday, pretty enjoyable. In terms of setting it's somewhat similar to the Sabriel books by Garth Nix, the main character is a warrior-priest, with significantly more emphasis on the Priest side than usual, who by happenstance ends up at ground zero of a primordial dragon waking up, which brings with it all sorts of supernatural shit that had been sealed away for centuries. Dragon is mostly a name, it's a six legged walking mountain (the five other include a stormcloud, a windly, human shaped blob, and a window into somewhere else).
Most of the plot is kind of a Jack the Ripper story, the main character has to track down this thing called Janus, which doesn't particularly like humans, and has been murdering priests by turning them into gory works of art. It also has a magical dick joke which cracked me up.

Tended a bit more toward action in the latter half of the book, which I didn't really think was its strong suit, but it was adequate.

>> No.13329620

is that tree hating anon still here

>> No.13329627

I don't know i dropped it on book 4

>> No.13329652

>tree hating anon
is he a dwarf by any chance?

>> No.13329828

The ending was really disappointing imo.
What a shitty way to go, after a good start.

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I also finished it recently, was surprised at how short it was. I also really liked it, something I didn't expect was how the best stalkers were all locals, they weren't scummy treasure hunters at first, just guys whose town had got blasted by forces beyond their comprehension and now had to risk their lives just to step in the neighborhoods they grew up in. Also surprised it predated Chernobyl by so much.

Something I read that had the same sense of peril in every footstep and beautiful corrupting artifacts was Made in Abyss

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When does this get not shitty

>> No.13330067

If you do end up reading this series, just read up to book 5 and quit. Don't read book 6.
Trust me on this.
As for my rec...The Doom quartet (yes, based off the video game)

>> No.13330100

The early books are the best.

>> No.13330119

The series is good, but the real problem is that the author really, REALLY liked his setting, so there are some really interesting threadsm that develop slowly because there are many povs and worldbuilding.
But god when shit begins to happen you literally cant stop reading, EYE of the world is tame, when shit hits the fan you literally cant stop reading and cant help but curse jordan for having to read through hundreds of lines of women sighing, women being bitches, dresses and foods being described to excruciating details.
But imo its worth
What makes me sad is the author death so we never got a pos ending chapter/book

>> No.13330191

The first book is essentially one really long prologue. The series doesn't really get good and start book 2 onwards. EotW itself doesn't really get good until the journey into the Waste.

>> No.13330284

DAE get peeved when reading a pseudo medieval fantasy and the author throws in "gee sexism sure is bad"? wow good for you man so brave to take a stand against sexism. i wish the fantasy worlds had full gender equality so i could bypass the feminist subplot and go straight to the demons skull fucking humanity

>> No.13330358

>dude people living in a medieval society totally care about sexual liberation and not how they're going to survive the next winter lmao

>> No.13330631

Don’t forget to have a diverse multi cultural democratic team fight against the evil church

>> No.13330846

Kys Tolkien shill. lotr a shit

>> No.13330856

Picked up. Getting tuf voyage now.

>> No.13330866

get fucked, Moorcock, nobody likes you and your books are trash

>> No.13330895

Autistic fa/tg/uys really need to fuck off with their map autism?

>> No.13330923

We don't have a tree hating anon. We have a tree hugging anon that gets triggered anytime someone tests their abilities in a forest and destroys countless trees.

>> No.13330973

What was he thinking. Even twitter comments are cruel.

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>> No.13331055

my memory is bad

>> No.13331172


peoples wants and needs haven't fundamentally changed for the roughly 7 or so thousand years weve had civilization. Just because hunger and disease were bigger issues didn't mean people didn't want personal freedom and to be treated fairly

for fucks sake, the one of the oldest pieces of recorded writing we've ever translated is a bad yelp review for some babylonian copper merchant. don't act like eating, fucking and not dying of the plague were all peasants a few hundred years ago cared about

>> No.13331221

yeah, but they also didn't want 'liberation' from their husbands who provided for them and gave them protection.

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>> No.13331451

Dune is fantasy

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>fantasy is only about knights and dragons
Hopefully in a few hours I will make a chart of about 4 books or so, that have mature women.

>> No.13331552

what should I read next?

The Wizard Knight
The Buried Giant
The Eye of the World
Starship Troopers
The Terror

>> No.13331562

Don't act like eating and sex and dying are what sexual liberation was about, Babylon did not have a government and corporation intent on doubling the workforce for a quick buck.

>> No.13331578

Something that isn't the same rehashed books that was recommended for the past 6 years of this general?

>> No.13331587

shit, someone's finally caught on that I'M the one who's been recommending the same books for the past 6 years

>> No.13331601

attanasiofag gave up, you are all that's left

>> No.13331714

>Don't act like eating and sex and dying are what sexual liberation was about

that is literally the exact opposite of what I said. What are you doing on /lit/ if you don't have reading comprehension skills

>> No.13331735


it's time for all the wannabe author autists to make their own goddamn threads and keep their literal shit out of here. birdboi can choke to death on foodboi's cock while planeboi accidentally releases a cloud of chlorine gas and we can be done with them once and for all.

>> No.13331773

shouldn't foodboi be the one who releases the chlorine? That seems like his area of expertise and hes probably bitter enough to do it

>> No.13331778

you're right; I stand corrected.

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far and away the best sf book of the year

>> No.13332001

>female author

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>read fantasy novel
>a character is described as wearing a Thracian helmet

>> No.13332015

>identity politics

>> No.13332109

>female mc
That's gonna be a yikes from me

>> No.13332135

When the Milf Queen gets mindbroken
I just read Raven's Shadow by Patricia Briggs,it's about a middle aged magician mom going on an adventure with her two sons and loli daughter to rescue her kidnapped husband.pretty standard fantasy but still fun.

>> No.13332152

>identity politics

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What about a female mc written by a male

>> No.13332175

also shit.

>> No.13332389


It was fun until

>codeacademy is a good resource

plz no

>> No.13332427

Its fine. The issue is just female authors (who are universally shit)

>> No.13332489

It's not very good.

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>get recommended Malazan because it's huge, deep and complex
>read it and it's just some D&D-tier shit on a large scale

>> No.13332515

This has to be a joke, right?

>> No.13332521

Read book of the new sun.

>> No.13332546

It's not his decision. Books get licensed in different countries and everything (translation, art work, marketing etc) is all done by some local publisher.

>> No.13332574

I'm sort of curious about publishing in a country like the Czech Republic, like what goes into the decision to translate into a very small language.

I mean, how many Czechs could there possibly be who would be interested in reading some fantasy book but doesn't already read in English. I'm guessing the potential customer base for a Czech fantasy translation is literally in the low thousands.

>> No.13332589

> in the low thousands
Even that is optimistic and probably why they spent less than the price of a Big Mac on the artwork.

>> No.13332597

yeah, I was hesitant to go as low as literally hundreds of copies, but it wouldn't surprise me.

>> No.13332725

>middle aged magician mom going on an adventure with her two sons and loli daughter
I am talking about mature women with younger men.

>> No.13332780

>it's just some D&D-tier shit on a large scale
It's LITERALLY that faggot's GURPS campaign. It's brutally obvious in the first book as soon as that one legendary military squadron where each member has a different class appears.

Malazan is a garbage-tier replay, like Lodoss War with worse prose.

>> No.13332830

>why do you guys like fun
>read the same old books over an over again

>> No.13332832

Yeah,kinda sucks there aren't many books about that,i just content myself reading about fantasy moms doing cool stuff

>> No.13332846

>why don't you guys read my 10,000 pages of poorly recounted roleplaying?
>you must just hate fun

>> No.13332855

Then recommend some books that not the regular vance, dune, and others?

>> No.13332860

It won't take long.

>> No.13332866

Need some books like overlord.
Dark over powered lord that crushes everything.

>> No.13332999
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>start reading asoiaf
>EVERY chapter has detailed descriptions of food

lol this fat fuck.

>> No.13333033

What are some fantasy or sci fi stories other than the blindsight or revelation space that have authentically alien aliens?

>> No.13333045

Robert E. Howard, The Scarlet Citadel. It does everything a modern fantasy trilogy goes for in a short story.

>> No.13333049

Dark Lord of Derkholm.

>> No.13333057

The Night Land. It's not a standard SF, much more H.G. Wells than Isaac Asimov, and you could really classify it as a horror, but the monsters are definitely outside the experience of the reader and the characters.

>> No.13333061

Anybody read King of Elfland's Daughter? That book was just about perfect. I've been trying to read Dunsany's picaresque about the Spaniard but there just isn't much of a goal there.

>> No.13333153

Someone redpill me on Conan

>> No.13333155

I Know I Know Oh Oh Oh

>> No.13333183

Don't think I could do a better job than Tower of the Elephant.

>> No.13333216

Howard is suggested to death.

>> No.13333221

but you didn't read him, did you

>> No.13333233

Shall I buy all of the weird tales? Is there a correct reading order?

>> No.13333234
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Thanks. This review sold me on it.

>> No.13333244

Not really, the Conan stories aren't that related to each other and you can start with any, but a lot of people just read them in publication order just because.

>> No.13333251

GRI in Diana Wynne Jones?

>> No.13333271

Aight Cheers

>> No.13333390

Then ignore it and follow the other advice. If you throw it all away just because one reccomendation sounds wrong in your opinion, you’re a brainlet.

>> No.13333424

Read them in the order they were written; NOT publication order. And either purchase or download the Del Rey collections; don't bother with any other Conan books. Those Del Rey Conan books are the best of the best.

>> No.13333503

Female MCs written by males are even worse. Female MCs written by females can be entertaining in how their entire lives and stories revolve around their vaginas, and provide some useful lessons on human nature. Female MCs written by males tend to be fembots existing only to show how awesome womyn are.

>> No.13333568

You want some recommendation which aren't usual of these threads?

A.D. Foster's fantasy cycles
Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud (the rest of Stroud's books appear to be shit, though)
Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy (written by a women, deliberately slow-paced, and still moves ahead way faster than Malazanshit)
Fuck if you want military dark fantasy, read the first three books of Glen Cook's Black Company. And the rest of the books are still better than Malazan, even though by the point of writing them Cook realized that he can put more butter on his bread by making the story drag on.

>> No.13333612

man there really might be a market for dark humor smut.

>> No.13333619

>Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud (the rest of Stroud's books appear to be shit, though)
>Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy (written by a women, deliberately slow-paced, and still moves ahead way faster than Malazanshit)
>Fuck if you want military dark fantasy, read the first three books of Glen Cook's Black Company. And the rest of the books are still better than Malazan, even though by the point of writing them Cook realized that he can put more butter on his bread by making the story drag on.
Every thing here is shilled regularly.

>> No.13333658

Does early Card get shilled in these threads? Hart's Hope was really different, sort of Le Guin by way of the Old Testament with enough standard fantasy in there to throw you off. Treason is good enough you forget you're reading a video game. Worthing Saga feels like half of a better story but there's all of Card's lyricism in it. And of course his short stories are bizarre.

Or speaking of sentimental Americans, has anyone read Clifford D. Simak? Sort of like Ray Bradbury with a skeleton. The City stories are about humanity spreading out to country houses since the helicopter makes travel so easy, then screwing off to Jupiter because we find out the creatures there have more fun with their lives, leaving behind the super-intelligent dogs we uplifted to deal with the super-intelligent ants.

>> No.13333674

>Pick up George RR Martin sci-fi book
>open random page
>eye falls on a description of food

>> No.13333685

>pick up Redwall book
>open random page
>eye falls on a description of morning found her squatting

>> No.13333743
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I just realized YWHE is running a racket. He created demons to devour human souls and the only way to avoid this, is by praying to him. Like: why create the demons in the first place?

And I came to this conclusion that YWHE and Muhammad and the Pope and Jesus and Satan are all filthy kikes forcing you to play a rigged game. If you praise Satan, you're praising a kike. If you praise Jesus, you're praising a kike. If you praise Muhammad, you're praising a kike-fucker, and your children are considered kikes if the mother is a kike, so all of Islam are kikes.

If you praise Thor, the entire mythology got kike-ifies into oblivion by a kike priest, so Thor is now a kike. Similar to Zeus and Pan.

In fact, Pan is also a kike by association with Satan.

Why are we praising kikes if they ultimately want to destroy us? I'm high btw.

>> No.13333753

What's the greatest fantasy book containing puns?

>> No.13333782

Wrong thread. >>>/pol/ is that way.

>> No.13333818

Does Asprin have puns? I've heard good things about him, but if not then your only choices are probably Pierce Anthony and National Lampoon.

>> No.13333850

I dunno man, Acts of Caine maybe?

Starts off feeling like generic muh edgy badass but becomes much better and weirder than that.

>> No.13333867

Anybody read Margaret St. Clair? She seems like a real proto-New Wave figure.

>> No.13333878

>"Women are closer to the primitive than men. They are conscious of the moon-pulls, the earth-tides. They possess a buried memory of humankind's obscure and ancient past which can emerge to uniquely color and flavor a novel. Such a woman is Margaret St. Clair…."

>> No.13333895

>Women are closer to the primitive than men
lol we know, princess. Oh we definitely know.

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Y u gotta h8 on birdboi bby?

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Enjoy fellow mature lovers.

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Thanks anon.

>> No.13334008

>The Broken Sword
>an elf woman raises a human baby like he was her own son and becomes one of his many elf lovers when he's of age

>> No.13334012

Randi Darren's zombie book has milfs and used goods.

>> No.13334018

What about Prince of Nothing.
You know that Emperor fucked his mom.
(how could an old hag look so virginal)

>> No.13334031

Didn't the barrow shill say that someone fucked someone's mother?

We never see her do anything with him. Just flashbacks of handjobs.

>> No.13334032

That was pretty minor compared to the brother/sister incest.

>> No.13334041

I know, but the list is about cougars.

>> No.13334054

do you have consensual older guy / preteen girl recs? with lots of fucking involved

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There are lots of that. But what's the fun in that? It's hard to find older women. It's always older guy and a younger girl.
>Some 300 year vamp and some woman.
>girl wants to give it to daddy

Lolita, etc for recs.

>> No.13334152

>mists of Avalon author not on the list
Sad! Reminder she sexually abused her (male and female) kids

>> No.13334162

I think it was her husband who did that but she knew and didn't do anything.

>> No.13334184

No, she did it too. It was just her husband was more prolific than she was, and went outside the family. Her daughter specifically accused her of diddling her from 3-12. Both of them were in on it.

>> No.13334222

>started the genre

>> No.13334300

Elves truly are the most degenerate.

>> No.13334325

Lately ive been reading late 90s fantasy. Villains by Necessity, The Banned and the Banished series, and The Last Rune series. All really comfy

>> No.13334347

The Hobbit is short and fun totally worth but not necessary for LoTR

>> No.13334352

Any more fantasy book about evil overlords? No darkness that comes before and grim company

>> No.13334376

If you like dog penises, boy have i got a series for you!

>> No.13334404

Stories involving climbing a Tower?

>> No.13334413

>What are you currently reading and how do you feel about it?

the silmarillion, its like a history book or a book in the bible

>> No.13334415

Sufficiently Advanced Magic

>> No.13334419

>The Banned and the Banished series
I read the first book years and years ago because I got it for free via a mutual acquaintance with the author. Is the rest of the series any good?

>> No.13334432

After I finished the second one I checked out the amazon reviews and laughed at all the people roasting him for the forced SJW shit. The author must not be very bright because that series was well received but then he decided to write multiple side stories that no one wanted or cared about instead of focusing on the main series

>> No.13334435

I want to read it but I can't get past the forced gay shit.

>> No.13334436

>more than halfway through Green Mars
I’m getting tired of this faggot with his stupid autism magic Mars hands. Is it worth it for Blue Mars or is this the same kind of shot I’m gonna get.

>> No.13334438

Wait second book is out? I did not even know. Forced SJW shit, you say?

>> No.13334440
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Gonna read some pretentious-free modern S&S from the main man behind Bal-Sagoth.

>> No.13334441

The second story in Stories of Your Life and Others

>> No.13334444

Tower of Babylon was nice

>> No.13334472

Just some stuff that makes you roll your eyes. The mc being gay is ramped up and one character that has special pronouns.

>> No.13334480

Is the magical system autism worldbuilding ramped up as well?

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>> No.13334511

I don't remember it was a while ago. By the time he actually publishes the third instead of the 10th side story I'm going to have to reread them. I think he delves deeper into the mc making more stuff. I think it's more focused on them going to school or maybe that was the first one.

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>omg malazan is boring

>> No.13334527

Don't bully ContraPoints

>> No.13334573

I am being serious faggot. I read every shill in this general. Get new stuff.

If you don't mind litrpg-esque, and self-published books, then yes, plenty.

>> No.13334594

>mc making more stuff.
Explain. If it has good magical engineering, i can ignore the forced gay shit.

>> No.13334618

He's a magical enchanter/engraver, from what I remember from the first book. He needs specific resources to do those things.

>> No.13334625

What. Does. He. Make.

>> No.13334656

I literally don't remember but his old lady teacher mentors him. Some glove thing and he fucks with the pendants that keep the students safe during duels. Just read the book. The sjw shit doesn't add anything and is usually just enough to make you roll your eyes and move on

>> No.13334703

What do you think about non-human races in your sci-fi or fantasy books?

>> No.13334729

Fuck that sjw hack, if you watch him and use 4chan you need to fuck off

>> No.13334735

Ok retard

>> No.13334736
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>tfw Mensa-certified IQ 144

>> No.13334739

>waahh waahh dont my fun of my tranny sjw camwhore
Fuck that clueless hack

>> No.13334741

>anything else
based when they are in awe of humans

>> No.13334744
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>Don't bully ContraPoints

>> No.13334748

Not based and cringe

>> No.13334749

Ok retard

>> No.13334750


>> No.13334754

You should go cry about being a victim, tranny faggot. Contrapoints is an unstable psychotic tranny freak too, i guess thats why you like him so much.

>> No.13334756

Back to r*ddit, dyke.

>> No.13334760

Ok retard

>> No.13334768

But before the tower crashed to charred and smouldering shards upon the sand, one last imperial warrior leaped across the ravaged breaching platform and onto the wall of the fortress. The man was a giant, standing nearly seven feet tall. He was clad in blackened scale-mail armour and a full-faced, spiked iron helm, and he wielded a great curved tulwar with a notched and glyph-scored blade. Three Vyrgothian warriors fell instantly before that vast sword, their armour rent and sundered.
Caylen watched enthralled as Haakon suddenly spied the towering swordsman and strode resolutely to meet him, his mighty blood-kissed axe dripping red. Like two titans born of legend the men met, rutilant sparks erupting from the resounding clash of their steel. Locked in a gruelling battle of untrammelled might, neither warrior yielded an inch, their colossal weapons grinding and shrieking in a cacophony of pattern-welded death.

How in the fuck does a metal musician who only writes part time have better prose than the vast majority of modern fantasy writers?

>> No.13334809

The Main character of Dancers at the End of Time has an incestual relationship with his mother.

>> No.13334825

>sjw dyke so BTFO she cant even think up a reply

>> No.13334832


>> No.13334836

Ok retard

>> No.13334838
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genre writer: "what kinda fantasy name you want senpai?"
me: "a runningback for BYU"

>> No.13334845

Your mental disabilities put you at an unfair disadvantage in this exchange, so I will give you the last word. You seem really invested in it, sjw tranny freak

>> No.13334848

O k
R e t a r d

>> No.13334853


>> No.13334880

Now thats fucking based

>> No.13334894

>tfw no hot Mormon wife and retarded-named Mormon baby

>> No.13334914

You don't want a mormon wife

>> No.13334917

Stop replying to yourself

>> No.13334924

I'd take any kind of wife at this point. Even one who beats me.

>> No.13334956

Darwath Trilogy
Continuing Time Series
Hawk & Fisher

>> No.13334977

>Villains by Necessity
>The Last Rune
Hey i never heard about those,they look fun.
See? when we stop talking about wolfe,howard,erikson etc we can actually find new books to read instead of reading The Scarlet Citadel for the 47th time.

>> No.13334983

What I conclude from this thread is that the malazan haters are she tranny dykes that got btfo reddit when malazan got suggested over their favourite series.

>> No.13335004

>implying there's anything wrong with reading The Scarlet Citadel 47 times

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>What I conclude from this thread is that the malazan haters are she tranny dykes that got btfo reddit when malazan got suggested over their favourite series.

>> No.13335031

Malazan is like reading someone else's Dungeons and Dragons campaign notes.

>> No.13335041

I don't get /sffg/ anymore. Why are you all so buttfrustrated about people who aren't being assholes to anyone?

>> No.13335078

yeah my mom worked for a mormon-owned law firm for a while and they're only slightly above Scientologists.

>> No.13335100

Just finished the second wheel of time book and I'm not sure if I even enjoyed it.
Other people say the ending was where things started to shine but to me it just felt like a bit of a clusterfuck.
Is it worth sticking with the series?

Also, Min suddenly being all over Rands dick and straight up cucking Egwene rustled my jimmies thoroughly for some reason.
If that love triangle shit continues for the rest of the books I'd appreciate a heads up.

>> No.13335109

His gurps campaign is better than the majority of shit suggested here or on reddit. Ducking wheel of time is actually tranny dogpoo, where the middle books can be skipped. Can’t wait for the tv show to be a flop.

>> No.13335160

I've read and enjoyed the Xeelee sequence. Is Xeelee Endurance worth reading?

>> No.13335170

Pro tips on scifi smut? Started writing what was basically star trek space battles and now turned into an android brothel.

>> No.13335204

Pro-tip: don't do it you fucking sex haver

>> No.13335212

God Bless Cowga

>> No.13335222


>> No.13335225

SciFi smut is just like any other smut. There used to be a weekly thread on /tg/ that was all about sff smut but it got nuked a while ago.

>> No.13335231

he should get those fucking teeth pulled

>> No.13335233
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How many protagonists is too many? I have 9.

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>> No.13335237

How do you have 0 protagonists?

>> No.13335266

story is told from the viewpoint of a non-sentient observer
all mortal characters are antagonists

>> No.13335273

>Lack the writing skill to develop a coherent plot from a limited number of perspectives
>Keep introducing endless characters and povs to use as info dump chutes
>End up with the book Steven Sanderson of Time written by Joe "not a Tolkien clone" Lawrence and set to be part of an 8 book planned series called Expectations Subverted.

>> No.13335283

damn. youre fuckin smart

>> No.13335289

>>End up with the book Steven Sanderson of Time written by Joe "not a Tolkien clone" Lawrence and set to be part of an 8 book planned series called Expectations Subverted.
Plebbit would love that.

>> No.13335344


If you have your favorite food all across the table, but there's a large pile of shit in the middle, will you just scoop it up and throw the shit away, and eat the rest like nothing happened? The credibility of advice is easily ruined if you're certain that one part of it is the dumbest possible shit ever.

>> No.13335356

The show will be ruined by feminist bullshit for sure. Even if the show is half-decent, everyone will only talk about strong whamen and that will be its demise.

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The Man in the Maze by Robert Silverberg

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Still my favourite series... ever.

>> No.13335460

>here or on reddit.

When the main competition is Mistborn or WoT, that's not a big accomplishment.

>> No.13335474

Who's your favourite youtuber?


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>> No.13335578

Malazan is THE quintessential reddit EPIC! fantasy series

It is the Skyrim of fantasy - incredibly broad but deep as a puddle.

>> No.13335607

Why is purple prose seen as bad again?

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it make my head hurt

I go back to read malazan

>> No.13335649

If you think this is good prose then I don't know what to tell you.

>> No.13335661

muh adjectives

>> No.13335668

Absulotelito basado.

>> No.13335669

And here are examples
Retards like this get triggered over any prose that doesn't read like it was written by someone who just learned rudimentary English. I'd rather read the most purple prose imaginable than the bottom of the barrel prose from writers like Sanderson and GRRM.

>> No.13335678

>Like two titans born of legend the men met, rutilant sparks erupting from the resounding clash of their steel.
Is that a good sentence to you?

>> No.13335684

yeah Hemingway is fucking TRASH amirite

>> No.13335693

Fuck yea it is.
His prose is definitely trash.

>> No.13335703

It's not when it is done right. To do so you need some basic understanding of mythic writing and a good ear for language. I hate to use this language, but it can either be "based" or "cringe"

Right: Conan, Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, Clark Ashton Smith

Wrong: Eye of Argon, >>13334768

>> No.13335709

one day you'll grow up and realise cramming adjectives in everywhere is not always better, and be embarrassed that you ever thought it was.

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>> No.13335761

If it's done right it's not purple. Purple prose is inappropriate or excessive by definition.
Which is why it's bad: it's inappropriate or excessive.

>> No.13335767

Yikes AND cringe.

>> No.13335778

>incels thinking they know anything about good prose
lol just stop.

>> No.13335831

So far in this thread all I’ve seen mention is the shite wheel of time, shite asoiaf and shite niche books. Unironically Eriksons’ dumbass gurps campaign is more interesting than this shit.

>> No.13335848

Because shit writers don't want their writings critiqued for reading like a newspaper article.

So, even books like those
>Right: Conan, Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser, Clark Ashton Smith

absolutely none of which uses particularly flowery language, merely command of English above grade school level, and knowledge of basic writing techniques used to stoke the reader's imagination, are now called "purple prose".

>> No.13335936

>out of the literal tens of thousands of books you can only choose between Malazan, WoT or mistborn

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>So far in this thread all I’ve seen mention is the shite wheel of time, shite asoiaf and shite niche books

>> No.13335953

I am disappointed. I expected you to be the tree anon. When I started reading I thought it would end with the destruction of a forest.

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>His gurps campaign is better than the majority of shit suggested here

No, it isn't. In fact it is pretty hard to think of a fantasy book which is even slightly popular and worse than Malazan. Malazan combines immense long-windedness and PoV bloat of WoT or late ASoIaF books with Abercrombie-tier implausibility of characters and world building on Terry Goodkind's level of stupid.

>or on reddit.

You also have to go back.

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General PSA
If you use the word "yikes", you are from rebbit, underage b&, or both.

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>> No.13335976

rolly pollies and redshits invaded

>> No.13335987

Does anyone in this thread even like fantasy? You people trash everything. I come to this thread for recommendations and all I get out of it is that I should be reading something else entirely because it's all shit.

>> No.13335999

Find other authors to talk about faggot. Those aren't the only authors in the world.

>> No.13336004

I read xianxia

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>> No.13336037

Hemingway is extremely florid compared to Black Company.

>> No.13336039

This, I was surprised at how terse Howard is. He doesn't overload with adjectives (that's Dunsany, to good effect), he just has a wide vocabulary that he uses well.

>> No.13336042

but why

>> No.13336047

Trips confirm, nobody rec authors who have been suggested before in the 13-year history of /sffg/

>> No.13336056

It is almost as if there are people with different opinions here!

You can fuck off to the place where majority-approved choices are conveniently upvoted for you. Or you can, you know, try to tell us about the books you like.

>> No.13336063

>the first /sffg/ was in 2001
I feel old.

>> No.13336073

Last night I had a fever dream about the book I am reading, now I believe the book is about the hell that was my last night and not whatever it actually is.

I seriously feel retarded, like I cant control my mind and thoughts.

>> No.13336202

Those are the only 3 series recommended on both Reddit and 4chan besides GRRM and Black Company.

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>Sexcraft Chronicles

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>> No.13336340

I know you're memeing, but my autism forces me to correct you. Sffg was 2013/2014

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