- May 23, 2008
- Reaction score
- Wake Forest, NC
I'm rereading this excellent series. IMHO this is much more gritty and realistic than Tolkien, Jordan or Goodkind, or the vast majority of fantasy writers, with the exception of Glen Cook. Ignore the cover-art and get stuck into the Amazon.com: The Black Company (Chronicles of The Black Company #1): Glen Cook: Books . Super, gritty, realistic fantasy from the perspective of a trooper in a mercenary unit. I cannot get enough of it!
In SciFi try Iain M. Banks... a good place to start ... Amazon.com: Consider Phlebas: Iain M. Banks: Books
Next for my attention the Soviet Gulag (should be depressing): Amazon.com: Gulag: A History: Anne Applebaum: Books
I've also just finished the released books of a Song of Fire and Ice and have thoroughlt enjoyed it. It's gritty realness is a nice touch in a genre frequently given to high fantasy. I also enjoyed his use of words that were very similar to real words, but not. I find myself wondering which of the words he uses are real and which are his creation, so believable they are. I've now moved on to Pillars of the Earth, as suggested in theis thread, and while the author's writing style seems a bit less polished that GRRM's, it is stil enjoyable.
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