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Old August 6, 2012, 20:11   #11
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One of my all-time favourite books is a collection of short sagas, including these three:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunnlaugs_saga_ormstungu
BTW, Gunnlaugr can be translated as Wormtongue. Tolkien must have been aware of this guy.
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Old August 7, 2012, 08:38   #12
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Eddings' modus operandi is to play his fantasy tropes straight to the hilt, but to do so in as amusing a way as possible. It's a really weird juxtaposition of utterly unoriginal structure combined with absolutely original implementation.
Thank you. I've been trying to express that for years - the best I had managed was "Eddings is both really irritating and curiously compelling", but yours is much better.

While we're on favourite fantasy authors - David Gemmell, anyone?
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Of the more recent I find Lois McMaster Bujold three books set in "Chalion" quite exceptional. New ideas and good storytelling. Strongly recommended.
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Not fantasy, but I enjoyed the heck out of Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep. Oddly enough, I'd read the book before, shortly after it was published, though at the time I was too young to really understand what was going on. Every once in awhile I'd remember "Oh yeah, there was that book with the wolf-alien things that formed pack minds, I wonder what that was", so it's nice to get some closure. It also has some neat universe-building and some poking fun at Usenet culture.
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Thank you. I've been trying to express that for years - the best I had managed was "Eddings is both really irritating and curiously compelling", but yours is much better.

While we're on favourite fantasy authors - David Gemmell, anyone?
Gemmell is definitely one of my favorites, although some of his get a little wierd, Druss is very cool and I like Skilgannon as well. One author that I found recently whom I enjoy is John Ringo. His series starting with "There will be dragons" is very interesting and I just finished reading it for the second time. Best of all it is free to download from the Baen Library.
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Gemmell was also mentioned in the thread "Any good books lately?" in 2009. See below in "Similar threads".
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