Hey, great blog. This is one epic reading list!
Thank you, it has taken me many years to build it. Now I hope that my literary efforts can hold their bootstraps =)
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I loved, loved, loved Pillars of the Earth. Follett is one of my favorite and most inspiring authors. I’ll be reading this one for the third time in the next 2 years for my 100 books in 2 years project. Overall, very nice reading list! 🙂
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It is hard to believe Follett was a thriller writer, since he seemed so at home in the historical fiction genre. The passion he had from his studies just shone through in this writing.
Thanks. I have added more historical fiction recently due to the list being fantasy-heavy. Quite excited to start the Aubrey-Maturin series tomorrow, to provide some HF balance against Conn Iggulden’s Khan ‘Conqueror’ series =)
I know! He’s so good at it, but my favorite skill of his is the ability to have so many MCs without his writing being confusing or jumpy. Not to overfill your list with suggestions from Follett, but–have you read “A Place Called Freedom” yet? I quite enjoyed it. Also he told me in an email once that he is planning a 3rd to the Pillars trilogy, after he finishes his current trilogy (which is also supposed to be excellent though I’ve not gotten to it yet).
I haven’t. I see his ‘Century’ series of books in the shops, but they are a bit too current for my taste in historical fiction. My quirk that draws me to science fiction, fantasy fiction and historical fiction is the degree of emotional separation from the true events. The horrors of the World Wars are still too fresh =S
I understand–I have trouble getting into HF that’s post 1900!
Have you read Colin Falconer’s “Silk?” Have that on my reading “to do” list, and wonder if you’d recommend.
I haven’t. I stumbled across ‘Aztec’ as I was looking for something other than fantasy novels at my local book exchange. Being quite interested in the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas when I was younger, it sung its siren song to me =)
I will have to look ‘Silk’ up and see if it something I’d be itnerested in.
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“Silk Road” does sound interesting. Mixing the Knights Templar and the Mongols in a story has not been done very much. Thanks for the suggestion =)
I was going to write back and tell you I made a mistake with that title. I am going to read this one, I think. It does sound like my kind of exotic stuff!
Be sure to let me know if it is a good read. I remember ‘Aztec’ being a good read, although knowing how it was going to end made it a bit depressing. But that’s the pitfall of writing historical fiction.
As I am reading Conn Iggulden’s ‘Conqueror’ series, which is focused on the Khans, a bit of a gap between reading it and ‘Silk Road’ will be required.
I noticed that you’ve read Robin Hobb’s Assassin trilogy and the Wheel of Time series–two of my most favorite series of all time! I’m thinking of staring Robin Hobb’s Rain Wild Chronicles soon… Do you have any reading suggestions?
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‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ is recommended, as everyone else has found out due to the ‘Game of Thrones’ HBO series. The show is considered very accurate, but it is similar to ‘Wheel of Time’ in the scope of the author’s imagination. Some things get lost in translation to TV, which is a strong reason for people considering the novels better than the movies.
Other than that, I normally look on the Internet for recommended reading.
Thanks! It’s funny because I’ve actually read George R. R. Martin’s series, but I didn’t like it as much because sometimes it felt too tailored for t.v. I’ll keep reading the series though!
When I’m motivated to write, it helps to imagine how you the story would look playing out on the big or little screen. My sister tried to read ‘Game of Thrones’ before, but stopped because it was so slow, which plays into the sci-fi/fantasy genre as a whole going the extra yard to world-build.
The series goes great guns up to the well-publicised scene in Book 3, but it has slowed down quite a bit since then. Do you read a lot of sci-fi/fantasy? Do you prefer a particular writing style?
I can see how picturing a story as a movie would help with the writing process. I just feel the books are a little gimmicky at times–like how Martin waited until the tv series came out to publish another book, or how the magic at the Wall feels misplaced since there is so little magic in the books. I love fantasy and read a lot of it although I tend to avoid sci-fi.
I really enjoy books with an epic nature and they need to have character that make strong decisions– the decisions could be good or bad and the character himself weak or strong, but the character needs to be decisive. For nothing takes away from drama and build-up as much as too much indecision. I also like books with unique intricacies in their world that make their world very different from ours or make us see “hidden” magic in our world. This is why I don’t like sci-fi as much because generally it’s assumed to be happening in our real world, just in the future or with a twist. What about you?
I was not aware of the Book 5 – Season 1 timing being close, as only recently have I watched the series.
The large North/South difference does seem misplaced, which may be an effect of GRRM’s initial plan of 3 books. I believe it is working towards the South meeting the inhabitants of ‘Beyond the Wall’, and the more magic/politics meshed world of Daenerys and Essos finally invading Westeros. The South will discover the folly of their petty throne-lusting existences. The series being named ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ will likely become ominous =)
Like you, love an epic fantasy. Just finished ‘The Wheel of Time’ series, almost finished the ‘Legend of Drizzt’ series, and am a sucker for any series by Robin Hobb. Do not read as much Sci-Fi, but do like to see what others believe will be the course for the future. Historical Fiction is something I like, as there is so much potential in the events of the past that can be used in HF form or its dramas inspire the other genres.
Who would be your favourite ‘strong’ character? Were they ill-fated or did they manage to steer onto the right path?
That’s a good point about the title haha. And although I do not read as much historical fiction I have enjoyed when I have for the same reasons that you’ve mentioned. There are some great historical fantasy–one funny, light hearted young adult historical fiction I like is called the Bloody Jack series. But one of my favorites ever would be Shadow of the Wind. Have you ever read that? My favorite strong characters would be Rand Al’thor and Fitz (from Robin Hobb). But I even like guys like Nathaniel from the Bartimaeus trilogy, although mostly because there’s a lot of comedy to counteract him. They don’t have to do the right thing, but they definitely have to be compelling. Basically they have to not be like the main character from Inkheart. By the way, I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Thank you for making such great posts!
This is a great list!
Thanks =) Are you a big reader? If you are, favourite genre?
I love reading. When I was a teenager I would read instead of party lol! I have finished many classics but I still have a few I am looking to borrow from the library. I don’t have a favorite genre, I love historical fiction, fantasy, but if the story is able to bring me into that world, time period, then I love anything : )
Haha I know that feeling. The partying came when I got to university =)
It’s great to have a wide field of reading, so you don’t miss something inspiring on the basis of preconceived bias.
🙂 yes in my early years of high school I was very religious and only read Christian books, but by tenth grade I had read the entire 2 aisle of books at the library and that is when I started other genres and it was like ecstasy!
It certainly is interesting when you find different stories and stylings after reading only a particular genre. It proves the level of variety there is in the world, and not everyone’s story is the same =)
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