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Recommend a very good (semi-)obscure fantasy/sf book

Discussion in 'Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror Books' started by direstraits, Nov 10, 2005.

  1. Gilgamesh

    Gilgamesh New Member

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    I'm not sure if Abhosen trilogy by Garth Nix is well known or not.
    But, I thought it was an excellent fantasy. :)
     
  2. Flor

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    Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon has lots of big ideas, humor, and all without dialogue. Oh, and it's pretty obscurely known.
     
  3. Mathius

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    Just finished reading a series by Sarah Douglass that's called the Wayfarer Redemption. Great read. 3 books. Very creative plot. The one criticism I have, is unlike traditional authors who use one POV per section, she will often switch POV's for her characters from paragraph to paragraph. I found it a bit distracting to switch to someone elses thoughts in the middle of section and then back again.

    Otherwise a great read. I intend to try one of her other series.

    Mathius
     
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    I liked Sharon Shinn's Samaria series (first 3 books):
    Archangel
    Jovah's Angel
    The Alleluia Files

    I also enjoyed Piers Anthony's
    Incarnations of Immortality books
     
  5. Yame

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    It's good and -right now- obscure

    Try The Shade by Thomas Hunt.
     
  6. tyche

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    Mathius I will back you on Sara Douglass and add to it as well. In Australia she has 2 related trilogies - (1) the Axis tril, (2) the Wayfarer Redemption and a couple of, we thought, standalones; Beyond the Hanging Wall and Threshold. This year she released the start of another tril that ties all these books together, Darkglass Mountain, bk 1 is the Serpent Bride. I love her work, she has other series as well, but these are the cream of the crop for me.
     
  7. Mathius

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    Yeah, she seems to have quite a few titles. In fact, based on the book list I read, I think the wayfarer series actually has three more books.

    Right now I'm reading a series by David Coe, and another by Barb and J.C. Hendee. But I've ordered the other three books from the local library.

    Mathius
     
  8. Mathius

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    Ok, maybe I"m just too stupid to figure it out, but it seems you can't edit a post here?

    EDIT: Ok, obviously you can, but I guess only for a certain amount of time.

    Anyways, yeah... the Wayfarer Redemption actually isn't a trilogy. It's 6 books. I just located the other three at my library. The last 3 are titled, Sinner, Pilgrim, and Crusader, and they involve Axis and Azure's children. Although Axis and Azure are also in them along with a lot of other characters from the first 3 books. But a lot of folks have already passed on.. Belial, Rivkah, and other people from that same age generation. (at least among the humans. The other races are longer lived)

    Thought you'd like to know...

    Mathius
     
  9. tyche

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    Yup, already knew this ;) Have read them all. Sara Douglass is an Aussie writer, so they were released here first. The first three books ( BattleAxe, Enchanter, StarMan) were released in Australia as the Axis Trilogy, the second three ( Sinner, Pilgrim, and Crusader) were released as the Wayfarer Redemption. Internationally they were released as a six book series the Wayfarer Redemption... Sara describes it on her website, I can't link to it directly because I'm under 15 posts, in the books section.

    Heres a little bit of trivia for you.... on the map in the first three books there is a place named Tailem Bend somewhere around the middle of Tencendor, Sara named this after a real town because she wanted a little bit of South Aus in her book. I live near the real Tailem Bend. It was really weird when i was reading the books to see this place thats just up the road in the story.
     
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    I haven't really been around the boards yet, so I may get a virtual smack for this. But, no one I know has read or heard of Exiles by Melanie Rawn. It's supposed to be a trilogy, but Rawn took a break after the second book to write other other things and hasn't gotten back to it yet. Sigh. Anyway, the first book is The Ruins of Ambrai and the second is The Mageborn Traitor. They're fantastic books and the suspense of waiting for the third book is killing me.
     
  11. direstraits

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    No virtual smack for you, Ender, but I have heard of Exiles. Unless something has changed, I understand that you'll be waiting for the third book for a long, long time. The second book was printed more than 10 years ago?

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    Yup, exactly. I check Melanie's website quite frequently, but there's never any news about it. It's quite dissapointing. :(
     
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    I haven't been to Melanie's site for quite a while now, and I remember it was very nicely done, and it turns your cursor to a magic wand trailing stardust as you wave it around the browser window. I just took a little jaunt there, and found that that has now been removed. Too bad, I liked that little gimmick.

    I didn't really like Rawn when I read Dragon Prince. It was the first trilogy I bought where I got all three books before I have even read the first, and, uhm, I didn't like it. Books 2 and 3 is gathering dust.

    Anymore almost-but-disappointingly-isn't blockbusters out there?

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  14. Mathius

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    I actually saw her web site.. must have been shortly after posting this. I don't frequent here all the time.

    I just finished the Serpent Bride. It's my understanding (based on her web page) that this was an attempt to bring back all her favorite characters into one novel.

    The book was very good, although I am slightly disappointed that I am starting to see some of the same themes from the two Tencendor based series'. I hope she will steer me for a loop in the next book. Other than that, it was great. I'm disappointed that I have to wait for the next one now.

    I also just read those last 3 books I didn't know about before (Sinner, Pilgrim, Crusader) and I have to admit, I absolutely HATED the end of the Wayfarer Redemption. The rest of the 6 books were great, but I despise the way she ended it.

    Mathius
     
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    Lady of The Haven by Graham Diamond.

    Pretty obscure, I think. Was the first fantasy novel I ever read.
     
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    Obscure and damn hard to find: The Killing Star by Charles Pellegrino and George Zebrowski.
     
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    well.. it was 'obscure' to me.. Stephen Leigh's book, A Quiet of Stone, which i have since found out is the last book in his Neweden series: Slow Fall to Dawn, Dance of the Hag, and A Quiet of Stone. i will be looking out for the first two books now.
     
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    The Mount - Carol Emshwiller

    It won the Philip K. Dick award and was nominated for a Nebula award too (if wikipedia is accurate) but I still think it is somewhat obscure because Emshwiller is not a very big name in science fiction and fantasy.
     
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    Snap, this is a hard one.... I would say Harry Potter - but siense that is not allowed ummmmmm...... ive always liked cookbooks, that doesnt count either. I have read to many books that i forgot them all. Oh heres one :

    The Diary Of a Young Girl - Anne Frank

    and it comes in lots of different languages!!!
     
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    1.) The Diary of Anne Frank is not obscure.

    2.) It's definitely not sci-fi/fantasy.
     

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