Favorite fantasy/sci-fi literature other than Tolkien
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:35 am 

Reading through this thread and I'm incredibly surprised that no one has picked up on Barry Hughart and his Bridge of Birds It's a great tale of a China that never was featuring some very vivid characters and the end packs a surprising emotional wallop. I thoroughly recommend it to all and sundry.
The tales of the main hero Number Ten Ox and Master Li "A scholar with a slight flaw in his character" were carried on through two other books and all are equally as good.
It is said that the publishing company fecked him about a great deal and so he stopped writing the stories, by the time he was ready to come around to them again he lost his motivation, so sadly the three brilliant books are all we'll ever have of this wonderful series.
They are now out of print but some second hand book shops or Ebay are sure to have copies so if you see 'em buy 'em.


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Post Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:18 am 

just reading Philip Francis Nowlan "Armageddon 2419 A.D" - great scifi.

the original adventures of Buck Rogers and Wilma Deering. its an ACE 1962 print of the original 1927 story - fab!


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Post Posted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:58 pm 

mrmanowar wrote in Favorite fantasy/sci-fi literature other than Tolkien:Resurrecting this old thread to add a debut novel that came out earlier this week.  If you get a chance, pick up Blood Song by Anthony Ryan.  Best debut novel I can think of since Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.  It's been a while since I read a fantasy novel that has me very riveted and wanting to read and get the series (as it comes out).  Very well done, avoids cliches, and definitely keeps one turning the pages.  It's not a "bestseller" yet but definitely a true "diamond in the rough" to use a cliche of my own.  Check out the reviews on amazon.com for Blood Song and pick it up.  It's worth your while.

Thanks for resurrecting it !!

One of my favorite threads...

Last couple years of reading were recommended here.



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