Any really good, but moderate length fantasy books?

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  1. XTREME COCKSUCKER

    XTREME COCKSUCKER New Member

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    Lately, I've been wanting to read a fantasy book, but every acclaimed one I look at is 800+ pages. I read a lot, about 2 books every 3 weeks or so, but by my own admission, I'm only good for a few books a year over like 600 pages. I can't seem to find a single "great" fantasy book that comes in at that nice, comfy 350-550 page range. Any suggestions?
     
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    The Hobbit? :o
     
  3. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    so by "moderate length", you mean "not the lord of the rings"?


    Or wheel of time. :mamoru:
     
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    good call.
     
  5. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    I can't say I've ever read a single one book-one story fantasy novel :o

    They have all been monstrous 'epic' series.
     
  6. XTREME COCKSUCKER

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    Already it along with LOTR, although did LOTR as separate books with at least a book or two between them.

    Most of the great series I hear about (Song of Fire And Ice, Wheel of Time, etc) are comprised of books that are fucking bricks.
     
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    what about the book of three series?

    aka black cauldron
     
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    Wheel of Time is way worse than Ice & Fire in terms of gigantic books... I can't even keep my WoT books on my bookshelf anymore because of how much damn space they take up.

    But if you can get past the length, I'd seriously recommend Ice & Fire. It may be long, but it's bad assery makes it addicting to read :o. Sorry this doesn't really answer your question
     
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    Yeah, after reading some reviews and a few pages of A Game Of Thrones, I think I'm going to pick it up, see how I feel about it after a few hundred pages.
     
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    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    The Foundation series by Isaac Asimov is scifi, but pretty close to fantasy. I've only read the original three, so I can't say anything about the expanded series (sequels, prequels, I think there are even a few sidequels, lol).

    Foundation
    Foundation And Empire
    Second Foundation
     
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    The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie.
    Great series, easy to get into and has one of the most intriguing characters i've ever read in Glokta.

    Malazan Book of The Fallen - Steven Erikson
    Bordering on the massive scale, but an absolutely brilliant series. Better than SoIaF by miles, and i LOVED every word of George Martin's work.

    Night Angel Trilogy - Brent Weeks
    At times really engrossing at times a bit week but in general a fantastic series with some interesting characters. Does suffer from the normal tropes of fantasy story-lines but good writing and some decent twists keep it from becoming boring.

    Dresden Files - Jim Butcher
    Surely you've heard of this one? Fantastic detective/magic series and all kinds of shit hit the fan after book 3 and doesn't let go of your balls after that. And it's quite addicting :o
     
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    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    You might check out the Myst books. They're backstory to the original Myst game, and really good.
     
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    Anything by David Gemmell. All his books are within the 300-500 page range and they're also awesome. Start with Legend or Waylander; these two books alone have two of the best characters in heroic fantasy.
     
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    i was going to say this.

    i second the vote.

    also, you can breeze right through The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass and they are very good.
     
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    any r.a. salvatore books. especially the dark elf trilogy.
     

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