Edited by halO bendeR, 18 April 2011 - 06:49 PM.
Fantasy and SF Recommendations: Obscure books and series
Posted 02 April 2011 - 10:26 PM
Ring of Lightning
Ring of Intrigue
Ring of Destiny
Posted 02 April 2011 - 10:55 PM
Ring of Lightning
Ring of Intrigue
Ring of Destiny
Edit: I am proved happily wrong. Acording to a post on amazon about a month ago she has a new book in the series coming out soon.
Edited by Grack21, 02 April 2011 - 11:02 PM.
Posted 13 April 2011 - 10:10 PM
Vazkor, Son of Vazkor- Tanith Lee
The Lure of the Basilisk- Lawrence Watt-Evans
The Doomfarers of Coromond- Brian Daley
Jurgen- James Branch Cabell
Posted 15 April 2011 - 02:06 PM
Or, indeed, The Antelope Wife (1998) by Louise Erdrich (winner of a World Fantasy Award for best novel), Dusk (2006) and Dawn (2007) by Tim Lebbon, Mark Hodder's Burton & Swinburne in the Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack (2010), Alexey Pehov's Shadow Prowler (2010) and Shadow Chaser (2011), anything by Haruki Murakami, Wolfsangel (2010) by M. D. Lachlan, The Girl with Glass Feet (2009) by Ali Shaw, Gregory Frost's Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet (both 2008), Elizabeth Bear's All the Windwracked Stars (2008), By the Mountain Bound (2009), and The Sea Thy Mistress (2011) ... And so forth.
They might not be all that obscure, but they weren't on that list (se link below). I think (could've missed one or two, perhaps).
I actually put Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita (1938) on the list above, but it was on this link - http://asoiaf.wester...tion-book-list/ - so I "removed" it.
Posted 16 April 2011 - 04:34 AM
Sorry to get on a soapbox but come on. If an author's been labelled "___________ Bestseller" then don't put them in this thread please. It's annoying to have to weed out the useless comments from the helpful. The Name of the Rose? Hasn't that sold over 50 million copies? Anything by Haruki Murakami? Could there be a more famous Japanese author? This isn't the "name as many authors as you can think of who isn't Tolkien thread". If you're not sure about a book or author, look it up in the search bar, I guarantee you'll find something.
That said, I recommend reading the horror novel, The Werewolf of Paris by Guy Endore. It was sort of his response to Stoker's Dracula (another obscure novel for all you boarders).
Edited by BookWyrm, 16 April 2011 - 04:35 AM.
Posted 16 April 2011 - 07:13 AM
Sorry to have ruined your day, Mr. Wyrm. Didn't mean to insult you by mentioning Murakami, but I simply followed the link and couldn't find Murakami's name there.
By the way, I really don't think this is a "name as many authors you can think of who isn't Tolkien thread". I just mentioned some of the ones I had read, that's all.
You don't have to be rude or anything. Again, sorry if I hurt your feelings in any way. OK?
Edited by Ealdorman Halasahr, 16 April 2011 - 07:14 AM.
Posted 17 April 2011 - 12:18 AM
Steve Erickson, Arc d'X; Zeroville
Brian Evenson, Altmann's Tongue
Ferenc Karinthy, Metropole
Michael Cisco, The Traitor; The Narrator
Salvador Plascencia, The People of Paper
Stepan Chapman, The Troika
Charles Finney, The Unholy City
Thomas Ligotti, The Nightmare Factory; Teatro Grottesco; Songs of a Dead Dreamer
Edward Whittemore, Quin's Shanghai Circus; the Jerusalem Quartet novels
I hope those are obscure enough for those wanting more than just 2007 midlisters being mentioned here
Posted 17 April 2011 - 01:38 AM
Oh God yes! I just started Ligotti's Teatro Grottesco and it's fantastic. Have you read the comic adaptations of his work? I have one of them but am hesitant to read it after finishing a few actual Ligotti books.
Posted 17 April 2011 - 06:07 AM
Posted 17 April 2011 - 09:43 PM
Yes. They are wonderful and some of the images are appropriately creepy to behold.
Posted 02 May 2011 - 11:25 PM
Posted 04 May 2011 - 02:03 PM
very good, and totally unknown, i have it and forgot the name, lol.
Bridge of Birds and Song of the Stone, by, ummm, Howarth? funny chinese fantasy mysteries.
Mick Farren isn't unknown, but he isn't widely known. Pretty well writen, shortish scifi/horror. Necron, Phaid teh Gambler, etc...
War Games, by Karl Hansen.
Havent seen him mentioned, so Sean McMullen, fronm Aus. GREAT scifi/fantasy, with a fun fun style and some pretty cool idea's.
Posted 06 May 2011 - 04:02 PM
Nor have I heard anyone mention E.T.A. Hoffman, who wrote the story that inspired "The Nutcracker Suite."
Also, I know she's not considered an "obscure" writer, but when I first read Judith Tarr's Hall of the Mountain King as a kid, I had no idea who she was, so she was obscure to me!
Edited by Jojen, 06 May 2011 - 04:06 PM.
Posted 03 June 2011 - 02:24 PM
Edited by bookworm445, 03 June 2011 - 02:25 PM.
Posted 03 June 2011 - 06:55 PM
Basically Gonji is a samurai from the east who's traveling across 16th century Europe in search of a thing called the "death wind." Along the way he somehow manages to find himself in magic cities in the Carpathians, battles a strange magic king, gets targeted by the Spanish Inquisition, meets werewolves, and battles demons in France.
It's an odd series, mixing the real realities and different ethnic groups of Europe, with magic that's treated as an everyday thing(no matter how many people want to believe dragons don't exist) and a central character in Gonji(Who's pretty much always a stranger where ever he goes) that comes across as a great mix between Toshiro Mifune, Elric, and Conan.
They're just great well written books, with the same qualities I love in Martin's writing. At the end of the day? It's about character, and Rypel(who seems to be pretty much a ghost in terms of online information) sketches out casts of characters with a wonderful aplomb.
I will definitely add this to my "to read" list. Sounds amazing.
Posted 14 June 2011 - 03:26 AM
I read and enjoyed it. I like Morris. He was quite modern in certain respects, even as he looked backwards. Anyone read The Water of Wondrous Isles, News from Nowhere, or The Wood Beyond the World?