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Fantasy (not much into Sci Fi):
Malazan Book of the Fallen (Steven Erikson)
Epic is the only word that does it justice. It's huge and sometimes it is slow, but over all one of the best series ever (imho). The world buildng is superb and Erikson also has a way with words (above average prose). If you like epic military fantasy with a lot of powerful protagonists, this is for you.
Prince of Nothing (R. Scott Bakker)
Another one of those series with superb world-building. Scott's prose is superb. The man can write! The story is very dark and not to everyone's taste (some really disturbing things happen to some of the characters in the book - not for the faint-hearted). For me, there were no really likeable characters but in the end, i still liked the books. It is a fantasy holy war in a mediterranean kind of world (so it is a refreshing change to all the european middle-age like settings).
Sunsword (Michelle West)
One of the most underrated authors, if you ask me. She has also a very nice writing style and a very distinctive voice imo. Read the Hunter's duology first, if you can. It is not strictly necessary to understand the Sunsword series, but you have a much better picture of the world if you do. Michelle's strenght, besides world-building (yes, worldbuilding is an important fact for me as a reader
), are here characters. She can invoke emotion in the reader, or at least she could invoke them in me. She has very threedimensional characters.
As another recommendation, but in a more general way: Anything by Guy Gavriel Kay
is always worth a read. I really enjoyed the Fionavar Tapestry
but some of his standalone books are also very good (for example Tigana
or A Song for Arbonne
). He also has a stronge prose and he is, besides the above mentioned Michelle West, the best when it comes to characterization.
That's it for now.
Looking forward to a lot of interesting discussions on these forums.