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Yah, I think most of the book discussion got spread out into their own separate threads... I forgot there was an actual book thread at some point!
Anyways, Justin and I have currently been going through Brandon Sanderson
's books (the guy who took over writing the Wheel of Time after Robert Jordan died). Justin started with the Mistborn Trilogy
and I started with his newest book, The Way of Kings
(the first in a planned series of ten 1000+ page books...). Right now I am reading Warbreaker
, which I really enjoy. Sanderson has a great way of making cheesy ideas (people getting power from colors, etc.) into being pretty damn original and interesting.
Here is a little introduction from Sanderson himself:And so, we are introduced to four characters in this book. Lightsong is a God of the Hallandren people—a regular man who died in a heroic way, and was therefore brought back to life by the magic to rule as a god. (Or, at least, that's how the Hallandren people interpret it.) We have Siri, a rebellious daughter sent by her father to marry the tyrant god-king of those same Hallandren people. We have Vivenna, sister to Siri, who goes to try to rescue her sibling from her fate. And then, there's Vasher—whose motivations and goals are his own. (You can read about him in the prologue.)
The magic is one I've wanted to put into a book for a long, long time and the setting—with its vibrant color and tropical climate—is very different from the worlds of MISTBORN or ELANTRIS. This is the book I wrote when I, myself, got engaged and married, and I think it had a great influence on how I interpret the world.
Anyways, you can get the digital version of it for FREE
from the official website! I don't have an e-reader so I actually bought the book =P, but it's definitely worth it. I would also recommend reading Sanderson's other books too if you haven't, but this one is probably a little under the radar. Also, I like the cover..
Here are links to the free copy of Warbreaker
found on Sanderson's website:PDF versionHTTP version
Also, here is a link to the first few chapters of the Way of Kings
if you are interested, it was also a great book:http://www.tor.com/stories/2010/06/prel ... ht-archive
I'm also open to other fantasy suggestions! I've mostly read Patrick Rothfuss (yay!), George RR Martin, Terry Goodkind (read about halfway thru the Sword of Truth series...), Mercedes Lackey (liked the Obsidian Trilogy she wrote with James Mallory and I like the Last Herald Mage books, but the rest are meh), Karen Miller (ehhh first 2 were good, 3rd was ok, haven't read the latest one...), Trudi Canavan, Katherine Kerr, some of Raymond Feist, and read the first book of Wheel of Time book, which I wasn't crazy about...