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  • The Golden Son, the Expanse series, The Old Man’s War, Hyperion, the Silo trilogy

  • Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels books, Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson books, Seanan McGuire’s October Daye books, Kalayna Price’s Grave Witch books, Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock books, Darynda Jones’ Charley Davidson books… Deborah Harkness, Kevin Hearne, Sarah J. Maas, Mark Lawrence, Eileen Wilkes, Meljean Brook, Karen Marie Moning, and Jeaniene Frost are all good.

    • They’re mostly Urban Fantasy, rather than classic fantasy. Sarah J. Maas is categorized as YA, and Meljean Brook writes Steampunk.

  • the greatest fantasy book I’ve read lately is….The gollum and the Jinni ……fabulous!!!!🐱

  • The Lunar Chronicles series. They’re science fiction retellings of classic fairytales. The first book is Cinder and is about a cyborg version of Cinderella. It’s pretty awesome.

  • Ancillary Justice – first in a trilogy by Leckie! Super good and just the right amount of weird.

  • What have you read that you like? I’m on a huge Sanderson kick, Reckoners if you want sci-fi and Mistborn or Way of Kings for fantasy. On a smaller scale I also love Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid books (urban fantasy). Contractor by Andrew Ball was another recent sci-fi favorite of mine. Daemon & Freedom(TM) Daniel Suarez are amazing techno thrillers.

  • There’s “The Golden Compass” trilogy by Phillip Pullman, but it’s decidedly in the fantasy category.

  • The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey was awesome

  • For sci-fi – Anne McCaffery us a couple – the Brain Ship series and the Tower and Hive series. Oh, and I didn’t realize the Crystal Singer trilogy was hers as well. Jack Chalker’s Four Lords of the Diamond is unique and interesting too.

  • For fantasy I have to go by author because listing series or books is a really long list. So, everything by these authors is good/fantastic: Mercedes Lackey, Anne McCaffery, David Eddings, Raymond Feist. Other fantasy authors that I like: Shelley Adina, and now I’m drawing a blank until I get back to my library.

  • We recently read The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson for my book club.

  • Sci Fi (not already recced): Culture series (Iain M. Branks); Red Rising trilogy (Pierce Brown); Pathfinder series (Orson Scott Card); Ex-Heroes series (Peter Clines); Maze Runner series (James Dashner); Lorien Legacies series (Pittacus Lore); Maximum Ride series (James Patterson); Redshirts 9John Scalzi); Chronicles of St. Mary’s series (Jodi Taylor); Alchemy Wars series (Ian Tregillis); Leviathan series (Scott Westerfeld)

  • Fantasy series (not already recced): First Law trilogy (Joe Abercrombie); Crescent Moon Kingdoms (Saladin Ahmed); Chronicles of Pyrdain (Lloyd Alexander); Last Rune (Mark Anthony); Incarnations of Immortality (Piers Anthony); Myth Adventures (Robert Lynn Asprin); Red Queen (Victoria Aveyard); Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo); Peter and the Starcatchers (Dave Barry); Lexicon (Max Barry); Looking Glass Wars (Frank Beddor); Dragonlord (Joanne Bertin); Spiderwick Chronicles (Holly Black); Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley); Diviners (Libba Bray); Demon Cycle (Peter V Brett); Shanarra (Terry Brooks); Sisters Grimm (Michael Buckley); Sharing Knife (Lois McMaster Bujold); Dresden Files & Codex Alera (Jim Butcher)

  • Fantasy series cont: Graceling Realm (Kristin Cashore); Artemis Fowl (Eoin Colfer); Underland Chronicles (Suzanne Collins); Dark is Rising (Susan Cooper); Grimnoir Chronicles (Larry Correia); Dragon Knight (Gordon R. Dickson); malazan Books of the Fallen (Steven Erikson); Ranger’s Apprentice (John Flanagan); Inkheart & Mirrorworld (Cornelia Funke); Craft Sequence (Max Gladstone); Sword of Truth (Terry Goodkind); Chronicles of Alice (Christina Henry); Princess & Magic Ex Libris (Jim C. Hines); Farseer trilogy (Robin Hobb); Russalka Chronicles (Jonathan L. Howard); Queen of the Tearling (Erica Johansen); Howl’s Moving Castle (Dianne Wynn Jones); Book of Words (JV Jones); Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan); Sandman Slim (Richard Kadrey); Iron Codex (Catlin Kittredge)

    • There’s some wonderful stuff here, recommended by Marize. (A good deal of it is children’s and YA lit, but some of it is very adult.) The Dark is Rising and Earthsea children’s series, Mark Lawrence, and Richard Kadrey are favorites of mine; and Tamora Pierce, Inkheart and Graceling are favorites of my daughter.

  • Fantasy series cont again: Skullduggery Pleasant (Derek Landy); Defy (Sara B. Larson); Earthsea (Ursula K. LeGuin); Firekeeper Saga (Jane Lindskold); Gentleman Bastards (Scott Lynch); Ticker (Lisa Mantchev); Wild Cards (George R.R. Martin ed.); Falconer (Elizabeth May); Riddlemaster (Patricia McKillip); Damar (Robin McKinley); Hero (Moira J. Moore); Land Fit for Heroes (Richard K. Morgan); Fablehaven (Brandon Mull); Keys to the Kingdom (Garth Nix); Chequy Files (Daniel O’Malley); Eragon (Christopher Paolini); Chronicles of Ancient Darkness (Michelle Paver); everything Tamora Pierce writes; Clockwork Century (Cherie Priest)

  • Fantasy series last batch: Dragon Prince (Melanie Rawn); all Rick Riordan’s series; Jackaby (William Ritter); Brilliance (Marcus Sakey); Forgotten Realms (R.A. Salvatore); Shades of Magic (V.E. Schwab); Immortal Nicholas Flamel (Michael Scott); Crown and Court (Sherwood Smith); Chronicles of the Unhewn Thrown (Brian Staveley); Acts of Caine (Michael Woodring Stover); Bartimaeus (Jonathan Stroud); Riyaria Chronicles & Revelations (Michael J. Sullivan); Obsidian Chronices (Lawrence Watt Evans); Lightbringer & Night Angel (Brent Weeks); Dragonlance Chronicles (Margaret Weis); Shadow Campaigns (Django Wexler); Memory, Sorrow & Thorn (Tad Williams); Pit Dragon Chronicles (Jane Yolen); Chronicles of Amber (Roger Zelazny)

  • Leviathan Wakes! It’s amazing. It’s what the TV show The Expanse is based on, but it’s MUCH better than the show.

  • Revisiting Tad Williams Memory Sorrow and Thorn trilogy before reading his new continuation. Credited for elevating scifi/fantasy and inspiration for GR Martins Game of Thrones and others. Really really good

  • I enjoyed the YA Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan…my grandson’s favorite.

  • Jasper Fforde wrote shades of gray. Excellent read. Of course Miss Peregrine home for peculiar children but I don’t remember who wrote it.

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