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#11 Brabbelback
(05-08-2017, 04:05 PM)BlkSabbath74 Wrote:
(04-20-2017, 07:23 PM)Memnoich Wrote: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (6 Book Series) by Michael Scott - Very similar to the idea of Maguss, wizards hiding and fighting in Modern day.

So are the Nicholas Flamel books connected to Harry Potter, or separate?

I read all of  them some years ago! And they are separate and not connected in any way with Harry Potter! Nicholas Flamel is a often used character in fantasy Books!
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#12 BlkSabbath74
(05-09-2017, 07:47 AM)Brabbelback Wrote:
(05-08-2017, 04:05 PM)BlkSabbath74 Wrote:
(04-20-2017, 07:23 PM)Memnoich Wrote: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (6 Book Series) by Michael Scott - Very similar to the idea of Maguss, wizards hiding and fighting in Modern day.

So are the Nicholas Flamel books connected to Harry Potter, or separate?

I read all of  them some years ago! And they are separate and not connected in any way with Harry Potter! Nicholas Flamel is a often used character in fantasy Books!

Are they any good?
I skewered him where he sat and saw the startled expression on his face as the wound began to flame.

"Oh, basely done!" he cried. "I had hoped for better of thee!"

"This isn't exactly the Olympic Games," I said, brushing some sparks from my cloak.


- The Courts of Chaos, Roger Zelazny
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#13 BlkSabbath74
Also, has anyone read the Shadowrun Secrets of Power novels by Robert Charrette?

- Never Deal with a Dragon
- Choose your Enemies Carefully
- Find your Own Truth

They are set in a cyberpunk future from the 1990s, that frankly isn't too much different than our world today, and dealt with a novice shaman learning the ways of magic in a postmodern world.
I skewered him where he sat and saw the startled expression on his face as the wound began to flame.

"Oh, basely done!" he cried. "I had hoped for better of thee!"

"This isn't exactly the Olympic Games," I said, brushing some sparks from my cloak.


- The Courts of Chaos, Roger Zelazny
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#14 Memnoich
(05-09-2017, 02:19 PM)BlkSabbath74 Wrote: Are they any good?

Oh yeah they are good, granted they are mostly about kids learning magic in modern world, kind of like HP but less wizards, like only a handfull in the whole world.

(05-09-2017, 05:03 PM)BlkSabbath74 Wrote: Also, has anyone read the Shadowrun Secrets of Power novels by Robert Charrette?

- Never Deal with a Dragon
- Choose your Enemies Carefully
- Find your Own Truth

They are set in a cyberpunk future from the 1990s, that frankly isn't too much different than our world today, and dealt with a novice shaman learning the ways of magic in a postmodern world.

I remember reading the "Never deal with a dragon" and thinking it was OK, nothing to write home about, but wasn't disappointed about wasting time reading it.
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#15 BlkSabbath74
(05-10-2017, 02:41 PM)Memnoich Wrote:
(05-09-2017, 02:19 PM)BlkSabbath74 Wrote: Are they any good?

Oh yeah they are good, granted they are mostly about kids learning magic in modern world, kind of like HP but less wizards, like only a handfull in the whole world.

(05-09-2017, 05:03 PM)BlkSabbath74 Wrote: Also, has anyone read the Shadowrun Secrets of Power novels by Robert Charrette?

- Never Deal with a Dragon
- Choose your Enemies Carefully
- Find your Own Truth

They are set in a cyberpunk future from the 1990s, that frankly isn't too much different than our world today, and dealt with a novice shaman learning the ways of magic in a postmodern world.

I remember reading the "Never deal with a dragon" and thinking it was OK, nothing to write home about, but wasn't disappointed about wasting time reading it.

I remember liking it, but I was playing a TON of Shadowrun, and I was maybe 13-14, so I don't know what I'd think of them now.

I mean, I read anything I could get my hands on back then, including a TON of very poorly written TSR novels...

Not to say that there weren't some good ones as well, but for every good novel (or, let's face it, Trilogy) there were a dozen that weren't very good.
I skewered him where he sat and saw the startled expression on his face as the wound began to flame.

"Oh, basely done!" he cried. "I had hoped for better of thee!"

"This isn't exactly the Olympic Games," I said, brushing some sparks from my cloak.


- The Courts of Chaos, Roger Zelazny
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#16 Archmage_Yggdrasil
@BlkSabbath74 the Nicolas Flamel books are not connected to the Harry Potter series

Back to the topic: haha, many of the books/series Memnoich mention I had read myself, however there alot of gems I had not heard of before. Now I to add more to my ever growing list.

There a few I don't think I saw

The Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce

So many series I need to rekindle after reading this thread
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#17 BlkSabbath74
Okay, it’s been too long since I posted on here, so an update;
 
First off, I finished the Harry Potter series a while back. Very well done. It grew on me and got better as it went. If I had a complaint, it would be the treatment of the Muggles in general and the Dursleys in particular. It smacked of elitism, and apparently the Imperius Curse is a capital crime, but it’s okay to go around wiping the memories of muggles. The Dursleys could have been very strong characters if given just a little bit more realistic motivations, but instead they were just 2D foils for Harry, and his dealings with them were tedious to read. That’s it, though, overall a very strong series of books and great characters. Neville Longbottom was probably my favorite.
 
At the suggestion of Memnoich, I have read a couple of Dresden Files novels, and they were excellent, as good as anything I’ve read in the genre. He Jim Butcher definitely sets the bar for Occult Detectives. What I also liked about these novels was that I very much seems to get a sense of the author, peering from behind the curtain. His personality seems to bleed out of the cracks and crevaces of his fiction. I feel like I understand him and get to know him by reading his works, and that is a really cool, intimate thing. I don’t know if that’s even something you can do on purpose. The stories are episodic magical mysteries, and Dresden always seems completely outclassed, yet pulls it out in the final act.
 
I have just finished reading The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman, and I also cannot say enough good about them. Beyond the magic, these characters, through their flaws and their pain, are carved deeply into your mind, so by the end of the Trilogy, they seem very real. They wrestle with moral and existential questions the same as the rest of us, despite their power. At times, their power is actually a crutch that makes it more difficult for them. The first book was good (MUCH better than the TV series) but the second and third really knock it out of the park.
 
I am also interested in the Iron Druid series, and wondered if anyone has read it?
I skewered him where he sat and saw the startled expression on his face as the wound began to flame.

"Oh, basely done!" he cried. "I had hoped for better of thee!"

"This isn't exactly the Olympic Games," I said, brushing some sparks from my cloak.


- The Courts of Chaos, Roger Zelazny
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#18 BlkSabbath74
(04-20-2017, 05:34 PM)Brabbelback Wrote: A definitely favorite of mine is: The Kingkiller Chronicle
                                              Patrick Rothfuss (Give it a try! It's just great!)
Here is some urban fantasy:
 - The Iron Druid Chronicles
   Kevin Hearne (2000 year old druid talking to his dog and killing the evil guys with magic!)
 - The Dresden Files
   Jim Butcher (Take Sherlock Holmes, mix it with some cool magic and spice it with a lot of puns!)

Here is a good "normal" fantasy book:
 - Heroes of the Valley
   Jonathan Stroud (Boy living in a valley where meat eating monster come out of holes)


This is a very abridged list of my favorite fantasy books.
(I didn't mentioned Harry Potter because everyone has probably read it.)

Oh, wait, there is a mention of Iron Druid...
I skewered him where he sat and saw the startled expression on his face as the wound began to flame.

"Oh, basely done!" he cried. "I had hoped for better of thee!"

"This isn't exactly the Olympic Games," I said, brushing some sparks from my cloak.


- The Courts of Chaos, Roger Zelazny
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#19 BlkSabbath74
How about the Titus Crow series by Brian Lumley? I just ordered the first book of that on Amazon. It is more in the Call of Cthulhu wheelhouse...but let's face it, to beat a Great Old One, you probably need magic...
I skewered him where he sat and saw the startled expression on his face as the wound began to flame.

"Oh, basely done!" he cried. "I had hoped for better of thee!"

"This isn't exactly the Olympic Games," I said, brushing some sparks from my cloak.


- The Courts of Chaos, Roger Zelazny
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#20 Memnoich
The Belgariad by David Eddings - Some magic, but mostly God-like Magic,  following the journey of protagonist 'Garion' and his companions, first to recover a sacred stone, and later to use it against antagonist 'Kal Torak'.

The Mither Mages by Orson Scott Card - Magicians from another world came to Earth through "Great Gates" which increased their power immensely, tot he point they were known as the gods of old, but the gates were closed and their power diminished over time.

Codex Alera Jim Butcher(author of the Dresden Files) - Lost roman legion ends up on another planet where furies exist. Furies are a form of elemental that form a bond witht the Romans giving them abilities similar to magic.

The Cinder Spires By Jim butcher - Steampunk adventure, using alternative tech, crystals and such. More swashbuckler and such, but the tech is very similar to magic use.
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