Looking for recommendations for my dad

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  1. Maibella ni Rhoiden t'al'Varrak

    Maibella ni Rhoiden t'al'Varrak Aes Sedai Forum Moderator

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    I'm on vacation with my parents this weekend. My dad recently learned how to use the Kindle app on his phone and he asked me tonight to find a few more books for him to read. I've been in a major reading slump for the past few years so I'd appreciate suggestions from the community!

    Dad is a fantasy fan. He loved The Wheel of Time, and he also loved JRR Tolkien, David Eddings, Melanie Rawn, and Anne McCaffery. Recently he really liked Warbreaker but he has no interest in Elantris or the Mistborn books. He did not like In The Name of the Wind. He has no interest in Enders Game but is planning to read the first of the Homecoming series (I cant remember the title of that first book, but book two is called The Ships of Earth).

    Can anyone make a suggestion based on this criteria? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Megana Vallentin

    Megana Vallentin Aes Sedai

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    Way of Kinds and Words of Radiance! If he doesn't mind something that's not finished yet.

    Sword of Truth? The first few anyway, before they get all preachy and weird. Book 4 has a nice ending that you can stop at. :lol

    If he liked the dragons from McCaffrey's books, maybe The Song in the Silence (and the following 2 books) by Elizabeth Kerner.
     
  3. Cahalan Sothron

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    Has he read the Riftwar Saga by Raymond Feist? Maybe the Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass? The Gotrek and Felix books by William King are good, too.
     
  4. Autumn Sapphira

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    If he doesn't mind foul language, "The Lies of Locke Lamora", by Scott Lynch, is the first of the Gentlemen Bastards series.
    I second the recommendation of Sanderson's "The Way of Kings" & "Words of Radiance".
    I also quite enjoy Robin Hobb.

    What about "Game of Thrones"? I have only read the first book, myself, but it's popularity speaks for itself, I think.
     
  5. Roheryn ni Galghandhrei t'al'Djinn

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    Anything by Weis and Hickman, I am particularly fond of their DeathGate Cycle, Elizabeth Moon. I'd probably start with her Deed of Paksenarrion trilogy ( the first one is Sheepfarmer's Daughter), of Alan Dean Foster's SpellSinger series.
     
  6. Dnae Ila

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    Tad Williams has a couple good series. Shadowmarch is really good and has a lot of fictional mythology; The Dragonbone Chair series is supposed to be good (I never got into it, but maybe your dad would like it); Otherland is a modern setting and really... Weird, but I love it to bits; War of the Flowers is a single book that is a nice mix of somewhat modern with fantasy.

    I'll also second the recommendation for A Song of Ice and Fire. I find it's very like WoT in feel.
     
  7. Amina Coram

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    Green Rider by Kristen Britain is pretty good. So's Terry Goodkind, and anything Shannara.
     
  8. Winterdawn Lightheart

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    Jim C. Hines' books are pretty great. I've only read a few of them so I'm not sure which to recommend specifically.

    Also, thirding the Way of Kings and Words of Radiance suggestion!
     
  9. Ealandrelle Melyma

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    I agree about Riftwar Saga - plus any spin-offs from it.

    I also really like Patricia C Wrede's books. The Lyra novels in particular are good.

    Also, if he doesn't mind the "Young Adult" tag, then the "Old Kingdom" novels by Garth Nix (Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen, Clariel) are all brilliant.
     
  10. Marrow Rahien

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    The Recluse Saga could work. With those old school names, he should prolly try Shanarra too
     
  11. Maibella ni Rhoiden t'al'Varrak

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    Thanks for the suggestions so far! Dad does like bad language or R rated content. He said no to GoT because the bit of the show he saw was too sexualized. He has read and enjoyed Weis/Hickman though!

    I'll check out the other suggestions and let you know what he decides. Thanks!
     
  12. Aran Cherubim

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    *cough* A Song of Ice and Fire. ;)

    I always recommend Elizabeth Moon's Deed of Paksenarrion series. It's straightforward but good, very grounded by Moon's own military experience.
     
  13. Autumn Sapphira

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    Sorry, Aran. It's not something I cared for, so I don't know much about it. :cheese
     
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    I love the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson. It's a long one too so I'm just throwing it out there. But it is rather dense with information. :lol
     
  15. Cahalan Sothron

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    Glad to know it wasn't just me that didn't enjoy it.
     
  16. Marrow Rahien

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    You weren't. I've never read a work of fiction where I was so unable to care or connect with the vast majority of a cast of a novel as in the case of A Game of Thrones. Now, to be fair, much like the Usual Suspects, I'll always wonder if things would've been different if I hadn't of had the book spoiled for me before I saw it. But I knew about the major death, and so that route of connection was burned before I touched page 1. The only other character I connected with also died in Book 1, so meh. I've promised a friend to read the entire series when it is complete, but if not for that oath, I'd never touch the books again.
     
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    You mention Orson Scott Card, are you open to more modern science fiction? Are there any things you would like to avoid entirely (for example, books featuring sex scenes of any level)?
     
  18. Maibella ni Rhoiden t'al'Varrak

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    Modern stuff is fine. Dad doesn't mind sex scenes, but would prefer nothing really explicit. What did you have in mind?
     
  19. Axis m'Troutilas

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    I'd go with Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds.

    Great modern scifi and clean too.

    actually almost anything by Alastair Reynolds is good, but Pushing Ice is a good standalone one to start with to see if he likes the authors style.
     
  20. Deleios Cherchenuit

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    I recommend Feist :D