I just finished Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch. It's the second book in a series about, in my opinion, the greatest thief and liar ever(The first book is The Lies of Locke Lamorra). Very well written, I really recommend it.
Also finished The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
It's very good as well.
Did someone say something about actual Shadowrun books? Like novels? I need to get my hands on those.
Normal people worry me.
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Books I Have Recently Finished
"Dies the Fire" S.M.Stirling -- a great book about the end of the world.
"World War Z" Max Brooks -- a tale of the Great Zombie War told by the author of the "Zombie Survival Guide".
"City of the Beast" Michael Moorcock -- The first Michael Kane of Mars books.
"Black Gods and Scarlet Dreams" C.L. Moore -- a compiliation of the Jirel of Joire sword and sorcery tales.
"A History of the Vikings" Gwyn Jones -- non-fiction historical
I went to the used book store and found a couple of good ones:
Assassin's Apprentice (Robin Hobb)
Not all that much going on in the book action-wise but it was a good to see a 'bad guy' as the main character. I will certainly get the rest of the series.
Divided Allegiance (The deads of Paksenarrion bk 2, Elisabeh Moon)
You can get the first book as a free e-book. Now that I've read this I'll have to find the last one. It's like reading someone's gaming sessions if they ran a single player RPG but the character is more interesting than what you normally end up with in that style of book.
He is a real sexual tightwad though, which I do not find to nice when it came to him and certain Twany person.
Peace "We are that which we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act but a habit. Our intents are manifest in our words, our actions, our songs, and our play. May we all know peace."
I've read the Memory, Sorrow, & Thorn series when it came out. I, too, loved it. It's up there with Dennis Mckiernan's Iron Tower trilogy, Raymond E. Fiest's Midkemia Series, and Glen Cook's The Black Company.
Stan Nichols's First Blood series is great too. Especially, if you like orcs. It's about a band of orc( and a dwarf) mercanaries that go searching for a powerful artifact that everyone seems to be after, including their former employers who are hunting them.
I liked Elfstones of Shannara. I guess we all have differant opinions. But yeh, there is a bit of LOTR there. Especially in the first book. Voyage of The Jerle of Shannara is a decent airship trip and Heritage of Shannara is good.
I enjoyed The Wheel of Time Books up until Book 5. There were too many characters introduced and some older ones just dissapeered from the stories in the later volumes. I did hope he'd finish them, but that didn't happen. Too bad.
I've been devouring warhammer fantasy and Conan novels. What can i say, it's my favorite fantasy... dark & gritty.
When it comes to Drow, the War of the Spider Queen series quenched my thirst, if that's even possible.
I am now reading the Legacy series of Star Wars books.
Set 40 years after Return of the Jedi and centers around the children of Han and Leia and Luke and Mara.
Han and Leia for the most part are background characters. The story centers on their two kids, Jacen and Jaina, and Luke and Mara's son, Ben.
The Galactic Alliance is struggling to hold the galaxy together while Corellia is wanting to form its own naval fleet and does so in secret AND they are trying to bring Centerpoint station back online!
The Jedi Council, is struggling with its place in the Galaxy, since it doesn't want to be a participant in a war that they can't seem to avoid.
Jacen Solo feels it's his duty to bring peace to the galaxy, ala his grandfather Anakin.
Ben Skywalker is Jacen's apprentice and struggles with wanting to be a grown up and not recognized as a Skywalker and how dark his master, Jacen , is becoming.
Jaina feels her brother slipping to the dark side but is fearful to confront him about it.
A mysterious Sith lady has reappeared and is manipulating the events of the Galaxy.
So all in all it has a grey mood. Not everything is as it seems and the lines between right and wrong and justice and chaos are blurred.
I recommend them!
A lot of the setting you describe is unfamiliar to me. Is there like another series of books for those 40 years in between ? Or is it an effect of you trying to sum up the whole shebang ?
Au gibet noir, manchot aimable, dansent, dansent les paladins
Les maigres paladins du diable les squelettes de Saladins.
I have only begun to read the Thrawn Trilogy, but you don't need to have read the books prior to this series. They explain most of what you need to know.