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What is the most gripping novel you've ever read? Fantasy or otherwise?

Discussion in 'Novels & Stories' started by Twook00, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. Russ

    Russ Istar

    I have been climbing the Moorcock mountain for more than 30 years.

    I don't think I know anyone who has written everything he has written.
  2. GypsyTraveller

    GypsyTraveller Acolyte

    ASOIAF. Compelling story, compelling and relatable characters, always interesting, never boring; a vast intricate world.
  3. Nomadica

    Nomadica Troubadour

    Taken series by Erin Bowman. Not everyone liked this writing stile but I did. The story starts with so much mystery and keeps you asking questions at each step, yet it's fast paced. One thing to note is that it got a lot darker as it went than it was in the first book which I didn't expect. I was pregnant when I started the series and through the last half of the series I'm balling my eyes out but I couldn't put it down. Then I wondered if my baby was going to be born depressed.
  4. Rkcapps

    Rkcapps Sage

    Recently The Sentinel Mage by Emily Gee but from my youth, Raymond Feist's Magician or anything by David Gemmell. He had a knack. He's missed :(
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  5. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Myth Weaver

    Too true!
    Twenty[?] years ago I read a long interview with him and he seemed like a really decent human being. And then there is that being able to write....
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  6. Gurkhal

    Gurkhal Auror

    For me its got to be "A song of ice and fire", best stuff I've read so far.
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  7. pmmg

    pmmg Auror

    This looks like an old one.

    I am really hard to please. Sometimes that is good, most times not. I can only think of one book so far where upon reading it, I had to get knees my knees and say "I am not worthy!". I have to hand it to Mr. Martin. His book hits on all cylinders. It was obvious from even the opening. I cant say its my favorite book, but the mastery of the art is beyond what I have seen in others. Somethings that come right to mind in the opening scene is describing the sweat-worn leather on a sword handle, and the taste of iron as a character climbs a tree with a knife in his mouth.

    I think my favorite story ever, and if I was to ever read one twice, this might be it, was Watership Down. I had no expectation of liking this, but the world of he created was just brought to life on so many levels, and yet was not a complex tale at all. I don't think is was master of the craft on display, but I never read a simpler, yet very deep story.

    Drifting off those two, I feel I must add the bible. Sure its a kind of a mess, but it resonates. What can you do?

    I also remember liking very much the first Dune book. Been a long time since I read it, so I am not sure if I would still enjoy it as much today. I would have to read it again, but after four Dune books, I feel I am kind of done.

    The author who I think most influenced my own writing, and I will say all of them have influenced it in some way, and Robert E. Howard. I don't write like him really, but I did look to his path in writing as a way to shape my own.

    If I was to fault Mr. Martin any, it would be that he spends a lot of time describing fashion. There could be less of that I think.

    Oh, and I have to add to add Shakespeare (Sorry, Mrs. Barnes). I cant say I like all his stuff, but the stuff I do like, I've not found anything else like it.

    And I suppose I should add, that my favorite author is actually a woman named Leslie, who I met on another writing site. She has a gift. I am not sure if she has the desire to conquer the publishing world though.
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  8. Demesnedenoir

    Demesnedenoir Istar

    GRRM's strength is also his weakness... details. His best work, IMO, is the opening few chapters to Game of Thrones. Here he is tighter with his words, knowing he needs to get us into the story before he hammers us with world building and background info. He avoids the pitfalls of the young fantasy writer well. Writers have a tendency to want to describe what they reference, and worse, a whole lot of critiques will ask for this info when it's best not to be included until later. But that's another topic, LOL.
  9. TheStranger

    TheStranger New Member

    It would definitely be Red Rising by Pierce Brown for me. Its a Sci-Fi series set in the distant future. I read the first line of the Prologue and I was hooked. I bought the entire trilogy, then and there.
  10. Laggy

    Laggy Acolyte

    Jeffrey Archer, hands down. Not a Penny More, not a Penny Less, Prison Diaries, Kane and Abel and Shall We Tell the President.
  11. ScorpionWoman

    ScorpionWoman Dreamer

    J.R. Ward's Blackdagger Brotherhood series. Although based in a world much like our own it was fabulous. Until her books I had never even entertained the thought of re-reading a book. I love how she has multiple series that she allows to overlap in subtle ways.
  12. Kittie Brandybuck

    Kittie Brandybuck Minstrel

    Opal Plumstead. It was amazing.
  13. Hir i-Chorvath

    Hir i-Chorvath Auror

    The City Between Series by W.R. Gingell. I've re-read them so many times and I always have to get them the minute it comes out and I don't stop for anything until I've finished. This extends to skipping school and I don't care what I'm missing when it's happening.
    I've done the same thing for Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archives.

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