SF Signal: What SF/F Series are you Dying to Read?
John at SFSignal asks a classic question in this age where half the novels out there seem to start a series or be a book in a F/SF series.
With all of the series out there, which ones to start reading?
Here is a *partial* answer.
I think a broader question is: Which ones to start reading, which ones I need to continue, and which ones am I not going to start(or continue).
Let’s start with the ones I want to start:
R Scott Bakker’s Prince of Nothing. I’ve heard good things about it, even if the books themselves seem disturbing overly Tolkienesque. I’ve ordered these on Amazon, and its a fat fantasy series, but its only a trilogy. I can handle that.
The Dark Tower novels by Stephen King. I have a friend who is a fan of these, but I’ve never gotten around to reading them. I should.
The Garrett novels by Glen Cook. . I’ve heard good things about these–A Film Noir Detective in a fantasy setting.
The Briar King and its sequels by J Gregory Keyes. I really liked Newton’s Cannon and its sequels and I am curious about this series.
Shadowmarch and its sequels by Tad Williams Again, I loved the Otherland novels.
Series I need to *continue* Reading:
Steven Erikson’s Malazan novels. I know I am caught up if one looks at US publication, but my friend Scott is a couple of novels ahead since he buys them from the UK, where they come out first. Some of the best Fat Fantasy out there today.
Jim Butcher’s Dresden novels.. I read the first one, liked it, but haven’t bought any more. I need to fix that.
Elizabeth’s Bear’s Faerie novels. I liked Blood and Iron, and need to pick up Whiskey and Water when it comes out.
Lord of the Isles by David Drake. I read the first two of these, but there are several more waiting for me. Good use of the consequences of obtaining power as a strong theme.
Series that I am not going to continue:
Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time. The first one was okay, but not so spectacular that I want to particularly go on. And I’ve heard bad things about how the series turns into a morass as one continues deeper into it. No thank you.
Terry Brooks’ Shannara. No offense to a good friend who has a daughter named Shannara, but I’ve never been a fan of Brooks’ writing. I even tried the Magic Kingdom for Sale series a couple of years ago, and didn’t like that, either. So I guess Brooks is not for me.
Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series Another writer I simply can’t get into, and I’ve tried.
The Dune Prequels by Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson I am afraid that in trying to do prequels, they diminish the original or would in my mind if I read them.
Media Tie in Novels. I’ve read a few, and might consider one or two more on a case by case basis, but on the whole–enh.
The Neanderthal Parallax trilogy by Robert Sawyer. Another author that turns me off. I’m opinionated, aren’t I?