I've listed a few of the titles I'm personally familiar with, and consider fantasy-ish in tone. The books all tend to be standalones, although familiarity with Darkover tends to make even the lesser offerings more enjoyable. This is definitely Brin-lite, but even minor Brin is enjoyable. A light-hearted adventure in a parallel world where magic takes a strange form the title pretty much gives it away.
The book is a stand alone. It came out a while ago, and may be out of print.
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Basically light-hearted adventure, although it is far less dependent on puns and general silliness than the cover art and titles would indicate. Far more serious than the Daimbert books. These books were bestsellers when they came out in the early 80's, and they finally proved that Tolkien's popularity wasn't just an aberration, and that fantasy could be much more than a niche market.
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This is an enjoyable group of books, although the Tolkienesque borrowings of the first book of the first trilogy are even more blatant than most. Not connected to the Shannara books. It is coming back into print in May '96 from Tor. Wars in the fairylands spilling over into our world.
Good book. She's also written some 'Borderlands' books, which is yet another Shared World series. The Tarzan books are lots of fun, too.
Steve says "It's an alternative history story, with magic thrown in. Alternate world fantasies. The majority of Card's writing falls firmly into SF, but this is an interesting alternate-history fantasy, taking place in the 19th century U. Sound familiar? The first and still the best, you should read the Alice books as a fine source of sig quotes if nothing else. Definitely NOT for children.
Maria describes Carter as "a fabulous stylist: lush without verbiage. Stand-alone fantasy novel by a very prolific SF author. These are all stand- alones and a good thing, too, since Chant produces only about one book a decade, and hasn't had anything new come out since set in varying times in the world of Vandarei.
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Dark, moody science fantasy. Cherryh is a very highly regarded SF author, and if you like her fantasy, you should check out her other works. Tristen's quest is governed far too heavily by happenstance and goes on far too long , and the maneuverings that lead to the final battle are pretty routine. Still, even substandard Cherryh is worthwhile, just don't let this be the first of her books that you try.
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However the third book is a fairly direct sequel to the first, and after looking over a sample chapter of the forthcoming book which will be written by Cole on his own , it sure looks like you need to have read the first three to really enjoy it. It's not about them, but some familiar characters appear. Raymond Chandler fans take note.
Open-ended series. There is some slight reference to events that take place in previous books, but all books are basically stand-alone. Roc publishing recently bought 2 more in this series from Cook. The darkest and least commercially popular of Cook's three continuing series.
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Only the first couple have been published in the U. Excellent series! However, in Cooper's universe, neither side is unrelievedly good or evil - Chaos and Order are "two sides of the same coin," in the words of the author. It takes place about years after the events of the first trilogy. Good mix of modern military equipment in a fantasy world, says Jim Lahue. An unusual book, this one is not geared toward children.
Stand-alone contemporary retelling of the Tam-Lin legend. Sprague de Camp b. Published in a variety of configurations, the above title is the U. In the U. Celtic myth in rural Georgia.
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Most if not all of the short stories in the two collections mentioned below take place in Newford also. Most are stand-alone although related to each other , all are good. Probably the most well-known and productive author in the 'urban fantasy' sub-genre. Often difficult to find in U. This is a powerful trilogy, and you should read it. Those who love Donaldson's work describe Covenant as a flawed but decent human struggling to come to terms with both his illness and his power.
Others with less charity in their souls consider Covenant to be whiny, self-pitying, and a poor excuse for a hero. This is still very much in the 'rumored' category, so don't get your hopes up yet. Their only hope is the Spellkey; finding it and solving its mystery may change the cruel rules of the Pentacle. Denis liked this first novel, and cheerfully recommends it. The U.
Sprague De Camp originally written around , and the second by Drake. Humorous and hard to find in the U.
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Has some ragged edges, but moves right along. The books are completely self- contained, and stand alone. Dunsany was very influential in the field. These are both prequels to the events of the Belgariad, and should finally answer such burning questions as: Why did Poledra have to pretend she'd died?
Read it. The final book was recently released, and it is a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.
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Alaric is gifted with the magical ability of teleportation. Out of print, and hard to find. She's currently doing Shared World stuff. Lengthy stand-alone story taking place in an area reminiscent of the ancient Middle East Babylon, Sumeria - you know, deserts and lion gods, and dusty walled cities baking under the hot sun. It came out in July Doug thinks that it's killer, and hopes she writes fast. A young man ends up in a world where music has magic.
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