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Re: Fantasy that is NOT coming-of-age
« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2008, 07:42:58 pm »
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Re: Fantasy that is NOT coming-of-age
« Reply #16 on: October 04, 2008, 01:09:19 am »
Elizabeth Moon - Remnant Population - the heroine is an old woman left behind on a planet after the colonists are moved on. This is a brilliant book.
Mercedes Lackey - The Fire Rose (nice romance) and Sacred Ground (adventure) both have mid twenties heroines.
Robin McKinley - The Blue Sword - the heroine and hero here are early twenties I think, but not coming-of-age, very good book
Connie Willis - I think all of her books have older characters and many have won the Hugo and Nebula awards. I'd particularly recommend Doomsday Book, which is set in just-future Oxford and in a small village in 14th Century UK. Really great book. 'To say nothing of the dog' is another good book of hers, very funny light reading.
Janny Wurts - Sorcerers Legacy - this is a bit lighter than her other books. It's a really lovely romance. Heroine is late twenties maybe? She's a widow whose husband has just been killed in battle and is a very strong character.

Of those already mentioned -
The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop are very good, but be warned that I'd class this under horror rather than fantasy. All the books have detailed descriptions of torture in them.
Dragonlord books by Joanne Bertin I'd also recommend, these are great.
Ditto Moreta's Tale by Anne McCaffrey, very sad book but lovely.

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Re: Fantasy that is NOT coming-of-age
« Reply #17 on: October 04, 2008, 02:50:04 am »
Of those already mentioned -
The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop are very good, but be warned that I'd class this under horror rather than fantasy. All the books have detailed descriptions of torture in them.

I'd call it more dark fantasy than horror. :) I figure horror more the way of HP Lovecraft, or early-Stephen King.
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Re: Fantasy that is NOT coming-of-age
« Reply #18 on: October 04, 2008, 02:14:22 pm »
High Fantasy:
anything by Martha Wells, Steven Brust, Laura Resnick, Laurie J. Marks, Sarah Monette
most things by Terry Pratchett

and you may want to take a look at P.C. Hodgell and Steven Erikson

Urban Fantasy:
anything by Jim Butcher (but not his High Fantasy), Emma Bull, Carrie Vaughn, Charlaine Harris, C.E. Murphy, Stephan Zielinski, F. Paul Wilson, Kat Richardson, John Meaney, Austin Grossman, Rosemary Edghill, Keri Arthur

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Re: Fantasy that is NOT coming-of-age
« Reply #19 on: October 05, 2008, 12:57:54 am »
Elisabeth Haydon's Rhapsody books.
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Re: Fantasy that is NOT coming-of-age
« Reply #20 on: October 05, 2008, 05:11:56 am »
One of my brothers favoureds (who's more into Fantasy than me):

Barbara Hambly - The Winterlands series
Dragonsbane
Dragonshadow
Knight of the Demon Queen
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Personally I read her two Star Wars novels, which both are great with an intriguing female lead, and her Vampire novel, Those Who Hunt The Night, which I also liked.


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Connie Willis - I think all of her books have older characters and many have won the Hugo and Nebula awards.
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Re: Fantasy that is NOT coming-of-age
« Reply #21 on: October 05, 2008, 06:59:14 am »
Good thought, Gerd.  Barbara Hambly's also an old favorite of mine, and definitely not coming-of-age.  Which leads me to suggest others of hers. 

Sun Wolf and Starhawk series (begins with The Ladies of Mandrigyn)

Windrose Chronicles (begins with The Silent Tower)

The Darwath Trilogy, which later became five books, beginning with The Time of the Dark

And a very different vampire series, that begins with Those Who Hunt the Night

She also wrote some interesting mysteries set in post-Louisiana Purchase New Orleans, the Benjamin January series.
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Re: Fantasy that is NOT coming-of-age
« Reply #22 on: October 05, 2008, 08:19:04 am »
Okay, try:

Patricia Bray's 2 trilogies - Devlin's Justice and First Betrayal (this one is definitely NOT for coming of age)

Diana Pharaoh Francis - Path Series

Eileen Wilks - Lupi series

I have NO idea if these are considered fantasy - but they are good reads and not "coming of age".

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Re: Fantasy that is NOT coming-of-age
« Reply #23 on: October 05, 2008, 05:00:42 pm »
Thank you, thankyou, thankyou :-* :-* :-*

Guy Gavriel Kay I already have it all and have read them more than once :)

Hambly I have some (Ladies of Madrigyn certainly) and do like :)

I do like Elizabeth Moon too and think Remnant Population is wonderful :) I will definitely look out for Connie Willis' The Doomsday Book, I was brought up in Oxford. Mind 'near furture' Oxford would be no more strange than present day Oxford is to me these days I left in '79 and a lot has changed.

Umm are they by Naomi Novik Patti? If so they really didn't do it for me, not sure why now, but I know I managed to find all of them in the librairy in one go  :o but ended up returning them having read one and a bit I think.

Oh I am going to have some fun thanks again my wise and well read friends :-*

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Re: Fantasy that is NOT coming-of-age
« Reply #24 on: October 05, 2008, 05:09:38 pm »
That would be her, yes.  Well, I wasn't excited enough to buy more than one myself.

By the way, there is, particularly (for our amusement) in one of the Valdemar collections with other people allowed to come in & play, a story about a mother or grandmother who is Chosen by a Companion, & very stubborn about the fact that she's too old.
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Re: Fantasy that is NOT coming-of-age
« Reply #25 on: October 05, 2008, 05:21:15 pm »
Yep, doesn't have time to leave a flooding farm if I remember correctly :D

I suppose I could have said more about what I have and also have enjoed from the library, but then I am trying to pack my books at the moment and so I certainly can't go and check through them unless I resort to opening boxes and I will not open boxes, I will not, I really won't until we are moved.

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Re: Fantasy that is NOT coming-of-age
« Reply #26 on: October 05, 2008, 05:23:36 pm »
It should be called A Child's Adventures by Jamie Lee Simner in the Sword of Ice anthology

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Re: Fantasy that is NOT coming-of-age
« Reply #27 on: October 05, 2008, 05:26:01 pm »
Wow, a positive orgy of moving around here.  Where, roughly, are you moving to?

Yep, looks like she's got it.
Oh, there's one called Harald, I'm afraid I don't remember the author's name, fantasy part very subtle if there at all, the main character is a father & some kind of clan leader already.  Not usual, I enjoyed it.
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Re: Fantasy that is NOT coming-of-age
« Reply #28 on: October 06, 2008, 12:24:51 pm »
Oh, there's one called Harald, I'm afraid I don't remember the author's name, fantasy part very subtle if there at all,

The author is David D. Friedman, and he describes it as "fantasy without magic".  I haven't read the book, but he frequents some of the same SF/F forums I do.

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Re: Fantasy that is NOT coming-of-age
« Reply #29 on: October 20, 2008, 11:57:15 pm »
I'm coming in late, but how about the Dragonlance Chronicles?  Those were favorites of mine for many years, even traveling the world with me. Mind you, read the Chronicles first.

I do also HIGHLY recommend Song of the Beast by Carol Berg. Fantastic. Amazing. Breathtaking.  I've passed it along to three people already and all have loved it.

Just a few off the top of my head.  Granted, I've been immersed in Sci-Fi/Fan so much lately that I'm dreaming about it.

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