More systems, please (fantasy novel recommendation request)
December 23, 2010 3:34 PM Subscribe
Recommend me a fantasy novel (that matches some particular tastes)
posted by piato to Writing & Language (41 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
If I had to pick a single desert island book, it'd be the first edition AD&D Dungeon Master's Guide. I read it obsessively over and over again as a kid, and every time I dip into it as an adult, I find it fascinating again.
On the other hand, I've gotten very little out of reading fantasy novels in the past, mostly because I find wish-fulfillment protagonists a massive turn-off. Because of coming to the genre from RPG sourcebooks, I also really dislike it when a rabbit is pulled out of a hat in the middle of a fight, because it makes me feel like all the time I've spent thinking through the systems (a huge part of the pleasure for me) has been wasted.
So! In short:
I'm not too interested in: good writing, tightly-written plot or genre subversion. These are all a bonus, and I don't want to read Harry Potter fanfic or anything, but most of my reading is already lit fiction, and this isn't about scratching that itch.
I'm interested in: reading for twenty pages about the culture and economy of a fantasy place, and then imagining that I'm a person of medium importance there - a bureaucrat, an apprentice wizard, a younger son of a noble. Then reading twenty pages about somewhere else, and doing it again.
I'm super interested in: reading for twenty pages about the history, advancement, powers and limitations of a particular spell. Imagining casting it. Imagining teaching it to a below-average student. Not having this information contradicted later in the novel.
Sorry for snowflaking so - I thought that if anyone could help, it'd be here. Thanks everyone!