Yes, I know there are many "recommend a book" questions, but this one is mine. I just finished the fifth "Game of Thrones" book and I'm looking for something to tide me over until Murakami's 1Q84
comes out in October.
I love epic stories, but I confess to being a bit of a literary snob. I love Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones because I feel like they hold up as literature, not just "good for their genre." I can't hack most other sci-fi or fantasy, but if there's someone out there who writes as well as Tolkien or Martin, I'd love to know about them. I already read The Magicians
and The Magician King
by Lev Grossman (loved both); same goes for the "His Dark Materials" books. No interest in Harry Potter.
I also enjoy books about adventure and exploration, fiction or non-: I heard about Dan Simmons' The Terror
from another thread and loved it (Not really a "horror" fan but the horror/exploration/history combo worked for me). Also loved Shantaram
. Everything by Jon Krakuer is amazing too.