Game of Thrones is Getting Me Down
June 27, 2012 2:33 PM Subscribe
I need a great escapist doorstop novel, and I love some magic and weird creatures, but most big fantasy novels seem to be about BAND of WARRIORS leading to EPIC BATTLE and grimness and people dying. Battles bore me and I'm just not that interested in violence (including magical violence). I'm also interested in people without so much power-- so no royalty, super-wizards, or Chosen Ones. Can you recommend fantasy books that AREN'T about warriors, magical or otherwise? That feature intrepid traders? Cunning craftspeople? What are the bourgeoisie and the working stiffs up to in magic epic land?
posted by Erasmouse to writing & language (78 answers total) 222 users marked this as a favorite
There seems to be a lot more scifi that's about productive economic activity than there is fantasy, but I'm craving some fantasy right now and everything seems to have swords on the cover.
I've read all of Pratchett, devoured Harry Potter, adored 'Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell', and have read 'Little, Big' too many times. 'Pillars of Earth' but with wizards and cute magical beasties would be just the ticket. Have sadly exhausted Lois McMaster Bujold's stuff, which hits just the right note.
Bonus points for: long and absorbing; great female characters, especially female leads; travel to exotic locales and culture clashes; a sense of humour; and great writing.