What book next?
March 28, 2015 3:44 PM   Subscribe

I loved A Song of Ice and Fire, The Kingkiller Chronicle and the Stormlight Archive. I'm in book 2 of the Mistborn series and it's enjoyable but not as good as the previous. Where should I go next? Needs to be on Audible (I have a 2 hr commute every day).
posted by no bueno to Media & Arts (21 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
 
Scott Lynch - The Lies of Locke Lamora, if you like it there are 2 more, with a 4th coming later this year.
posted by ELind at 3:50 PM on March 28, 2015 [15 favorites]


Red Rising by Pierce Brown is going to do for YA (Hunger Games, etc.) what A Song of Ice and Fire did for fantasy. Also the narrator is awesome.

oh, but Red Rising isn't YA. It just is kind of similar to some tropes (a game, classes of people), but is much more adult.
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 3:57 PM on March 28, 2015 [1 favorite]


I came here to say Locke Lamora - amazing book. I've also been digging The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

The second Mistborn book isn't very good, but the third one is solid (better than the second, though still not as good as the first) and the fourth is a ton of fun. I'd suggest sticking with it for a little.
posted by Itaxpica at 4:21 PM on March 28, 2015 [1 favorite]


You could try the Kate Daniels series, though it has a bit more romance than Rothfuss or Sanderson. One advantage for you is that there are at least 7 books in the series and spin-offs as well. There is also a longer story arc throughout.

Also, how about Harry Potter?
posted by geekBird at 4:45 PM on March 28, 2015


Also came here to suggest Locke Lamora. :7)

Scott Lynch love-fest on the Green!
posted by wenestvedt at 4:47 PM on March 28, 2015


Robin Hobb & Elizabeth Haydon both have excellent series.
posted by stormyteal at 5:08 PM on March 28, 2015


Outlander series. The storytelling isn't quite as dense, but it's similar in many ways to Song of Ice and Fire in particular, especially with regard to intrigue and machinations.
posted by mchorn at 5:20 PM on March 28, 2015


The Black Company by Glen Cook
posted by meta87 at 5:24 PM on March 28, 2015 [2 favorites]


The First Law trilogy. It is very gritty, with no magic or monsters, multiple point of view characters, and should appeal to many SOIaF fans.
posted by ridogi at 5:39 PM on March 28, 2015 [6 favorites]


The Goblin Emperor stands alone, but it's good, fun, reasonably long, and available on Audible (I read it in print though).
posted by Monsieur Caution at 6:04 PM on March 28, 2015 [2 favorites]


Tad Williams, Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. Not sure if it's on Audible--if it is, you want it.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 6:19 PM on March 28, 2015 [3 favorites]


Definitely First Law and Locke Lamora! I enjoyed both very much.

I would not recommend Red Rising - one of the worst books I read last year, personally.
posted by firei at 6:36 PM on March 28, 2015


Awesome. Thanks MeFi, knew you wouldn't let me down. On a side note, I just hope I can finish a series soon. I've listened to over 30 days of books in the last year and a half and they're all mid series right now. I need some closure!!
posted by no bueno at 6:46 PM on March 28, 2015


Mr kitkat suggests Dresden files - it's one of Patrick Rothfuss' favourite series
posted by kitkatcathy at 8:06 PM on March 28, 2015 [1 favorite]


I agree with a lot of the recommendations above, but here is another one:
The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (and finished by Brandon Sanderson) - 461 hours total will take care of a lot of commuting, but will also take a long time for closure.
posted by The Architect at 8:39 PM on March 28, 2015


One of the best I've read is Christopher Paolini's Inheritance series. There are four books - Eragon is the first one - and each is better than the last. Oh, my - I love these books SO much. And the four are all there are going to be in the series. Don't know if they're available on audio, but I hope so.

Another good series which, again, has concluded with book five, is Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, beginning with Soulless. It's lightweight but great fun and is available on audio - I think it would even cheer up commuting.
posted by aryma at 10:15 PM on March 28, 2015


Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy is finished but also tied in to two other series', one of which is still active.
posted by irisclara at 10:55 PM on March 28, 2015 [1 favorite]


The Powder Mage Trilogy by Brian McClellan (Promise of Blood, Crimson Campaign, and Autumn Republic) just wrapped up. Similar to Mistborn in that there was a reason for the horrible despot that the heroes usurped, but a bit more sophisticated world-building.

The Dagger and the Coin Series by Daniel Abraham continues apace. There are what, 4? 5? volumes so far. It's shaping up to be old world magical cults vs new world economies of scale but is much more interesting than that.

The Raven's Shadow series by Anthony Ryan was really, really strong out of the gate with Blood Song but stumbled a bit with Tower Lord. Hopefully Queen of Fire will right the ship soon.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:28 AM on March 29, 2015


Highly recommend Robin Hobb's Farseer trilogy, which then leads to the Tawny Man, the Liveship Traders, and the Rainwild Chronicles. Lies of Locke Lamora series was brilliant as well (with a fantastic reader), and same for anything by Joe Abercrombie (who has a great reader as well). I've been doing audio books on commutes for years, and the right reader is really crucial. The one used for the Brandon Sanderson Mistborn series I found...weird. Also Jasper Fforde's The Fourth Bear was a great audio book - I found myself laughing out loud when the alien started speaking binary, and that was one I'd read in book format first. I did the Red Rising book in audio, and it was OK, but I never went into the second one, so I'd have to say it wasn't quite good enough to stick with.
posted by routergirl at 9:29 AM on March 29, 2015


I've read all of the series you mentioned in your question... came in to make same recommendation as robocop_is_bleeding: Daniel Abraham's Dagger and the Coin Series.
posted by kovacs at 12:35 PM on March 29, 2015 [1 favorite]


I've been listening to the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher on my commute lately, and have really enjoyed it. It begins with "Furies of Calderon."
posted by Urban Winter at 9:17 AM on March 30, 2015


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