Patrick Rothfuss and brandon Sanderson fans, help!
April 14, 2008 1:59 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for authors who write in a similar style (and perhaps tell a similar tale) as Patrick Rothfuss or Brandon Sanderson.

Yes, Rothfuss and Sanderson are fantasy authors, but I'm not looking for recommendations for yet more generic fantasy fiction. Amazon and Goodreads and thelibrarything make the assumption that if you like Robert Jordan, then you automatically like George R.R.Martin and Terry Goodkind, and probably Tad Williams, Terry Brooks, and J.K. Rowling. Unfortunately, I dislike about 99% of what I read. Can someone please help me find something fresh? One proviso is that it has to be well-written. R.A. Salvatore makes me feel a bit sick in my mouth. Think Robin Hobb, some of Stephen R. Donaldson, Garth Nix, Philip Pullman, Peter Straub, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson. Thanks in advance!
posted by Chasuk to Writing & Language (7 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: I'm finishing up Greg Keyes latest book, The Born Queen, which is the last book in his Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone series. It's quite good.

You might like Sarah Monette's series which starts with Melusine (ignore the bodice-ripping covers).

Also you should come hang out on the GRRM forums (even if you don't like him). The Other Literature forum is the best sff forum on the internet (imo of course - there are other ones that are pretty good too). Very well-read group of posters and reviewers with lots and lots of recommendations.
posted by i_am_a_Jedi at 3:09 PM on April 14, 2008

Daniel Abraham, perhaps?
posted by Iridic at 3:13 PM on April 14, 2008

Steven Erikson? China MiƩville?
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:21 PM on April 14, 2008

Best answer: I'll second China Mieville. Steven Erikson is a bit of an acquired taste - people either enjoy him or hate him; most people I know fall in the latter category (I personally enjoy his stuff).

R Scott Bakker is another possibility.

Can I also suggest you have a look at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist? A lot of different books get reviewed over there.
posted by never used baby shoes at 3:58 PM on April 14, 2008

Apologies, I've not read Rothfuss and Sanderson, but one thing I know about fantasy books recommendation askmes is that if you wait long enough, someone's going to say Gene Wolfe. Might as well get that out of the way.
posted by juv3nal at 9:19 PM on April 14, 2008

Response by poster: Thank you, everyone. I found the links to the "Other Literature forum" and "Pat's Fantasy Hotlist" to be especially useful. I've already read everyone suggested, including Gene Wolfe (who is wonderful), but I haven't read some of them for a while, so perhaps its time for a revisit.

Thanks again!
posted by Chasuk at 10:12 PM on April 14, 2008

Joe Abercrombie and Scott Lynch.
posted by penguinliz at 7:00 AM on April 15, 2008

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