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Need a new Sci-Fi/Fantasy book!

Hi guys! So this is the recommendabook community! So, seeing as I created it I suppose I should be the first one to abuse get assistance from it!

My favorite books have been books by Terry Goodkind, George R.R. Martin, & Tad Williams. Epic fantasies like them. Wheel of Time was good too, but not my favorite. I also really enjoyed all of the books by C.S. Friedman (mostly sci-fi). Who else? Neil Gaiman, Poppy Z. Brite, Stephen King (horror obviously). That's all I can think off the top of my head. Any recommendations?

Thanks!
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Have you tried the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher? It's about a wizard/detective in modern chicago. It's more in the supernatural realm of stories (vampires, werewolves, zombies and faeries.)
Is that a book series? I thought it was a comic book or something. I watched the first few episodes on Sci-Fi and thought they weren't too bad. Couldn't hold my interest, but definitely had potential. A book might be just the thing though.
It's a book series, and i think it's much better done than the tv series. The mythos is larger.
I've read... two or three of them, years ago, borrowed from a coworker. I remember enjoying them then, though I've never purchased them for my own. My reasons for not caring to reread them has to do with my own personal preferences, and not with "flaws" in the story nor the writing. Good stuff.
Any read any David Eddings? He's my favorite fantasy author.
A long time ago? To be honest, I remember not caring for it. But as I said, it was a long time ago, so maybe it's something I should try to pick up again. Thanks!
I just finished reading the first volume of the recently-collected original Robert E. Howard Conan stories. They're much better than Conan the Destroyer would lead one to believe, and I'd highly recommend them - epic, but in a very different fantasy mold than much recent high fantasy.
Hmm... I dunno. When I think of Conan I think of the movie w/ Arnold Schwarenegger, and that sort of story just really isn't my thing.
The stories are much less cheesy than the movie. If you're going just off the movies, you might want to try giving at least one of the stories a try (one of the better ones in the first collection is "The Scarlet Citadel") and see if you like them better. I can't promise you will, but you might.
You might like Riddle-Master, by Patricia McKillip—it's one of my favourites, and I would call it "epic fantasy." And there's also Robin McKinley. The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword are technically young adult books, but I still enjoy them as an adult. :)
Thank you!! =D
Seconding the above commenter--LOVE the Riddle-master books . . . (her others are good too, particularly The Forgotten Beasts of Eld and Song for the Basilisk)

I haven't read any of the ones mentioned in the post (though I was recommended to read the Wheel of Time books, haven't gotten around to it yet), so I can't rec much of anything based off of it. My favorite series are Tolkien, Lewis's Space Trilogy, the above-mentioned Riddle-master books, Anne McCaffrey's Pern, Diane Duane's Young Wizards, Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar/Velgarth series, and Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic series (the latter two for brain candy *g*). I also really enjoyed L. M. Modesitt's Soprano Sorceress and sequels, and alt-history-types like S. M. Stirling's Nantucket Trilogy and Eric Flint's 1631 and sequels. Not much of my favorites are strictly sci-fi, most of 'em are some version of fantasy, and not knowing the ones you've read I can't really guess what'll be to your tastes.
For some reason, I never saw this response in my e-mail so I missed it. Just wanted to say thanks for all the suggestions!!
Raymond Feist, definitely. I'm usually pretty leery of epic fantasty (though I did love Goodkind's books!), so it takes a rare epic to catch my attention. The Serpentwar Saga was one such series (actually, I think the Riftwar Saga comes first, but I haven't read it yet).

I also recommend the "Black Magician" trilogy by Trudi Canavan, Bujold's "Curse of Chalion", and, oh! Mark Anthony's "Last Rune" series, which is another epic fantasy. It starts out kinda weird, but stick it out through the first three chapters, and you'll be permanently hooked. My roommate loved the "Last Rune" series too, even though our reading tastes are very different.
Awesome! Thanks! That's a lot of suggestions! *rubs hands together in excitement* :)
I was trying to think of epic fantasies that I've read and liked that are more in line with what you're talking about than what I suggested earlier, and was only able to come up with one. I bought the first book on a whim, probably because of the cover. It was part of the forgotten realms series (though Ive not been able to get into any of the others...). It was called The Finders Stone Triology. It consisted of Azure Bonds, The Wyvern's Spur and Song of the Saurials.

My brothers were really into the Forgotten Realms series. I'll see if either of them have it. Thanks! :)
I actually have a number of books from the sci-fi/fantasy realm that I've been recommending to people lately. The best bit though is that they are BAEN books and at least the first book of each is in their free online library which is located here: http://www.baen.com/library/ The books are available online, for download, etc. all for free. Did I mention free?

David Weber: If you like dry, tongue-in-cheek humor check out a few of his books:

Empire from the Ashes- a compilation of an older series that starts with Mutineer's Moon (this is online)

The Empire of Man (with John Ringo): The first book is March Upcountry (online)

His fantasy series (which I don't remember the title to): First book is Oath of Swords (online)

David Drake's book: Lt. Leary Commanding (online)

Also check out John Ringo's other books if you like military/sci-fi/end of the world books (think at least the first book is up)

Also books I like but not published by BAEN: Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series