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    Exactly. Expositing every ten seconds is not good writing.

    Hell, even Candide was easier to read for me, and that was written 300 years ago in French. Though that could just be the skill of the translators.
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    Ever read the Artemis Fowl series?

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    Song of the Beast
    by Carol Berg
    "Aidan MacAllister, cousin of the king of Elyria, was an extraordinary musician. But when he turned 21, the king sentenced him to be imprisoned and silenced on a charge of treason. Now it is 17 years later, and a scarred, voiceless Aidan is released, not knowing exactly why he was sentenced in the first place." He goes in search of the answer to his imprisonment and changes history.

    Transformation
    by Carol Berg
    "Seyonne is a man waiting to die. He has been a slave for sixteen years, almost half his life, and has lost everything of meaning to him: his dignity, the people and homeland he loves, and the Warden's power he used to defend an unsuspecting world from the ravages of demons. Seyonne has made peace with his fate. With strict self-discipline he forces himself to exist only in the present moment and to avoid the pain of hope or caring about anyone. But from the moment he is sold to the arrogant, careless Prince Aleksander, the heir to the Derzhi Empire, Seyonne's uneasy peace begins to crumble. And when he discovers a demon lurking in the Derzhi court, he must find hope and strength in a most unlikely place..."

    This one is part of a trilogy. Haven't had a chance to read the other two yet.

    You may also like James A. Owen. His first book Here, There Be Dragons is about fantasy authors who become caretakers of a world but not just any world - a world where dragons, fairies, and everything fantastical may be found. It's very interesting in that it deals with fantasy but real-world issues during that time period as well.

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    Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
    SPOILER! :
    "Here there be dragons...and the denizens of Ankh-Morpork wish one huge firebreather would return from whence it came. Long believed extinct, a superb specimen of draco nobilis ("noble dragon" for those who don't understand italics) has appeared in Discworld's greatest city. Not only does this unwelcome visitor have a nasty habit of charbroiling everything in its path, in rather short order it is crowned King (it is a noble dragon, after all...)."

    More of a fantasy satire than anything. Highly recommend starting the Discworld series here.

    The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
    SPOILER! :
    "Kvothe ("pronounced nearly the same as 'Quothe' "), the hero and villain of a thousand tales who's presumed dead, lives as the simple proprietor of the Waystone Inn under an assumed name. Prompted by a biographer called Chronicler who realizes his true identity, Kvothe starts to tell his life story. From his upbringing as an actor in his family's traveling troupe of magicians, jugglers and jesters, the Edema Ruh, to feral child on the streets of the vast port city of Tarbean, then his education at "the University," Kvothe is driven by twin imperatives—his desire to learn the higher magic of naming and his need to discover as much as possible about the Chandrian, the demons of legend who murdered his family. As absorbing on a second reading as it is on the first, this is the type of assured, rich first novel most writers can only dream of producing. The fantasy world has a new star."

    Rothfuss breaks fantasy convention by spinning a tale of a boy who grows up to be a master bard, thief, mage, warrior, and barkeep. Better yet, he makes it sound believable.

    The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
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    "In a storm-swept world where history has dwindled into myth, self-serving aristocrats squabble over mystical weapons that render their bearers immune to mundane attacks. The ambitious scholar Shallan learns unexpected truths about the present, the virtuous aristocrat Dalinar reclaims the lost past, and the bitter and broken slave Kaladin gains unwanted power. Race-related plot themes may raise some eyebrows, and there's no hope for anything resembling a conclusion in this introductory volume, but Sanderson's fondness for misleading the reader and his talent for feeding out revelations and action scenes at just the right pace will keep epic fantasy fans intrigued and hoping for redemptive future installments. "

    Brandon Sanderson's best work to date. First book in a new series.

    So, one satire, one sword & sorcery, and one high fantasy recommended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fenn View Post
    Ever read the Artemis Fowl series?
    I really like the first book, but the others just go down hill from there.

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    Yeah, I read the first one but it didn't really hook me so I didn't continue the series. :\

    Here's some other YA/J book series as well if you want quick, light reads:
    Children of the Red King series (aka Charlie Bone) by Jenny Nimmo
    Septimus Heap by Angie Heap
    The Oracle of Delphi Keep by Victoria Laurie
    The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme by Elizabeth Haydon
    Land of Elyon series by Patrick Carman
    Dealing with Dragons series by Patricia C. Wrede

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