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I'm going to the Half-Price Bookstore after work to use my 40% off coupon. Can someone turn me on to a good author or series?

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I have enjoyed the "Malazan Book of the Fallen" series which is a cross between the early "Black Company" books and old pulp novels such as "Conan" and "Fafhrd amd the Grey Mouser". This fantasy series is at 8 books and set to conclude at book 10. A good, rip-roaring yarn that moves at breakneck speed and has numerous interesting characters and plotlines.

Hope this helps.
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Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Excerpt here.
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Terry Pratchett - A magic flat earth on the back of a space-going turtle where Death really can take a holiday.

Suzette Hayden Elgin - Ozarks in Space

James P. Blaylock - The Elfin Ship, The Stone Giant, The Disappearing Dwarf - steampunk elves

Elizabeth Scarborough - either full fantasy worlds or Sentient planets.

Charles De Lint - Assorted Native & non-Native Spirits in Canada
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You've asked for light, so -

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card (not really a fan - just came to mind)
Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny (seventies flare to it. Very light in my opinion)
The Graveyard Book (charming and light. Ages 12 and up) by Neil Gaiman
Coraline (for kids and adults) by Neil Gaiman
The Thief of Always by Clive Barker (again a youth novel but fun for adults too).
Also check out some "best of" anthologies.
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My current favorite for fun but not too deep sci fi is Jack McDevitt.
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Piers Anthony - Xanth or Bio of a Space Tryant series

Ropert Asprin - MYTH or Phules Company series

Spider Robinson - Callahans series

Harry Harrison - Stainless Steel Rat

Orson Scott Card - Enders and Enders Shadow series
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I would heartily second Asprin's "MYTH Adventures" series.
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Scott Westerfeld: The Risen Empire and The Killing of Worlds. Two beautiful books.
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Osiris Ra wrote:
I would heartily second Asprin's "MYTH Adventures" series.

I'll third it. Shall we take a vote?

I re-read Piers Anthony's Apprentice Adept when I was an adult, and liked it about as much as I had when I was a kid. That can't be said for the rest of his stuff, but the original trilogy (Split Infinity, Blue Adept, and Juxtaposition) were pretty good.

Also, yes, the books are very sexualized.
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A few more fantasy options to consider:

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Empire Trilogy by Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts
Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
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A couple that haven't been mentioned yet:

Robert Heinlein - Have Space Suit, Will Travel; The Door Into Summer, and others all fun and fast reads

Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

Jonathan Stroud - The Bartimaeus Trilogy, the books are: The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye, and Ptolemy's Gate

Attolia or Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner, Books are: The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia

Ursula Le Guin is good, not too light though.

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Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

The Player of Games by Ian M. Banks (in the middle of a series, but it doesn't really matter)

The Execution Channel by Ken MacLeod

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
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Verkisto wrote:
Osiris Ra wrote:
I would heartily second Asprin's "MYTH Adventures" series.

I'll third it. Shall we take a vote?


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And the winner is........

Thanks for all the suggestions. I will make notes and look for many of them. However, my trip to the Half-Price Book Store landed me a hardback copy of Patrick Rothfuss' - The Name of the Wind for $4.98. Impossible to pass up.

On a side note (and forgive me for talking games in Chit Chat) I also found there a new in shrink wrap copy of the game N.Y. Chase for $6.98. It is the New York version of Scotland Yard also by Ravensburger.
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You won't regret it. Enjoy!
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I know I'm too late, but I'm surprised no one mentioned

The Dragon Lance Chronicles
Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

A really good trilogy, followed by the "Twins" trilogy, also a great story.

Light Fantasy..

Not as light as say "Harry Potter" but not as complex as Lord of the Rings, or Wheel of Time
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