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Mar. 11th, 2013 (UTC)

Lovely list! A while ago I saw an article about the Druon books somewhere and I wasn't 100% sold, but after such an enthusiastic endorsement I definitely have to check them out. I remember very well the time I picked up The Lies of Locke Lamora on the strength of a cover blurb by some guy named George R.R. Martin and then ended up reading all day.

Plus, I'm always willing to add more titles to my never-ending pile of books to read. Luckily I've already read a good half of those titles, or I really would end up submerged by books. I grew up with Tolkien, Le Guin and Walter Scott and I'd recommend them any time. It's good to see Ivanhoe get some love, it might be dated but it's one of the books that sparked my enthusiasm for people in capes whacking each other with a sword. (That, and The Three Musketeers.)

For some reason, Joe Abercrombie and Patrick Rothfuss and Daniel Abraham are popular recommendations for ASOIAF fans, so I've already had all three of them pushed on me by enthusiastic friends. I quite liked The Wise Man's Fear, but I couldn't get into The Blade Itself (probably because of the complete lack of female characters at the beginning). The Long Price Quartet is next, or at least close to the top of the aforementioned book pile. Arthur Conan Doyle is turning in his grave, but I keep forgetting he wrote other stuff. Shame on me.

It's not such a hardship to wait for The Winds of Winter when there's so many other books to read. Thanks for the recommendations!

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