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Mar. 11th, 2013 (UTC)

Some very good recs. Vance is superb, and I think the one-volume edition of LYONESSE may now be my second-favourite single fantasy book after THE LORD OF THE RINGS. Supreme use of language and humour.

George MacDonald Fraser's FLASHMAN series is great. I also love the SF riff on the same idea, Sandy Mitchell's CIAPHAS CAIN series, which is a mixture of Flashman and Blackadder but fighting an endless war against the enemies of humanity 39,000 years in the future. It's also not derivative of the early works, with Mitchell taking the character in a different direction after a few books. Well worth reading, especially for Cain's aide Jurgen, who can only possible by described as a mixture between Baldrick and Ser Gregor Clegane :)

Bernard Cornwell's WARLORD CHRONICLES is also superb. It would make a brilliant show on HBO (though whether they'd be interested whilst GoT is on is another question).

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