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Looking for a book with no romance at all, no female characters (preferably, minor characters are fine) and a powerful (politically, magically, whatever), independent, intelligent male main character.
I'm interested in the idea of modern hipsters doing crime. Either fiction or true crimes. Like young pampered college boy and girl decide to deal drugs for the thrill of it. any examples?
Great discussion, but as a reminder posts need to ask for book suggestions (see rule #2). I am going to lock this thread to stop the flood of reports to the mods. Happy reading, everyone!
Wow, just wow. So wow. Wow wow wowzers. Wow. Holy wows of wowville. Just... wooooow. Thanks for such an in-depth recommendation.
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You'll need to give me more than that. What did he do well? What did he do poorly? Are his characters unconventional and interesting? His prose strong? His plot tight and well-paced?
Compare him to another popular author in the same genre. Is he a Sanderson, who has great ideas and writes very clear, easy to understand prose, or is he a Rothfuss, who has shakier ideas but writes incredibly lyrically and beautifully? Or is he an R.R. Martin, who is very overly verbose but has great ideas and an awesome setting?
Well, you have just listed three of my favorite authors, and I fully agree with OP that Kingsbridge is a must read series. The first book, *The Pillars of the Earth* is probably my all time favorite novel (though A Game of Thrones and The Name of the Wind are right up there with it for me, and which of the three I prefer on a given day may depend on my mood, and which one I have re-read most recently).
The Kingsbridge series is historical fiction (not fantasy), but for me at least, it reads like an epic fantasy without the magic. George RR Martin might be the best comparison as the story follows a large cast of characters, and has some high highs, and low lows, and everything is very character driven.
The series is set in a fictional town in medievel England. The first novel is set in the 12th Century, the second in the 14th Century, and the third in the 16th Century, so they are really three stand-alone stories. Each story includes people from every walk of life (nobility, clergy, and peasants), and Follett is brilliant at inserting his fictional characters into the periphery of historical events.
I'd go on, but I have to get to work. Can't recommend this highly enough, and I will just add that John Lee was the *perfect* choice of narrator for this series, for those of you who prefer to listen to your books.
Agree here. Definitely an epic fantasy without the magic and his historical details are on point. Every time I would read something and think “surely it couldn’t have been that way” and then I research it and in fact it REALLY WAS THAT WAY.
Each book is set during a different time period and there is some carry over of descendants in each book.
I’ll be honest... I’ve never read a series where one chapter I was fist-pumping for a character and the next I wanted them hanged.
I’m a little depressed that I’m done with these books.
I’m a little depressed that I’m done with these books.
If it makes you feel better, I'm able to go back to them every year or two, and enjoy them just as much every time around. In fact, I'm finding that as I get older, different parts of the story really touch me.
I’m sure! They are so deep!
Here's the odd thing about this series: each book is exactly the same. Same basic plot, same type of characters, same setting, same same same. I won't make a list to avoid spoilers, but seriously. It's all the same.
Here's the odder thing: This doesn't matter somehow. In any other series by any other author, I would have gotten disgusted by page 10 of book 2, but Follett somehow manages to make the same basic story interesting and engaging even while you're saying to yourself "[Book 2 Character] is just a repackaged [Book 1 Character]!"
Regardless, all three books are the type of page turners that will keep you up until sunrise.
His characters are phenomenal. And I find as i read the book the story would speed up and I couldn’t put the book down until I finished it. The length of the books are super long, but I found each second enjoyable.
To me he has an easy to follow writing style. I listened to the audiobook and was able to follow along easily and the story kept my attention so I never had to rewind certain parts like I do with others sometimes. I'd put him in the Sanderson style who is maybe my favorite author right now.
For me the characters are what made it so gripping. Some were ruthless and are the kinda villains you love to hate like Cersei and Joffrey from GOT's. Then you have the characters you sort of root for and are sympathetic to. There's always something going on in the books so it was never boring. I also liked how it looked at the politics and religion of the time.
Open to new books all the time. What kind of books are they? What stood out for you?
I just read the first one the pillars of the earth, but it's incredibly gripping,a true page turner with greatly fleshed out characters, twist and turns in the story, love for detail of mediaeval churches, great world building, fast paced, great action, etc etc. A fantastic read, it's over a thousand pages long but I devoured it within a week on a holiday. Gonna read the second book on my next holiday.
Edit: what kind of book: historical epic.
Historical fiction. Character development and attention to historic details. His ability to weave fiction w/ history is mind blowing.
Hell yeah! World Without End had me and my sister jumping out of our skin at sneezes for 3 weeks.
I’m still jumping out of my skin at sneezes and coughs. World Without End was baller! I’m about to read another book about the plague because I found it so fascinating.
I enjoyed that series but his Century Trilogy is my favorite. I want to read another series like it.
I’ll have to check out the Century Trilogy!
I love the Kingsbridge series DESPITE all the stuff I know Follett gets wrong.
Sign of a good book, that.
What does he get wrong?
Is this the pillars of the earth? Fuck i had no idea this was a series, i chewed through pillars of the earth. Are the next 2 as good?
I think Pillars is the best. World without End was good, I didn’t care much for Column of Fire.
Agree, they are all basically the same book.
I’d rank them: 1) World Without End 2) Pillars of the Earth 3) Column of Fire
I’m fascinated by the plague so World Without End really struck a chord with me. After I read Pillars of the Earth I was sold on finishing the series because I’m obsessed with the Medieval time period. Column of Fire is good, but I had a hard time getting through the first three chapters. All excellent and worth reading!
If you liked Pillars of the Earth try The Physician
I finished Pillars of the Earth yesterday. I liked it but it was a bit long for me. Are the next two books in the trilogy worth it? I wasn’t planning on reading them, at least for now
No need to swear dude.
If you enjoyed reading it try the adventure game by Daedalic! Absolutely loved it.
Will do! Thanks!
Into world without end now.
That may have been my favorite. It’ll have you hand-sanitizing every five minutes.
for those interested.
Edit: added second version that is way longer.
Just fyi, that is a link to the abridged versikns wich are like 14 hours. The other versions are like 30. Most of the reviewrs strongly suggest to go for the long versions
I loved his world war trilogy - borrowed it from dad who is a big ken follet fan.
I've read both books, Pillars of the Earth and World Without End. Absolutely loved them. Definitely recommend.
Read the first two and loved both. Not the kinda books I usually read so I put it off but once I started reading I couldn't put it down.
Is the 3rd book as gripping and suspenseful as the others? Does it have the ruthless villains? Is his other series as good? What are some other books similar to these that are gripping and suspenseful?
Yes, third book definitely has two gripping villains. It’s great!
I enjoyed the video game on Steam a while back and I was wondering if the book was worth the read. Thanks for the recommendation!
Bernard Cornwell - Warlord series also
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