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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?
Robin Hobbs, Farseer series, I was hooked!
The Dresden Files. It's HP for adults. If Potter was in Chicago, tended to overuse fire magic, and had a streak of chivalry that got him into trouble.
Also, its up to 15 books, each better than the last.
I can’t second this enough.
The Gentleman Bastard series and The Lightbringer series are both top notch.
Totally different subject matter, but the Aubrey Maturin novels by Patrick O’Brien. There are twenty of them, the first of which is Master & Commander. They tell of a British naval captain, Jack Aubrey, and Steven Maturin, who is surgeon, naturalist and a great deal else. The two sail together on a series of adventures during the Napoleonic wars and the years that follow. Totally addictive. Easy to read them all. In fact it’s hard not to.
If you want more fun, there’s always The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams or the Discworld books by Terry Pratchett.
For something in between you might enjoy the Ibis trilogy by Amitav Ghosh— historical fiction meets magical realism during the time of the Opium Wars.
Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Series
2nd this one. I am in the middle of it now and will be sad when it ends.
The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss! It's got the fun adventures of Harry Potter mixed with the incredible world building of Game of Thrones and it is absolutely beautifully written.
The Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch. Two words: magic policemen.
Dune by Frank Herbert
Gonna keep with a fantasy theme. And I'm mostly leaving out more complicated epics.
Out of these I'd probably recommend Mistborn first. I actually like Kingkiller better, but the third book in the trilogy isn't out yet. Dark Tower is also insanely good, but the quality varies pretty sharply from book to book.
The dark tower it's YA though
Dark Tower isn't YA. Off the top of my head the first book has Roland threaten a woman by sticking his revolver up her vagina, portrays him having pretty unpleasant sex with a succubus to get information, and at the end he straight-up kills his surrogate son in his mania to find the tower, And that's ignoring the countless people, including a town, that he brutally kills along the way.
I don't think a dark novel means it's not YA. If the movie was any indication, which I literally fell asleep in while on a first date, the concepts are cheesey and cliche.
No. No it isn't.
Opinions are like assholes bud
Literally gotten like ten people addicted to the Vorkosigan saga series. It’s a multiple nebula and Hugo award winning series and i can’t recommend it enough.
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger? Very similar
Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans. When I got this series I couldn't put the book down.
The Black Jewels series by Anne Bishop, it’s 1990s dark fantasy and truly amazing.
Or A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, historical fantasy that brings alchemy into the mix. Also a great series!
Anne mccaffrey dragonrider series
The City of Masks and other books from the series. I loved it. Perfect substitute.
Night watch series by Sergei Lukyanenko. It's a Russian series but translated pretty well into English. Each book is a set of 3 related bit separate stories about light and dark magicians trying to tip balance of power in their favor.
Discworld series by Terry Pratchett