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#1
im going out to pick up a few things later and its about time i bought a new book.

what im looking for is an epic tale. not epic in the sense of just an amazing read or a good book per say, but rather a story of a quest of both inward and outward proportions within a fantasy realm.

i suppose the best way to explain what im looking for is to give some examples of books that are "epic": the lord of the rings, the odyssey, conan the barbarian, the divine comedy, etc etc.

it doesnt necessarily have to be an old work of literature, nor new. it doesnt even have to be a well known work, anything is fair game as long as its epic.
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#2
Dragonlance
Death Gate Cycle
Sovereign Stone Trilogy

All by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman
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#3
Homeland by R.A. Salvatore. It's the first book of the dark elf trilogy in the Forgotten Realms books.
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Stepehn King's Dark Tower series.
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#5
Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

Tis mightily epic.

I just recently bought a book of H.P. Lovecraft stories. Can't wait to dig into it...
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Stepehn King's Dark Tower series.

I just got all of those a week ago. I have yet to start them and am hesitant...

I have hated every single Stephen King book I have attempted to read.
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All of you above me fail miserably.

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, covers all the themes that have ever existed under human thought and you haven't truly lived until you actually read it and not watched the crappy film of it.
#9
Yeah, we fail because you think your opinion is superior.
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Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

Tis mightily epic.



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Green Eggs and Ham by Theodor Geisel
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the name of the wind by patrick rothfuss

imo better than all the ones you said TS, not to mention the protagonist is a excellent musician
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If it's an inward quest I call it "romantic," if it's "epic" the main hero doesn't really change or develop much. To me, that's the difference betweey the Oddysee and The Divine Comedy.

Try some Arthurian lit:
The Once and Future King
Le Morte D'Arthur
Iddyls of the King

Or modern adaptations of it like:
The Natural
Tortilla Flat

Good romantic reads there.

and to Rodomu:

I read that last summer--totally hype, yeah it's not poorly written, but there's nothing great about it. Neat ideas, kinda nuanced character development (for children's lit at least) but not all that great of writing at all.
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#19
Wheel of Time.
Will keep you occupied for a long time
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#23
The karma Sutra? thats a quest of both inward and outward proportions
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#24
A maths book

learn
thats what i need to do at the freakin moment -.-

turns out ive gone from top of the class to the bottom
from getting B at the beggining of the year and ending up with an E in the latest test. how the fudge does that work.
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#25
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Not epic in the fantasy sense, but The Stand by Stephen King.


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learn
thats what i need to do at the freakin moment -.-

turns out ive gone from top of the class to the bottom
from getting B at the beggining of the year and ending up with an E in the latest test. how the fudge does that work.


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#28
The Gap Cycle or Thomas Covenant Chronicles by Stephen Donaldson.

or Malazan Book of the Fallen Series by Stephen Erikson
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#29
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If it's an inward quest I call it "romantic," if it's "epic" the main hero doesn't really change or develop much. To me, that's the difference betweey the Oddysee and The Divine Comedy.


semantics semantics


good suggestions pit, keep them coming. im wikipediaing all of them to find one that sounds good to me.
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#30
The Icewind Dale Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore, although it would probably make more sense to read the Dark Elf Trilogy first.
#31
Dark Tower and Wheel of Time are epic. just make sure you have the time if you choose WoT. It's the sort of thing that takes months to do.

For something different try the Aquasilva Trilogy if you can find it.
#32
Of course, the main epic series you need to purchase every book for (if you haven't already) is Twilight...

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His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, covers all the themes that have ever existed under human thought and you haven't truly lived until you actually read it and not watched the crappy film of it.


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#36
The Wayfarer Redemption series by Sara Douglass. Starts off with the Axis Trilogy, then the Wayfarer Redemption Trilogy, then the Darkglass Mountain Trilogy. Awesome ****.
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How would you not recommend Feat and Loathing?


Fear and Loathing is epic in it's own way. I dont think TS is looking for that kind of epic.

Still a fantastic book though
#38
The Bible.
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#40
Wheel of time + all raymond E Feist books (riftwar saga and so on)
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