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I barely remembered reading this post other than the titles. I started Everybody Loves Large Chests. Within the first IDK, 100 pages (kindle version off of Amazon) I was all Jesus fuck Ukerric is a dirty fucker if he enjoys this.My usual recommendations for starting in the litrpg genre:
- EA Hopper's "World Tree Trilogy"
- Neven Iliev's "Everybody Loves Large Chests" (the double entendre is intended... the main character is a Mimic, a monster disguised as a treasure chest). Note that the Amazon version is a lot less salacious than the original on Royal Road (who is absolutely NSFW. Like, at all. Include Hentai tentacles and the rest, but is absolutely hilarious)
- Matthew Schmidt's "The City and the Dungeon" (single book)
- Cameron Milan's "The Towers of Heaven" (series, book 2 just came out)
- Tao Wong's "The System Apocalypse" (up to book 6... I'm slightly disappointed by the latest... but it's a classic)
I was laughing half the time because of how over the top it goes. It's very obviously a challenge he set himself: "how deep (pun intended) can I go". That's what makes it a classic. You need to like the very raw humor.I barely remembered reading this post other than the titles. I started Everybody Loves Large Chests. Within the first IDK, 100 pages (kindle version off of Amazon) I was all Jesus fuck Ukerric is a dirty fucker if he enjoys this.
I read the first book of this and I liked a ton about it. But the Gray King is a fucking retarded character. He is utterly dependent on everything he does via his hired sorcerer McGuffin. I hate shit like that. Any problem he could conceivably have. Sorcerer solves no big deal.Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch, book 2 of the Gentleman Bastards series. After having to leave his home city, master conman Locke Lamora decides he's going to run a heist on the most secure casino in the world. Things of course get complicated, leaving him neck-deep in the machinations of the local political powers, and having to put in a stint as a pirate.
I continue to really like this series. Fantasy heists is a fun genre, and I feel like Lynch strikes a good balance at having Locke be a bit of a genius at pulling schemes, while not having him be above getting his shit pushed in at times, and being annoyingly flawless.
I'm halfway through book four, Skysworn, now and they keep getting better. I'm sorta sad you described Will Wight as the gold standard / maybe the best because that means I'm not going to have anywhere to go after but for now they're just great.They're considered the gold standard of Western version of Xianxia ("Immortal Heroes") style. If you like this type of narrative, Wight is the best western author (and probably the best, period).
Chinese fantasy goes into three different categories usually: Wuxia ("Martial Heroes") which is the HK movie-level stuff : people flying around trading sword blows in the middle, Shaolin monks shattering walls, etc. Xianxia ("Immortal Heroes") which is the same type, with non-mortal characters, deities, demons and the whole shtick. You get classics like Journey to the West (the Monkey King is the archetype of xianxia) and others (like Cradle). And then you get Xuanhuan ("Mysterious Fantasy") which is a catch-all category for the non-martial fantasy, and typically the one that resembles most western-style fantasy.
Read this the other day. Can't say I was a fan. Won't be continuing.Just finished Devil's Dream by Shayne Silvers. Main character is the first vampire but it's a unique take on the origin story. Anyways he misses about 500 years and comes back to be the new guy in a tech world. Everything was done well and reads super fast like his usual fare.
I loved that book back in the day. I can see that it probably doesn't hold up very well today, but I did greatly enjoy it when it came out, which would have put me around 17 or 18 if your date is accurate. I remember the scene with the kid thinking something was at the foot of his bed, and unlike most "scary" stories, there actually was! And it was moderately disturbing in the sense that it made you think about it happening to you. I really don't remember shit else, but my vague recollection of loving it would prompt me to recommend it to others.Faerie Tale by Raymond E. Feist. I recently picked up a set of the full Riftwar series from my mom, and found this one tucked away with it. I'd never bothered with this one while reading through Feist back in the day, so I decided to finally give it a read. It's a modern fantasy story, in which a family moves into a house in upstate New York, only to find that the nearby woods are inhabited by the fae, who increasingly torment the family. Story was okay, but not great; most of the book spends too much time on the mundanities of the characters' lives, rather than the actual fantasy, and the end goes full Illuminati with the fantasy elements, which felt somehow excessive. That said, the book was published in... I think '87, so the 'modern' part of the modern fantasy serves as an interesting time capsule. Having the book make a big deal out of the wealthy writer father getting his first actual computer was interesting to look back on. Then there's the part where he just uses it to play Zork all day.