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  • #170234
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    I’m in the mood for a fantasy story. Haven’t read those for a while. I’m looking for something humorous and preferrably an underdog story. Looking for ideas for fantasy games but I’m tired of all the epic and heroic heroes winning stories.

    Two series I already found are “This Quest is Broken” and “Jig the Goblin” anyone aware of other books similar to these?

    #170242
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    Have you read Avram Davidson’s Peregrine series? Peregrine Primus and Peregrine Secundus are Avram at his best. He passed before he published Peregrine Tertius, so it was finished in some haste from his notes and lacks Avram’s whimsy, but it was good to see how he intended to end the story. His Vergil Magus series, starting with The Phoenix and the Mirror, are also very fine.

    You'll shoot your eye out, kid!

    #170244
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    May I immodestly suggest

    Tallis Steelyard. A Fear of Heights

     

    It is, I am assured, amusing.

    Rather more ‘conventional’ in that people get killed is my Land of the Three Seas stuff

    The Novels set in the Land of the Three Seas

    All available on Kindle.

    There is plenty of background, and plenty of free short Tallis Steelyard narrated anecdotes on
    https://tallissteelyard.wordpress.com/

    “Spam attack over, move along people, nothing to see here, haven’t you got homes to go to”

    https://jimssfnovelsandwargamerules.wordpress.com/

    #170249
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    Thanks, I’ll add all three to my list.

    #170252
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    I’d recommend Lud in the Mist by Hope Mirrlees as an alternative to the traditional fantasy.  A small scale, reserved fantasy which has a lot more in common with traditional fairy tales and Tolkien’s Shire than swords and sorcery.

    Death to all fanatics!

    #170254
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    Not humours but a good fantasy series are “The Lost Regiment” by William R Forstchen.  An 8 part series a very good read.

    I know you asked for fantasy stories but a good series of Sci-Fi books with humour are “The stainless Steel Rat” by Harry Harrison or “Bill the Galactic Hero” series by the same author.

    #170264
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    Bill the Galactic Hero is excellent 🙂

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    #170299
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    I liked Stainless Steel Rat and Death World. The only Bill the Galactic Hero book I read was one in the middle of the series and I couldn’t get into it.

    Lud in the Mist looks interesting, hoping its something not contaminated by Tolkien.

    The Lost Regiment sounds like its going to be steampunk.

    #170302
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    I liked Stainless Steel Rat and Death World. The only Bill the Galactic Hero book I read was one in the middle of the series and I couldn’t get into it. Lud in the Mist looks interesting, hoping its something not contaminated by Tolkien. The Lost Regiment sounds like its going to be steampunk.

    By far the first book “Bill the Galactic Hero” was the best, I have read some of the others and they are not as good but starting at the third book I could see why its confusing.

    “The Lost Regiment” is ACW meets fantasy, I know nothing about steampunk so I do not know if its in that category.

    #170303
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    Not a series and sort of epic, I REALLY enjoyed “Kings of the wyld” by Nicholas Eames.  Some great humor and a good story about old washed up adventurers.

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #170305
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    I totally forgot about Kings of the Wyld. It’s the book that showed me there were comical takes on fantasy and steered me down this road.

    #170308
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    Can highly recommend the Spellsinger series by Alan Dean Foster.

    #170382
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    I’ll add spell singer to the list as well.

    #170390
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    Lud in the Mist looks interesting, hoping its something not contaminated by Tolkien.

     

    Nope, it was published in 1926, so 11 years before The Hobbit.  It’s very much in the mould of twee English Fantasy mixed with a satire of social norms of the time and the protagonist has shades of the reluctant participant which always put me in mind of Bilbo.

    Death to all fanatics!

    #170391
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    Mick Farren The Quest Of The Dna Cowboys trilogy is a good sci/fi fantasy read with humour.

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