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Postby Histo-Sci » Sun Mar 26, 2006 2:57 am

Wow! Hothnir Ethelnor (now I had to look to see how to spell that :wink: ) I LOVE your signature! That one's my favorite book of his (and probably my favorite fiction book)! I think that you are number four (including myself) as to Henty readers here on CC. I love that Henty's books are seeing a revival these days....how can you not like them? Great battles, fascinating, intricate plots, edge-of-your-seat action, and, of course, great values. It is so common to see cowardly men and cowardly actions extolled that I just love reading about men with real guts who will fight for their countries readily, aren't afraid to stand up for their beliefs and will go to the ends of the earth to save--or even die--for women. Woohoo for Henty!!!!!!!!

In our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

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Postby g2 » Tue Mar 28, 2006 5:20 am

Stone Goblin wrote:D&D Player's Handbook: Good for character description ideas.


I am so glad someone included a D&D reference. I would include any of the D&D books as a great source of information for a Lego Castle world - Especially for character backgrounds. Thank you Stone Goblin.

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Postby Anubisconq » Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:32 pm

I LOVE "In Freedom's Cause". That book rocks! That might be my 2nd favorite book. I think I like "Lord of the Rings" more, though. Who are the other Henty Readers?
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Postby Histo-Sci » Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:04 pm

Wow! Another Henty reader! Welcome to the world of Henty Anubis! That book just makes me drool profusely...battles, history, and a damsel in distress to be rescued by the just warrior! What could be more castley? The other Henty readers are (correct me if I am wrong anyone):

HenrytheV
Hothnir Ethelnor
Azaghal
Me ( :wink: )

I think that is all, but if anyone else does please post! I might just make a new thread here....

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Postby smcginnis » Wed Mar 29, 2006 9:18 pm

I just read The Red Keep, by Allen French. It's a good story.

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Postby Anubisconq » Wed Mar 29, 2006 10:00 pm

"The Red Keep" is good as well (like you said,smcginnis). I can't remember all the details, but I remember it was good.
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Postby Rubberchickenknight » Thu Mar 30, 2006 10:35 pm

Lord of the Rings (well duh)
Narnia
Inheritance
Prydain
Dragonlance (and other D+D books)
Harry Potter
Belgariad
Artemis Fowl
Bartimeaus Trilogy
Terry Brooks' books
The Dark is Rising
The Fionavar Tapestry
Earthsea Trilogy
H. P. Lovecraft
Terry Pratchett
And many others...
(As you can see, I read a lot of Fantasy.)
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Postby E of Alshire » Thu Mar 30, 2006 11:30 pm

I've just finished a great narrative on the crusades - a little slanted, but it is told from the perspective of a French Knight.

It's called Deus Lo Volt.
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Postby smcginnis » Fri Mar 31, 2006 12:48 am

Rubberchickenknight's post reminded me that I read the Earthsea trilogy, among other things. I too have read Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl, and the Bartimeaus Trilogy, and while they're fantasy, they aren't castle books.

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Postby Hothir Ethelnor » Fri Mar 31, 2006 2:13 am

Histo-Sci wrote:Wow! Hothnir Ethelnor (now I had to look to see how to spell that :wink: ) I LOVE your signature! That one's my favorite book of his (and probably my favorite fiction book)! I think that you are number four (including myself) as to Henty readers here on CC. I love that Henty's books are seeing a revival these days....how can you not like them? Great battles, fascinating, intricate plots, edge-of-your-seat action, and, of course, great values. It is so common to see cowardly men and cowardly actions extolled that I just love reading about men with real guts who will fight for their countries readily, aren't afraid to stand up for their beliefs and will go to the ends of the earth to save--or even die--for women. Woohoo for Henty!!!!!!!!

In our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Histo-Sci


You still got it wrong! :P :lol: It's Hothir not Hothnir.
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Postby zac_schmitt » Fri Jul 21, 2006 10:47 pm

a song of ice and fire is the best medieval fantasy around. the main other message board i spend most of my time on is devoted to the series, actually. mature, yes, depressing, yes, but also wonderfully written (although the prose can get a tiny bit wooden) richly detailed, and the backstory is amazing.

i hear steven erickson is either great or horrible, depending. bad character development, i hear, and looong.

i have many gripes with tolkien, but his prolixity is not one of them. in fact, my least favorite aspect of the movies are that they pretty much ignored that a huge facet of the novel is the pure joy in description, how, on a journey (rather than action filled romp) sometimes the pure spirit of a place (the lothlorien, the caves of moria, what have you) can infect a psyche and infect the very being of someone. i wish fantasy had more instances of travelling around, visiting awe inspiring sights, rather than constant saving the world and battling. remember when gimli and legolas promised each other that, when the war was over, they would visit the lothlorien and the caves below helm's deep together? i kinda wished i could have read that.

ivanhoe is great, too, of course.
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Postby ragnarok » Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:31 am

Instead of listing the books, I'll write the authors:

Robert Louis Stevenson
Walter Scott
Henrich Sinkewich

J.R.R.Tolkien
Robert Howard
Peter Tylor
Martin Scott
Terry Pratchet
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Postby dJOLe_sk8 » Mon Aug 14, 2006 3:32 am

J.R.R.Tolkien's:
SILMARILLION, THE HOBBIT, LORD OF THE RINGS I-VI
and the rest of his mythology,collections of poems,etc.

Hans Beman's STONE OF POWER I-III
SWORD OF SHANNARA by Terry Brooks

and now I'm reading fantastic Robert Jordan's serial WHEEL OF TIME...

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Postby Remyth » Mon Aug 14, 2006 7:27 am

In no particular order.

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien 8)
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda (when I was younger)
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda (also when I was younger)
Simarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Postby Jake, of the Palace Guard » Mon Aug 14, 2006 1:03 pm

Anything from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. Period.
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