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  • Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

    8 72.73%
  • Riftwar Saga - Raymond Feist

    4 36.36%
  • Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan

    1 9.09%
  • Discworld - Terry Pratchett

    3 27.27%
  • The Belgariad - David Eddings

    0 0%
  • Shannara Series - Terry Brooks

    0 0%
  • Dragonlance series - Weis and Hickman

    2 18.18%
  • Chronicles of Thomas Covenant - Stephen Donaldson

    1 9.09%
  • Thrawn trilogy - Timothy Zahn

    1 9.09%
  • The Farseer and Liveship Traders trilogies - Robin Hobb

    2 18.18%
  • The Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

    0 0%
  • The Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper

    0 0%
  • Saga of the Exiles - Julian May

    1 9.09%
  • Gormenghast - Peake

    2 18.18%
  • Eternal Champion chronicles - Michael Moorcock

    0 0%
  • Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories - Fritz Leiber

    1 9.09%
  • Original Conan Stories - Robert E Howard

    1 9.09%
  • Books of the Cataclysm - Sean Williams

    0 0%
  • Song of Ice and Fire - George RR Martin

    3 27.27%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbes
    Game of Thrones has been made into a TV series on HBO and I have seen amazingly good reviews, looking forward to seeing it.
    Very very good.

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    without making judgement I can honestly say I have seen none of these movies nor read any of the books

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    I remember playing a Lankhmar boardgame where you would take on one of the heroes from the Fritz Leiber series, raise an army, perform quests (geas) and battle other players. From memory it wasn't a bad game. Anyone else ever come across it?
    So einfach wie möglich, aber nicht einfacher - Albert Einstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by antichrist
    without making judgement I can honestly say I have seen none of these movies nor read any of the books
    If only you knew what you were missing out on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viewed
    If only you knew what you were missing out on.
    I have never had the inclination or patience for fantasy stuff except cartoons maybe. I can't even stand if they caste a blonde female with a black-haired brother like happened in one movie. Sorry to rave on but can't stand those Arno Schenewegger moveis where they miss with about 10,000 rounds of ammo - over and out and leave you in peace now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viewed
    If only you knew what you were missing out on.
    Perhaps a novel based on AC's life would be classified as fantasy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind
    I remember playing a Lankhmar boardgame where you would take on one of the heroes from the Fritz Leiber series, raise an army, perform quests (geas) and battle other players. From memory it wasn't a bad game. Anyone else ever come across it?
    A google search returns this http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/4025/lankhmar

    Looks good. I'd certainly have a game.

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    can someone please tell me what the difference is between fantasy novels and say 'dune' by frank herbert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sotto Voce
    can someone please tell me what the difference is between fantasy novels and say 'dune' by frank herbert.
    The extensive presence of vaguely plausible scientific elements in the latter (indeed Dune was rather groundbreaking in its incorporation of ecology in a major SF novel). SF tends to follow storylines that aim to be scientifically plausible while fantasy is not bothered if it is describing a scientifically possible world or not. Apart from that, there's often a strong case that different kinds of genre fiction (SF/fantasy/horror etc) present essentially similar stories in different guises, and that the different "tropes" of each often represent cosmetic differences only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    The extensive presence of vaguely plausible scientific elements...
    The accepted rule of thumb in classic SF was that the author was permitted one deliberate error of science (e.g. 'warp speed' to make interstellar travel possible) to create his plot, otherwise the underlying science should be realistically plausible. That distinction has become increasingly blurred, as in Dune which is inarguably SF even with sandworms, geriatric spice and the Spacing Guild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    The extensive presence of vaguely plausible scientific elements in the latter (indeed Dune was rather groundbreaking in its incorporation of ecology in a major SF novel). SF tends to follow storylines that aim to be scientifically plausible while fantasy is not bothered if it is describing a scientifically possible world or not. Apart from that, there's often a strong case that different kinds of genre fiction (SF/fantasy/horror etc) present essentially similar stories in different guises, and that the different "tropes" of each often represent cosmetic differences only.
    thanks for that. the closest I've come to fantasy is partially finishing one of the chronicles of narnia books in year 7. I can't remember much about it although I did notice it was broadcast on the abc as a series a few years back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Murray
    The accepted rule of thumb in classic SF was that the author was permitted one deliberate error of science (e.g. 'warp speed' to make interstellar travel possible) to create his plot, otherwise the underlying science should be realistically plausible.
    I think some of the real hard chargers in that vein would insist that no non-plausible gimmicks were allowable. At the other end of the spectrum, in space opera it doesn't seem to matter how many scientific howlers you make so long as you have spaceships, robots, aliens and futuristic zappy things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbes
    Game of Thrones has been made into a TV series on HBO and I have seen amazingly good reviews, looking forward to seeing it.
    Yeah Game of Thrones the show is awesome, love it and can't wait for season 2 in April. I'm halfway through reading the first book.
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    Yeah Game of Thrones the show is awesome, love it and can't wait for season 2 in April. I'm halfway through reading the first book.
    Just picked up the series a few weeks ago. Loved it and now halfway through the fifth book, A Feast for Crows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    You know nothing, Jon Snow.
    haha I'm half way through book 5 (A Dance with Dragons) now. Book 3 was my favourite so far. Book 4 I think he started to flounder around a fair bit, and jury out on 5 for now.
    So what's your excuse? To run like the devil's chasing you.

    See you in another life, brotha.

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