Thanks nixie, thanks a lot..Ok you've reminded me of something I read and it's going to annoy me.
A group of friends (3 I think) decide to quit the nine to five and go exploring, they get pulled into a power battle, I can't remember if they came across a hidden civilisation or stumbled in the mist between worlds.
From what I've seen of them, they'd be like Feist's Magician, something I would have liked as a teenager but probably not now.My first thought also was Dragonlance, which I would have assumed you'd read.
This sounds like the Dragonlance Chronicles to me.I have a bad cold at the moment (and no, the main purpose of this thread isn't to generate sympathy, BUT IT COULDN'T HURT, RIGHT?) and I'd like nothing better than to curl up with a good book. But I have a hankering for a particular kind of book, and I can't seem to find any.
A likeable band of characters set out on an adventure with probably not much initial motivation deeper than to travel, explore and make their fortune (to use that old-fashioned phrase). Interpersonal relationships favour humour over angst. Probably none of the characters is especially significant in terms of prophecies etc, or the lost children of royalty. As the adventure goes on, it no doubt gets more significant in terms of the fate of the world etc, but that emerges organically rather than being flagged up at the start.
This basic format, with an emphasis on fun and exploration, might seem familiar to those who played D&D as teenagers or played certain JRPG videogames (I'm thinking in particular of Grandia). But I can't find it in book form, either adult or YA. The Wheel of Time might be close-ish, but is way too long and complex and prophecy-driven. The Chronicles of Prydain are probably closest in terms of tone, but the target audience is too young.
This is definitely the Dragonlance Chronicles. Adventures through abandoned ancient ruins, sneaking about dragon's lairs, mysterious elven forests, ancient castles with inexplicable/forgotten defenses... and not a prophecy or forgotten noble in sight really.Thanks all. I was thinking more of the JRPG/D&D thing of going exploring exotic landscapes, digging around in ancient ruins, awakening terrible evils, running away etc.
I did once have a look at the first book, but didn't get on with what I read. That might have been my mood at the time, though. I'll have another look.
Funnily enough, I think this would be closest to what I was after, if it were fantasy. (Same with King Solomon's Mines, etc.)Also, Arthur Conan Doyle's Lost World. Great fun.
This makes me think you might like The Redwolf Conspiracy. Been a long time since I read it, and don't remember well enough to know if it might fit what you are looking for, but you could look up some of the reviews.Yes, a fantasy version of Treasure Island would have fitted the bill.
Yeah, unfortunately I've never found anything quite like the Lost World. Shame about Dragonlance. The Ketty Jay books mentioned above may fit the bill... raggedy band of scoundrels investigating ancient ruins looking for loot.Thanks again everyone. I've gone on to something else now.
Getting into Dragonlance, with all those books to read, is an appealing idea, and have had another look at it, but it just doesn't work for me. Nor did Six of Crows in the end. I've just got too picky.
Funnily enough, I think this would be closest to what I was after, if it were fantasy. (Same with King Solomon's Mines, etc.)
For Treasure Island-like fantasy stories I think Tim Powers' On Stranger Tides would be the closest I could think of.You‘ve probably already read it a couple of times, but still: Treasure Island.
I read Adrian Tchaikovsky's For Love of Distant Shores last year, which did feel very inspired by the likes of Conan Doyle, Haggard and Verne. Although it's set in his Shadows of the Apt world, I think it can be read safely without having read any of the rest of the series.Yeah, unfortunately I've never found anything quite like the Lost World.
Yes, one of the very few steampunk stories I liked. Actually I like this one so much that I‘ve kept the last book unread on my TBR shelf so the story does not end too soon - if that makes any sense at all?The Ketty Jay books mentioned above may fit the bill... raggedy band of scoundrels investigating ancient ruins looking for loot.