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Books like the Dark Tower series

Déc 15, 2020, 1:17pm

My husband's favorite series is The Dark Tower by Stephen King. He's also really looking forward to Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson. I'd love to find him a new series. Is there something in this vein that might be a little lesser known? Thanks!

Déc 15, 2020, 3:32pm

If he likes book series that take place in a larger cosmology (a common theme in Stephen King and Brandon Sanderson), he might also like Michael Moorcock. Though they're hard to find, I recommend reading the White Wolf Omnibuses: (or finding some of the more recent reprints).

Déc 16, 2020, 11:57am

Just possibly, your husband might like Gene Wolfe's series "The Book of the Long Sun" and "The Laundry" series by Charles Stross. Both are epic in their own way and offer no easy answers.

Déc 16, 2020, 12:07pm


Do you think the Long Sun books are comprehensible without having read the New Sun first? Wolfe's one of my favorite authors, but the dense prose of New Sun is probably not going to be to the liking of a Stephen King fan. (No dig on King, though he's not to my taste! Just very different stylistically.)

Déc 16, 2020, 2:50pm

I'm going to pass these on to him. I think a big appeal is the expansive world, so Michael Moorcock seems like an especially good fit.

Modifié : Déc 16, 2020, 2:57pm

>5 megbmore:

I was about to ask - what does he like about the two of them (from >1 megbmore:) - both series are almost diametrically opposite in the (epic) fantasy genre for me. If he likes the expansive world, maybe Malazan Book of the Fallen (which is a part of the much bigger World of Malaz but I would start with the Book of Fallen and then read the rest) may work?

Déc 16, 2020, 9:52pm

>4 lorax: That was a point at the back of my mind...but you're in a better position to judge that than I.

Modifié : Déc 18, 2020, 12:11pm

I have always been fond of Hugh Cook's series, beginning The Wizards and the Warriors.

Each book stands alone, and often overlaps with the timelines of others in the series. Each is in a slightly different style, as we see the events through a different point-of-view character. The setting is rich and complex, and explored more and more in each book.

Jan 28, 2021, 3:20am

If you're looking for something lesser-known, but rich in characters and world-building, with a unique flavor, he might try The Seer Saga by Sonia Orin Lyris. Starts with The Seer, then has a trilogy (The Stranger Trilogy) as a sequel.

Jan 28, 2021, 9:47am

Thanks again, everyone. He is excited to try some of these!