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I just saw this board in Selena's list over on New Boards, Notable glad to have found this place!!!

I LOVE reading, always have. However, in the past few months, I wander around and around the bookstore looking for something to read and coming up empty handed. Part of the problem is that I don't know where to start (too much choice), and lots of books you just can't judge by the cover.

I like reading what I call "High Fantasy" and Historical Fiction. My definition of "High Fantasy" are the books where it is an imaginary world, maybe with some magic and the odd mythical creature, but not scores of different races (elves, dwarves etc - a la Tolkien).

Some series I have read, and HIGHLY recommend include:

Jack Whyte - Arthurian series starting with "The Skystone"
Guy Gavriel Kay - Any books except the "Fionavar Tapestry" books, especially Sailing to Sarantium and Lord of Emporers
George R.R. Martin - Fire and Ice series mentioned in an earlier thread
L.E. Modesitt - any Recluse books (easy but engrossing read)

On the historical fiction side, I've enjoyed books by:
Colleen McCullough - Masters of Rome series (i.e. "Caesar")
Wilbur Smith - Any, especially the ones about the Courtney family

Can someone recommend any new authors/series similar to these books?

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