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Gotta second Project Gutenberg. I'm halfway through Don Rodriguez there at this very moment. It's AWESOME!

You could say Dunsany was years ahead of his time, because of the amazing way he addresses his audience and his incredible insight into the human condition. I believe rather that the past few decades have seen an influx of mediocrity in the guise of innovation, in literature as well as art, so untraditional genius is much more shocking to us than it would be to a reader of bygone days.

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Unless I've skimmed this thread too fast, nobody yet has mentioned Jack Vance. Though perhaps arguably most known for his SF works, he wrote a considerable amount of fantasy, e.g. the Lyonesse and Dying Earth series, and I find that even most of his more straight forward SF has a high fantasy content.

In my youth I read about every SF and fantasy book from the local library, and I have recollections of many non-mediaeval themed fantasy stories, of which I have unfortunately no idea what they were called or who wrote them, e.g. a story about a ghost hunter that's himself a ghost, helping his son that grew up with a brutal step father that made him play a double necked lute (which turned out to be fabricated by the father himself just to pester his step son). Or the one about a world without pack animals, using humans as couriers that ran long distances through the mountainess world. I think the protaganost was a young female.


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The second one sounds like Anne McCaffrey, although I thought that specific story was only about ten years ago or so.

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I got Ben Aaronovitch's "Rivers of London" for Christmas - Urban fantasy and a fun read, despite a lot of gruesome murders.
It reminded me somewhat of Douglas Adam's Dirk Gently books ("The Electrical Monk", "The Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul"), which also belong on the list here.


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Welcome back, Glenn, and thanks for the recommends.


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I don't know if anyone's mentioned this already, but I recently picked up The Sea Watch by Adrian Tchaikovsky (book six of the Shadows of the Apt series).

There are different races of human, each based on a invertebrate species. There is some magic, though I'm not quite sure of its nature, apart from a division of Apt and Inapt. The Inapt are "mystics" but have no technical/common sense skill, the Apt are not mystical and can invent things and work things like door handles.
Technological level seems to be industrial revolution in at least one city (Collegium). Not sure how widespread it is.

Now I'll go through the thread and find someone has mentioned it. :roll:

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What is Non-Tolkienian? I mean, does it have to be non-epic, non-european, non-medieval? All at once? Because Liliana Bodoc's Saga de los Confines is based on amerindian culture, history and mithology, but it's structurally reminiscent of JRRT's work.


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