Discussion in 'Alternate History Books and Media' started by Petike, Mar 6, 2010.
The thread is your's.
Mars colonization in the 19th century counts?
Sure. Why not ?
Its kinda more of a science-fiction setting but, A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
I'd say the MORFS universe, found here.
The world of Richard Garfinkle's "Celestial Matters", in which Ptolemaic astronomy, Aristotelian physics, and Chinese Taoist alchemy all are quite real...
When it was first written, Middle-Earth was pretty original. Now it just reads like some sort of trite, cliched WoW ripoff.
Yea, until you read the books and realize WoW is crap compared the alternate history of the Earth that Middle-Earth is. Most likely the most original thing ever conceived.
I always liked Dragonlance, but Ebberon is kind of interesting.
If it wasn't so goddamn boring. Tolkien could create one helluva world. Now if only he could write worth a damn.
Bas-Lag deserves a mention, I think.
Flatland is pretty trippy.
Oh yes it is.
Lord of the Rings is the most boring piece of prose I've ever read. I got halfway through Fellowship when I gave up and watched the movies instead. I'm going to try and finish it someday.
I don't know what they do with pessimistic Heretics where you live, but where I live we burn or otherwise smite them.
In all seriousness, you might want to stay away from any and all legends.
Why's that? I can deal with dry, horribly written prose if its rather short (I can read a collection of Asimov's short stories since I can read a story, put it down for a bit and pick it back up), but not when it's an epic like LotR.
Pffft, it's merely R^2.
I'll put out a word for War of the Flowers, because we don't have enough industrial fantasy. And also because the approach to science is awesome. ("Why don't you make like a human and fly to the Moon in a magic ship while you're at it?")
Most legend reads like that. Even Beowulf.
I think you are knocking Tolkien too much, but to each their own. I'm sure there's literature you enjoy that I can't stand, right?
Hated Beowulf. Well, didn't hate. Didn't particularly care for it myself. Would have been much better if a bard was singing it to me.
They're in short supply these days. Damn shame.
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