Favourite fictional world

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Postby Gllew » Thu Aug 16, 2001 8:30 am

Sometimes, you love the world that an author has created but don't really like that author's writing style or plotline. That happens to me sometimes.<BR><BR>My favorite worlds (without regard to the author's writing style or plotlines)<BR><BR>1:Middle Earth from Tolkien<BR>2<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>eath Gate from Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman<BR>3<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0>ern from Anne McCaffrey<BR>4:Krynn from Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman<BR>5:The world the Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan
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Postby §ol » Thu Aug 16, 2001 9:37 am

For your #5, if you choose to be cheesy the Internet name for it is Randland <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I personally like GRRM's Westeros and David Farland's Kingdoms of Rofehaven, Indhopal, and Inkarra in addition to your #'s 1 and 3.<BR><BR>Personally, I find the concepts in RJ's world admirable with <i>saidin</i> and <i>saidar</i>, but his countries are just too drastically different in a small place. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Now Seanchan and Shara....those places kick <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0>
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Postby Cuthalion » Thu Aug 16, 2001 11:47 am

Middle-Earth<BR>Discworld (VERY funny!!!)
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Postby Magpie Jen » Thu Aug 16, 2001 12:50 pm

Gllew: I totally know what you mean when you say you can love a world without necessarily loving the story/characters/style/etc. <BR><BR>Pern is a great example. I really do like the first 3 books of the Dragonrider and the Harperhall series, but after that... well... But Pern remains a fabulously well-thought of, living world to me. It's so easy to imagine living there, McCaffrey has supplied great detail for everyday things, and given enough of the basics to the ecology that your imagination can fill in plausible extras.<BR><BR>Other worlds I like to visit in my daydreams:<BR><BR>Star Wars universe<BR>Middle Earth<BR>Narnia<BR>Newford (Charles de Lint's city)<BR><BR>Though for these other worlds (unlike Pern) I also happen to really like the characters/plots/authors/etc !
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Postby Durin VIII » Thu Aug 16, 2001 12:59 pm

Middle Earth - Tolkien<BR>Krynn - Weiss and Hickman<BR>Lankhmar - Leiber<BR>Thieves World (town was Sanctuary I don't remember if the world had a name) - Asprin and a host of others<BR><BR>After giving Jordan about 6 books my biggest criticism of him is that he did not give me a good feel for his world. All of the books I listed gave me a better image of the world after one book then Jordan did after several large books.<BR>
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Postby Nerdanel » Thu Aug 16, 2001 1:25 pm

Favorite worlds in no particular order:<BR><BR>Middle-earth (Tolkien - as if you didn't know...)<BR>Evenmere, the High House (Stoddard)<BR>the worlds of Deathgate (Weis & Hickman)<BR>the world of Lord of Light (Zelazny)<BR>Amber (Zelazny)<BR>the world of Lightbringer (Johnson)<BR>the world of the Runelords (Farland)<BR>the world of Ctulhu Mythos [our world] (Lovecraft)<BR>Zothique (C. A. Smith)<BR>the world of the Drenai (Gemmell)<BR>Erehwon (Leiber)<BR>the Land (Donaldson)
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Postby Tovar » Thu Aug 16, 2001 3:30 pm

I think the R.A. Salvatore's world in the Drizzt Do'Urden books is pretty cool. Except Menzoberranzan...don't think I'd want to live there.
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Postby Steerpike » Thu Aug 16, 2001 10:48 pm

Zelzany's <b>Amber</b><BR>Tad Williams' <b>Osten Ard</b><BR>Guy G. Kay's <b>Fionovar</b><BR>Andre Norton's <b>Witch World</b><BR>Ursula LeGuin's <b>Earthsea</b><BR>John Myers Myers' <b>Commonwealth</b><BR>James Branch Cabell's <b>Poictesme</b><BR>E.R.R. Eddison's "Worm World"(Does anybody really think of it as <b>Mercury</b>?)<BR>Mervyn Peake's <b>Gormenghast </b><BR>John Bellairs' <b>South Kingdom</b><BR>and I second Nerdanel's mention of <b>Evenmere</b><BR><BR>And the J.R.R. Tolkien "Most Detailed World Written For His Own Pleasure With No Real Hope of Being Published" Award goes to August Tappan Wright for <b>Islandia</b> which was published by his daughter 11 years after his death. The book as published was assembled and edited by her from 2300 pages of manuscript. Islandia is a nation on the imaginary continent of Karain in the Southern Hemisphere. The story tells of a young American's travels through that country. It is not a fantasy novel.
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Postby §ol » Fri Aug 17, 2001 2:47 pm

How could I forget?<BR><BR>Saberhagen's version of Earth.<BR><BR>Anyone read that whole (All 11 books plus the anthology) series?
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Postby TimWalters » Fri Aug 17, 2001 3:24 pm

<br><br><< <i>Islandia.... It is not a fantasy novel.</i> >><br><br><BR><BR>Even more surprisingly, it's not a utopia or dystopia.<BR><BR>Somewhat less surprisingly (but not much), there's a sequel, by one Mark Saxton. It's much thinner...<BR><BR>
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Postby ILvEowyn » Fri Aug 17, 2001 9:48 pm

Well I honestly Terry Brooks' Shannara world. He did obviously borrow a whole lot from Tolkien with his characters at least, but i think his world is really cool. I like the idea of a fantasy type setting happening thousands of years after a nuclear holocaust has ended what we think of as the modern world. Besides, I've found a lot less borrowing from Tolkien after the first book.
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Postby Eric_Reese » Sat Aug 18, 2001 7:10 pm

Fantasy:<BR>1. Middle-earth, of course(and as its our own world, how could I not?)<BR>2. Westeros(and all of the world of the Song of Ice and Fire).<BR>3. Mid-world(and the rest of the worlds of the Dark Tower series).<BR>4. Amber(and all of Shadow and Chaos). <BR>5. The earth of the Wheel of Time.<BR>6. The world that Melnibone is in(maybe it'll be higher when I read more of the series, I've only read Elric so far). <BR>SF:<BR>1. The Galaxy Far, Far Away(Star Wars, obviously).<BR>2. The world of Bablyon 5<BR>3. The universe of FarScape.<BR>4. The universe of Asimov.<BR>5. The Honorverse(Honor Harrington).<BR>6. Star Trek Universe. <BR>
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Postby ILvEowyn » Sat Aug 18, 2001 11:36 pm

Oh i'll give props to Middle Earth too. I just thought it would be obvious<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby bramblerose » Sun Aug 19, 2001 4:33 am

i love middele earth most def, and narnia.<BR><BR>did anyone else think of this: narnia and its surrounding countries have the sea in the east, and middle earth has it in the west, soooo might that mean that they could perhaps be connected?? the land masses i mean. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-confused.gif"border=0>
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Postby Cuthalion » Mon Aug 20, 2001 12:26 pm

Narnia is cool!!!<BR><BR>But it's a long time ago since I've read it, about 5/6 years.
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Postby TolkienLover » Mon Aug 20, 2001 4:28 pm

Apart from Middle Earth, I'd go for the world of The Dark Tower by Stephen King.<BR><BR>Also many of the places SK describes in his books (I mean in the USA, where most of his stories are set) seem incredibly vivid to me.
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Postby Mithfânion » Thu Aug 23, 2001 10:20 am

I thought Robin Hobb's earth in her Farseer trilogy was very nice, though not as great as Middle-earth.
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Postby seaserpent » Sat Aug 25, 2001 4:03 am

I haven't read that much others.......but still Middle earth is my favourite.....<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>
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Postby FoulOleRon_No2 » Sat Aug 25, 2001 1:49 pm

Discworld - Terry Pratchet
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Postby Motiva » Sat Aug 25, 2001 5:05 pm

1. Middle Earth -- Tolkien<BR>2. Anne Rice's World in her books, The Vampire Chronicles, The Mayfair Witches, and her other Various Books.<BR>3. Earthsea
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Postby PirateLord10 » Fri Aug 03, 2007 11:10 pm

MIDDLE EARTH ... WITHOUT A DOUBT. Also, Hogwarts =)
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Postby Wildwood » Sat Aug 04, 2007 6:46 am

MIDDLE EARTH!!!

and then, in no particular order.....

*any place Jane Austen ever wrote about
*HP wizarding world
*Valdemar
*Randland
*Xanth
*Pern
*RL Asprin's Diva/dimensions (Myth books)
*Midkemia/Homeworld - Feist's books (Magician Apprentice, etc)
*the world with the espers in Stasheff's warlock books -memory failing me!
*many, many more!

but above and beyond every other place, real or mythological, Middle Earth!!! I plan to retire there.....if I ever go crazy, that is where you will find me! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
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Postby portia » Sat Aug 04, 2007 7:21 am

In no particular order:

Amber
The Witch World
Middle Earth
Pern
The Galacic Empire in Foundation series (outer planets, preferably)
Earthsea
The world where Turtledove's Roman Legion goes (name???)

I know I am forgetting one or two. . . .
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Postby ambershadow » Sat Aug 04, 2007 1:49 pm

Of course Middle Earth
Amber
Pern
Witch world
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Postby MithLuin » Sat Aug 04, 2007 9:14 pm

1) Middle Earth - the only one I want to visit.

2) the Star Wars galaxy, mostly for the lightsabers
3) Watership Down (well, okay, so that's real...)
4) Mossflower Woods (from the Redwall books)
5) Sweden (from the Adventures of Nils)

And, umm...well, I guess I don't read much sci-fi/fantasy anymore...I'm having trouble coming up with imaginary worlds...

6) the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

(how could I forget that??)
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Postby Ugluk » Sun Aug 05, 2007 1:47 pm

In no particular order:


1. Middle-Earth (Tolkien)
2. Narnia (Lewis)
3. HP World (Rowling)
4. Mid-world (King)
5. Star Wars (Lucas, et. al.)
6. Discworld (Pratchett)
7. Westeros (Martin)
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Postby basil » Sun Aug 05, 2007 3:36 pm

portia wrote:In no particular order:

Amber
Middle Earth
Pern
The world where Turtledove's Roman Legion goes (name???)

I know I am forgetting one or two. . . .


Edited your choice to suit me. Love Amber, I otta dig it out and re-read it.

Turtledoves' "Videssos" series, very good
Also Kirk Mitchell's series that began with "The Procurator"
"Xanth" Piers Anthony would be fun to be stuck in!

mmmmmmm
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Postby IrisBrandybuck » Mon Aug 06, 2007 6:55 am

Aside from Middle Earth and Narnia...

Katherine Kerr's Deverry
Kate Elliot's Wendar
Kristen Britain's Sacoridia
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Postby rwhen » Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:31 am

Oh...good question and missed it the first time around.

In no particular order because they all offer something unique:

Middle Earth (Tolkien - that was the lowest hanging fruit)

Amber (Zelazny - one of my favorite authors)

Fionavar (Kaye - another huge favorite)

Dune (Herbert - He did it so well)

Pern (McCaffrey- again very good)

Potterverse (Rowling - last but not least)
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Postby portia » Mon Aug 06, 2007 5:57 pm

Thank you. Videssos indeed!

I would have to add Star Trek. I think I would prefer the time of TNG.
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