Just finished "Words of Radiance" by Brandon Sanderson - the guy who finished off the Wheel of Time series after Robert Jordan died. It's a cracking read. Book 2 in a trilogy, and they are both very hefty, but for the most part they hold the interest nicely and he certainly has an imagination.
99 for me. Because fucked if I ever plan to read the Merry Wives of Windsor...
But you read The DaVinci Code? Sheep...
Know your enemy.
On recommendation from a work colleague, after finishing the last GoT book I am now about halfway through The Eye of the World, book one of the Wheel of Time series.
It's pretty good actually. Easy reading, flows well without stagnating (which is what I found with LOTR). Less gritty than GoT.
I'm probably one of the last people alive who had until recently not even heard of the series, but I can recommend it to anyone else who likes the Fantasy genre.
Just wait until you get to the books that are six hundred pages of FUCKING NOTHING HAPPENING.
That's what I've heard, which is why I've steered clear.
lol, I'm fearful of that happening at some point. No way can 14 books at 750+ pages each be exciting the whole way through. That's what turned me off the LOTR book - I got tired of 30 pages describing a meal.
As opposed to the GoT books where it's 30 pages describing a bowl of grapes?