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The Red Walker
Great Reader

USA
3532 Posts

Posted - 13 Jul 2010 :  14:11:17  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dennis


I'll see. I think I visited a scroll where someone mentioned that's his/her most fave FR book. Was it you? Anyway, is the main char. in that book NOT an elf? If not, then I might give it a try. If he is, oh well, I'll have to say, no, thanks. (Hated and still hate FR elves, save a VERY FEW drow.)




Quite possibly was me, that may very well still be my favorite realms work, but there has been great novels since then.

Here is a link (thanks to O Love for hosting it on his site) for a short story Erik did after Ghostwalker, but is set before that story involving some of the same characters ,including the main (human) character when he was young. It can be read before or after. But I thought it might give you the feel of the novel.

A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men - Willy Wonka

"We need men who can dream of things that never were." -

John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963
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The Red Walker
Great Reader

USA
3532 Posts

Posted - 13 Jul 2010 :  14:11:59  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Forgot the link! (and how to make it look snazzy!)


http://www.o-love.net/realms/samples/sam_fig2_2.pdf

A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men - Willy Wonka

"We need men who can dream of things that never were." -

John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963
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Kyrene
Senior Scribe

South Africa
648 Posts

Posted - 13 Jul 2010 :  18:50:08  Show Profile  Visit Kyrene's Homepage Send Kyrene a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

Forgot the link! (and how to make it look snazzy!)


example link

Like that, Red?

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The Sellplague began, for all intents and purposes, in the dominions of the Corporation. Greed murdered Good Design, unraveling common sense in the cosmos and destroying her dominion. At the same time, Sales Fears and Warcraft Envy happened into alignment. This cataclysmic coincidence led to upheaval, shaking apart the primeval order, opening up holes in wallets, and reshaping everything...
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Hooch9
Seeker

USA
20 Posts

Posted - 17 Aug 2010 :  07:25:14  Show Profile  Visit Hooch9's Homepage  Send Hooch9 an AOL message Send Hooch9 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've only read about two authors from FR novels. Philip Athans (which from the reviews on the Baldur's Gate novel he wrote, it seems like he's not liked by some) and R.A. Salvatore. Between the two I personally prefer Salvatore, but then again I've only read one and a half FR books.

Need more cash, need more time to read.

Sheriff: Oh one other thing Earlie. Your boy needs to be in school.
Earlie Cuyler: School? Ain't dat da damn place where they got all dem uhh lets see, whatcha call um uhh? Fold outs covered in scriblins wrote up all over.
Earlie Cuyler: uhh? Books?
Earlie Cuyler: uh-uh, uh-uh, No they square like a magazine.
Sheriff: Books Earlie.
Earlie Cuyler: Noo not not that, but something like that, I wanna say boooooo...

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Dennis
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9933 Posts

Posted - 17 Aug 2010 :  07:43:42  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Hooch9

need more time to read.



As Thomas Mann said, "Reading is one of those rare habits of mankind that is done with pure desire. So if you really want to, you can and you will find more than enough time to read."


Every beginning has an end.
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Thauranil
Master of Realmslore

India
1591 Posts

Posted - 11 May 2012 :  15:40:23  Show Profile Send Thauranil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hmmmm this is tough but I suppose I ll have to go with Richard Byers , followed by RA Salvatore to whom I owe a debt of gratitude as it was Icewind Dale that introduced me to the realms.
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Artemas Entreri
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USA
3074 Posts

Posted - 11 May 2012 :  17:38:04  Show Profile Send Artemas Entreri a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Considering that you left out some MAJOR "founding" Forgotten Realms authors, I would say that this poll definitely needs an "Other" category.

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LastStand
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130 Posts

Posted - 13 May 2012 :  00:33:33  Show Profile Send LastStand a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A difficult choice indeed! I would have to go with:
Paul S Kemp
Richard Lee Byers
Elaine Cunningham
Richard Baker

"Don't. The battlegrounds that you and I have returned from alive are too different."

~ Claymore ch106
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Delwa
Master of Realmslore

USA
1233 Posts

Posted - 13 May 2012 :  01:33:48  Show Profile  Visit Delwa's Homepage Send Delwa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I voted for Ed simply because I've not read a lot of the novels yet, but so far he's the one to incorporate the most lore. Kinda a gimmie, but eh. My personal favorite character is Erevis Cale, but I'll reserve judgement on whether Mr. Kemp is my favorite author after Ed for later. Later will be when I read Mr. Kemp's non-Cale stories. I got my start in Realms novels with Drizzt books, and I still like Sojourn, and the Ghost King, but Drizzt got old for me quick.
I love the wit and humor Elaine Cunningham uses in all her works, but I'm undecided on where I would rank her, though it would be near the top.

- Delwa Aunglor of Tangled Trees
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Thrasymachus
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194 Posts

Posted - 13 May 2012 :  05:11:53  Show Profile Send Thrasymachus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Forgotten Realms novels is Richard Lee Byers hands down.
But I'll digress a bit, and say that when it comes to authoring products I go with Ed Greenwood for his articles of realmslore in Dragon, and products like TSR 9213-FR1-Waterdeep & The North. With a hats off to Jeff Grubb on that one.


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Lord Karsus
Great Reader

USA
2909 Posts

Posted - 14 May 2012 :  02:07:36  Show Profile  Send Lord Karsus an AOL message Send Lord Karsus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
-Elaine Cunningham, by a large margin.

(A Tri-Partite Arcanist Who Has Forgotten More Than Most Will Ever Know)

Elves of Faerūn
Vol I- The Elves of Faerūn
Vol. III- Spells of the Elves
Vol. VI- Mechanical Compendium
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Alruane
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USA
434 Posts

Posted - 17 Nov 2013 :  09:45:05  Show Profile Send Alruane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ed Greenwood has my vote, he created my favorite character: Elminster Aumar. His storytelling is impeccable, and well done.

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~Joneleth Irenicus

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The Arcanamach
Master of Realmslore

1589 Posts

Posted - 30 Dec 2013 :  15:34:17  Show Profile Send The Arcanamach a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I voted Elaine. Her plots tend to be very well thought out (wheels within wheels sort of thing) and her characters are great. I really wish she were actively working on Realms material these days.

I have a dream that one day, all game worlds will exist as one.
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Seravin
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Canada
794 Posts

Posted - 30 Dec 2013 :  19:33:21  Show Profile Send Seravin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Jeff Grubb should be on this list, for heaven's sake. Azure Bonds and The Wyvern's Spur are extremely great books and much much better in my opinion than any of the authors listed here. He gets the Realms nearly as well as Ed (my highest compliment) but unlike Ed is capable of telling a tight, well plotted story without having 200 named characters that are totally unessential to the plot (I'm looking at you, Swords of XXX books).

Oops, forgot to add Elaine and Bob are the best authors listed in my opinion, but Jeff Grubb is better for my tastes. Ed has his moments but is a better world builder than author, to me (I very much enjoyed Crown of Fire).

Edited by - Seravin on 30 Dec 2013 19:34:51
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Drustan Dwnhaedan
Learned Scribe

USA
323 Posts

Posted - 02 Jan 2014 :  07:35:27  Show Profile Send Drustan Dwnhaedan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I voted for Elaine Cunningham. (It's a pity there's no 'all of the above' option, since that's how I'd preferred to have voted. -__-')

Edited by - Drustan Dwnhaedan on 02 Jan 2014 07:36:35
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Jeremy Grenemyer
Great Reader

USA
2717 Posts

Posted - 02 Jan 2014 :  08:13:24  Show Profile Send Jeremy Grenemyer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I voted for Ed Greenwood. I get a lot of secondary use out of his novels in terms of mining them for Realmslore and information that I can use for my own fan fiction, for running Realms campaigns and for playing D&D.

Also, I agree with Seravin: Jeff Grubb should be on that list. Too bad de Bie and Evans can't be retroactively added in.

Look for me and my content at EN World (user name: sanishiver).
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Derulbaskul
Senior Scribe

Singapore
378 Posts

Posted - 02 Jan 2014 :  09:45:16  Show Profile Send Derulbaskul a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yeah, it's unfortunate that this is a typical forum poll: it's badly designed and incomplete. That aside, I don't really like voting on authors in this sort of way on a board where many of those authors hang out.

Ultimately I decided on Rich Baker because even Ed said great things about Rich's Last Mythal trilogy. He also deserves bonus points for being (over a year ago now) the only WotC game designer who could also write a good novel. (Coincidentally, he was one of two good adventure designers as well.)

Cheers
D

NB: Please remember: A cannon is a big gun. Canon is what we discuss here.
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MrHedgehog
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688 Posts

Posted - 03 Jan 2014 :  20:50:19  Show Profile  Visit MrHedgehog's Homepage Send MrHedgehog a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Lisa Smedman. Her stories are the most well thought out and her narrative structure is the most well constructed.
She is by far the most skilled writer amongst them...nobody even compares.
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Nicolai Withander
Master of Realmslore

Denmark
1079 Posts

Posted - 07 Jan 2014 :  00:12:50  Show Profile Send Nicolai Withander a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I voted for Ed of the Greenwood. Mostly for the fact that he is the creator. That kind of authory is far beyond "just" novels.

I must also admit, that I have only read works from Ed... and few at that. Just never realy became the reading type. Kind of a problem being a university student
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