What is the best alternative to The Lord of the Rings?
Here’s the Deal
Slant is powered by a community that helps you make informed decisions. Tell us what you’re passionate about to get your personalized feed and help others.
The original author, Frank Herbert, died after finishing the first few books. His son Brian Herbert and co author Kevin J. Anderson have since finished the series based on his scribblings, notes, and voice memos. A gargantuan task. The result can be a bit "weird" at times, but they have done an amazing job finishing the books. See More
The book covers topics such as ecology, politics, religion, humanism and war and touches on subjects like artificial intelligence, gender dynamics, nuclear weapons, architecture, engineering, heroism and many many more. All of these aspects are intertwined and executed on a grand scale. See More
There is an incredible amount of references to books/films/music/pop culture/historical events and figures/whatever else you can think of. Some of them are quite obvious, some you might get only a few years after reading the book - when you learn some small random tidbit of history or watch a particular scene in the movie. It's not only extremely enjoyable but also makes you feel proud when you suddenly connect the dots and figure out some obscure reference. See More
Having a long to-do list can be overwhelming for some, and can cause people to jump back in forth between tasks hoping to get through the list faster. The ONE Thing teaches the flaws with multitasking and emphasizes the importance of focus for increasing productivity. See More
Starting with the main character, Rand, and his two friends, Matt and Perrin, the cast of this series continues to grow throughout the books as the events of the story have far-reaching effects. All of these characters are written very well, with deep personalities and realistic flaws, and feel like real people. See More
Stackpole begins with a prelude, The Dark Glory War, very much in the vein of what the Hobbit is to the Lord of the Rings. It is left on a cliffhanger for you to immediately desire to read the trilogy: Fortress Draconis, When Dragons Rage, and The Grand Crusade. See More
Stackpole has created a world with the breadth and depth of Tolkien, that takes the reader on a world saving adventure that included men, elves, dragons, wizards, and some original fantasy races and creatures that are a breath of fresh air to such a large genre. See More