Well let me list the ones that are essential reading:
Sunshine - by Robin McKinley. Best vampire book ever. Nearly nearly a better vamp than Spike, because he's truly Otherworld.
Furies of Calderon - by Jim Butcher. Just awesome....many in the TWoP club agreed it's better than GoT, and the series as a whole ENDS, and ends well. (Granted after six books)
The Warrior's Apprentice (found in the compilation Young Miles) - by Lois McMaster Bujold My pick... There's spec that GRRM stole the character of Miles for Tyrion. Must read for GoT fans. This is the first book, and is excellent, but books 2 and 3, and some later in the series are even better. The series has Hugo and Nebula winners.
The Princess Bride - by William Goldman 'nuff said.
Nine Princes in Amber (currently found in the collection The Great Book of Amber) - by Roger Zelazny. My second pick for the club. Revolutionary concepts and storytelling, all in 180 pages. The five book series is all of 800 pages. Another one that was debated as "better than GoT" by some. (Not for character development or plotting, but for sheer originality, weirdness, grand sword and sorcery FUN, and a combo of post-new wave meets old school style)
What all of the books have in common is superior, creative world building that puts you in a fully realize universe...
Re: The Fey
I'm not sure at all why Book 4 is so rare. I do know there's massive changes in the publishing industry and Rusch has been at the forefront of alt publishing so that may be a factor.
eta...There are five books. They ARE out of print, but reading copies, INCLUDING shipping from used bookstores, is usually under $10. I got the first book for $2.00 + 3.99 shipping.
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