Things you love that no one else seems to have played/seen/read

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I love to read. In fact I enjoy reading even more than gaming (reading is 1st, gaming is 3rd).

One of my favorite series is the Nightside series by Simon.R.Greene. It follows a man called John Taylor and he is what you would get if you took Harry dresden and mixed him together with John Constantine. The series has everything. humor, magic, super science, aliens and multiple apocalypse's. And yet to this day I have never encountered anyone, in my life or online, who has ever read them. Not one! I have met only one other person who has read another series by Greene that is set in the same world, which is also great (Supernatural James Bond with space guns and magic).

So what do you love and why has nobody seen/read/played it?

The Seventh Tower. It's not the most sophisticated read or anything, because the series is written for a fairly young audience, but the world it builds is very interesting and the fantasy elements of manipulating light and sentient shadow-creatures that are tied to people and will protect them even at the cost of their own lives aren't things I've often seen in other pieces of media. It's the primary influence I'm taking for the "country" that's the main focus in the story I'm currently working on. But I've seen more people mention Artemis Fowl than The Seventh Tower.

I never really see Clone High brought up anywhere, either. It was a really wacky, funny cartoon. Sad that it ended like it did, though...

The Wild Cards series of anthologies/novels/mosaic novels/braided novels.
In the decades that I've been following it, I've met only two other people who've read it.
One is the owner of the local comic store. The other was a friend--who read half-way through
the first one and decided he didn't like it.
Given the love of George R. R. Martin here, and the obsession with metahuman powers/abilities
I'm continually amazed that no-one here on the Escapist seems to have read/liked it.

Little Woodsman:
The Wild Cards series of anthologies/novels/mosaic novels/braided novels.
In the decades that I've been following it, I've met only two other people who've read it.
One is the owner of the local comic store. The other was a friend--who read half-way through
the first one and decided he didn't like it.
Given the love of George R. R. Martin here, and the obsession with metahuman powers/abilities
I'm continually amazed that no-one here on the Escapist seems to have read/liked it.

My dad is a huge fan, actually. I've never personally gotten around to reading any of it, but it sounds like good stuff, from what he's told me.

OT: I have not met many They Might Be Giants fans outside my immediate family. I guess they're not as big as they used to be, though. Still one of my favorite bands. Same with the Black Lips.

Virtually none of my friends read for amusement.
So basically everything I read is something they have never seen or heard of before, which is actually a little disheartening.

I haven't seen a lot of love for I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

Shorter and scarier than anything Stephen King has written as of late

None of my friends read much 2chan. However I get all my news updates from 2chan. Wierd...

Hmm well how about this obscure anime-be carefull it NSFW as it contains nudity:
On second thought it's a little bit to rude, if your curious look up Junk boy ova on youtube :P

No one I know aside from my boyfriend (who I made to sit and watch it with me) has seen Memories of Matsuko. It's one hell of an amazing film and one of the only films that has ever made me sit there after it crying for a good 10 minutes. That film made me ponder so much about life, about the people around me and about how I could be dealing with situations.

shrekfan246:
The Seventh Tower. It's not the most sophisticated read or anything, because the series is written for a fairly young audience, but the world it builds is very interesting and the fantasy elements of manipulating light and sentient shadow-creatures that are tied to people and will protect them even at the cost of their own lives aren't things I've often seen in other pieces of media. It's the primary influence I'm taking for the "country" that's the main focus in the story I'm currently working on. But I've seen more people mention Artemis Fowl than The Seventh Tower.

I never really see Clone High brought up anywhere, either. It was a really wacky, funny cartoon. Sad that it ended like it did, though...

I OWN THAT SERIES. GARTH NIX EEEEE <3

Not many people I know read or even know about the Chronicles of the Necromancer/Dead King's Cycle by Gail Z. Martin.
Or if I bring her up, people assume I'm referring to Game of Thrones.
Because clearly there is only one person in the entire world with the surname of Martin.
Nevermind that I put the "Gail Z." in there.

... actually a lot of things I like people assume I'm talking about something else.
I mention Cold, people think I'm talking about Coldplay... *sigh*

I love the Atelier Iris series of games (and by extension, the Mana Khemia games) BUt the only Atelier games people talk about are the PS3 ones which I can't get into because the combat went really weird and the whole game is one big time limit. Oh well, maybe it's just me.

An anime that I've really been getting into lately is Chaos;Heads and Stein's;Gate (The latter I've only seen 14 episodes of thus far). I love how they deal with topics like isolation and such and they're so atmospheric. Plus, y'know, this scene is just glorious.

Well, i'm getting into books on Taoist philosophy and most people haven't even heard of Taoism...

There is an entire list of games, movies and books i talk about that no one has even heard of in my college which is odd to me and makes me odd to them, no idea why they don't know them i mean some of them haven't even heard of Final Fantasy and whenever i mention games its always "is that like [Insert FPS here]?".

solemnwar:

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I've read both The seventh tower and chronicles of the Necromancer (or at least the first book) Very good series

OT: Ive met one other person who has heard of/ read The Night Angel Trilogy or Lightbringer Series by Brent weeks...therefore i recommend it often

The Grimnoir Chronicles.

It's a jazzy little read with two books out the gates of an expected trilogy, slight dieselpunky-alternative history, the Point Of Divergence (POD, 'ats a new word for thos who don't get down with Alt. history otherwise) is that people started acquiring "talents" IE sort of-ish magic powers back in the 1860's.

Everything from shooting electricity, flame, being superstrong or just a frickin' blazin' genius.

It's from the same author of the wildly popular "Monster hunter" series (larry correias the name, well written characters and gun porn, is the game). But it hasn't acquired the same "punch through walls" notoriety as the MH series. Which is a pity, it's a noiry, slightly punky alt history shindig with plenty of action, resentment against empowered people and suprisingly well written characters.

Oh, and japan is trying to conquer the world. They have teleporting, wall-phasing ninjas. Which is ok, 'cause hawai has zeppelin riding, fire throwing airpirates.

It might be hard to tell, but i like the whole crafted world.

Oh, and the "sir apropos of nothing series" Weird? sure, but they were pretty damn funny. what the heck is Peter david doing these days`?

The Man from Earth. Seriously, I don't know anyone who's ever heard of it outside of my group of friends, and we only know because one of us watched it and then told everyone else to.
One of my favourite movies now. :)

iwinatlife:

solemnwar:

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I've read both The seventh tower and chronicles of the Necromancer (or at least the first book) Very good series

OT: Ive met one other person who has heard of/ read The Night Angel Trilogy or Lightbringer Series by Brent weeks...therefore i recommend it often

Ermergherd I have those, too ;u; Clearly we are soulmates plz marry me No bad Sol stop being creepy.
Although after the first book The Night Angel trilogy got a little bit meh and disjointed and rushed...

Oh, and anything by Ian Irvine. It's actually fairly difficult to find his books sometimes, I had to special order some of them ;u;

solemnwar:

Ermergherd I have those, too ;u; Clearly we are soulmates plz marry me No bad Sol stop being creepy.
Although after the first book The Night Angel trilogy got a little bit meh and disjointed and rushed...

Oh, and anything by Ian Irvine. It's actually fairly difficult to find his books sometimes, I had to special order some of them ;u;

Already spoken for but flattered XP and what has Ian Irvine wrote i am egotistically intruiged because my name is also Ian

And while way of shadows is certainly the best I really did love shadows edge because Garoth is awesome in the worst way

iwinatlife:

solemnwar:

Ermergherd I have those, too ;u; Clearly we are soulmates plz marry me No bad Sol stop being creepy.
Although after the first book The Night Angel trilogy got a little bit meh and disjointed and rushed...

Oh, and anything by Ian Irvine. It's actually fairly difficult to find his books sometimes, I had to special order some of them ;u;

Already spoken for but flattered XP and what has Ian Irvine wrote i am egotistically intruiged because my name is also Ian

And while way of shadows is certainly the best I really did love shadows edge because Garoth is awesome in the worst way

Well in regards to his fantasy (I haven't read anything from his other genres) "The View From the Mirror", being the first series that take place in the same universe (thus far there are 3: two quartets, and a trilogy). This is the best one thus far, I couldn't put those books down! The second quartet... not so much. I've finished 2/4 but... it's kind of beyond depressing ;u;

He's recently started another fantasy series that has no connection to the previous ones. Haven't started reading it yet (I have a massive piles of books I need to read but keep putting off...) but it looks interesting.

And another good series is Imager's Portfolio series by L.E. Modesitt Jr. Which... again nobody knows about. I think I need more friends that like reading ;u;

iwinatlife:

solemnwar:

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I've read both The seventh tower and chronicles of the Necromancer (or at least the first book) Very good series

OT: Ive met one other person who has heard of/ read The Night Angel Trilogy or Lightbringer Series by Brent weeks...therefore i recommend it often

Make that 2! I love the Night Angel Trilogy it is one of my favorite series of books. Even through it has one of the worst characters ever made by man in it. See if you can guess which one I mean.

solemnwar:

Well in regards to his fantasy (I haven't read anything from his other genres) "The View From the Mirror", being the first series that take place in the same universe (thus far there are 3: two quartets, and a trilogy). This is the best one thus far, I couldn't put those books down! The second quartet... not so much. I've finished 2/4 but... it's kind of beyond depressing ;u;

He's recently started another fantasy series that has no connection to the previous ones. Haven't started reading it yet (I have a massive piles of books I need to read but keep putting off...) but it looks interesting.

And another good series is Imager's Portfolio series by L.E. Modesitt Jr. Which... again nobody knows about. I think I need more friends that like reading ;u;

LE.Modesitt Jr. Sounds very familiar and ill look into those i also have lots of books i should read and need more friends that read. The biggest Problem i have is that i have some friends that read but none that read Quickly and i burn through books when im bored, Once read the first 12 Wheel of Time(also amazing series if you can take the slow pace) Books in less than a month because book 13 was coming out

Gizmo1990:

Make that 2! I love the Night Angel Trilogy it is one of my favorite series of books. Even through it has one of the worst characters ever made by man in it. See if you can guess which one I mean.

Umm well Kylar is boring hero sometimes and Vi kinda lost all interesting components in book 3 but cant think of anyone id label as one of the worst characters ever

iwinatlife:

solemnwar:

Well in regards to his fantasy (I haven't read anything from his other genres) "The View From the Mirror", being the first series that take place in the same universe (thus far there are 3: two quartets, and a trilogy). This is the best one thus far, I couldn't put those books down! The second quartet... not so much. I've finished 2/4 but... it's kind of beyond depressing ;u;

He's recently started another fantasy series that has no connection to the previous ones. Haven't started reading it yet (I have a massive piles of books I need to read but keep putting off...) but it looks interesting.

And another good series is Imager's Portfolio series by L.E. Modesitt Jr. Which... again nobody knows about. I think I need more friends that like reading ;u;

LE.Modesitt Jr. Sounds very familiar and ill look into those i also have lots of books i should read and need more friends that read. The biggest Problem i have is that i have some friends that read but none that read Quickly and i burn through books when im bored, Once read the first 12 Wheel of Time(also amazing series if you can take the slow pace) Books in less than a month because book 13 was coming out

He's a fairly prolific writer, he has a lot of series under his belt, so you've probably seen his books before. Which makes it even more amazing when nobody has heard of him aaah.

To spam more really good fantasy authors: David Eddings. He is soley responsible for getting me interested in fantasy again (I'd grown out of children's fantasy and teen fantasy is... quite frankly incredibly shit so I fell out of the genre for a while). Adrian Tchaikovsky of "Shadows of the Apt" fame is also very good, it's like clock/steampunk and fantasy and a sort of industrial age... with bugs. At first I was like "no" but then I actually read it and I was like "YESSSS". And it's the first instance where my character ship became canon holy shit I felt so validated You're scaring people again Sol.

i rave constantly about the dark tower series by stephen king but no one else i know has even heard about it, never mind getting excited abouth the (apparently-happening) film/telly adaptation

The Ys Series, developed by Falcom I believe....published by XSEED. The most underrated RPG series I have ever seen in my life, and yet it is just soooo good. If you have played Ys Seven for the PSP, most people would understand. Ys Seven was what got me into the entire series. Until that time, I had no idea the Ys series even existed.

I loved both Kylar and Vi. I was talking about Elene. I found her really inoying and because of her the first half of the 2nd book was a complete bore.

I know I'm not the only person on here whose played it, I'm really disappointed by how there are only 2 Otogi games when there are about 7 Onimusha games, 5 or so Devil May Cry, 5 or 6 God of War and countless other games that emulate those. Yet Otogi...well I guess it didn't have a lot of western appeal especially once the Anime Bubble burst (anime is still relevant but not nearly as big as it was back in the early 2000's I think...I'm right, aren't I?) What I love about Otogi when compared to other spectacle fighters is how organic the fighting engine is and how the environments are destructible. The best example of what I mean can be seen in just about any video showing the boss fight between Raikou and, The Crimson King.

Like I said; I know I'm not the only person who loves the two Otogi games but I hate how they never made the leap into the last generation and I'm afraid of what may come from a reboot.

Gizmo1990:
I loved both Kylar and Vi. I was talking about Elene. I found her really inoying and because of her the first half of the 2nd book was a complete bore.

How Did I for get about that stupid B***? she was rather annoying

solemnwar:

He's a fairly prolific writer, he has a lot of series under his belt, so you've probably seen his books before. Which makes it even more amazing when nobody has heard of him aaah.

To spam more really good fantasy authors: David Eddings. He is soley responsible for getting me interested in fantasy again (I'd grown out of children's fantasy and teen fantasy is... quite frankly incredibly shit so I fell out of the genre for a while). Adrian Tchaikovsky of "Shadows of the Apt" fame is also very good, it's like clock/steampunk and fantasy and a sort of industrial age... with bugs. At first I was like "no" but then I actually read it and I was like "YESSSS". And it's the first instance where my character ship became canon holy shit I felt so validated You're scaring people again Sol.

now i just need a massive amount of money to go and buy all these books lol and pfftt being happy that the characters you wanted to get together get together just makes sense and Steampunk fantasy sounds amazing

Most people that I know don't read non-fiction/educational books for recreation.

solemnwar:

I OWN THAT SERIES. GARTH NIX EEEEE <3

... actually a lot of things I like people assume I'm talking about something else.
I mention Cold, people think I'm talking about Coldplay... *sigh*

Sure, while I'm sleeping they all come out of the woodworks. >.>

And Cold, the band? They're pretty neat. I've noticed a lot of people don't really like the whole grunge/post-grunge genre as a whole just because of... I dunno, the generally gritty vocals and repetitive lyrical content? Nobody I know has ever heard of the band Hourcast.

Gaming forums can feel like an isolating place when you thoroughly enjoyed Deus Ex: Invisible War...

I liked the book "A Crystal Age" by W.H.Hudson. I can't recommend you read it, as I don't think it caters to the majority. It's short but tough little read, I would like to say that is because it's so old but it's more likely to do with my grasp of language than anything else.

Not quite the same, but I watched the Matrix revolutions last night and enjoyed that much more than expected. Have to watch number 2 as I think that's the one that gets the most hate.(?)

EDIT: I am starting to enjoy Punk music, which is really bizarre in some aspects. As I have tried listening to it before and found it crude and messy (for lack of a better word). Now however the winds are changing and I am starting to divulge more and more punk.

(Most the music I like has roots in punk, but in the past I didn't really see/hear that, I guess)

Reeve:
Most people that I know don't read non-fiction/educational books for recreation.

the sad truth of this day and age is that in not uncommon

Oh i forgot about music! ive never met anyone who has head of Dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip, which is the only non-parody rap ill listen to willingly, and the videos are hilarious if nothing else because you're watching a British guy with a massive beard rap with an amazing vocabulary

The Descent, the book, not the movie. Its awesome. Well worth reading.

Im gona throw in a comic book.
Gladstone's School for World Conquerors is a great read.
Think Teen Titans meets Hairy Potter and they are all bad guys.
Even better, you can read the first print here. http://www.popguncomics.com/gladstonesboingboing.pdf
Enjoy!

Also. It is an indi comic. They just broke away from image to attempt self publishing. If you like it, keep an eye out for the kickstarter that will drop in a few months.

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