I am having the same troubles. To much exposure to LNs&Co makes one notice how bad most stories really are. Sometimes I browse all the indi translator pages I can find, but so far "Release that witch" and "Tales of the Reincarnated Lord" have been the best of a lot of worse finds in recent months. Also they suffer from all the usual infuriating problems. Therefore off my bookshelf, I recommend to you:
Great things to read:
- Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Hands down best fan-satire of the whole Harry Potter books. A feast for the logically minded reader. Available through any search engine.
- Terry Mancour "The Spellmonger", first part of an interesting fantasy series with medieval touch.
- Andrew Caldecott "Rotherweird" has been highly recommended to me, but have not read it yet. It might require british cultural knowledge to really appreciate it, thats why I am wary of it.
- Christopher Nutall, "Schooled in Magic" is a modern western take on the "transported into another world genre". Except for the most recent book of this series, highly enjoyable as it blends scholarly medieval knowledge with fiction and a girl from the modern era.
- Alexey Glushanovsky, "The Road to Magic". Summoned to another world story, with a mix of russian folklore and music. It is unique as far as I can observe. ANYONE having an english/german translation of the following books of this series, I would love to read them. My russian is not up for the challenge.
- Walter Moers, "13.5 Lives of Captain Bluebear" is an epic leisurly story for the literary connoisseur. Don`t expect action though. I cannot vouch for the english translation, as a lot of insinuations have a German cultural context. I read it in German, and it was unique.
- John Conroe, "God Touched" is OP wishfullfillment which makes a good read for the first book, before it runs in the usual OP troubles in the following books of that series (Demon Accords).
- Andreys Vasilyev, "More than Game" Fayroll series starts off good before it delves into to much RL issues instead of VRMMORPG around book three.
- Jack Campbell, "Lost Fleet: Dauntless" for some good 'ole space opera with a lot of boom and bang in space
Series itself is pretty entertaining to read for space buffs.
- Michael Atamanov, "Sector Eight" is a Space VRMMROPG series (Perimeter Defense) which is actually the best take on VRMMORPG in space I have so far read.
- Suketu Mehta, "Maximum City" an interesting personal account of an Indian journalist returning home from abroad and narrating how a corrupt developing country works. Novel for the uninitiated and entertainingly told. Takes place in the early 2000s
Something to read:
- J. Zachary Pyke: Orconomics, an illuminating satire on the whole fantasy genre.
Something completely different:
- Nicholas Ostler, "Empire of the Word" is an interesting take on World History through the rise and fall of languages. Might not be everyones cup of tea.
- Jane Jacobs, "The economies of cities" an old but interesting read on how cities developed.
I hope you find something among the listed works and series, otherwise PM me and I will take a deeper dive into my shelves and archives. Enjoy!
P.S.: Share your gems people. Last month and this month are beginning to look like a dry spell for us :/