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    Default Re: Non-Western Mythology Based Fantasy novels......

    Quote Originally Posted by Traab View Post
    D'shai is a good book. Very little sword and sorcery. The basic gist is, everyone is born to a caste. They get a specific set of inborn skills that determines what their life is going to be. Some are born to be warriors, or message runners, or acrobats, some are born to be rulers. This is the story of an acrobat with little natural gift who is in love with a noblewoman. He gets accused of murder and has to figure out the mystery before its too late. Doesnt strike me as very western.
    I would definitely recommend this, and the sequel "Hour of the Octopus". And pretty much anything else by Joel Rosenberg.

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    Most of what I was planning to suggest has already been mentioned. As such, I'm going to briefly second Tales of the Otori, Journey To the West, and The Epic of Gilgamesh, as well as the works of Nnedi Okorafor. In addition to that, there are a few other possibilities:

    Under Heaven - It's set in what is a very obvious fantasy analog of Tang China, and is a fairly good book. The author is the Canadian Guy Gavriel Kay however.

    The Lions of Al-Rassan - By the same author as Under Heaven, the Lions of Al-Rassan is set in what is clearly reconquista Spain. Strictly speaking that is in the west, but it isn't entirely culturally western at all.

    The Journey of the Catechist - This is a fantasy adventure story set in fantasy-Africa, written by one Alan Dean Foster. It's unconventional in some ways, but is generally good writing, and it has the Nnedi Okorafor seal of approval.
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    If there are a set properly translated Takes of the Monkey King, try to find it. He is a great (albeit a but Mary sue) of Chinese Folklore

    There is some epic with him escorting Buddah in a travel to the Far west. Not sure what the title is
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knaight View Post
    The Lions of Al-Rassan - By the same author as Under Heaven, the Lions of Al-Rassan is set in what is clearly reconquista Spain. Strictly speaking that is in the west, but it isn't entirely culturally western at all.
    Whoa, I remember reading that one. It was pretty good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cikomyr View Post
    If there are a set properly translated Takes of the Monkey King, try to find it. He is a great (albeit a but Mary sue) of Chinese Folklore

    There is some epic with him escorting Buddah in a travel to the Far west. Not sure what the title is
    Journey to the West - it's been mentioned a few times already.
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    Journey to the West - it's been mentioned a few times already.
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