Recommendations for Arabesque Fantasy Novels

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Recommendations for Arabesque Fantasy Novels

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Fellows,

Does anyone have recommendations for novels that capture the spirit of Al-Qadim? I've been in the mood recently, and am rereading some books that I've had for a while, but I'm always interested in finding new stuff. So far I've read/am reading:

-The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, for obvious reasons.

-The 1001 Nights, for same.

-The Rose of the Prophet series from Weis and Hickman. I especially like the way the immortals are used in this series.

-The Desert of Souls and The Bones of the Old Ones, novels set during the time of Haroun al-Rashid, just like the 1001 Nights.

Does anyone have other recommendations?

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The standard recommendation for Arabian fantasy nowadays is Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed.

Black Gate has a useful discussion of Arabian fantasy, especially in the comments.

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I would say that you should add some short stories by Clark Ashton Smith and Howard; the influences of Zakhara are more the pulp versions of the middle east than the real thing. Even more "modern" pulps of the 30's contain a lot of inspiration with hidden cults, lost city's and grave robbers. You should also watch some of the older Sword and Sandal movies.

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El Borak and Other Desert Adventures
by Robert E. Howard (Del Rey 2010)
http://www.amazon.com/El-Borak-Other-De ... 034550545X
Robert E. Howard is famous for creating such immortal heroes as Conan the Cimmerian, Solomon Kane, and Bran Mak Morn. Less well-known but equally extraordinary are his non-fantasy adventure stories set in the Middle East and featuring such two-fisted heroes as Francis Xavier Gordon—known as “El Borak”
While set in the 1910s-20s they have some hints of supernatural events (and at least once more than a hint). There is plenty of setting, background, and plot material to be garnered, as well as some stories which could be turned directly into modules with just a little tweaking for more magic content.
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I've been talking about a TSR Arabian novel called Red Sands in another thread in this forum. I don't have a copy yet, but it seems like it might be worth buying.
Allen Varney wrote:The standard recommendation for Arabian fantasy nowadays is Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed.
This does seem like an interesting world. And if you want to raid ideas for your Al-Qadim campaign, you should look at the Crescent Moon Kingdoms mini-guide.
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Re: Recommendations for Arabesque Fantasy Novels

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Clark Ashton Smith Zothique (for Sahu)

Tower of Fear by Glen Cook
Iron Dawn by Matt Stover
Arabian Nightmare by Robert Irwin
Dune perhaps

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