|The Song of Fire and Ice series is amazing. +1 to that.
Anything by Raymond E. Feist. It's fantasy, but it's very involving and there's not a lot of magic and weird beasts and stuff like that.
World War Z by Max Brooks is a very good read. It's about zombies.
Disc World Novels by Terry Prachet are a good comedy/light hearted read.
Niel Gaiman's novels are amazing. Neverwhere, Good Omens, American Gods, Anansi Boys, Stardust, and other books/collections.
The three books from The Golden Compass series are great as well, I read all three in about a week. I think the series is titled "His Dark Materials". It had religious groups in an uproar, but it provides and interesting take on how "the church" could be viewed as.
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