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7 years 2 months ago #1

I was emailing Seregil and we were talking about favourite big book fantasy tales.

Here are my thoughts to date, what are yours?

1. J R R Tolkien. I especially liked the Silmarillion and the tale of Turin Turambar. I am on tenterhooks that there will be a film one day!! The problem is the Silmarillion is not for everyone. What an epic tale though, sweeping through generations of elves and men. Brilliant. A bitter sweet tale in many ways.
2. George Martin's Games of Thrones. Brilliant series, but where is it going and who will be left in it? Lots of good characters and Tyrion Lanister is definitely a favourite. What a great character. So cool and flippant under pressure. The TV series (I'm on the second series) is excellent, but already taking significant short cuts over the books!
3. Brent Weeks - Beyond the Shadows, my favourite character has to be Kylar. Very long books. Really good characterisation. Lightbringer is also an excellent series, although I've only read books 1 and 2 so far. Not as good as the first series in my opinion. Longer books again and lots of description. Very readable though and once again brilliant characterisation. Quite hard to follow in places but worth a read.
4. Ian Irvine - Nish, a cracking character who first appears in The Geomancer, The Well of Echoes Novels. Ian has created several really good characters. A master of creation!
5. Terry Goodkind. The Sword of Truth series are cracking reads. No one character leaps out though. I liked the first few books but struggled with Soul of the Fire. It's worth reading up to that point and/or omitting that book.
6. Weiss and Hickmann - Raistlin is my favourite character and the Time of the Twins novels my favourite series. This is the original Dungeons and Dragons story for me. Time travel is dealt with brilliantly and is quite spooky in its way.
7. J K Rowling - Harry Potter books. Many really good characters! Luna Lovegrove has to be high on the list! Excellent books leading to a really good ending. Perhaps should be higher on my list? For a while I didn't consider this fantasy as it's a novel in its own right.
8. Edgar Rice Burroughs - Mars series. Nostalgic value for me as this was my first read.
9. David Gemmell - Druss is my favourite character in the Legend of Druss. Well worth a read. Other books by this author are good but some less so. The Greek series was poor.
10. Joe Abercrombe - The Blade Itself and in particular Glokta. One of the best characters for a while. Very readable books but a little meandering with a long build up in the plot. Excellent for those that like politics in a fantasy novel. This is full of intrigue.
11. Michael Moorcock - He has written many good books, my favourite character were Elric, Hawkmoon and Corum. I really liked the Eternal Champion concept, bring several heroes together for one epic battle. Jerry Cornelious series based at the end of time is a good read as well.
12. Robin Hobb and the Farseer and Tawny Man Trilogies were excellent. I found the Mad Ship series was very difficult to get into.
13 Stan Nicholls, Orcs. Quite a brutal tale.
14. Raymond Feist and Magician and Talon of the Silver Hawk. I far preferred Magician and if all his novels were of this standard he would have been higher on my list. Magician is a seriously good read.
15. James Clemens - The Wit'ch Fire series. I need to reread this series. I don't remember much from it which may be a bad sign.
16. Robert Jordan - Wheel of Time series. Book 9 was a stinker. Nothing really happened and it was so bad I gave up on the series. I have since read book 11, having been persuaded to continue and again found much of the story to be too slow. Book 12 (by another author) is starting to look promising. this was a cracking series to start with and books 1-3 were really good. such a shame.
14. Donald Stephenson - Thomas Covenant series. the first 3 books were very unusual and brilliant. The second trilogy was OK, but after that the books were poor.
15. Elle Casey - War of the Fae. Only read book 1 to date but I was impressed. Some discrepancies in the tale I would like to understand and I have written to Elle to ask. didn't detract from the enjoyment and book 2 may explain.
16. Markus Heitz - Dwarves. OK - be patient. I almost gave up and could have skipped the first 100 pages or so but it certainly improves and is a very good read (eventually).



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7 years 2 months ago #2

There are lots of good fantasy books and series out there on the market. It's actually amazing how many good new books have been published during the last ten years. Many of these books have become favourites of mine.

The most important fantasy trilogy for me is definitely J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. I've read it a few times and I still love it. I also like Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Silmarillion.

(At this moment I'm a bit busy, but I'll try to gather a list of good fantasy books and series that are worth reading.)


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Now that I have more time, here's a list of my favourite fantasy books and series. (Please note that this isn't a complete list of my favourite fantasy books and series.)

George R. R. Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire .

Steven Erikson: The Malazan Book of the Fallen .

R. Scott Bakker: The Prince of Nothing and The Aspect-Emperor .

Ursula K. Le Guin: Earthsea .

Zachary Jernigan: No Return . (This book is actually science fantasy, but I had to mention it here, because it's one of the best science fantasy books I've ever read. The story is excellent and the characters are wonderfully realistic.)

Robin Hobb: Realm of the Elderlings books and The Soldier Son Trilogy . (I've been a big fan of Robin Hobb ever since I read Assassin's Apprentice. She writes excellent fantasy for adults.)

Bradley P. Beaulieu: The Lays of Anuskaya . (The Lays of Anuskaya is one of the most complex and ambitious new fantasy trilogies.)

Greg Keyes: The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone .

Courtney Schafer: The Shattered Sigil . (The Shattered Sigil is one of the best new fantasy trilogies.)

Anthony Huso: The Last Page duology. (I have to mention that I like this duology very much, because the author has managed to combine several different elements from epic fantasy to new weirdish fantasy in a perfect way.)

David Anthony Durham: Acacia Trilogy .

Ken Scholes: The Psalms of Isaak .

Helen Lowe: The Wall of Night . (The Wall of Night is one of the best new fantasy series, because it's an entertaining, complex, well constructed and beautifully written fantasy series.)

Brian Ruckley: The Godless World .

Daniel Abraham: The Long Price Quartet and The Dagger and the Coin .

Mark Lawrence: The Broken Empire . (The Broken Empire is one of the best fantasy trilogies ever written, because the story grabs hold of you and won't let go until you've reached the last page.)

Joe Abercrombie: The First Law Trilogy , Best Served Cold , The Heroes and Red Country .

Felix Gilman: The Ararat Books .

Glen Cook: The Black Company .

Sean Russell: Moontide and Magic Rise , The River into Darkness and The Swans' War .

Blake Charlton: The Spellwright Trilogy . (The Spellwright Trilogy is a fascinating and well written fantasy trilogy. The author has created a delightfully original magic system.)

C. S. Friedman: The Coldfire Trilogy and The Magister Trilogy .

Martha Wells: Ile-Rien , The Fall of Ile-Rien and Books of the Raksura . (Martha Wells has been one of my favourite authors for a long time, because she writes fresh, original and fascinating fantasy books.)

Mark Charan Newton: Legends of the Red Sun .

Kate Elliott: Crown of Stars , Crossroads and The Spiritwalker Trilogy .

L. E. Modesitt, Jr.: Saga of Recluce .

C. J. Cherryh: The Russian Stories and The Dreaming Tree . (I like C. J. Cherryh's fantasy books very much, because they're beautifully written books.)

Tad Williams: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn and Shadowmarch .

Robert Jordan: The Wheel of Time .

Karen Azinger: The Silk & Steel Saga . (This fantasy series is shamelessly entertaining and full of action, magic and intrigue. The author writes fascinatingly about the fight between good and evil.)

J. V. Jones: Sword of Shadows .

Carol Berg: The Rai-Kirah , The Bridge of D'Arnath , The Lighthouse Duet and Novels of the Collegia Magica .

Lynn Flewelling: Nightrunner and Tamír Triad . (I'm a big fan of Lynn Flewelling, because she writes fascinating and delightfully dark fantasy books.)

Robert Newcomb: The Chronicles of Blood and Stone and The Destinies of Blood and Stone . (I know that these two trilogies have a few problems with the quality, but they're surprisingly enjoyable trilogies.)

Terry Goodkind: The Sword of Truth . (I enjoyed reading the first six books, but I didn't like the later books, because the quality dropped radically after the sixth book.)


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7 years 2 months ago #4

Wow, surprisingly different list and nice thing is many of these I haven't read. That gives me a good list to select from so thanks Seregil.

When I started reading fantasy there was only really Tolkien and Stephen Donaldson (Thomas Covenant series). I should add him to my list. You are right and there are some good books now but still nothing compares to Tolkien.



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You're welcome. I hope you find something interesting to read.

Thanks for mentioning Stephen Donaldson. I intended to mention him on my list, but I forgot to add him.

Another author that I forgot to mention is Dennis L. McKiernan. His Mithgar series is good and entertaining fantasy (the first Mithgar books are similar to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, but the later books are more original).

I think that most of us have started reading fantasy by reading J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen Donaldson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Raymond E. Feist, David Eddings and/or Terry Brooks.


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7 years 2 months ago #6

Tolkein's Lord of the Rings. The silmarillion material doesn't work for me.

Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series.

Jack Vance's Dying Earth, although the books really don't have that much to do with each other.

An oldie I read as a teenager and enjoyed, although I don't know how it would stand up now--Andre Norton's Witch World.


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I think that most of us have started reading fantasy by reading J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen Donaldson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Raymond E. Feist, David Eddings and/or Terry Brooks.


I've read maybe a third of the hobbit, probably less. And this was maybe five years ago. Never read any of the others. I went through a lot of strange stuff as a teenager, Shakespeare, fairytale books, Narnia, philosophy etc. I think what made me firmly decide I liked fantasy books was Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. I now own most of them.

I tend towards either comic fantasy, light fantasy or urban fantasy so far. I haven't read any traditional epic fantasy or high fantasy stuff. But considering I read a metric ton of harlequin novels when I was younger, my taste runs on the eccentric side.

Currently my favorites are:
  • Terry Pratchett - Anything
  • Jim Buther - Dresden Files series, urban fantasy
  • Molly Harper - Jane Jameson series, vampire fluff
  • Gail Carriger- Soulless series, steampunk and supernatural

My unread book pile is growing and does have some classics like The Hobbit, Golden Compass and American Gods mixed in with the Betsy; Queen of the Dead, Artemis Fowl, The Chronicles of Narnia etc.


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