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Offline Idlewilder

Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« on: June 09, 2012, 09:34:50 PM »
So I'm sure this sort of topic has been done before. Maybe it's been done to death. Everyone has heard of The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. But as the site seems to be getting lots of new members (me included!) I thought it might be a good idea to list some of the absolute best fantasy books out there. Books you think that newbies and veterans of fantasy should read at some point in there life! It can be a little daunting to trawl through threads looking for advice on what to read, so this could be a good one-stop place for every book suggestion.

I suggest giving 5 books each. Not necessarily your top 5 fantasy novels, but rather 5 that haven't been brought up on the thread before. To keep things fresh.

Hopefully this could become a permanent fixture at the top of this part of the forum. It would be a permanently (and ever evolving) thread for everyone to dip into when looking for something new to read! I suggest for now we limit each person's choices to just 5. Barring this post it would be a nice quick way to dip in and look for something new to read. So I will start with some of the more obvious ones, though there are glaring ommissions which I'm sure someone else will fill in (and another more low key entry which I think is fantastic):

1. A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin (Ongoing series title - 'A Song of Ice and Fire')
2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (Series - 'Kingkiller Chronicle')
3. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (Series - 'The Gentlemen Bastards')
4. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie (Series - 'The First Law Trilogy')
5. Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan (Series - 'The Riyria Revelations')


Hope this works, and helps.  :)
« Last Edit: June 09, 2012, 09:46:55 PM by Idlewilder »
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Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2012, 09:41:48 PM »
First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
Farseer/Tawny Man trilogies by Robin Hobb
Demon Cycle by Peter V Brett
Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks
The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence

Although i have to say, some of these (Abercrombie & Lawrence) are probably darker than i would label "for everyone" .... So they are what i would recommend for everyone into darker/grittier fantasy.
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Offline RobJHayes

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2012, 09:53:12 PM »
Problem with Fantasy books is they tend to be part of a series so...

Night Angel trilogy by Brent Weeks
Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding
The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle
The Left Hand of God by Paul Hoffman
The Liveship Traders trilogy by Robin Hobb
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Offline Funky Scarecrow

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2012, 10:27:30 PM »
Hmm, let's see; assuming Tolkien has already been read, then the following...

Swords Against Deviltry, by Fritz Leiber
The Stealer of Souls, by Michael Moorcock
Lord Foul's Bane, by Stephen Donaldson
Mythago Wood, by Robert Holdstock
The Dying Earth, by Jack Vance
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Offline Pheonecia

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2012, 10:42:40 PM »
Still a fairly new reader myself to Fantasy but I would definitely recommend the following:

Among Thieves - Douglas Hulick
Night Angel Trilogy - Brent Weeks
The Magician - Raymond. E. Feist
The Mistborn Trilogy - Brandon Sanderson
The farseer Trilogy - Robin Hobb


Offline Nyki Blatchley

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2012, 11:07:06 PM »
I'll leave those who know better to recommend the modern books and recommend some classics (although Funky Scarecrow's beaten me to a couple that would be on my list):

The Well at the World's End - William Morris
The King of Elfland's Daughter - Lord Dunsany
Jurgen - James Branch Cabell
any Conan book - Robert E Howard
Gormenghast Trilogy - Mervyn Peake

Offline TheGreyPilgrim

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2012, 08:17:52 PM »
Like Nyki, I'm going to recommend some classics that I think represent fantasy at its best:

The Chronicles of Amber - Roger Zelazny
The Riftwar Saga - Raymond E. Feist
The Dragonriders of Pern - Anne McCaffrey
The Lankhmar series - Fritz Lieber
The Earthsea quartet - Ursula Le Guin
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Offline nani

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2012, 08:43:46 PM »
So I'm sure this sort of topic has been done before. Maybe it's been done to death. Everyone has heard of The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. But as the site seems to be getting lots of new members (me included!) I thought it might be a good idea to list some of the absolute best fantasy books out there. Books you think that newbies and veterans of fantasy should read at some point in there life! It can be a little daunting to trawl through threads looking for advice on what to read, so this could be a good one-stop place for every book suggestion.



I think its a very nice suggestion. The first place i come to select my next book is this forum and this thread will be a lot helpfull.
Im adding a few which others have left out.

Memory,sorrow and thorn.
Black magician trilogy.
American gods
Thraxas novels
Most of guy gavriel kay's.

Offline Pablo

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2012, 11:42:53 PM »
The Demon Cycle books aren't here since "Arry" beat me to them. ;) Btw, I'm surprised no one mentioned Robert Jordan before! :O

 It's written like this: "Book 1" ("Series"), Author

 - "The Golden Compass" ("His Dark Materials"), Philip Pullman
 - "The Eye of the World" ("The Wheel of Time"), Robert Jordan
 - "The Way of Kings" ("The Stormlight Archive"), Brandon Sanderson
 - "Lord of Snow and Shadows" ("The Tears of Artamon"), Sarah Ash
 - "Diamond Sword, Wooden Sword" ("Keeper of the Swords"), Nick Perumov

There you go!

Offline Francis Knight

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2012, 01:25:02 AM »
Depends on what sort of fantasy..


Sandman Slim < -- read this. Now.

Rivers of London etc
Chronicles of Morgaine (old school fantasy but different even thirty years ago)
Discworld (duh)

Hmm only four...

All the Conans
Dresden
I am enjoying Benedicts Jacka's fated/ Cursed etc.

I will ofc remember others as soon as I post this.


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Offline Tim Ward

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2012, 03:21:06 AM »
I second the recommendation for The Riyria Revelations by Michael Sullivan. As for Urban Fantasy, Mike Shevdon's Courts of the Feyre series is really good (Sixty One Nails is book one). I got started with Fantasy by reading Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis. Reading it now is a little hard with all the telling and adverbs (times have changed), but if you have a middle school kid that you'd like to find an introductory book into fantasy, that one would probably work nicely.
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Offline professorbeej

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2012, 03:36:44 PM »
Man, this thread has made me realize how far behind in terms of fantasy I am. Maybe I've been focusing too much on horror and sci-fi lately.

Anyway, my top recs are pretty simple.

The Misborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
The Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

and even though it just started, Myke Cole's Shadow Ops: Control Point was fantastic. I hope the rest of the trilogy keeps up with the debut.

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Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2012, 12:34:25 AM »
I'll throw Dave Duncan's A Man of His Word series in there and Katherine Neville's The Eight. I also highly recommend Tad Williams The War of the Flowers, but not everyone falls as head over heels in love with that as I do. Clive Barker's Weaveworld is also a must read.
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Offline Gothos

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2012, 09:46:00 AM »
There are so many, but for me personally I'd have to just pick three to begin with:

Gene Wolfe - The Shadow of the Torturer (The Book of the New Sun)

Steven Erikson - Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen)

Brandon Sanderson - The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive)
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Offline Wizard Police

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2012, 10:45:25 AM »
The Black Company by Glen Cook

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