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Offline Bahl

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2012, 11:42:19 AM »
Well, firstly, Lord of The Rings - can be bought as a single book
Legend by Gemmel, magician by Feist or any Eddings. Get at least one classic under your belt.

Malazan book of the Fallen by Erikson - Gardens of the Moon, or my favourite, Toll the Hounds. Or all of them, since "book" is in all their titles
Wheel of Time by Jordan - Eye of the World. Some may not like him, but come on, everybody knows him and he's awesome.
Discworld by Pratchett. Again, any one, but I prefer the city watch books or Rincewind.

That should give anyone a good idea about fantasy.
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Offline Carl

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2012, 11:44:50 AM »
5 that haven't been mentioned yet:

Thieves World series by Robert Aspirin et al
Godstalk by PC Hodgell
Goblin Series by Jaq D Hawkins
Four Lords of the Diamond by Jack Chaulker
Amber series by Roger Zelazny

Offline AmrothDin

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #17 on: June 19, 2012, 08:17:47 AM »
I'm more into the dark, backstabby kind of fantasy so books I think are worth reading are:

A Song of Ice and Fire by GRRM
The First Law by Joe Abercrombie
The Gentleman Bastard by Lynch

Other than those, the Lord of the Rings is an obvious choice for any avid fantasy reader who hasn't read them yet. Plus the Wheel of Time by Jordan/Sanderson, and the Discworld novels by Pratchett. Among more recent releases I think Throne of the Crescent Moon stands out as a fastpaced, intelligent novel.

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Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #18 on: June 19, 2012, 01:06:56 PM »
My twopenny's 'orth...

Hobbit - Tolkien
Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson
Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
Game of Thrones - George R R Martin
Eye of the World - Robert Jordan
Ship of Magic - Robin Hobb

The more observant of you may notice I've chosen six - but that's only because these cover the full range of fantasy out there. Classic, high, low, epic, character and action-driven with a good mix of the magic you'd find.
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Offline naugem

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #19 on: June 19, 2012, 04:14:37 PM »
The Black Company by Glen Cook
The Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb
Conan (any of the stories) by Robert E. Howard
The Gilded Chain by Dave Duncan

Offline AnneLyle

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #20 on: June 19, 2012, 07:16:30 PM »
I second many of the above (though there are others I wouldn't touch with a barge-pole...), so to avoid repetition:

* Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
* The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
* The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling
* The Sword of Albion by Mark Chadbourn
* The Long Price Quartet by Daniel Abraham

None of these are traditional epic fantasy, so go into them expecting something a little bit different :)
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Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #21 on: June 19, 2012, 08:50:13 PM »
Is there a fantasy book that everyone MUST read?  There are books I just adore, but other people including fantasy fans (even on this very forum) dislike. 

And even the very best books still have their flaws.  Is it worth recommending a Song of Ice and Fire when there is no guarantee at all that it will ever be finished?  Lord of the Rings - when it can be a little dated with its simplistic morality (Good v Evil) and lack of strong female characters?  The 6 Duchies/ Rainwild series when it can be a little too naval gazing?
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Offline AnneLyle

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #22 on: June 19, 2012, 09:00:58 PM »
I agree - there's no "one size fits all" must-reads. There are some, such as Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire that you should probably have a passing acquaintance with if you have any pretentions to "know" the fantasy genre, but even then, if they're not your cup of tea, I don't see the point in forcing yourself to read them. Otherwise they become like all those 19th-century classics that I hated so much in English Literature.

However I think this thread has warped (forgive the pun) into more of a "recommended" list from which readers can select the titles that suit their tastes.
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Offline Idlewilder

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #23 on: June 19, 2012, 09:07:28 PM »
 
Is there a fantasy book that everyone MUST read?  There are books I just adore, but other people including fantasy fans (even on this very forum) dislike. 

And even the very best books still have their flaws.  Is it worth recommending a Song of Ice and Fire when there is no guarantee at all that it will ever be finished?  Lord of the Rings - when it can be a little dated with its simplistic morality (Good v Evil) and lack of strong female characters?  The 6 Duchies/ Rainwild series when it can be a little too naval gazing?

Although in hindsight the thread title might not have been the best one I could have chosen, the sentiment of the original post was to list 5 books which you thought were absolute classics of the genre that you would recommend to anyone looking to get into fantasy (or just even further in).

At the end of the day, this thread is just meant to be a way of compiling a helpful list of fantasy books which the helpful people of this forum feel are up there with the very best. Each persons top 5 books is based on opinion, not fact (and always will be). I just found it a little odd that a thread of this nature had not been set up already.


However I think this thread has warped (forgive the pun) into more of a "recommended" list from which readers can select the titles that suit their tastes.


I agree that the thread has somehow gone a bit off topic to be more of a compilation of recommendations, but as to the last point - I think that even if this thread had continued on topic readers would still pick choices to suit their tastes, regardless.
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Offline Carl

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #24 on: June 25, 2012, 11:13:09 AM »
I'm more into the dark, backstabby kind of fantasy so books I think are worth reading are:


The Dark Lord's Handbook by Paul Dale

Offline Nyki Blatchley

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #25 on: June 25, 2012, 03:07:12 PM »
However I think this thread has warped (forgive the pun) into more of a "recommended" list from which readers can select the titles that suit their tastes.

I had to read that twice to get the pun 8)

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Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #26 on: June 25, 2012, 03:38:25 PM »
Is there a fantasy book that everyone MUST read?  There are books I just adore, but other people including fantasy fans (even on this very forum) dislike. 

And even the very best books still have their flaws.  Is it worth recommending a Song of Ice and Fire when there is no guarantee at all that it will ever be finished?  Lord of the Rings - when it can be a little dated with its simplistic morality (Good v Evil) and lack of strong female characters?  The 6 Duchies/ Rainwild series when it can be a little too naval gazing?

Agreed, which is why I chose to believe "read" did nor suggest "finish" and selected books that represented the range available.

Also, 6 Duchies/ Rainwild didn't spend that much time talking about the liveships...
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Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #27 on: June 26, 2012, 12:04:11 AM »
I'm actually working my way through a book called 100 Must-Read Fantasy Novels, I don't agree with all their choices, but it's certainly giving me an education in the genre. 
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Offline Wizard Police

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #28 on: June 26, 2012, 10:29:20 AM »
Is it the same as this list? I can tolerate that they have a Harry Potter book at tops, but I would burn that book if I saw Twilight in top 8 of anything "best of fantasy" related.

http://www.fantasybooksandmovies.com/best-fantasy-books.html

Offline Nyki Blatchley

Re: Fantasy Books Everyone Should Read
« Reply #29 on: June 26, 2012, 03:05:00 PM »
OK, they list Eragon and Twilight, but not a mention of Morris, Dunsany, Cabell, Eddison, Howard, Leiber, Vance, Peake or Moorcock.  I think that says just about everything.  Whoever compiled this clearly doesn't know much about the genre.

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