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Offline Sean Cunningham

Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
« Reply #60 on: July 22, 2014, 10:35:14 PM »
Codex Alera by Jim Butcher
The Black Company by Glen Cook
The Empire Trilogy by Raymond E Feist and Janny Wurts - rereading this at the moment for the first time in many years. I didn't appreciate it enough when I was a teenager.
Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
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Offline isos81

Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
« Reply #61 on: June 09, 2020, 06:56:34 AM »
Here is my list in no particular order although it seems so :)

   1) Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
   2) Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
   3) First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
   4) The Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence
   5) Lightbringer by Brent Weeks
   6) The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett
   7) The Gentlemen Bastards by Scott Lynch

And my childhood besties as honorable mentions:

   1) LotR by JRR Tolkien
   2) The Dark Elf Trilogy by Salvatore
   3) Belgariad by David Eddings
   4) Harry Potter by JK Rowling.
Kallor shrugged. 'I've walked this land when the T'lan Imass were but children. I've commanded armies a hundred thousand strong. I've spread the fire of my wrath across entire continents, and sat alone upon tall thrones. Do you grasp the meaning of this?'

'Yes' said Caladan Brood. 'You never learn'

Offline S. K. Inkslinger

Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
« Reply #62 on: June 09, 2020, 09:41:37 AM »
Well my favorites would probably be:

1. Stormlight Archives
2. Kingkiller Chronicles
3. Gentleman Bastards
4. The Band (by Nichalas Eames)
5. Broken Empire
6. Mistborn Era 1 and 2
7. Harry Potter
8. LOTR
9. The Reckoners (by Brandon Sanderson)
10. Impossible Times (by Mark Lawrence)
11. Dresden Files
12. The Dark Tower

Offline cupiscent

Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
« Reply #63 on: June 09, 2020, 12:50:47 PM »
In no particular order:

* KJ Parker's Scavenger trilogy (overall Engineers is probably better, but Shadow is such a zinger)
* NK Jemisin's Dreamblood duology (just so different and beautifully written)
* Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastard series (more fun than kids our age should be having)
* Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle (I'm calling it fantasy, I don't care)
* Amanda Downum's Necromancer Chronicles (for great characters and great diversity)
* Daniel Abraham's The Dagger and the Coin (I am regularly outraged by how good this series is - and his Long Price Quartet was amazing as well)

Series I am watching with tremendous anticipation
* Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence
* Brian McClellan's Powder Mage trilogy
(Abraham should probably be under here, but the first three books were SO GOOD that he snuck up a category)

Oh, me of six years ago... how Brian McClellan is going to disappoint you. But Max Gladstone is a WINNER.

Making the list from scratch now, I'd probably say:
* Scott Lynch's Gentlemen Bastard series (though its ongoing unfinished state saddens me)
* Daniel Abraham's The Dagger and the Coin
* Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy
* Max Gladstone's Craft sequence

I am going to be thinking for days about KJ Parker's Scavenger trilogy vs Two of Swords. Both have weaknesses, but oh, what strengths.

I had to think seriously about:
* Robert Jackson Bennett's Divine Cities (they are each magnificent books, but I am just not quiiite sure on "favourite series")
* Daniel Polansky's Lowtown trilogy (two and three are so damn good, but the first lets it down)
* K Arsenault Rivera's Their Bright Ascendancy trilogy (the first is magnificent, the overall is great, I don't know about "favourite")

Watching with great interest to see how the series develops:
* AK Larkwood's Serpent Gates (first book: The Unspoken Name)
* Seth Dickinson's Masquerade/Baru Cormorant trilogy (I hope he's doing ok, his last tweet in January was about checking himself into a psych ward :( )
* SC Emmett's Hostage of Empire (first book: Throne of the Five Winds)
* Tamsyn Muir's Locked Tomb (bring on Harrow the Ninth, I am aquiver with anticipation!)

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Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
« Reply #64 on: June 09, 2020, 03:03:37 PM »

* Tamsyn Muir's Locked Tomb (bring on Harrow the Ninth, I am aquiver with anticipation!)

If you havent realized, Act One is available for free now.

https://publishing.tor.com/harrowtheninthactone-tamsynmuir/9781250774385/
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Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
« Reply #65 on: June 09, 2020, 03:22:46 PM »
1. Malazan Books by Steven Erikson / IC Esselmont
2. Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
3. Riyria Revelations by Michael J Sullivan
4. Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
5. Kingkiller by Patrick Rothfuss
6. Paternus Trilogy by Dyrk Ashton
7. Eli Monpress by Rachel Aaron
8. Druss/Waylander/Skilgannon/Jon Shannow books by David Gemmell
9. Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
10. Harry Potter by JK Rowling
11. Farseer (Fitz books only) by Robin Hobb
12. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
13. Divine Cities by RJ Bennett
14. First Law by Joe Abercrombie
15. Black Company by Glen Cook
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Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
« Reply #66 on: June 09, 2020, 04:12:58 PM »
6 years ago:
This is very difficult (like choosing your favourite child, I assume)...

At the moment these are a few of mine (maybe they'll change), in no particular order:

* Broken Empire, Mark Lawrence
* Chronicles of a Cosmic Warlord, A.J. Dalton
* Night Angel, Brent Weeks
* Glass Book of the Dream Eaters, G.W. Dahlquist
* Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson
* Twilight Reign, Tom Lloyd

Now:
* Broken Empire, Mark Lawrence
* Realm of the Elderlings, Robin Hobb
* Malazan, Steven Erikson
* The Faithful and the Faller, John Gwynne
* Long Price Quartet, Daniel Abraham
* The Broken Earth, N.K. Jemisin
* Copper Cat, Jen Williams
* Twilight Reign, Tom Lloyd

and I could say a few more...
(gosh, I want to re-read!)
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Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
« Reply #67 on: June 09, 2020, 05:26:48 PM »
1. Discworld by Sir Terry Pratchett

Then in no particular order

Rigante Series by David Gemmell
Deverry Cycle by Katherine Kerr
Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
Drenai Series by David Gemmell
Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay

And that's it, I think. Considered Fire Stealers by Bryan Wigmore, Wounded Kingdoms by RJ Barker, Dominions of the Fallen by Aliette de Bodard and the Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone but they don't have that relived burned down to the bone love I have for the above. Considered Lord of the Rings, The Wheel of Time, The Serpentwar Saga and The Empire Trilogy but think's just a distinct gap between them and the list. I considered having the last three on the list down here but... I dunno, I think up there they belong.


* Seth Dickinson's Masquerade/Baru Cormorant trilogy (I hope he's doing ok, his last tweet in January was about checking himself into a psych ward :( )
* SC Emmett's Hostage of Empire (first book: Throne of the Five Winds)

Oh wow. That's very sad about Dickinson and I hope, both selfishly and unselfishly, things shake out for him there. Also, at the risk of sounding... ghoulish? stereotyping? His books had a sort of intensity and ruthless clarity that make me slightly unsurprised he's having mental health issues; like he's the sort of guy who might draw far too much on himself, and who maybe sees the world with more pain than many of us to do to begin with. If that makes sense.

Also, have you seen this on his website - https://www.sethdickinson.com/2015/11/24/the-secret-design-of-the-traitor-baru-cormorant/ - very cool article. And reminds me that Tain Hu was bad to the bone.

Also, who's this SC Emmett and what's their gig (because basically anytime you mention an author I don't know who's not explicitly YA I get excited)?


edit: p.s. @ScarletBea - What's Tom Lloyd like? I remember reading one of his books, finding it alright and never pursuing. Now I'm curious.
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Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
« Reply #68 on: June 09, 2020, 05:44:16 PM »
The Dagger and the Coin - Daniel Abraham (5 books)
The Song of the Shattered Sands - Bradley Beaulieu (4/6 books published)
The Drenai Saga - David Gemmell (13 books)
Powder Mage Trilogy - Brian McClellan (3 books)
Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3 books)
Shadows of the Apt - Adrian Tchaikovsky (10 books)
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Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
« Reply #69 on: June 09, 2020, 06:11:20 PM »
edit: p.s. @ScarletBea - What's Tom Lloyd like? I remember reading one of his books, finding it alright and never pursuing. Now I'm curious.
I really like his first series, but the seond one was just ok and I only read book 1 of the last one.
Which book did you read?

That first series starts quite 'normal', but soon becomes very epic, and when I started reading Malazan later I found many similarities.
I say epic but book 2 (I think) is set just in one city and is super-claustrophobic, with a ton of things happening! In a later book there's a journey to the underworld, feeling very 'paradise lost'.

However, I've read the series back in 2012, and that's also why I said I wanted to re-read, I wonder if it will still hold to the image I've got in my mind...
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Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
« Reply #70 on: June 09, 2020, 06:30:03 PM »
edit: p.s. @ScarletBea - What's Tom Lloyd like? I remember reading one of his books, finding it alright and never pursuing. Now I'm curious.
I really like his first series, but the seond one was just ok and I only read book 1 of the last one.
Which book did you read?

That first series starts quite 'normal', but soon becomes very epic, and when I started reading Malazan later I found many similarities.
I say epic but book 2 (I think) is set just in one city and is super-claustrophobic, with a ton of things happening!
However, I've read the series back in 2012, and that's also why I said I wanted to re-read, I wonder if it will still hold to the image I've got in my mind...

Stranger of Tempests - book one of his most recent series.

I might have a look at the first series.
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Re: Favorite Fantasy Series
« Reply #71 on: June 10, 2020, 12:45:42 AM »
* Tamsyn Muir's Locked Tomb (bring on Harrow the Ninth, I am aquiver with anticipation!)
If you havent realized, Act One is available for free now.

https://publishing.tor.com/harrowtheninthactone-tamsynmuir/9781250774385/
I usually don't dip into samples unless I want to test out an author's style and see if I'm interested - I really can't do it for books I'm anticipating because hitting the end of the sample and not being able to read on is brutal. :)

Also, who's this SC Emmett and what's their gig (because basically anytime you mention an author I don't know who's not explicitly YA I get excited)?
I'm laughing because @Eclipse and I were going on about this quite a bit earlier in the year. :D SC Emmett is a pseudonym for Lilith Saintcrow, writing more epic-political-historical-fantasy than her usual historical-gaslamp-fantasy style. Throne is an Asian analogue focusing on intricate court politics. It's kind of Raise the Red Lantern meets The Empire Trilogy with a dash of Game of Thrones - lots more ruthless poetry over ceremonial tea than stabbing with swords. I subjectively love it so much that I am completely incapable of giving an objective opinion, but I will note that Saintcrow/Emmett has a quite florid style that might not work for everyone, so perhaps try before you buy.

BTW that Seth Dickinson article was fantastic, thank you; a really great example of what you were saying about intensity, the sort that I suspect cannot come alongside tranquility.