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Overlord's 2011 Reading List - (any thing to add?)
« on: March 04, 2011, 07:58:08 PM »
I set myself a challenge to read 50 of the top fantasy books this year...
I set this list up purposely so I could read 'The Best' of Fantasy... let me know what I need to add ;)

Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
Jhereg Chronicles - Steven Brust (3 Books)
Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson (3 Books)
Malazan - Steven Erikson (5 books)
Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan (5 books)
A Song of Fire and Ice - G.R.R. Martin (5 books)
Gormenghast Trilogy - Mervyn Peake (3 Books)
Legend - David Gemmell
LotR - J.R.R. Tolkien (3 Books)
Magician - Raymond E. Feist (2 Books)
A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin (4 Books)
Neverwhere - Neil Gaimon
Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett
The Farseer - Robin Hobb (3 Books)
The Cold Fire Trilogy - C.S. Friedman (3 Books)
Elric of Melinbone - Michael Moorcock
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Re: Overlord's 2011 Reading List - (any thing to add?)
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2011, 08:21:11 PM »
Malazan, Wheel of Time & Riftwar (Magician) are all much longer series than that... are you just sampling them? :)

I'd suggest anything in the Gollancz Fantasy masterworks series. They're cheap, they're very good & I've learned loads from reading them. Also, Perdido Street Station. Just because.

In 2009, I tried to do an "essentials" list - I'm a little embarrassed upon revisiting it. I may have to do a follow-up later this year:

http://www.pornokitsch.com/2009/10/massive-lists-fantasy-primer.html

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Re: Overlord's 2011 Reading List - (any thing to add?)
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2011, 09:27:46 PM »
The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny
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Re: Overlord's 2011 Reading List - (any thing to add?)
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2011, 10:59:36 PM »
If you haven't read it already, I'd add Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock as well. Hugely influential on the slightly different direction that British fantasy took to American.
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Offline Douglas Hulick

Re: Overlord's 2011 Reading List - (any thing to add?)
« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2011, 12:24:48 AM »
I'll echo Zelazny's "Chronicles of Amber" series.

Also, off the top of my head:

I also recommend Brust's "The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars" as a stand-alone, non-Vlad book.
Glen Cook's original "Black Company" trilogy
Barry Hughart's "Bridge of Birds"
Gene Wolfe's "Book of the New Sun" series (though it straddles SF, if it matters)
Sean Stewart, either "Galveston" or "The Night Watch" -- much more contemplative fantasy
and, if you feel like a bit of meat, Mary Gentle's "Book of Ash" series
(I was going to mention Robin Hobb's "Farseer", but you already have that on our list)

I'm sure there are plenty of others I'm forgetting, of course.

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Re: Overlord's 2011 Reading List - (any thing to add?)
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2011, 12:42:07 AM »
In fantasy, Wolfe's Wizard, Knight rather than New Sun.
I'd also add Lieber's Lankhmar stories as essential classics
(and there are five books in the earthsea series)

Other ideas for variety:
The Last Unicorn, Peter S Beagle
The Drawing of the Dark, by Tim Powers
The Once and Future King, T H White

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Re: Overlord's 2011 Reading List - (any thing to add?)
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2011, 01:40:54 AM »
I'm glad to see Gormenghast on your list.  It's underrated or just off of most people's radar.
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Re: Overlord's 2011 Reading List - (any thing to add?)
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2011, 04:29:34 AM »
In regards to the larger series - I decided to read between 3-5 of each series during the year rather than get stuck and reading 10 or so of them ;)

Thanks for all the suggestions - gonna be a fantastic list... Keep them coming! :D
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Offline ChristinaJL

Re: Overlord's 2011 Reading List - (any thing to add?)
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2011, 10:56:54 AM »
I'd also like to suggest Joe Abercrombie's trilogy, but I believe you're reading the Blade Itself already?  Also, how about reading Mark Charan Newton's Nights of Villjamur if you like imaginative fantasy and an interesting story, I really loved that one and am eagerly awaiting the paperback version of the next one in the series.   ;D 

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Re: Overlord's 2011 Reading List - (any thing to add?)
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2011, 11:02:33 AM »
PS - just been looking at my goodreads stuff so here's some more if you have room on your list!!:-

Long Price Quartet - Daniel Abraham
Spellwright - Blake Charlton
Shadow of the Apt series - Adrian Tchaikovsky
Some Jim Butcher is also on my list, can't decide whether the codex series or the dresden one first   :D

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Re: Overlord's 2011 Reading List - (any thing to add?)
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2011, 11:31:19 AM »
If you like Farseer by Robin Hobb, you should check out her Liveship Traders trilogy.

I also enjoyed The Child Thief by Brom (re-telling of Peter Pan). Aside from a good story, the hardback contains some great artwork.
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Re: Overlord's 2011 Reading List - (any thing to add?)
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2011, 02:21:06 PM »
His dark materials by phillip pullman, jonathan strange and mr Norrell by suzanne clarke and dont forgot conan the barbarian and the Hobbit. Also dont neglect short stories. Read the legends collections which featured tales by the likes of martin, Feist, Hobb and jordan
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Re: Overlord's 2011 Reading List - (any thing to add?)
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2011, 03:46:13 PM »
Agreed with the_hound. Definitely check out Philip Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy. Lies of Locke Lamora too if you haven't read that yet.

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« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2011, 06:16:55 PM »
His dark materials by phillip pullman, jonathan strange and mr Norrell by suzanne clarke and dont forgot conan the barbarian and the Hobbit. Also dont neglect short stories. Read the legends collections which featured tales by the likes of martin, Feist, Hobb and jordan

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Re: Overlord's 2011 Reading List - (any thing to add?)
« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2011, 07:02:59 PM »
In fantasy, Wolfe's Wizard, Knight rather than New Sun.
I'd also add Lieber's Lankhmar stories as essential classics
(and there are five books in the earthsea series)

Other ideas for variety:
The Last Unicorn, Peter S Beagle
The Drawing of the Dark, by Tim Powers
The Once and Future King, T H White

I was going to say The Last Unicorn. :)  Good story and very different as the main character is the unicorn.

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