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Re: Which twenty fantasy books from 2010 to 2020 should I and everybody read?
« Reply #15 on: November 29, 2020, 04:36:18 AM »
It's quite an ask there @eclipse, and I'm sure I'll miss more than a few, but I'll try and do it using 2 a year. This is also my own personal taste, so some forum favourites will miss out.

2010: I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron
Both of these are parts of series, I Shall Wear Midnight is one of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels and fits into the sub series of the Tiffany Aching books.
The Spirit Thief is the first of Rachel Aaron's 5 Eli Monpress books.

2011: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Rivers of London is the first of Ben Aaronovitch's Peter Grant series.
The Night Circus is that increasingly rare beast in fantasy; a standalone novel.

2012: Shadow Ops: Control Point by Myke Cole
Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
Control Point is the opener of Cole's Shadow Ops series.
Blackbirds is the first of Wendig's fabulous Miriam Black series.

2013: Poison by Sarah Pinborough
Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
Poison is the first in a delightfully nasty retelling of some classic fairytales.
Republic of Thieves is the 3rd installment of Lynch's Gentlemen Bastards series.

2014: this seemed to be a really thin year, because I can't find anything that I'd put in this list from that year.

2015: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School by Kim Newman
The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French
There is a sequel to Drearcliff Grange but it does stand successfully on its own
The Grey Bastards is the first in a series featuring orcs as the central characters.

2016: All The Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
All The Birds in the Sky is a standalone and it is heartbreakingly beautiful
Every Heart a Doorway is the first of McGuire's Wayward Children series, I don't think she can every write a standalone.

2017: Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
Amberlough is the first in Donnelly's Amberlough Dossier. These ones are hard to classify. They're really only fantasy because they're set in a secondary world.
Kings of the Wyld is the opener of Eames' The Band series.

2018: Circe by Madeline Miller
The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
Circe is a standalone, a version of the mythical character's life as told by her.
The Poppy War is the first in a trilogy.

2019: Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
Middlegame was a standalone, until McGuire added a soon to be released book that centres around a peripheral character.
A Little Hatred is set in Abercrombie's Circleworld and picks up about 20 or years after the end of his last book set there.

2020: Battle Ground by Jim Butcher
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Vampire Slaying by Grady Hendrix
Battle Ground is the most recent of Butcher's epic urban fantasy series The Dresden Files
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Vampire Slaying is like all of Hendrix that he's done so far, a standalone.

I think that's 20. It's kind of hard for me to do a list in this way, because I tend to pull stuff off Mt Toberead in a fairly random manner, and I don't really know when things were published. They can sit on the pile for ages before I read them. I also tried where possible to only nominate one book from a series.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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Re: Which twenty fantasy books from 2010 to 2020 should I and everybody read?
« Reply #16 on: December 02, 2020, 12:10:26 PM »
And no Discworld in the list so far?


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Re: Which twenty fantasy books from 2010 to 2020 should I and everybody read?
« Reply #17 on: December 02, 2020, 12:35:30 PM »
And no Discworld in the list so far?

Have you picked your twenty yet , which discworlds came out between 2010-2020?
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Re: Which twenty fantasy books from 2010 to 2020 should I and everybody read?
« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2020, 10:11:13 PM »
And no Discworld in the list so far?

Have you picked your twenty yet , which discworlds came out between 2010-2020?
I Shall Wear Midnight is in my list, and that’s Discworld. There were a few in the series that came out in that time frame.
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Re: Which twenty fantasy books from 2010 to 2020 should I and everybody read?
« Reply #19 on: December 03, 2020, 03:56:02 AM »
I Shall Wear Midnight is in my list, and that’s Discworld. There were a few in the series that came out in that time frame.

I think it's Snuff and Raising Steam in the main line, and I was going to say that they aren't really up there for me, but I do hear that the younger line had some fantastic stuff in it. I really do need to read those.

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Re: Which twenty fantasy books from 2010 to 2020 should I and everybody read?
« Reply #20 on: December 03, 2020, 04:30:47 AM »
I could give you a list just from SPFBO from 2015-20:

Grey Bastards by Jonathan French. Raw, filthy and fantastic.
Paternus by Dyrk Ashton. Must read for mythology lovers. Epic roller coaster fun read!
Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe. Progression Fantasy. If you like a scientific take on magical theory, dig in.
Orconomics by Zachary Pike - Fun light read that'll definitely put a smile on your face!
Sword of Kaigen by ML Wang - More of drama with low magic. Japanese inspired fantasy world. Different read!
Never Die by Rob J Hayes - Asian anime/manga inspired book. Loveable, just like a comic!
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir - A fund but mindf*ck of a read. Really unique as I can't think of anything similar. Lovely.

And there's always Here be Dragons!

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Re: Which twenty fantasy books from 2010 to 2020 should I and everybody read?
« Reply #21 on: December 03, 2020, 05:27:01 AM »
I Shall Wear Midnight is in my list, and that’s Discworld. There were a few in the series that came out in that time frame.

I think it's Snuff and Raising Steam in the main line, and I was going to say that they aren't really up there for me, but I do hear that the younger line had some fantastic stuff in it. I really do need to read those.
There as also The Shepherd’s Crown sadly Sir Pterry’s final book, also part of the Tiffany Aching sub series of Discworld novels.
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Re: Which twenty fantasy books from 2010 to 2020 should I and everybody read?
« Reply #22 on: December 03, 2020, 05:53:51 AM »
I could give you a list just from SPFBO from 2015-20:

Grey Bastards by Jonathan French. Raw, filthy and fantastic.
Paternus by Dyrk Ashton. Must read for mythology lovers. Epic roller coaster fun read!
Sufficiently Advanced Magic by Andrew Rowe. Progression Fantasy. If you like a scientific take on magical theory, dig in.
Orconomics by Zachary Pike - Fun light read that'll definitely put a smile on your face!
Sword of Kaigen by ML Wang - More of drama with low magic. Japanese inspired fantasy world. Different read!
Never Die by Rob J Hayes - Asian anime/manga inspired book. Loveable, just like a comic!
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir - A fund but mindf*ck of a read. Really unique as I can't think of anything similar. Lovely.

And there's always Here be Dragons!

I'll second this except for Gideon which I DNF'ed.
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'