Actually one more I should mention Harry Potter Honestly I think the series by Rowling is really good literature. She grows a lot as a writer during the series starting with very child focused books and ending with very adult themes. It's not sword and sorcery type stuff but it's definitely fantasy and I think really good writing.
-------I thought about placing Harry Potter in my top five list. The series is really amazing. The movies are nothing even remotely close to the writing of Rowling. I loved these books. Though book I is tough because it's really a children's book, the rest of the series is amazing though.
Post by Bureaucrat of Chaos on Sept 23, 2017 20:52:29 GMT
Re: Harry Potter: I couldn't get through 50 pages when reading it by myself, but enjoyed book 1-3 a great deal while reading to my 7 year old (who turned 8 somewhere in book 2 I think). I have been advised to wait a little with book 4 where darker themes are introduced, they say. Glad to be able to finally appreciate the Harry Potter phenomenon.
Re: Name of the Wind: I would recommend it, definitely worth a read. But it's not a top 10 for me.
In fact Harry P and Name of the Wind are not at all dissimilar.
1. Discworld series by Sir Terry Pratchett. He changes writing styles at least two times and it keeps getting better. My favourite author of all time. I can and have read some books five times and keep finding new layers. 2. Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton. Funny, great dialogues with great displays of power (through words) and an underlying sensuality. After 7 book with just kissing a guy, she turns into Slutty McSlutface. Stop reading after book 9 unless Vampire Erotica is your thing. If it is, there are at least 10 more to read. 3. Gale Women series by Tanya Huff. Original fuff and great books.
After reading fantasy for over 20 years I seem to find myself drawn to urban fantasy.
This food is so frozen, it started singing "Do you want to build a snowman" - Gordon Ramsbelly, Ogre Slaughtermaster
I've read a loads of it (I like the fantasy more than sci-fi). Some of them are awesome, other ones - is ok. And then there are those "Damn, and why did I read that".
Roger Joseph Zelazny - "The chronicles of Amber". It was one of my first fantasy books and still one of my favourites!
Glen Charles Cook - "The black company". Dark fantasy about mercenaries, it's awesome! That's right, the last few books are worse ("Santa Barbara" again) but still pretty good. "Garrett, P.I." series - fantasy noir. I've read only six of them. This one is pretty good too.
Clark Ashton Smith. He is awesome, especially "Zothique" series. This is one of the most atmospheric ones (even better than H.P.Lovecraft, wow! And yes, H.P. is awesome too! Not that H.P with glasses and lightning, damn! )
Andrzej Sapkowski - "The Witcher" series. It's another one of the best series I've read ever!
Jack Vanse. I've read only "The Eyes of the Overworld" (Cugel the Clever) sadly.
Terry Pratchett is awesome. I've read just some of his books, but I must read them all.
Michael John Moorcock (The Elrik series is awesome!), Anne Inez McCaffrey ("The dragonriders of Pern" series), Fritz Reuter Leiber Jr. ("Fafhrd and Gray Mouser" series) and many, many others - I've read these in childhood and then I liked them (I was really hungry for books that time ), but now they’re not very impressive, sadly.
I never understood the fuss (hype) surrounding the "Song Ice&Fire" and "H.P." series.
And (don't hit me! ) I never thought "The lord of the rings" was a masterpiece. I respect John Ronald Ruel Tolkien and his work and legacy, but... I've read "The hobbit", "The lord of the rings" and "The Silmarillion". I've read it several times, in childhood and in adulthood, in Яussian and in English (in it's original language it is much better, no doupt), but... It's ok, but not a masterpiece. Perhaps it’s just not my thing.
I'd like to read something like "Ravenloft" and "Dark sun" series (it's a D&D settings. Horror and post-apocalyptic fantasy respectively). But I'm afraid it will be like some kind of pulp fiction.
Has anyone read that: "The edge chronicles" series by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell ? I've only seen illustrations from it and they are awesome. It's a children' fantasy about the pirates (and there are many goblin tribes, wow!).
The Shannara series by Terry Brooks were my introduction to 'adult' fantasy books- I read all of those up until the most recent.
They are not novels, but I rather like the Fighting Fantasy series- they were my first entry to any GW stuff (broadly conceived) and I owned most of the books as a kid- having recently finished the collection as an adult.
In addition, I always thought Drachenfels was a terrific little book- funny, appealing, and a tight plot.
Post by plasticcavanman on Mar 8, 2022 11:36:23 GMT
I'm surprised no one has mentioned David Gemmell. Sadly he passed away in 2006 so not the most current author here but his work in heroic fantasy is amazing. I picked up Legend in or around 1986 and I think that led me to my love of massed battles and swordplay. So my top 5:
5] Song of Ice and Fire series, George R R Martin. His political intrigues and twists are great, gritty and totally unforgiving to his characters. 4] The colour of Magic, Terry Pratchet. He basically changed my view on how fantasy could be every bit a hilarious as any other genre. 3] The Crystal Shard, R A Salvatore. I like most of his stuff but the Icewind Dale series is my favourite of his. The Cleric Quintet was also excellent. 2] The Magician, Raymond Feist. Again so much to choose from but the Magician is proper fantasy to me. 1] The King Beyond the Gate, David Gemmell. The Drenai series is awesome. To be honest for me one of the most underrated fantasy writers.
There is so many more authors that I really enjoy; Joe Abercrombie, Paul Hoffman, Alan Campbell, Robin Hobb and some of the Black Library fiction. Tolkien was of course a front runner of the genre as was Robert Howard, I did enjoy Robert Jordan's Conan novels. So much to read......