log in or register to remove this ad

 

10 Favorite Fantasy Books/Series + 10 Others

Mercurius

Legend
This is inspired by the TIME 100 best fantasy novels thread. I'd like to see what we can come up with for our own list.

The idea is to do two lists:

List One: Your ten all-time favorite fantasy books or series. Not the ones you think have the greatest influence or are "objectively" the best written, but your personal favorites, guilty pleasure or no. Desert island books, if you will.

List Two: Ten other books that you would like to mention, for whatever reason: books you think are great, even if they're not among your favorites; noteworthy or influential books that you wouldn't want to see ignored; honorable mentions, or simply books you think should be mentioned in any such discussion. The key is that this second list is not meant to be an extension of List One, but books that you recognize as all-time greats but aren't on your first list, for whatever reason.

Oh, yeah: count series as a single entry (e.g. Wheel of Time), but separate books that aren't part of one story (e.g. the Hobbit, LotR, and the Silmarillion should be three separate entries).

Maybe if we get enough responses, I'll compile them and create an "EN World Top X Fantasy books."

I've got to run some errands, but will write my lists later. Have at it.
 

log in or register to remove this ad

Zaukrie

New Publisher
These are books I'm willing to re-read......so they must be good.

Every book by Guy Gavriel Kay (we'll count this as one......very little fantasy in here, though.......)
The Deed of Paksanarion by Elizabeth Moon
The Vlad Taltos books by Steven Brust
The Hobbit
The Black Company trilogy
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (you really should read this, really, trust me)
Dune (sue me.....the powers Paul gets are fantastic)
A Storm of Swords (there are issues with the books, but this one is great)
The Coldfire Trilogy by CS Friedman

I feel like the first Magicians book should be here, but the sequels and tv show make me doubt it some....
Redwall might be the best decision we ever made for reading out loud to our sons back in the day


Sci Fi list:
Dune (if you won't let me have it above)
Foundation
Red Rising trilogy (great stuff-----should be an HBO series)
The Dispossessed
Farenheit 451
I Robot
1984
Ender's Game
 

aco175

Legend
The Time's list was ok- several I have never read. This needs to be on my list though.
1603385829270.png
 


doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
  • Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay deserves it's own mention. The tragedy of it is...well I wept openly the first time I ready it, and every single time I've read it since. Maybe 6 times?
  • The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay. Same as above, and I'll include Ysabel with this rather than on it's own, since it involves characters from the Tapestry. IMO the best "characters from the real world go to a fantasy world" work out there. I still have strong emotional moods as a result of thinking about a given scene or character or story element. Kim, at the sacred lake, or Diarmuid, or Kevin...oh, Kevin...I might cry again just thinking about Kevin...and of the echo of his story at the end of Ysabel...
  • Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix. Especially as read by Tim Curry on audible. Just perfection.
  • The Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher. If you like audiobooks at all, listen to James Marsters read the series on Audible. You can read the whole series for no more than the cost of your subscription, if you return each book in turn to get the next. If you're like me, you'll burn through them faster than Harry burns through minor enemies.
  • The Lord of The Rings. There is poetry in nearly every line of this work.
  • The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. Yes, it's fantasy. Don't @ me.
  • Earthsea, Ursula Le Guin. Some of the best wizardy fantasy out there.
  • Dragonlance, especially the Chronicles and Legends
  • Shannara series by Terry Brooks, including the Running With The Demon books
  • Anything by Neil Gaiman, but especially Neverwhere and his short stories

Additional works that I just love or think deserve mention:

  • Terry Pratchet's Discworld books
  • Brent Weeks Shadow books
  • Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  • Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • Various works by Mercedes Lackey
  • The Belgariad and Elenium by David Eddings
  • Ghostwalker by Erick Scott De Bie.
  • Erevis Cale stories by Paul S. Kemp

I'm sure i could think of others, and I'll regret not putting something on the list, but for now that's it.
 

Alzrius

The EN World kitten
In no particular order:

  • King of the Dead, by Gene DeWeese
  • Knight of the Black Rose, by James Lowder
  • The Spellmonger series, by Terry Mancour
  • The Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher
  • Overlord, by Kugane Maruyama
  • "Queen of the Black Coast," by Robert E. Howard
  • "The Colour Out of Space," by H. P. Lovecraft
  • The Last Ringbearer, by Kirill Eskov
  • Whispers in the Dark, by Laurel Hightower
  • Ready Player One, by Ernest Kline
List of honorable mentions (not limited to fantasy):

  • "The Things," by Peter Watts
  • Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, by Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel, by Jared Diamond
  • The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Waterson
  • The Law of Superheroes, by James Daily and Ryan Davidson
  • Superheroes and Philosophy, edited by Tom Morris and Matt Morris
  • A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R. R. Martin
  • Kobold Guide to Magic, edited by Ray Vallese
  • Playing at the World, by Jon Peterson
  • "The Curfew Tolls," Stephen Vincent Benét
 
Last edited:

Mercurius

Legend
OK, mine. I'm breaking my own protocol and offering two lists, one for fantasy and one for science fiction.

Ten Fantasy Favorites
Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
Earthsea books by Ursula K Le Guin
Ea Cycle by David Zindell
Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson
Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
Riddlemaster Trilogy by Patricia McKillip
Belgariad by David Eddings
Morgaine Saga by CJ Cherryh
Echoes of the Great Song by David Gemmell

Ten Science Fiction Favorites
Dune by Frank Herbert
Palace of Eternity by Bob Shaw
The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K Le Guin
The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin
Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
Alien Embassy by Ian Watson
Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons
Neverness/Requiem for Homo Sapiens by David Zindell
Radix by AA Attanasio
New Sun books by Gene Wolfe
 
Last edited:

My all-time favourites:
The Rivers of London, by Ben Aaronovich
Gentleman Bastards, by Scott Lynch
The First Law and related works, by Joe Abercrombie
The Dark Is Rising Sequence, by Susan Cooper
Earthsea (at least the first three), by Ursula Le Guin
Realm of the Alfar series, by Elizabeth Boyer
Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, by Tad Williams
Conan, by Robert E. Howard
Engraved on the Eye, by Saladin Ahmed
Artemis Fowl series, by Eoin Colfer
 

My 10:
The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle
Amberville (and the rest of the quartet/series) - Tim Davys. Highly underrated series that deserves more attention.
The Hobbit - JRRT
Gulliver's Travels - Swift. NOT a kids book.
House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski. I think it's fantasy. It's got a maze an a Minotaur, right?
Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher (and/or the Magic Shop series) - Bruce Coville. One of my favorite YA authors as a kid, and my fav of his works.
Pippi Longstocking - Astrid Lindgren. I think this qualifies as low fantasy.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM - Robert C. O'brien
The Metamorphosis - Kafka
The Outsider - H.P. Lovecraft. Love his work in general. This is one of the better ones that would qualify as fantasy.

The others:
A Wrinkle in Time - It's sci-fi, not fantasy
Dune - See above
The Giving Tree
Charlotte's Web
 

List The First
Tolkien - Lord of the Rings (+Silmarillion, Hobbit)
LeGuin - Earthsea Cycle
Vance - The Dying Earth
Jemisin - The Inheritance Trilogy
Dunsany - King of Elfland's Daughter
Pratchett - Discworld (+Tiffany Aching)
Moorcock - Elric Saga
Robert Asprin - Myth series
Donaldson - The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
Winter - The Rage of Dragons (and the sequel comes out next month!!)

List The Second
Here I'm going to put non-fantasy and borderline fantasy works:
Barker - Imajia
Ballard - Crash
Muir - Gideon the Ninth
Lukyanenko - Night Watch series
Stoker - Dracula
Martin - Lost Souls (It's cheesy ubergoth lit, but I will always love it)
Burroughs - Naked Lunch
Ellis - American Psycho
Gibson - Neuromancer
Bradbury - The Halloween Tree
 

GreyLord

Hero
Hmm, currently...though it could change...

1. Lone Wolf Series by Joe Dever
2. Way of the Tiger
3. Grailquest
4. Dragonlance (specifically that by W&H)
5. Lord of the Rings
6. Shannara Series by Terry Brooks
7. Riddlemaster of Hed Series by McKillip
8. Redwall series by Jaques
9. AD&D books by Gygax
10. Drizzt Series by Salvatare

Sci-Fi

1. Foundation Trilogy by Asimov (And other foundation books such as Foundation's Edge)
2. Robots Series by Asimov
3. Galactic Empire Trilogy by Asimov
4. Battlefield Earth
5. Norby Chronicles by the Asimovs
6. Horus Heresy WH30K series (I'd put WH40K books, but technically they could all be different series...so...HH is the longest).
7. We'll put Star Wars here (though the movies are probably better, they do have books).
8. Legion of the Damned series by William C. Dietz
9. 2001 series by Arthur C. Clarke
10. Rama Series by Arthur C. Clarke.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Hmm, currently...though it could change...

1. Lone Wolf Series by Joe Dever
2. Way of the Tiger
3. Grailquest
4. Dragonlance (specifically that by W&H)
5. Lord of the Rings
6. Shannara Series by Terry Brooks
7. Riddlemaster of Hed Series by McKillip
8. Redwall series by Jaques
9. AD&D books by Gygax
10. Drizzt Series by Salvatare

Sci-Fi

1. Foundation Trilogy by Asimov (And other foundation books such as Foundation's Edge)
2. Robots Series by Asimov
3. Galactic Empire Trilogy by Asimov
4. Battlefield Earth
5. Norby Chronicles by the Asimovs
6. Horus Heresy WH30K series (I'd put WH40K books, but technically they could all be different series...so...HH is the longest).
7. We'll put Star Wars here (though the movies are probably better, they do have books).
8. Legion of the Damned series by William C. Dietz
9. 2001 series by Arthur C. Clarke
10. Rama Series by Arthur C. Clarke.

I thought I was the last fan if Line Wolf left;).
 



Lidgar

Adventurer
Amber series by Zelazny
LotR by Tolkien
Elric series by Moorcock
Wheel of Time (first 5 books) by Jordan
Stormlight Archive series by Sanderson
Swords Against... series by Fritz Leiber
At the Edge of the World by Lord Dunsany
Earthsea trilogy by LeGuin
Black company trilogy
Dread Companion by Andre Norton
 


rogermexico

Villager
These are some great lists, everyone!

Here are mine:

Fantasy/Fantastic

The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
A Wizard of Earthsea, The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest Shore by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Kindly Ones and The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Mort by Terry Pratchett (Could put a half-dozen different Discworld novels here)
The Satanic Verses and Haroun & the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
Imajica by Clive Barker
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Tales of HP Lovecraft by HP Lovecraft, selected and edited by Joyce Carol Oates
White Gold Wielder by Stephen R. Donaldson (I thought the way he wrapped it all up was the best part.)

Other fiction

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Forty Stories and Sixty Stories by Donald Barthelme
The Crying of Lot 49 and Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
2666 by Roberto Bolano
Ulysses by James Joyce
Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
Bear by Marian Engel
What the Crow Said by Robert Kroetsch (this could be in the first list)
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (this could also be in the first list)
Underworld by Don DeLillo
The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien
Cathedral by Raymond Carver

Non-fiction

The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
A History of God by Karen Armstrong
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat
Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
Conjectures and Refutations by Karl Popper
The Game by Ken Dryden
Salt and A Basque History of the World by Mark Kurlansky
Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad
A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World by Lincoln Paine
The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
 

Cadence

Legend
Supporter
My top 10 in Fantasy
The Silmarillion by Tolkien
Dread Empire series (the 8 novels + short story coll.) by Glen Cook
Garrett Files series (books 1-6; then not as good) by Glen Cook
The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien
Sandman series by Gaiman*
Fables series by Bill Williangham*
Earthsea series (the 5 novels + short story coll.) by LeGuin
The Dying Earth series by Vance
Chronicles of Narnia (books 1-6 only)** by CS Lewis
Black Company series by Glen Cook

Ten others in Fantasy for various reasons...
Dresden Files series by Butcher
Hobbit by Tolkien
Swords of Llankmar by Leiber
Conan novel-s/ettes/ellas by Howard
Mary Poppins by Travers
Neverwhere by Gaiman
The Tower of Fear by Glen Cook
Percy Jackson and related series by Riordan
Harry Potter series by Rowling
James and the Giant Peach by Dahl

Just a few SciFi
Watchmen by Alan Moore***
Passage at Arms by Glen Cook****
Shadowline by Glen Cook****


* The Time 100 Best English Language Novels since 1923 list rightfully had a graphic novel on it, so why not. (See ***)

** Not the Last Battle. I withdraw my vote if that's the only way to get the others on. If only one, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. And any order except the original publication order is silly.

*** My favorite book of any type of all time.

**** All set in the Star Fishers universe. The second and third book in the triology with Shadowline aren't as high up for me. Some of the related short stories are excellent.
 
Last edited:

Blue

Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal
This is inspired by the TIME 100 best fantasy novels thread. I'd like to see what we can come up with for our own list.

The idea is to do two lists:

List One: Your ten all-time favorite fantasy books or series. Not the ones you think have the greatest influence or are "objectively" the best written, but your personal favorites, guilty pleasure or no. Desert island books, if you will.

List Two: Ten other books that you would like to mention, for whatever reason: books you think are great, even if they're not among your favorites; noteworthy or influential books that you wouldn't want to see ignored; honorable mentions, or simply books you think should be mentioned in any such discussion. The key is that this second list is not meant to be an extension of List One, but books that you recognize as all-time greats but aren't on your first list, for whatever reason.

Oh, yeah: count series as a single entry (e.g. Wheel of Time), but separate books that aren't part of one story (e.g. the Hobbit, LotR, and the Silmarillion should be three separate entries).

Maybe if we get enough responses, I'll compile them and create an "EN World Top X Fantasy books."

I've got to run some errands, but will write my lists later. Have at it.

Favorites
Earthsea series by Ursula K. LeGuin
Gentlemen Bastards series by Scott Lynch
Kingslayer series by Patrick Rothfuss
Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
Fitzchiralry books (two series) by Robin Hobb
Broken Earth (Fifth Season. etc.) by N.K.Jemisin
Kushiel series by Jacquelin Carey
Amber (1st and 2nd series) by Roger Zelazny
The War of the Oaks by Emma Bull
Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Notable
Fionovar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay
Discworld by Terry Pratchett
Khavren/Vlad Taltos by Steven Brust
Black Company series by Glen Cook
Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series by Fritz Leiber
The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon
Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock
Coldfire by CS Friedmen
Lord of the Rings by JRRT
The Hobbit by JRRT

Younger favorites
(These were definitely on my favorites list when I was younger, but I've changed since)
The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander (the first books I used to get my youngest into fantasy as well)
The Last Herald-Mage trilogy by Mercedes Lacky (actually, the whole Valdemar series)
Myth Adventures series by Robert Asprin
Garrett P.I. series by Glen Cook
Sparhawk series (2 trilogies?) by David Eddings
Shannara series by Terry Brooks
Xanth series by Piers Anthony
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (both trilogies) by Stephen R. Donaldson
Legend by David Gerrold (is there a series for all those books in the same world?)
 
Last edited:

GreyLord

Hero
White Gold Wielder by Stephen R. Donaldson (I thought the way he wrapped it all up was the best part.)

I agree in regards to this. He wrote an additional Quadralogy, but it was not as satisfying to me as the other ones. The peak of the series really is White Gold Wielder, and that's probably where it should have been left. The new end...and I won't give away too many spoilers here...just is kind of wonky. He dives full into the idea that it is a dream...and the surrealistic at the end to make it so it works out...but if one really thinks about it too long, it wouldn't really work unless it really WAS a dream...but at the same time, considering the results...it also had to be reality.

With that as the end of the Quadralogy...I found the ending of White Gold Wielder to be much more substantial and a better ending for it all to end than what came later.
 

Presents for Goblins

Advertisement2

Advertisement4

Top