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Good fantasy reads?

Voadam

Hero
From Dragonlance I probably read 20 of them (there are over 100) and felt Weasel's Luck was my favorite but it has been decades. Not part of the bigger main story, more a backwater knight family thing with a scoundrel protagonist.

The Amber series by Zelazny is quite good as is Lord of Light, The Lonesome October, and his straight fantasy stuff that I can't remember the name of.
 

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atanakar

Hero
From Dragonlance I probably read 20 of them (there are over 100) and felt Weasel's Luck was my favorite but it has been decades. Not part of the bigger main story, more a backwater knight family thing with a scoundrel protagonist.

The Amber series by Zelazny is quite good as is Lord of Light, The Lonesome October, and his straight fantasy stuff that I can't remember the name of.

Weasel's Luck was great! ;)
 


Great call. The Last Unicorn is naturally the place I'd recommend starting. It's magical and profound and yet still finds room for bits of humor.

Peter S. Beagle is one of my favorite fantasy authors, and he never seems to come up much in these type of threads. Admittedly, he doesn't do a lot of hack-and-slash style fantasy that would be associated with D&D. I still highly recommend checking his stuff out, though.
 

I'll add C. S. Friedman's "Coldfire" trilogy: Black Sun Rising, When True Night Falls, and Crown of Shadows. Interesting worldbuilding and a new take on magic I hadn't ever seen before.

P. C. Hodgell has a series called "the Godstalkers" - I've only read the first two, God Stalk and Dark of the Moon but remember enjoying them.

Johnathan
 

Bohandas

Adventurer
Personally, my favorite fantasy series are Discworld and Spellsinger. The standalone Mogworld is also pretty good.

EDIT:
I remember Incarnations of Immortality being decent as well, although not as good as the others I mentioned in this post
 



ModernApathy

Explorer
Piranesi, the new book from Susanna Clarke came out last week.
Not a sequel to Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, but a masterpiece, nonetheless.

Without going into spoilers...
The general idea is of a demiplane that is an endless house full of rooms, the lower floors flood as the ocean tide comes and goes, the upper levels fill with clouds.
Reading it gave me a bit of a Planescape vibe, and started my mind thinking about an idea for a Theros campaign.

Would recommend.
 
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Dannyalcatraz

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I read through the prior posts- anything I recommend that’s already been recommended should be considered as a seconding.

Fritz Lieber’s Fafhrd & Grey Mouser stories

Michael Moorcock’s Eternal Champion books, especially the Elric, Hawkmoon and Corum books

Harry Turtledove’s Darkness saga

Thieves’ World, both the anthologies and the related novels, especially anything involving Lythande

Larry Niven’s Warlock/Magic Goes Away series The Magic Goes Away - Wikipedia

CJ Cherryh’s Sword of Knowledge trilogy

Not actually fantasy, but Larry Niven’s Dream Park series involves competitive, televised LARPing in a Westworld type complex.
 


Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
I am late to the party, so I am extremely surprised that nobody has mentioned this. My apologies if I am repeating it. (Edit: Aha - Jasper mentioned it!)

The Deed of Paksennarion, by Elizabeth Moon, is one of the most D&D series out there that isn't published by TSR/WotC, and without mentioning a ruleset. Paks thinks she's a fighter. She's actually a paladin, but doesn't know it yet. These are her adventures.

The series may be found under the title above in an omnibus, or may be found as individual paperbacks with their original titles, The Sheepfamer's Daughter, Divided Legacy, and Oath of Gold.
 


One of my favorite books of all time. It's so wildly imaginative and vivid. I have a tattoo that is a band of the various symbols from the cover.

Clive Barker Imajica

When I was first getting back into fantasy literature back in the early 00s, I can clearly remember going to the library and picking up A Game of Thrones, A Wizard of Earthsea, and The Sheepfarmer's Daughter.

The Deed of Paksennarion, by Elizabeth Moon, is one of the most D&D series out there that isn't published by TSR/WotC, and without mentioning a ruleset. Paks thinks she's a fighter. She's actually a paladin, but doesn't know it yet. These are her adventures.

The series may be found under the title above in an omnibus, or may be found as individual paperbacks with their original titles, The Sheepfamer's Daughter, Divided Legacy, and Oath of Gold.
 


Eyes of Nine

Everything's Fine
When I was first getting back into fantasy literature back in the early 00s, I can clearly remember going to the library and picking up A Game of Thrones, A Wizard of Earthsea, and The Sheepfarmer's Daughter.

I feel like I've read this; but besides one scene where there are two armies massed against each other, I completely forget it. I even remember liking it. Hmmm... Maybe I'm remembering another book...
 

Dannyalcatraz

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Staff member
Jaqueline Carey’s Kushiel series

Johnathan Strange & Mr. Norell by Susanna Clark

Mark Danielewski’s House of Leaves & Whalestoe Letters

Mary Gentle’s Ash: A Secret History (published in the USA broken into 4 novels)
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Barbara Hambly‘s Windrose, Darwath, and Sunwolf & Starhawk novel series. Bonus: her historical fiction featuring Benjamin January (a black pianist & MD in pre-Civil War New Orleans) are also excellent.
 


Maxperson

Morkus from Orkus
So, I got a hankering to get a D&D fix by reading something. Over the years I've read some Forgotten Realms novels, but...to be perfectly, brutally honest...they're trash. The writing is so bad it's painful. I just re-openend one of them, one that seems to be highly regarded, and I just wince at the sophomoric writing.

Authors/books I have liked:
  • Tolkien. Duh.
  • Bernard Cornwell
  • The "other R.R." (Martin)
  • Nicola Griffith, "Hild" (Historical fiction; I recommend it if you haven't read it.)
  • Ishiguro, "The Buried Giant"
  • The original REH Conan stories. Much less so de Camp and others.
  • Neil Gaiman
Any other recommendations? It doesn't have to be full-on literature (as evidenced by my love for Howard) but neither do I want...Salvatore, for example. (I really don't mean to offend either Salvatore or his fans, but if that would be your recommendation, I'm not sure your advice is exactly what I'm looking for here.)
Brandon Sanderson is a good author. I especially like his Stormlight series. It's not finished, though.
 

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