Rank your top 3 fantasy series

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  1. cpsingh_88

    cpsingh_88 New Member

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    Name your top 3 fantasy series which you really really loved.

    Also state the reason why those series are in your top 3 list.
     
  2. owlcroft

    owlcroft Webmaster, Great SF&F

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    Definitions?

    I suggest that answers would be facilitated by some definition of "series". Do two books a series make? (For example, Carroll's "Alice" books.) Do a set of volumes of short stories set in more or less the same mythos count? (As with Dunsany's "Time and the Gods" works.)

    I also think that a "top three" is terribly stringent. Cutting down to a "top ten" would be hard enough.

    That said, and omitting the two examples I already mentioned as possibly being outside the wanted category, I might, with many caveats concerning other worthy candidates, suggest Pratchett's "Discworld" series, Peake's "Titus" series (more commonly, if erroneously, known as "Gormenghast"), and Eddison's "Zimiamvia" trilogy.

    (Close runners-up were Bramah's "Kai Lung" tales and Cabell's monumental "Biography of Manuel" cycle.)

    In every case, the desiderata are much the same: interesting characters doing interesting things in an interesting world as portrayed in satisfactory or better prose by a writer of skill and power.
     
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    cpsingh_88 New Member

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    definition

    From the word "series", i mean the whole series like song
    of ice and fire, malazan etc.

    i do not want you to pick books from a single series. you can rank your top 3 whole series.
     
  4. Cirias

    Cirias Wirt's Fourth Leg

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    The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie

    Easily the best modern fantasy books I've read so far. The characters were great and seemed to affect the writing style each time a switch happened and the story was intriguing.

    The Old Kingdom Trilogy by Garth Nix

    A brilliant childrens fantasy trilogy. Some fantastic ideas and a real sense of foreboding throughout the series.

    Redwall Series by Brian Jacques

    One of the first series of books I ever read and still my favourite. It's a kids series, fair enough, but it was exceptionally well written and the whole world that Mr. Jacques created was unforgettable. I only hope the afterlife is like Mossflower Country!
     
  5. Arinth

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    1. Wheel of Time

    2. Lord of the Rings

    3. Malazan: Book of the Fallen

    HM: A Song of Ice and Fire
     
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    DailyRich Damn fool idealist

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    [/snarkyoldman]Lord of the Rings is NOT A SERIES.[/snarkyoldman]
     
  7. Bob Gray

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    Because I'm not well versed in fantasy, I will pick the ones that I have read which is: The Dark Tower, Wheel of Time, and The Belgariad.
     
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  8. Obtuse

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    The top three is actually pretty easy for me. After that it gets difficult though, so I appreciate the constraint.

    Prince of Nothing/The Aspect-Emperor by Bakker
    Malazan Book of the Fallen by Erikson
    The Wars of Light and Shadow by Wurts

    There are a variety of reasons I love these series, but the one they have in common is that they provide, in some way, a challenge. Bakker is challenging with his philosophical themes, Erikson with the sheer complexity of his world and Wurts with her dense writing style.
     
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  9. Randy M.

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    I try to be flexible. When people ask me what my favorite stand-alones are, I'll include LOTR, "You know it was split into three by the publisher, right, but intended as a single novel by Tolkein?"

    But here, I'll declare it's one of my favorite series and bolster the declaration by adding to it The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. Why? The landscape of Middle Earth seems real to me, as did the characters and their the journey through Middle Earth awed me. LOTR as a whole has a majesty that enveloped me as I read, and the other two books add rather than detract from that sense of a whole world well-developed.

    My other favorite series would be the Lovecraft mythos, which only includes one novel (and that's arguably not part of the mythos) and several short stories and novellas, and Zothique by Clark Ashton Smith, though it's only one volume and a series of short stories.


    Randy M.
     
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    1. Jin Yong's Condor Trilogy (Legend of the Condor Heroes, Return of the Condor Heroes, Heaven Sword & Dragon Sabre)
    2. The Dresden Files
    3. Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series

    I felt a compulsion to include an epic or high fantasy, like ASoIaF or WoT, but these are really the three I think of when I remind myself that I love to read fantasy.
     
  11. chokipokilo

    chokipokilo Unreasonable reasoner

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    "A Song of Ice and Fire" - GRRM

    If we're considering a duology to be a series, "The Sarantine Mosaic" - GGK

    And if it's fair to count a series I've only read half of, "Acts of Caine" - Stover.
     
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    I can't believe it has taken me over half an hour to think of my top 3. The list is definitely way too short. My initial list before I shorten it down already has over 10.

    Codex Alera by Jim Butcher - Epic battles, crazy powerful characters, and lots of political intrigues. What's not to love?

    Another series by Jim Butcher, The Dresden Files. I can't even read this series outside anymore. People always give me the weirdest look as I am constantly giggling or having the oddest smirk.

    And then there is Raymond Feist's Riftwar Saga. It was my introductory into the fantasy genre, and it holds a special place in me. I end up rereading this series once every year.
     
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    This doesn't answer Owlcroft's question. He didn't ask whether he could pick one book from a series. He asked whether a loose collection of short stories set in the same world would count as a series, and how many books are necessary to constitute a series. Consider Guy Gavriel Kay's The Sarantine Mosaic, which is a duology. Is that a series? That's (part of) Owlcroft's question. He's not asking whether he could include either Sailing to Sarantium or Lord of Emperors (the first and second books of the duology, respectively), in his list. He wants to know whether a duology is a series.

    That said, I'm inclined to say:

    1. A Song of Ice and Fire - George R.R. Martin
    2. The Farseer Trilogy - Robin Hobb
    3. The Sarantine Mosaic - Guy Gavriel Kay

    Honorable Mentions: The First Law by Joe Abercrombie (because I read GGK's more recently, and because Abercrombie's Best Served Cold is better than The First Law), Discworld by Terry Pratchett (because I've only read 6 or 7, and that's a small fraction of the series), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (which I left off my list because it's science fiction, not fantasy), and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (because it's technically not a series).
     
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    1. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman.

    I loved the language and the worlds created, as well as the dark theology throughout. Favorite characters: Lyra, Mrs. Coulter, and Iorek Byrnison

    2. Madeleine L'engle's Quintet series beginning with "A Wrinkle in Time"

    I loved the concepts, the travelling, the deeper messages, and the strong characterizations of all.

    3. Chronicles of Narnia Series -all except for "the horse and his boy because I haven't read it" C.S. Lewis

    I liked them originally because I used to be a christian and so it delighted me to open them up and to see all of the Biblical pictures and comparisons. After my sort of reverse redemption I have decided I still adore them simply because I love Aslan, and Reepicheep, and Caspian, and yes, even Edmund.

    The only fantasy I have truly read so far has been children's fantasy because when I was a kid I read everything in site and then when I grew up I kind of stopped. And now I don't have access to a library and am poorer than a churchmouse. But as soon as I move and hopefully have access to a library again I want to start reading adult fantasy.


    Out of the adult fantasy I have read :
    A song of Ice and Fire - first 2 books
    About 5 books out of the Anita Blake series
    3 books from the Mercy Jackson? She's a shapeshifting coyote mechanic who was raised by wolves?
     
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    That would be Mercy Thompson. I really like that series and the Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs.

    Since LOTR is not being considered a series I won't include it.


    1. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher - I like the humor which is often from my generation, the magic, and the characters.

    2. The Hollows by Kim Harrison - Again, the humor, characters, and action.

    3. The Necroscope Series by Brian Lumley - Okay, more horror than fantasy but I've re-read this series at least 3 times. This series set the bar for me concerning vampires and I love the whole E-branch ESPionage angle.
     
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    Thanks. I like "A song of Ice and Fire".
     
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    This has been done a million times here, but why not again?!

    1. First Law Trilogy - Joe Abercrombie
    2. Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
    3. Malazan Book of the Fallen - Steven Erikson & ICE
     
  18. Shadowcharge

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    1. "The Lord of the Rings" (sorry, but it's true)
    2. Tad Williams's "The Dragon Bone Chair" series
    3. Pier Anthony's Xanth books, but only up to about the 8th book, "Crewel Lye," after which he gets rather... perverted. lol

    And a very close 4th is the series I'm finishing up now, Julian May's Saga of the Pliocene. It's beautiful.
     
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  19. ShandaLear

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    For sheer re-readability:

    Pratchett's Discworld
    Moon's Paksenarrion
    Rawn's Dragonprince
     
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    Heather Myst Chocolate.....Count Me In

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    1. Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin - Even though the series is not finished it sets the bar for every other book that I read. What sets it apart for me is the fact that even when I am not reading the books I still think about them.

    2. Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind - I know you hate this and I must say I am a little upset thinking that some of my money went to grooming his pony tail ( before he went bald) but I love the whole Richard/Kahlan relationship and several of his other characters especially the Mord-Sith.

    3. Second Sons trilogy by Jennifer Fallon - I loved the fact that the hero of the story used his brains instead of magic to solve his problems.

    I really wish this was a top five because I feel bad not being able to mention Michael J. Sullivan's Riyria series or any of the Joe Abercrombie books.