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    Omnibus Fantasy Books

    Since i have some free time on my hands now, i decided to edit my post to enable it to encompass fantasy books that have been made into an omnibus edition to facilitate collectors like myself who prefer such editions

    The list has been categorized alphabetaically by Author

    A
    The Black Jewels Trilogy - Anne Bishop


    B
    Soul Drinkers Omnibus - Ben Counter


    C
    Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis


    D
    Eisenhorn Omnibus - Dan Abnett
    Gaunt's Ghosts: The Founding - Dan Abnett
    Gaunt's Ghosts: The Saint - Dan Abnett

    The Long Price: Shadow & Betrayal (The Long Price Quartet) - Daniel Abraham

    The Belgariad vol. 1 & 2 - David Eddings
    The Mallorean vol. 1 & 2 - David Eddings
    The Elenium - David Eddings
    The Tamuli - David Eddings

    The Konrad Saga - David Ferring

    The Iron Tower Omnibus - Dennis L. McKiernan

    E
    The Deed of Paksenarrion - Elizabeth Moon


    F
    Dune - Frank Herbert

    The First Book of Lankmhar - Fritz Leiber
    The Second Book of Lankmhar - Fritz Leiber


    G
    The Last Chancers - Gav Thorpe

    Shadow and Claw - Gene Wolfe
    Sword and Citadel - Gene Wolfe
    Severian Of The Guild - Gene Wolfe
    Latro In The Mist - by Gene Wolfe

    A Cruel Wind: A Chronicle Of The Dread Empire - Glen Cook
    Chronicles of the Black Company - Glen Cook

    The Ambassador Chronicles - Graham McNeill
    The Ultramarines Omnibus - Graham McNeill

    Fionavar Tapestry - Guy Gavriel Kay


    H


    I
    The Inquisition War Trilogy - Ian Watson

    J
    Tales of a Dying Earth - Jack Vance

    The Vampire Genevieve - Jack Yeovil

    The Sundering (SFBC Omnibus) - Jacqueline Carey

    The Cheysuli Chronicles #1 to #4 - Jennifer Roberson


    K-L


    M
    Mist of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley

    Ash - Mary Gentle

    Merlin Trilogy - Mary Stewart

    Blood Bowl Omnibus - Matt Forbeck

    Gormenghast - Mervyn Peake

    The Cornelius Quartet - Michael Moorcock
    Von Bek - Michael Moorcock
    The Eternal Champion - Michael Moorcock
    Hawkmoon - Michael Moorcock
    Corum - Michael Moorcock
    Sailing to Utopia - Michael Moorcock
    A Nomad of the Time Streams - Michael Moorcock
    Warrior of Mars - Michael Moorcock
    The Dancers at the End of Time - Michael Moorcock
    Elric of Melniboné - Michael Moorcock
    The Roads between the Worlds - Michael Moorcock
    The New Nature of the Catastrophe (includes stories by other authors) - Michael Moorcock
    The Prince with the Silver Hand - Michael Moorcock
    Legends from the End of Time - Michael Moorcock
    Stormbringer - Michael Moorcock
    Earl Aubec - Michael Moorcock
    Count Brass - Michael Moorcock
    The Lives and Times of Jerry Cornelius - Michael Moorcock


    N
    The Blackhearts Omnibus - Nathan Long

    Mary Stewart Omnibus: Price of a Princess/Lord in Waiting - Nigel Tranter

    O


    P
    Riddle Master - P. A. McKillip


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    R
    The Icewind Dales Trilogy - R A Salvatore
    The Dark Elf Trilogy - R A Salvatore
    Legacy of the Drow - R A Salvatore
    Path of Darkness - R A Salvatore
    Cleric Quitent - R A Salvatore
    The Hunter's Blade Trilogy - R A Salvatore
    The spearwielder Tales Trilogy - R A Salvatore

    The Complete Chronicles of Conan - Robert E. Howard

    The Great Book of Amber - Robert Zelany


    S
    Ciaphas Cain: Hero of the Imperium - Sandy Mitchell

    Orcs - Stan Nicholls

    First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant - Stephen Donaldson

    The Book of Jhereg - Steven Brust
    The Book of Taltos - Steven Brust
    The Book of Athyra - Steven Brust


    T
    The Secret Books of Paradys - Tanith Lee

    The Sword of Shannara Trilogy - Terry Brooks
    The Heritage of Shannara - Terry Brooks
    Word and Void - Terry Brooks
    The Jerle Shannara Trilogy - Terry Brooks

    The Lord of the Rings - Tolkien

    The Annotated Chronicles - Tracy Hickman & Margaret Weis
    The Annotated Legends - Tracy Hickman & Margaret Weis


    U
    The Earthsea Quartet - Ursula Le Guin


    V


    W
    Gotrek & Felix Omnibuses I&II - William King
    Space Wolf: The First Omnibus - William King

    X-Z

    Upcoming (Will be included in the list once the books are released. Do inform me if i miss it release. Thanks ):

    1. Monarchies of God - Paul Kearney (upcoming. Latest news seems that it might be released in 2 volumes in stead with book 5 being revised and rewritten)

    2. Blood Ravens: The Dawn of War Omnibus - C. S. Goto

    3. The Bromeliad (Truckers Omnibus Edition) - Terry Pratchett

    4. The Books of the South: Tales of the Black Company - Glen Cook


    Please feel free to contribute to this list
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    I generally prefer single books over Omnibus, but I do have a few of them.

    Guy Kay - Fionavar Tapestry
    McKillip - Riddlemaster
    Peake - Gormenghast
    Zelazny - Amber Chronicles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alessan View Post
    I generally prefer single books over Omnibus, but I do have a few of them.
    can i know why? because it's too draggy? or some other reasons? the one that turned me off was the greatbook of amber. the first book was superb. books 2-5 were still quite good. after that it went downhill. but i had to forcemyself to complete it

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    Heritage of Shannara, Word and Void Omnibus, Voyage of the Jerle Shannara Trilogy - Terry Brooks
    Tales of a Dying Earth - Jack Vance
    Chronicles of the Black Company - Glen Cook
    Shadow and Claw - Gene Wolfe
    Sword and Citadel - Gene Wolfe
    Gormenghast trilogy - Mervyn Peake
    The Cornelius Quartet - Michael Moorcock
    In fact, most of Moorcock's output has been reissued in omnibus format : Von Bek, The Eternal Champion, Corum, Hawkmoon, Elric of Melniboné, Stormbringer, Dancers at the End of Time, Sailing to Utopia, Count Brass...the list goes on.
    The Belgariad vol. 1 & 2 and The Mallorean vol. 1 & 2 and The Elenium - David Eddings

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben1xy View Post
    can i know why? because it's too draggy? or some other reasons? the one that turned me off was the greatbook of amber. the first book was superb. books 2-5 were still quite good. after that it went downhill. but i had to forcemyself to complete it
    Sorry, what I meant was that if there's a series I like, I prefer to buy each volume separately, rather than one giant Omnibus. For example, I have the Gormenghast omnibus, but I've just ordered the single-volume reprints which were recently released by Overlook Press.

    I just don't like carrying around a huge book - and some of these Omnibus editions are pretty huge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alessan View Post
    Sorry, what I meant was that if there's a series I like, I prefer to buy each volume separately, rather than one giant Omnibus. For example, I have the Gormenghast omnibus, but I've just ordered the single-volume reprints which were recently released by Overlook Press.

    I just don't like carrying around a huge book - and some of these Omnibus editions are pretty huge.
    That makes plenty of sense! Silly me.

    Personally, i bring out single volumes when i am out. I reserve the omnibus editions for home reading. I would think that omnibus editions would also save precious bookshelf space too.

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    Severian Of The Guild (by Gene Wolfe) containing the books in The New Sun saga.

    Latro In The Mist (by Gene Wolfe) containing the first two Solider books.

    Chronicles Of The Black Company (by Gene Wolfe) including first three books of The Black Company novels I believe.

    Elric: The Stealer Of Souls (by Michael Moorcock) containing the novels that made Elric and his creator famous. Release date: February 19th

    Roger Zelazny: The Chronicles Of Amber (by Roger Zelazny) containing first five of ten books on Amber. (Gollancz masterworks)

    Monarchies of God Omnibus (by Paul Kearny) is to arrive this year if I'm not mistaken.

    Dreamsongs (by GRRM) fall under this category, doesn't it?

    There are some other highly recommended Authors who put out omnibuses: Ursula K Leguin and some other classics whose work is (long) out of print or hardly available.

    a few others who piqued my interest:

    Gotrek & Felix Omnibuses I&II (by William King) 6 books of the popular Warhammer Fantasy franchise.

    Eisenhorn Omnibus (by Dan Abnett) ...popular Warhammer 40.000K series.

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    3. The Black Jewels Trilogy - Anne Bishop
    8. The Sword of Shannara Trilogy - Terry Brooks
    9. Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
    10. LOTR - Tolkien
    Severian Of The Guild (by Gene Wolfe) containing the books in The New Sun saga.
    Chronicles Of The Black Company (by Gene Wolfe) including first three books of The Black Company novels I believe.
    I second all of those. I also have the omnibus for "Ultramarines" based off a game (it's better than it sounds).

    Imagine WoT as an omnibus. That would probably be legally considered a weapon.

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    I have several of the ones already mentioned, so here's the ones that haven't been yet:

    Ash by Mary Gentle

    The Cheysuli Chronicles by Jennifer Roberson (an eight book series: four books comprising two novels each)

    The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon

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    I bought Tanith Lee's The Secret Books of Paradys which is an omnibus edition. Hope to read this at some point this year.

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    Most of mine are listed, but here is another goodie.

    The Complete Chronicles of Conan - Robert E. Howard

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    Quote Originally Posted by cougs View Post
    The Complete Chronicles of Conan - Robert E. Howard
    Quote Originally Posted by thrinidir View Post
    Dreamsongs (by GRRM) fall under this category, doesn't it?
    I don't know, should these be called omnibus editions or anthologies?
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    Quote Originally Posted by columbob View Post
    I don't know, should these be called omnibus editions or anthologies?
    I see where the terminology of omnibus/anthology can get confusing now that you brought it up. The Complete Chronicles of Conan brings together The Conan Chronicles Volume 1 and Volume 2 into a single book, and i generally define an "omnibus" as multiple books in one book and "anthologies" as short story collections (single or multi author). So in the case of TCCOC, I'm not sure if the bringing together of two anthologies into a single book would just be a larger anthology or omnibus (since it is two books in one) .

    ha, good question.

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    The usual answer is that an anthology is a collection of (usually) short stories but put together by one editor (or a group of editors working together) in one book, often with a common link (eg: Wizards, or the author). An omnibus is either a collection of short stories (but usually novels) put together in one book. They do not have to be connected or related, and often the connection is that they are written by the same person/s.

    Having said that, the dreaded genre trilogy falls nicely into this grouping, hence their popularity in SF/Fantasy.

    But there are lots of exceptions!

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    I prefer onmibusses, for a couple of reasons.

    1. I only have to buy one book!
    2. It's orderly.
    3. If three books actually constitute one story, my precious bodily fluids tell me it should be one book if possible.

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