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    Cool Rank your top 3 fantasy series

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

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

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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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    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.

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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!

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cirias View Post

    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!
    Yes, sir. I wish I still had all of my old Redwall paperbacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpsingh_88 View Post
    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.
    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).
    Last edited by Chrysippus; July 11th, 2012 at 04:29 PM.

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    The Twilight Giants trilogy by Troy Denning. The Ogre's Pact, The Giant Amongst US, and The Titan of Twilight. His descriptive parts are so beautiful that is is like prose. He'll describe the landscape and does such a great job that I am very happy. The books also have just the right balance of action and characterization.

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    His Dark Materials - Pullman (because Lyra is pretty cool)
    The Lord of the Rings - Tolkien (because I believe he was my first introduction to the genre)
    Song of Ice and Fire - GRRM (because I like the way he writes)

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    1.) A Song of Ice and Fire- George RR Martin
    2.) Kingkiller Chronicles- Patrick Rothfuss
    3.) Dragonlance (Orignal Trilogy Only) Wies and Hickman

    The 3rd choice I read in highschool and introduced me to the world of Fantasy, well lets say it hooked me. I read LotR first but found the books rambled about food too much. These characters, though cliched in hindsight were fun to read the time. Very good "fun" fantasy.

    Rothfuss works manage to reach emotional levels that I cannot simply understand. Its the only book I have ever actually cried to while reading, both tears of joy and happiness. His ability to weave the story is excellent.

    As for Martin... well he is just so different in terms of fantasy. His style and prose really draw me in. I love his characters, even the ones i hate. World building is realistic but fantasy. I love how the magic is limited and often misintpretted by the characters. The realism with the "dark" aspects such as rape, sex, murder, betrayal, lies, is what i like. Grey characters, a life like world.
    I have yet to find anything to compare to him, but Im looking. I have treid Erikson (seemed too EPIC "god and magic and rez" makes no danger or suspesne bc everything is possible, but i only read half book ONE so I may try again.

    Jordan...well his first book is Lord of the rings exactly with different names, cliched characters and a minor different ending that was very rushed. Lets spend 900 pages copying LotR with more worlds and then have a magic device that gets us to our ultimate destination even though we walked all this way. Its like he realized his book was too long and decided to finish. I literaly had to force myself to finsih this book, it took me three months. I have not read passed this. Had I read WoT before LotR and ASoIaF then it would have probably been on the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmso View Post
    His Dark Materials - Pullman (because Lyra is pretty cool)
    (because I like the way he writes)
    That gives me pause for thought. As much as I liked book 1, the 2nd and 3rd books in that trilogy turned me off. I'm starting to go that way with a number of 'series.' Some of them are just padded (eg WoT), and others suffer from the fact that the longer a set of books is, the more likely there'll be a dud in there somewhere. Also I prefer shorter series with more focused plots.

    Anyway, off the top of my head:

    Butcher: Dresden files (not 'sophisticated' but a fun read. I've got the feeling comics/ graphic novels aren't allowed in this list so it's a good example of an ongoing saga over several books with a constantly changing background

    Martin (ASOIAF)- not his best work IMHO but he does write his characters well (though I'm not convinced about him trying to sanitise his initial villains in later books).

    Some not very famous person: Lord of the Rings. Say what you want about the writing/ editing. At the end of reading through a book, not many will have you thinking 'epic' as much as this one does.

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    So who's going to tally up all the Top 3s? A "best of" is a necessity of this forum every month or so. =)

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    1) A Song of Ice & Fire by George R. R. Martin - hands down.
    2) Bartimaeus Sequence by Jonathan Stroud - A fantasy trilogy full of acerbic wit and hilarious dialogue.
    3) Women Of The Otherword by Kelley Armstrong - have been following this series for almost five years and it started off really strong and ended very anticlimatically. However, the novel's dynamic characters are it's saving grace and the first book will always be re-readable to me, at least.

    Curious to know if anyone here has heard of the third.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emate View Post
    Curious to know if anyone here has heard of the third.
    I read the first few in the series a number of years ago, and seem to remember quite enjoying them in a guilty pleasure kind of way. I think more have been published since I read them, but I have never quite got up the motivation to go back to the series. They were the urban fantasy read I went to after losing all interest in Anita Blake and before I discovered Dresden.

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