July 23rd, 2012, 12:03 PM
It never entered my mind
Just in order to mention something else than Hobb and Martin, I'll pick:
1) Adrian Tchaikovsky - Shadows of the Apt
2) J V Jones - Sword of Shadows
3) Paul Kearney - Monarchies of God
July 23rd, 2012, 04:01 PM
Amen Randy, this is how I feel as well.
Originally Posted by Randy M.
For my Top 3, of series I have read completely (either to where the series stands or in its finished state), I would go with:
1. Lord of the Rings (using Randy's explanation)
2. A Song of Ice and Fire
3. First Law
July 24th, 2012, 04:26 PM
1. gord the rogue by gary gygax.
2. harry potter by jo rowling.
3. memory, sorrow, and thorn by tad williams.
honorable mention to a song of ice and fire by george rr martin, as i've only read the first three books.
on the other hand, even if lord of the rings were an actual trilogy i'm not sure it would make my top 3...
July 25th, 2012, 02:13 AM
1. A Princess of Roumania, Paul Park
2. The Forsaken Isles and Ison of the Isles, Carolyn Ives Gilman
3. The Lens of the World trilogy, RA MacAvoy
July 25th, 2012, 06:44 AM
couldnt begin to narrow it down to just 3, but definately in the top 10 are
1.The Hobbit, Lord of the rings, silmarillion. i class these as the full series???
2. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
3. The Malazan Book of the Fallen.
also up there would be Kingkiller, Belgariad/mallorean, Amber, Ranger's apprentice, first law, the black company, the painted man (if it developes into a series). all these amongst many others i think.
July 30th, 2012, 08:53 PM
Conan by Robert Howard
Shannara by Terry Brooks
The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
July 31st, 2012, 02:01 AM
This is... wow. We're talking three of my favourite series of all time right there. I'm not the biggest fan of Bakker's Aspect-Emperor, but his original Prince of Nothing ranks among my favourite reads. Erikson can prove hit or miss, but when he does hit it's out of the park (Deadhouse Gates, Crack'd Pot Trail). And Wurts is simply criminally under-read. Her Wars of Light and Shadow is such an ambitious beast and I can't wait until she's done. Only two more to go.
Originally Posted by Obtuse
All three of those mentioned would make the cut if I were doing a top 10, but my own top 3 features none of them. Instead we have...
The Acts of Caine by Stover
Book of the New Sun by Wolfe
Ambergris Cycle by VanderMeer
Trying to explain my choices is an exercise in futility. There is no weak link in any of the three series -- each individual book speaks to me on a level unrivalled by most other complete series.
July 31st, 2012, 02:37 AM
2. Black Company
the Third is hard for me. Too many open ended series that need more books or resolution. JV Jones is a possibility. Covenant was one of my favorites, but Donaldson reopened that world for no good reason. First law and its progeny are wildly entertaining, but lack that extra factor. WOT has improved since Sanderson took over...
I'll go with the Dresden files for 3. Entertaining, powerful, voluminous, and getting better with each new book.
July 31st, 2012, 03:53 PM
I couldn't agree more, but I also understand why a lot folks don't like her writing style. The things I love about her writing, its complexity and density, are the very things that turn many off. She's certainly not for everyone.
Originally Posted by Alrin
July 31st, 2012, 04:19 PM
Riyria Revelations Author
I agree. Her style is unique and done very purposefully, but it can be difficult to get used to. But...for those that like that style they'll be extremely satisfied.
Originally Posted by Obtuse
August 2nd, 2012, 09:50 AM
Is Winter Coming?
#1 used to be 'A Song of Ice and Fire', but with the latest two installments being what they are, Martin has been deposed.
1. The Malazan Book of the Fallen
2. A Song of Ice and Fire
3. Circle of the World (Abercrombie)
August 2nd, 2012, 11:29 AM
A mere player
1st Chronicles of Thomas Covenant and if you aount the 2nd trilogy with it, I'd put it here.
Camber of Culdi - Katherine Kurtz - and most of the Deryni series
The Reluctant Swordsman - Dave Duncan
I don't know why anything written in the last 15 yrs hasn't displaced these as my favorites. Some have tried - Like TWoT and I even enjoyed 1-4 SoT books... but those wore out their welcome. Haven't been able to delve into GRRM or Malazan, either. Could be the time of life I read them or re-read them. There's a lot of recent things I've enjoyed, but they just haven't left the lasting enjoyment the above have. I especially think the Kurtz stuff is under-rated and under-read in SFF these days. Especially the Camber trilogy.
August 2nd, 2012, 04:36 PM
all things Middle Earth - Tolkien
Covenant Chronicles - Donaldson
MST - Williams
August 4th, 2012, 11:52 AM
Life's a riddle
Unless I missed it - no one seems to have mentioned one of the (cq. my) all time gems of fantasy literature:
The books of the New, Long and Short Sun, by Gene Wolfe. Great depth of character, a compelling story and fantastically envisioned world(s). Doesn't get any better than this.
Then, the Dying Earth series by Jack Vance. Another classic, I never get tired of rereading them.
Same for Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series by Fritz Leiber. Think I read each single story at least five times - still enjoying them.
The authors in this on-the-spot top-3 share one particular quality: they are exceptionally good writers - in the sense of pure craftsmanship. Each and every sentence is a small work of art in itself.
Honorable mention for the Riddlemaster (McKillip), Malazan Book of the Fallen (Erikson), LotR (Tolkien) and Earthsea (LeGuin).
August 4th, 2012, 06:32 PM
Malazan's number 1 even with how badly you found Toll the Hounds, EODO?
Originally Posted by End Of Disc One
In no particular order:
Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin
The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
There is a very good chance that The Dagger and the Coin could sneak into here someday too, but right now it's just a very good introduction and a spectacular book.