August 19th, 2012, 05:55 AM
Cthulhu's Red Bucket
malazan (how can it not be?) - erikson
first law - abercrombie
fafhrd and the gray mouser - leiber
you know, limiting it to three is too hard. if i got thrown on a desert island and told to choose only three series, i'd prefer to beat my own head in with a coconut instead.
August 19th, 2012, 08:18 AM
It never entered my mind
that's why I would take my reader and a solar powered charger. I could load my whole library on an SD card.
Originally Posted by Lucas Thorn
August 19th, 2012, 11:36 AM
ASoIaF - GRRM
Sarantine Mosaic - Guy Gavrield Kay
Farseer Trilogy - Robin Hobb
Three series is pretty limiting. I was tempted to replace Farseer with Kingkiller, but that series isn't finished yet. Also my list has the major caveat that I haven't yet read Malazan. The first five books are in my TBR. I think that will happen this autumn.
August 20th, 2012, 02:16 AM
Cthulhu's Red Bucket
and use the coconuts for what they were always intended for - rum goblets.
Originally Posted by algernoninc
nice idea. well played.
August 20th, 2012, 03:05 PM
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn - Williams
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant - Donaldson
The Lord of the Rings - Tolkien (it was published as three books. Author's intent doesn't really matter, does it? who knows how many of these other trilogies the authors would have wanted to publish as a single book?)
August 20th, 2012, 09:19 PM
Yes, sir. I wish I still had all of my old Redwall paperbacks.
Originally Posted by Cirias
August 22nd, 2012, 03:22 PM
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.
August 22nd, 2012, 11:56 PM
it could be worse
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)
August 29th, 2012, 06:13 PM
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.
August 29th, 2012, 07:26 PM
Tasty or your money back!
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.
Originally Posted by tmso
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.
August 31st, 2012, 10:06 AM
So who's going to tally up all the Top 3s? A "best of" is a necessity of this forum every month or so. =)
August 31st, 2012, 05:09 PM
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.
September 7th, 2012, 08:07 AM
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.
Originally Posted by Emate
September 7th, 2012, 09:03 AM
1. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
2. The Book of the New Sun - Gene Wolfe (is this fantasy?)
3. The Gormenghast novels - Mervyn Peake
in case TBOTNS is no fantasy, I would like to add as a runner up:
4. The Lyonesse trilogy - Jack Vance
September 7th, 2012, 11:34 AM
Yes I think I'd have to agree with you there, the books go a little down-hill due to a multitude of supernatural races that left the urban fantasy world a little cluttered.
Originally Posted by Sipwood