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Best fantasy novel or series you've read- ever

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Pour moi, I'd have to go with, Dragonlance: Chronicles.
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For me it's Fred Saberhagen's Books of Swords series (with his Berserker series falling right behind). The first three books were the very first fiction novels I had ever read... so that probably has something to do with my decision. But to this day (it was over 20 years ago when I first began to read the swords books) I still enjoy re-reading them from time to time. And as a side note... if you've read the Swords books but you haven't read the Empire of the East books... you really should (they take place in the same world, hundreds of years before what happens in the Books of Swords).

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Hmm, leme think . . . Hobbit/LoTRs . . Shannara , , , Redwall for the kids ~ Harry Potter for sure.

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The Belgariad and thus far A Song of Ice and Fire.
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The Dying Earth series, by Jack Vance
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The Wheel of Time.
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What, just one? You're cruel. Um, I can't speak for a particular favourite to be honest. For instance, I love the way that the Discworld books are a kind of anti-Star wars, in that Lucas writes very old-fashioned fairy tales with princes and prophets and knights and squires and wizards and things, then wraps them up in spaceships and robots, aliens and ray-guns. Then Pratchett writes very modern stories about equality, morality, the need for critical thought and the responibility of consequences, and then wraps them up in fantasy tropes like wizards, witches, dwarfs, gods, werewolves, magic and giant turtles.

I read Feist's Magician at a receptive age, and got my own copy for Christmas, and for ever after when I walk through the woods near my home on a snowy or frosty day I'm reminded of the Duke's headlong flight through the Green Heart.

But right now, one series that sticks in my mind is Louise Cooper's* Star Shadow trilogy. They were great books which borrowed from the local library, and I hope to own them myself one day.

Essentially it's a high-magic civil war, with an oppressive regime, propped up with brutal sorcery, trampling the innocent folks underfoot. Their authority and power comes from the Chaos gods, who vanquished and exiled the gods of Law many centuries before. There is still resistance, however, and one group has even managed to open a fragile line of communication with one of the exiled gods. Anyway, this thoroughly entertaining story romps through three fat volumes until we come to the end, which is an absolute beaut. When you compare it with the horrendoues finale of her Indigo story, the denouement here was so much the better, too.

Essentially, the rebels manage to push the old regime further and further back upon its ancestral fortess, untl at last the gods of Law are free to return to the world and the god of Chaos are themselvs forced to leave. they accept the change of tides, and depart when the rebel victory becomes obvious. But one of them, at the last, puts down the hitory book he was reading in the library,leaving it open at a critical page. He wants the vioctorious rebels to see it. He wants them to understand.

The Chaos gods had been invited to the world, to throw off the shackles of the absolutist lords of Law, to free the opressed people from centuries of tyranny. Turn and turn about.

I'm also a fan of Michael Scott Rohan's work. I really enjoyed his "Winter of the World" series, with its "true smithcraft" magic where skill and song infuse manufacture items with virtues and powers by a smith who knows how. I really love his stories of Stephen Fisher, though; Chase the Morning, The Gates of Noon and Clouid Castles, where the world we know and the world it may be segue and blend into each other at the turn of a road, the lilt of a song or the cast of one's mind, where a voodoo oba, dressed as a hobo, plays the blues on the streets of New Orleans, or where London's Docklands still picks up exotic cargoes from lands that never really existed, and where the terminal delerium of a Spanish grandee breathes life into Baron Samedi. Heady stuff.

*Louise Cooper is an odd author; I first hated, then loved, then hated her Indigo saga all over again. At first I really disliked the intro, with its "Man and his (oh yes, very much his) evil technology brought the vengeance of the slighted Mother Earth upon Him, and jolly good riddance to it, too" homily. I hate that kind of neo-Luddite stuff. But I got through it and into the story, even if it was a clumsy Pandora-esque tale of misplaced resentment unleashing terrible demons upon the world, whom Indigo herself must face and vanquish until they're all dealt with.

And so we go through them, demon by demon, tale by tale, and it's all jolly good stuff, too. Until we come to the last book and the end of the tale. At the end, we discover that these demons are in fact just bits of our heroine's own personality, and that her quest has simply been to sort out her own demons, as it were.

So all those people who died (and there are a lot), did so just so some spoiled little princess can get her head sorted?! Do effin' what? I was annoyed and disgusted, especially since the previous novels had been such a good read.
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Too hard to say. I can tell you that I think I enjoyed reading the DragonLance series the most of all (Chronicles, Legends, 2nd Generation, Summer Flame, and the War of Souls), but I think these books are far from the best fantasy books written.

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Best ever? Lord of the Rings Trilogy. It may not be the best, but it was the first. Professor Tolkien casts a mighty long shadow over the fantasy genre.

Personal favorite: Robert Jordan's wheel of time series. I know how it has to turn out, but I like it anyway. Here's hoping that little brat figures out how to play "snakes and foxes" so we can get Moranie Sedai out of the other world.
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The Black Company series by Glen Cook.


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Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steve Erikson.
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I can't name one. If I had to, I'd say Dragons of Autumn Twilight. That book was (and is) truly spectacular.
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Le Guin's Earthsea trilogy is one that I've returned to time and again. Many of the others I love have been mentioned, but I thought this series of books should be mentioned.
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Whoa - forgot to mention that I really, really liked the DL Chronicles (thanks to my friend Jaybird!!) and also enjoyed Gary's first Gord book . . Saga of Old City.

Poul Anderson's 3 Hearts and 3 Lions was fabulous.

Oh and I enjoyed a bunch of Howard's Conan.

But, I'm still catching up on fantasy novels - as I've spent most of my reading on classics and sci-fi.

So, I'll get back to you after I've read everything!!
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Frizt Leiber's Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser

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How can you pick?

I too liked the Belgariad.

I'm big on RA Salvatore too. Don't care if they're a product book, they're good and fun.

That said, so were the Dragonlance books, right? or did they do the novels first, then the D&D supplement?

LOTR will always be special, but before that was CONAN and Lovecraft. hello.

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Dragonlance Chronicles.

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Based purely on which one I have reread the most often: Belgariad/Mallorean series. I really love the characterization the most. Silk is probably my all time favorite thief type.
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Hrolfgar wrote:
Frizt Leiber's Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser

I'll throw a vote out for these two heros, too.
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I will have to go with the following from my vault o' books:

1. The Avatar Series. (Thanks to Slimy for suggesting this one moons ago..)

2. Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind. (Too bad they tarnished it with that god forsaken tv series, its bad Bad BAD!!!)

3. War of the Spider Queen various writers (I love drow, LOVE Lloth and LLOOVVEE the Abyss, nuf said)

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LordSeurek wrote:
2. Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind. (Too bad they tarnished it with that god forsaken tv series, its bad Bad BAD!!!)

*chuckles* Some of us are quite enjoying that series actually.

Who can go wrong with chicks in red leather who mack on each other?
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gideon_thorne wrote:
*chuckles* Some of us are quite enjoying that series actually.

Who can go wrong with chicks in red leather who mack on each other?

Fair point Peter, but the acting is horrible man.....
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LordSeurek wrote:
Fair point Peter, but the acting is horrible man.....

Wasn't looking at her 'acting'. Great to freeze frame for action scenes though.

But I did enjoy the SOT book series.
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The Conan Saga by Robert E. Howard
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If I go by the number of times I've re-read them, series: The Lord of the Rings, novel: The Eaters of the Dead.

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This thread is great for making a list!
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I hate to be part of a long line, but LORD OF THE RINGS is right up there. But let me add Simon R. Green's Hawk & Fisher series as something to read and enjoy.

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gideon_thorne wrote:
*chuckles* Some of us are quite enjoying that series actually.

Who can go wrong with chicks in red leather who mack on each other?

QFT!

Plus, unlike other shows like the new BSG, this is one I can actually sit down and watch with my son.
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I really loved DL Chronicles when I read them as a teenager. I picked them up again a few years ago (before sending 'em on to Rhu), and I just couldn't rekindle the magic.
One series that I remember enjoying around the same time (Thanks to the Science Fiction book club) was Thieves' World. It was a compilation of different authors who took turns writing chapters of the story. I was just thinking about that series a few weeks ago when, what do you know? I came across the first two books on the $1 rack at Half Price Books. I'm looking forward to revisiting hem, and am hopeful I won't repeat disappointment.

Honorable Mention, I guess, goes to a book called "The Exploits of Ebenezum". It was a comedic novel about a wizard who was cursed to be allergic to magic. He and his bumbling, girl-crazy apprentice set out to concoct a cure. If I remember correctly, it had a fast-talking demon who was the sleazy used car dealer of cursed magic items and a barbarian who was so dumb that he failed to realize that Ebenezum was the wizard he'd been hired to assassinate. He became his bodyguard instead.

Finally, gotta admit loving Lord of the Rings. Despite his verbosity, Tolkien paints quite the beautiful picture for your imagination.
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My favorite series is Lee's "Secret Books of Paradys", with the high points being the novella "Malice in Saffron" (in the "Book of the Damned"), and the last novel, the "Book of the Mad". The Paradys series is hard to place genre-wise, though, as it touches dark fantasy, science fiction, horror, and alternative history.

Equally hard to fit into a single genre is Jan Potocki's "The Manuscript Found in Saragossa.". Potocki is one of the giants of Polish literature, and the "Manuscript" is an unrelentingly weird series of tales-within-tales that range from ghost stories to cabalistic romance.
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Ok, if this thread is good for making lists, I recommend these:

The Thieves World Series.

Might also try The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas under Red Skies both by Scott Lynch.

For those who like gaelic themed stories. Morgan Llewellyn's Celtic World books.

For more Sci fi, I suggest the Deathstalker series by Simon R Green.
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