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Let's not forget:

Elric of Melnibon series by Michael Moorcock

as well as the other Eternal Champion series heroes:

Corum Jhaelen Irsei

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Duke Dorian Hawkmoon

Loved these as well as the Jerry Cornelius books, though the latter are better labeled as sci-fi.
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The Elenium and Tamuli series by David Eddings...followed close by the Bahzell books by David Weber.

Both are great examples of paladins that don't quite follow type.
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Go0gleplex wrote:
The Elenium and Tamuli series by David Eddings...followed close by the Bahzell books by David Weber.

Both are great examples of paladins that don't quite follow type.

Yeah, I love Sparhawk and company. In fact I think I need to dig those out and reread them, I think I last read them over 10 years ago. Then again, I can say the same for the Belgariad and Mallorean series.
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Rigon wrote:
novel: The Eaters of the Dead.

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I second this one.

In general, I'd select Robert E. Howard's Conan tales.
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Steven Erikson's Malazan books. No contest. Deadhouse Gates is still one of the most fantastic books I've ever read.
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Ok,

I am having a hard time coming up with one from my top three. But since this is page 3 and he has not been mentioned yet.

The Amber Series by Roger Zelazny.

But I also have to list:

Black Company by Glen Cook

The Deryni Series by K. Kurtz (the series that proves Psioncs is very medieval).

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Frost wrote:
I second this one.

In general, I'd select Robert E. Howard's Conan tales.

Dammit, I don't know why but I forgot about this one. I'll put this up there as one, if not my favorite fantasy novel.

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Thieves World

Fahfard & Grey Mouser

Conan

Elizabeth Moon's 3 book trilogy "Deeds of Paksenarrion" The best description of a character becoming a paladin I've ever read.

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If I had to pick just one series, it would be Zelazny's first Chronicles of Amber. But running close behind are GRRM's Song of Ice and Fire, Lois McMaster Bujold's Chalion books and of course Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser.

For something on the lighter side, let me recommend Kage Baker's Anvil of the World and The House of the Stag, along with L. Sprauge de Camp's The Unbeheaded King and his collected Harold Shea stories (The Complete Compleat Enchanter has them all, I think).
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Ok there are several excellent books already mentioned, but I have to say that I love the Thraxas series by Micheal Scott
Also one of my favorite fantasy books is 'Spell of Empire' Micheal Scott Rohan - something about the swashbuckling writing reminds me of a fantasy version of the 70's 3 and 4 Musketeer films

Other favourites include Fritz Lieber's swords series, REHowards Conan and Eddings Belgariad and Elenium

But, heresy here, although I've read and enjoyed Tolkien I really am not that enamoured of the Lord of the Rings (ducks and covers)

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Grey wrote:
But, heresy here, although I've read and enjoyed Tolkien I really am not that enamoured of the Lord of the Rings (ducks and covers)

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Personally, I loved the LOTR movies (being a big Peter Jackson fan), but found myself unable to get through the books.
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I like the Shannara series by Terry Brooks. The Drenai Series by David Gemmel is one of my favorites. I am a big fan of Waylander. I liked the Mythgar series also.

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REHoward's Conan

JRRT LotR

Weis & Hickman Dragonlance

I will agree that the DL series was awesome in 1984, but not so much in 2007, when I re-read them.
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lobocastle wrote:
The Drenai Series by David Gemmel is one of my favorites.

Hell, anything by David Gemmel is awesome.
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Also, for the best Paladin story ever written, try the Deed of Paksennarrion by Elizabeth Moon.
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M A R Barker's Tekumel books are very good -

The Man of Gold

Flamesong

Lords of Tsmra

Prince of Skulls

A Death of Kings

Moorcock's multiverse ouevre is going to take some beating -

Elric series, Eternal Champion stuff, Von Bek trilogy, Gloriana, and on (and now he's writing a Dr Who novel for publication next year I gather)

I've enoyed Ursula K le Guin over the years too

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1. J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings

2. Robert E. Howard's Conan stories

3. Michael Crighton's Eaters of the Dead

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Erickson and the Malazan books, followed closely my George RR Martin and the Thrones books -- though I wish he'd release another one already.
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Heruka wrote:
M A R Barker's Tekumel books are very good -

The Man of Gold

Dang, thanks for the reminder . . I picked this up a few years back and want to read it!!
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Old classics in fantasy:

The Lost World ~ Arthur Conan Doyle

The Lost Continent or Tarzan ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs

King Solomon's Mines ~ H. Rider Haggard

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For me, the best fantasy novel or series I have ever read is the book "A Game of Thrones" by George R.R. Martin. This is the first true fantasy series that I have ever read and it is wonderful. Mr. Martin is a strong writer who is not afraid to build up and tear down characters making the story unpredictable and all the more exciting.

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1. Lord of the Rings

2. Cook's "Black Company" novels

3. Elizabeth Moon's original three Pasksenarrion novels (collected as The Deed of Paksenarrion). The new one from the same universe that she released this spring was disappointing. Fortunately, the new books don't focus on the Paks character, so you can easily skip them.

4. Jordan's "Wheel of Time"

I'd list George R. R. Martin's "Song of Fire and Ice," but he and everyone else alive today will be dead of old age before he releases the next installment. At least we'll see how the Wheel of Time ends in just one more year.
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Hour of the Dragon by R.E. Howard

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danbuter wrote:
The Black Company series by Glen Cook.


or


Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steve Erikson.

This.
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Maybe I'm a sucker for the mass books, but my favorites are not the typical classics.

My all time favorite would probably be Lone Wolf by Joe Dever.

Next up would probably be R.A. Salvatore's Dark Elf series/Drizzt...BUT with the caveat that this would be the books PRIOR to the Transition series...though it starts to go down hill in the trilogy before that. Hopefully Gauntlegrym will go back to a more exciting and fun writing style.

Then the ORIGINAL short stories/stories by Robert Howard, mostly Conan (which is far different in style then the later ones fabricated or written by others).

After that would probably be Way of the Tiger gamebooks, and finally after that (yes I know, waaaay over the limit of the favorte books series ever, but who knows maybe some of you don't count gamebooks as books) it would be a toss up between the Shannara series and the Thomas Covenant series.

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Tough tough call, but I think the most inspiring stuff I've read has been the compiled Solomon Kane stuff. There are many contenders for this spot though... Moorcock's Elric Saga comes to mind
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Choose Your Own Adventure by Various.

Not really a novel, per se, but something that lets you get a whole new experience each time you read it.
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The Gotrek and Felix series
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Post by Falinor »

This post has given me a lot of good suggestions for new reading material. I don't think I can narrow a list down to 1, but 3 might be doable.

1. LOTR

2. Rift War (Magician) by Raymond Feist

3. Garret PI by Glenn Cook

As for Golden Oldies

Fellowship of the Talisman by Clifford Simak

John Carter of Mars by Edgar R Burroughs
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