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MY TOP FIVE FANTASY SERIES

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OK ... this isn't a normal type of "favorite" but I want to put it out there ...

 

 

Robert L. Aspirin's M.Y.T.H. books are hilarious. If you need something light to read, and don't mind laughing, these books had me in stiches. They were actually dangerously funny, since I occasionally read while I eat, and I came close to choking.

 

Here's the list. I haven't quite read all of them yet, but I plan to.

 

Another Fine Myth (1978)

Myth Conceptions (1980)

Myth Directions (1982)

Hit or Myth (1983)

Myth-ing Persons (1984)

Little Myth Marker (1985)

M.Y.T.H. inc. Link (1986)

Myth-Nomers and Im-Pervections (1987)

M.Y.T.H. inc. in Action (1990)

Sweet Myth-tery of Life (1993)

Myth-Ion Improbable (2001)

Something M. Y. T. H. Inc. (2002)

Myth-told Tales (2003) with Jody Lynn Nye

Myth Alliances (2003) with Jody Lynn Nye

Myth-taken Identity (2004) with Jody Lynn Nye

Class Dis-Mythed (2005) with Jody Lynn Nye

Myth-Gotten Gains (2006) with Jody Lynn Nye

 

It's alot of books, but each one is not very long, and you can space them out ... they're not complicated, just very, very funny.

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Well I'm not gonna bother making a list sice my favourite series have been mentioned so often.

 

A lot of people here have mentioned LOTR which of course is fantastic but what do you think of Silmarillion, not a great "book" it's more like reading a history book but the story is awesome! If that book had been properly written (no offence on anyone intended here) and not all mashed togethere in a single volume then the story in the Silmarillion would have made a fantastic series.

 

Does anyone agree here? :P

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Didn't really care for the Silmarillion. Too much like reading a history book. Rest of the series is great though. I'm going to add a couple of ones that I thought were good that haven't been mentioned:

 

The Black Company -- Excellent series, but not for everyone -- Glen Cook.

The Mists of Avalon -- Though not a series.

The Landover Series -- Terry Brooks, fun read not overly thought provoking :lol:.

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Guest Emperor

Song of Ice and Fire

Dark Tower

Sword of Truth

 

 

There was a time I would have put WoT up there, but now I somewhat detest the books. Ironic.

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Ok, in no particular order - my five favourite series!

 

Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan

 

Belgariad - David Eddings

 

Malloreon - David Eddings

 

Dragonriders of Pern series - Anne McCaffrey

 

Tough decision for the final place. A toss up between Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori series and Takashi Matsuoka's Cloud of Sparrows/Autumn Bridge.

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WoT - Jordan

Amber Chronicles - Zelanzy

Earthsea Trilogy - LeGuin

Deryni series - Kurtz

LoTR - Tolkien

 

Some of these are a little older than a lot of the people here but if you haven't tried Zelanzy or LeGuin you are missing out. Zelanzy also has several books aside from the Amber ones. A Doorway in the Sand is a very good one.

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Here goes:

  • The Recluce Saga: L.E. Modesitt, Jr
    Discworld Series: Terry Pratchett
    Harry Potter: J.K. Rowling
    LoTR
    The Shannara series: Terry Brooks
    The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Stephen Donaldson (I didn't really like the second.)
    WoT

And now I'm gonna have to go and investigate many of the other books I've never heard of! :)

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I am reading the Dark tower atm' date=' but havent really gotten into it yet. It's Stephen Kings way of writing... Still need to get used to it, but normally the books end up quite okay.

 

I just noticed I left out two books. [b']Dune[/b] by Frank Herbert is a really good read (at least the first book, the rest... they just go on and on...), but dont know if it is fantasy or sf although both are kinda the same. And the other books I left out are of course the ones by Tolkien. You cant compare any of the following books with this one. He created the genre in the first place, the rest are just books which deviate from the original books. Not that books after this trilogy are always worse, but just you cant really compare the founder with the ones following.

 

 

I would certainly put Dark Tower up there in the list along with Dune. I also agree with you that after the first, that series goes into a rambling meander through philosophy and ethics. As far as entertainment, the prequels were much better although they were not of the same caliber as the original books.

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Wheel of Time- one of my all time favorites.

 

Lord of the Rings- gotta love the classics.

 

Wayfarer Series by Sara Douglas.

 

Chronicles of Druss & the Jon Shannow books by David Gemmell (actually all of his books are great) -- His death truly saddened me.

 

Harry Potter

 

The Farseer, Liveship, and Golden Fool Robin Hobb

 

and one I've not seen mentioned

 

The books about Rhapsody by Elizabeth Hayden

 

and the Dark Tower but not as much as it used to be

 

and the Sword of Truth even though Richard Rahl really does come off as a big Shmuck.

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1. Wheel of Time - RJ

2. Sword of Truth- Terry Goodkind....if anyone knows of a good SoT RP site, PM me please :)

3. The Vampire Chronicles- Anne Rice

4. Drawing Blood- Poppy Z Brite

5. The Summons among others by John Grisham, a writer from my home town :)

 

 

The Wayfarer series was a good one too, it deserves to be up there ;)

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Guest Barmacral

I'm not sure just how many SoT RP boards you'll find, as from what I understand, Goodkind hates RP and the idea of people RP'ing in his world.

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Coldfire trilogy, yet. It's really pretty good. Can't remember the author, though. It's basically a Sci-Fi/Fantasy. It takes place like thousands of years in the future, but it's about colonists from Earth who find themselves stranded on a planet, and a strange force on the planet basically destroys all of their technology. The book itself takes place about a thousand years after the colonists are stripped of their technology. It's a great story of how good and evil must somehow ally to defeat a greater evil.

 

Other than Coldfire and WoT, the only other fantasy series I've read through beginning to end is the Belgariad (sp?) which was all right at the time, but now it just seems too cliche. Farmer kid grows up, becomes a king, goes to battle evil, wins. WoT is so much deeper, and Coldfire isn't nearly so cliche.

 

I usually read more sci-fi and modern sci-fi, though. :P Michael Crichton ftw!

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Guest Stefania Sedai

I am so stoked to see so many of you mention Eddings Belgariad! That was my very first trist in the fantasy world and I've been stuck ever since. I will, however, admit that I read them at like, age 10 and they do seem a little juvenile 16 years later. I passed them on to my nephew.

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