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Hello,

I recently finished reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I know, I know. It took me long enough. I had read the Hobbit many moons ago but only now did I finally work my way through Lord of the Rings.

Yes, I enjoyed it. Although I might like The Hobbit a little more.

Anyway, I want to read more fantasy. I know nothing of it. I know there is a lot of mass market stuff out there, but I'd like to read the best of the best for this genre.

Any recommendations? I am already aware of the Fire and Ice books and I did read the first book in the Earthsea trilogy. Ideally, I'd like it not to be part of a huge crazy long series unless you feel it is worth the effort. Small series are ok, especially if they actually end and not leave you hanging.

Any ideas??

Many thanks.

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Perhaps too obvious, but Harry Potter. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
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I'd heartily suggest the His Dark Materials trilogy. Not overlong, but quite awesome.

Stay the hell away from the movie though.
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You might want to try some of David Edding's stuff. The Belgariad and the Malloreon are both very good reads.
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The Gormenghast trilogy.
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Once you get tired of all the serious stuff, try Terry Pratchett's Discworld books.
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Where the Mild Things Are!
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If you're in a mood for fantasy and fun give Terry Pratchett's "Color of Magic" a try. Set in his Discworld it is not only good but good fun, too.

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Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is excellent.

These days I'm not usually a huge fan of fantasy, but the writing is superb, and the author clearly knows her Romantic literary history. She writes with a hilarious Victorian voice, and channels everything from Byron to Austen, all with considerable wit and ample winking to the reader. It's a nice take on the conventions, and a fine read.

It's not epic or particularly lyrical, so it may not be what you're looking for, but I highly recommend it to anyone interested in dry parody and a masterful take on the genre.
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Oooh! I'd be remiss to neglect the excellent oeuvre of Peter Beagle, best known for the wonderful The Last Unicorn. A Fine and Private Place is great, too.
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Anything by Neil Gaiman.
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You have heard of Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series.

I would encourage you and anyone else before too long to try Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind -- just cannot wait for more books in the series.

I would give a Mild recommend on C.S. Lewis's series The Chronicles of Narnia. I would recommend you wiki Narnia for the chronology of the books, as they were not published sequentially by time in the setting. It has a youthful and simple charm and is best read early on in one's experience with fantasy. They don't hold up well for those with more experience. It really helps to have it under your belt before you tackle Pullman's His Dark Materials series, too. The clash of ideals between the two series is more worth it than either one series alone.

I would tell anyone to run screaming from Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series, for to my tastes it was too long and it had too many sermon-like commentaries on modern society and its politics. Also avoid Greg Keyes' series A Kingdom of Throne and Bone. It only had two worthwhile characters and dragged on so long, only to rush to an end in the last 1/4 of the last novel.

Just having finished the Lord of the Rings trilogy, You may be right now in a good place to not mind the similarites of Christopher Paolini's series the Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingir) to Professor Tolkien's world. The series is not yet finished, and is now starting to show mild promise for a new direction at the end of the third novel.

For some pure adventure, R.A. Salvatore's Drizzit novels are approachable and fun. But the series is so long that I can't say that there is any better place to start than the beginning - so a lot of trips to the Library. If the series didn't refer back to prior novels so much I would say to just start anywhere. Some of his novels I liked the best didn't involve Drizzit at all, though. He made a short trilogy called the Crimson Shadow -- One of the characters in it is the best comic reliefs I have come across in fantasy.
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I ran across this page in a google search. Seems like a pretty good list:

Top 25 Best Fantasy Books
http://www.bestfantasybooks.com/top25-fantasy-books.php
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My favorite fantasy reads:

Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper:
Under Sea, Over Stone
The Dark is Rising
Greenwitch
Silver on the Tree
The Grey King

The 1st three are spectacular and really draw you in. I read the last 2 to finish the series/find closure, but they aren't really necessary.

The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud:
The Amulet of Samarkand
The Golem's Eye
Ptolemy's Gate

All 3 of these are really good.

Lavinia by Ursula LeGuin
Excellent!!

Annals of the Western Shore series by Ursula LeGuin:
Gifts
Voices
Powers

I especially liked the first and last book. The 2nd one was not as engaging.

A Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L'Engle:
A Wrinkle in Time
A Wind in Door
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
Many Waters

All highly recommended!! Mystery Bob is reading these now and loving them!

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott:
The Alchemyst
The Magician
The Sorceress
The Necromancer

I've read the first 2 and they are pretty entertaining with lots of suspense. I haven't yet read the 3rd one and the last one is coming out 5/25/2010.

The Magic of Reason series by Justine Larbalestier:
Magic or Madness
Magic Lessons
Magic's Child

I really enjoyed the first book, was meh on the 2nd, and was very glad I bought the last book as it clears up the problems I had with the 2nd one. Recommended.
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The Black Magician trilogy by Trudi Canavan.
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Drew1365 wrote:
Redbeardin84 wrote:
I would give a Mild recommend on C.S. Lewis's series The Chronicles of Narnia. I would recommend you wiki Narnia for the chronology of the books, as they were not published sequentially by time in the setting.


I would, in fact, recommend that they be read in the order of publication, not in the order that the current publisher numbers them. "The Magician's Nephew" is the sixth book, although now given the number 1, but it presumes knowledge of the earlier books. This is evident in the text itself. The same can be said for "The Horse and His Boy," now numbered third, but actually the fifth book. When considered in publication order, the books gradually become more complex and layered, again, presuming a knowledge of the earlier books.

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It has a youthful and simple charm and is best read early on in one's experience with fantasy. They don't hold up well for those with more experience.


Rather, I'd say that they can be enjoyed by children and adults, but for different things. I recently read them all to my oldest daughter, and while she loved them on the "story" level, I found myself discovering layers of meaning in the text.

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It really helps to have it under your belt before you tackle Pullman's His Dark Materials series, too. The clash of ideals between the two series is more worth it than either one series alone.


"His Dark Materials" is essentially Pullman's response to Narnia. But Pullman's interpretation of Narnia is wack!


So, as you can see Drew and I, despite each having an awesome first name, disagree on these works. You might note that if microbadges speak truth that Drew is coming from the worldview of a Christian, and Andrew is coming from a Worldview of a former catholic who has come to be a Taoist. Perhaps it can be the result of one's own life experiences that colors the lens of enjoyment of each of these series. But I think we both can agree there are larger wastes of time in the universe than a person giving both of these series a chance for themselves and making up one's own mind about each of them, and about how they play against each other.
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The Icewind Dale Trilogy by R. A. Salvatore is an awesome read.
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams.

Seriously, it should be required reading in school.
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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Best fantasy story I've read in a long time. It has about 500 fve-star reviews on Amazon, too.
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams.

Seriously, it should be required reading in school.


+1 YES!!!

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is good too!!
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I enjoyed Dragonlance Chronicles, and Dragonlance Legends. All the rest I would suggest staying away from, but that's six books for you.
 
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Redbeardin84 wrote:

I would encourage you and anyone else before too long to try Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind -- just cannot wait for more books in the series.


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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Best fantasy story I've read in a long time. It has about 500 five-star reviews on Amazon, too.


No, there's no echo in here

And Even though you did ask for fantasy, Add my name to the list of those recommending the science fiction humor of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide series
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More fantasy recommendations here, with links to yet more to be found therein... http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/478040/what-to-read-afte...

It does depend on what you like in your fantasy, though. I'm enjoying 'The Gentleman Bastard Sequence' by Scott Lynch, but only two of the planned seven books are out yet, so don't dive in too quickly!

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