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Initial post: 8 Mar 2012 14:13:03 GMT
Avidreader says:
So, what's left to read? Surely there must be some more classic fantasy out there that has escaped me? No self promotion please.. Classics only!

Right, in somewhat of an order of enjoyment of those already read and with commentary:

1. Belgariad - David Eddings (Mallorean would come much further down the list and let's not even mention the others..)
2. Magician - Feist (I don't know how he could write such an amazing book only for it to be followed by severely average writing - although I did enjoy the Empire series)
3. Pratchett - anything and everything
4 Rothfuss - love them both. Please hurry up with the writing (take note Martin..)
5. GRR Martin - did you have to reread them all several times to remember what on earth you had written as you took sooo long
6. Lotr - obviously
7. Goodkind - until you started preaching at me around book 6..I get that you're into religion now please stop going on about it
8. Canavan - enjoyed but getting repetitive now
9. Abercrombie - good reads and refreshing
10. Dragon lance - good bit of fantasy classic for the main 4 books
11. Mcaffrey - simple reads but for the most part enjoyable
12. Harry Potter - not averse to a good bit of children's fantasy
13. Eragon and Inheritance - ditto HP comments
14. Tchaikovsky(sp?) - currently reading and enjoying
15. Croggan - just finished and enjoyed for an easy read
16. Erikson - good books but the first requires a little determination
17. Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series - very enjoyable if not a classic
18. Peter Brett - close but no banana

Others in no particular order:
- Tad Williams ok but could take it or leave it
- Robert Jordan tooo long. Lost interest around book 8
- Snyder ok reads
- Sanderson - seem to be struggling with these
- JV Jones - average
- Donaldson's Covenant books - started off so well.. Oh dear..
- Katherine Kerr - ok but forgettable

So what have you read that gives you that finger tingling, page turning feeling?

Posted on 8 Mar 2012 14:22:34 GMT
Have you read anything by Mercedes Lackey? She is one of my absolute favourites along with McCaffrey, Pratchett and Piers Anthony.

Start with Arrows of the Queen (Daw Science Fiction)

Posted on 8 Mar 2012 15:15:12 GMT
J.Yasimoto says:
You seem to have most of the modern "big names" covered, but a glaring omission is David Gemmell. Start with Legend).

Posted on 8 Mar 2012 16:09:54 GMT
For the sheer quality of the writing, check out Roger Zelazny. And a glaring ommission from your list would be Robin Hobb.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2012 16:23:03 GMT
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Posted on 8 Mar 2012 22:26:34 GMT
Katy May says:
Barbara Hambley, elizabeth Moon, Terry Brooks, le Guin, Kristen Cashore, LE Modesitt, Peter V Brett. mainly modern classics but really enjoyable.

Posted on 8 Mar 2012 22:48:10 GMT
Dolt Dullard says:
I recently re-read Michael Moorcock's Elric books and still found them to be impressive. I'd second the David Gemmell recommendation above, too. He was probably one of the best writers of heroic fantasy ever. I've also enjoyed the works of Robert E. Howard, Lin Carter, and L. Sprague de Camp. Out of the new breed of fantasy writers, to date the only author to really interest me has been Joe Abercrombie who brings a much needed new perspective to the genre.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Mar 2012 14:51:52 GMT
John Keys says:
The Passage by Justin Cronin [the outstanding print quality in hardback is admittedly alarge plus factor] apparently film rights purchased by Speilberg. Also how about Iain M Banks ?

Posted on 9 Mar 2012 15:09:02 GMT
Caryl576 says:
Lots of good stuff mentioned. I'll add

C.J Cherryh's fantasy stuff (4 series of superb books and some stand alones) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._J._Cherryh

Andre Norton's Witch World Stuff (I'd avoid those written by other collaborators). I don't think thw witch world stuff is availabe free, but there are a fair number of free sories available on Gutenberg etc

Patricia McKillup Outstanding, whimsical adult storys with a fairytail feel

of those mentioned above, Robert E Howard (has a fair amount availabe free on gutenberg etc), David Gemmel, Barbara Hambly and Roger Zelany's early output are well worth hunting down.

Posted on 9 Mar 2012 16:37:50 GMT
walrus says:
Dragon Prince
Alanna, the First Adventure (Song of the Lioness)
Furies Of Calderon: The Codex Alera: Book One: Codex Alera 01

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Mar 2012 16:58:49 GMT
John Keys says:
Forgot to mention Dune series by FRank Herbert even the oft maligned film version was visually arresting[Who can forget Kyle riding the worm?] Also have to give a mention to Oryx and Crake a Classic Margaret Attwood.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Mar 2012 22:46:59 GMT
I was hoping someone would mention Legend!

Posted on 9 Mar 2012 22:48:24 GMT
I second the David Gemmell recommendation.

Posted on 9 Mar 2012 22:57:35 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2012 18:05:45 GMT
C. McKernan says:
read Robin Hobb,pretty much everything is good,also Peter v brett ,"the painted man" and the "orcs" and Dwarves" series

Posted on 10 Mar 2012 21:37:52 GMT
G. Owens says:
The Worm Ouroboros - JR Eddison
The Incomplete Enchanter - L Sprage de Camp and Fletcher Pratt for a bit of humour
the Fafhfd and the Grey Mouser stories of Fritz Lieber
Another Fine Myth - Robert Asprin
Nine Princes in Amber - Roger Zelazny
Merlin - Robert Nye
Loads and loads of stuff to enjoy yet, cartloads of it round the back

Posted on 11 Mar 2012 00:29:46 GMT
Agree with G. Owens, Fritz Leiber's old Lankhmar books *should* be classic Sword & Sorcery, great stuff.

Swords And Deviltry (Lankhmar)

Posted on 11 Mar 2012 08:44:05 GMT
Mr. A. Byham says:
How about Helliconia trilogy by Brian Aldiss? Read it and you'll realise ... "ah, that's how religions start"

Posted on 11 Mar 2012 15:46:22 GMT
S. Warren says:
russell kirkpatrick is fantastic-Also try the watch series by sergei lukyanenko,both a bit different from the norm (last watch not sword an sorcery but not really vamp either)sally w.

Posted on 11 Mar 2012 23:20:45 GMT
Isabella says:
Neil Gaiman, Alexey Pehov.

Posted on 13 Mar 2012 19:11:39 GMT
Babel-Fish says:
I strongly urge you to read the Eternal Champion interconnected storylines by Michael Moorcock. These include the Elric novels, Dorian Hawkmoon, Erokose, Jerry Cornelius, Jherek Carnelian, Oswald Bastable, John Daker(who remembers all his incarnations) & Graf Ulrich von Bek, to name but a few.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2012 20:29:40 GMT
Mr. A. Byham says:
Oh yes, agree with this. Dancers at the end of time is quite unique.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Mar 2012 22:44:48 GMT
Marta says:
What about Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy? or some of his other novels. Personally I think his best works were in the short stories - but many of these have been collated into volumes within individual types - his robot stories for example

Posted on 23 Mar 2012 12:00:49 GMT
Avidreader says:
Thanks all. I am working my way through Recluse and Gemell at the moment (forgot to mention Hobb on my read list but she does have a new book out next month!). I am also tempted by the Hunger Games at the moment..

Some great ideas and some more happy reading for me. Much appreciated. I love that unputdownableness that I only really get with a good fantasy book.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2012 19:48:23 GMT
Thought I might add Brent weeks - noone seems to have mentioned - I couldn't put that down, and I seem to have read pretty much everything you mentioned, so probably have similar taste in books.
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