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Samwell's Top 20 (+) Fantasy and High Adventure Books
SQ "Samwell aka Sam the Stranger aka Hannibal"
Tarzan of the Apes (Tarzan (Ballantine))
"Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. For the great Tarzan series I read as a boy. Lush jungles, rich wildlife, lost worlds, jewelled kingdoms, pirates, inner earth reptilian civilzations..."
"The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. A wonderful tale and precursor to Tolkien's magnum opus."
The Lord of the Rings
"The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. A masterpiece (except for the Tom Bombadil part)"
The Complete Chronicles of Conan: Centenary Edition
"The Conan Chronicles by Robert E. Howard. Magical tales of Conan, the greatest warrior of the legendary Hyborian Age of sword and sorcery"
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7) [Children's Edition]
"Harry Potter by JK Rowling. One of the greatest fantasy series ever.The real depth of the story is revealed in the third book. Critics are either envious or never got past the second book."
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire)
"A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. A Genius. The Best Epic ever (though unfinished). Set in a world where the seasons take years, and after a long summer, winter is coming..and the Others."
Gardens of the Moon (Book 1 of The Malazan Book of the Fallen)
"The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson is on par with Martin. This is a magnificent series on an epic scale, and Erikson regularly delivers the next fix"
Fevre Dream (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)
"Fevre Dream by George RR Martin. A very creepy, atmospheric tale with a brilliant twist. Set in the 19th century. Vampires on a Steamboat on the Mississippi River."
Assassin's Quest (The Farseer Trilogy - Book 3): 3/3
"The FarseerTrilogy by Robin Hobb. A wonderful, character driven and atmospheric tale in a medieval type setting."
Sailing to Sarantium (The Sarantium mosaic)
"The Sarantine Mosaic by Guy Gavriel Kay. A beautifully crafted tale in a Byzantium setting with chariot races, political intrigue, mythical creatures, and brilliant characters."
The Armageddon Rag
"The Armageddon Rag by George RR Martin. Did I mention that I am a fan of Martin's writing? Rock n Roll and the Supernatural collide in a fantasticaly dark, funny, and deeply moving tale"
Bridge of Birds
"Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart. A beautiful fantasy set in an Ancient China that never was. Follow the mystical and magical adventures of Master Li and Number Ten Ox. A true fantasy masterpiece."
Severian of the Guild: Shadow of TheTorturer; Claw of The Conciliator; Sword of The Lictor; Citadel of The Autarch: With Shadow of the Torturer AND ... AND Citadel of the Autarch (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
"The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe. A mesmerising tale set in the far future that will keep you guessing and sometimes a little confused. It does need some patience though..."
The Liveship Traders 1: Ship of Magic
"The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb. Another great trilogy by Hobb. A world to get lost in. Pirates, sea monsters, dragons and talking ships. Entertaining and a lot of fun."
Mort: (Discworld Novel 4) (Discworld Novels)
"Mort by Terry Pratchet. How could I forget Mort? Very entertaining and just hilarious. Death takes an Apprentice and goes on holiday? My favourite comic fantasy tale."
The Lies of Locke Lamora
"The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. The new kid on the block! Part 1 of the new Gentlemen Bastard Series - it features the adventures of the greatest Con Artist to ever emerge from Fantasy!"
Perdido Street Station
"Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. First (and best, though 'The Scar' is also brilliant) of the Bas-Lag Series. Bas-Lag is a unique world, full of weird cities & creatures.."
The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad
"The Coyote Kings of the Space Age Bachelor Pad by Minister Faust. Cool, funny & fresh. Reality bending drugs. Weird gangs. Ancient artifacts. Robotic weapons. Philip K Dick meets the Fresh Prince."
Eaters Of The Dead
"Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton. He can write techno-thrillers, victorian capers, medical dramas and fantasy too! An Arab Diplomat-Warrior from Baghdad travels to the lands of the Vikings."
The Eyes of the Dragon
"The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King. A very good fantasy tale in a medieval setting. Can be read as a stand alone, though it is connected to King's Dark Tower series (which I haven't read)"
The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream
"The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Is it fantasy? I think so, but just kept it outside the Top 20. Has its origins in a tale from the Arabian Nights. A well known bestseller."
From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain
"From the Notebooks of Dr Brain by Minister Faust. What do superheroes do when they have no villains to fight ? They go in for therapy! Faust weaves a tale of power, corruption and post 911 society."
The Last Light of the Sun
"The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay. A very well written and engaging Viking saga, realistic with elements of fantasy."
The First Book of Lankhmar (FANTASY MASTERWORKS)
"Lankhmar by Fritz Leiber. Funny and Dark. Featuring two famous fantasy archetypes, the thief and the barbarian. Lankhmar, with its strange guilds, is one of the most fantastic cities ever created."
"Salem's Lot by Stephen King. A plague of Vampires in small town America. I still remember a scene from the TV adaptation I saw as a child - of a little vampire knocking on the window pane...spooky."
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