Top 25 Best Fantasy Books ?

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  1. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    I am always looking for a good read. I was searching for some good fantasy books and ran across this:

    Here is the list of their pick for top 25 fantasy books.

    1. Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin
    2. The Blade Itself -Joe Abecrombie
    3. Gardens of the Moon - Steven Erikson
    4. The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
    5. Lord of the Rings –J.R.R. Tolkien
    6. The Black Company –Glen Cook
    7. Heroes Die – Matthew Woodring Stover
    8. The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson
    9. Assassin’s Apprentice – Robin Hobb
    10. A Shadow in Summer – Daniel Abraham
    11. Lies of Locke Lamora –Scott Lynch
    12. Gormenghast - Mervyn Peake
    13. The Wheel of Time –Robert Jordan
    14. Prince of Thorns – Mark Lawrence
    15. Black Sun Rising – C.S. Friedman
    16. The Troupe- Robert Jackson Bennett
    17. Engineer Trilogy – K.J. Parker
    18. The Darkness That Comes Before – R. Scott Bakker
    19. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell – Susanna Clarke
    20. Lord Foul’s Bane – Stephen R. Donaldson
    21. American Gods – Neil Gaiman
    22. The Amulet of Samarkand – Jonathan Stroud
    23. The Dragonbone Chair – Tad Williams
    24. Daughter of the Empire - Raymone E. Feist & Janny Wurts
    25. The Dresden Files – Jim Butcher

    What do you think? I haven't read too many of these and I am always open to suggestions.
    A couple of comments on the link. First of all I am suprised Ursua Le Guin wasn't included here. I thought the Earthsea series was amazing. But it has been a while since I read it.'
    On the link they compare the Wheel of Time Series to Tolkien. I have only read a little bit of the first book but so far I don't see it.
  2. fisticuffs


    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    Needs more Sanderson. Mistborn Series I would rank higher than Way of Kings simply because Way of Kings has barely started (new on in March I think).
  3. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    That is one I have read. I loved the Mistborn series.
  4. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Here are some of my favorites that are not on the list:
    The Auralia thread by Jeffrey Overstreet
    The Once and Future King - T H White
    The Song of Albion Trilogy - Stephen R Lawhead

    And I just discovered The Cast of Stones by Patrick W Carr. I loaded the first book in the series to my Kindle for free.:hyper:

    I also have to mention Frank Perretti and Ted Dekker. Both write more or less from a christian perspective (Peretti more than Dekker) but I think they are both great writers.
  5. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    The only fantasy books I've read are the Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny. I enjoyed them.
  6. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    How is The Dark Tower not on the list?
  7. No LeGuin, no McCaffrey, no Zelazny, no Asimov... Seems VERY focused on things written in the last 20 years.
  8. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Did Asimov write some fantasy books? I would love to read those.
  9. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    I just realized there is no Harry Potter on the list.
  10. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    These should be on there...

    The Colour of Magic
    The Hobbit
    Chronicles of Narnia
    The Once and Future King
    Ill met in Lhankmar
    The Incomplete Enchanter

    I think lists like this are more of a litmus test of the person's age than anything else. Besides the few token classics they always seem to be skewed to the more recent offerings.

    I have quite enjoyed the Dresden Files though I wouldn't call them classics by any stretch, more like a literary equivalent of a fun action movie.
  11. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    You can't have a list like this with out Amber.

    I like Julian May also. Some of Heinlein might even qualify.
  12. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    I like all the comments about what/who was not mentioned. Helps me make a list for future reads. More, more. :p
  13. Asimov wrote just about EVERYTHING.

    Fantasy (Azazel), science (An Easy Introduction to the Slide Rule, ABC's of Space, Biochemistry and Human Metabolism), history (Constantinople: The Forgotten Empire, The Birth of the United States), religion (Asimov's Guide To The Bible), literature (Asimov's Annotated "Paradise Lost"), humor (A Grossery of Limericks)...
  14. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    I'm not impressed with that list.
  15. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    RA Salvatore's Drizzt series is pretty good. I have a lot of catching up to do... I think he's at like 15 books in the series now.
  16. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    Yeah... lots missing, but I don't think I could put together a list of "best 25 fantasy authors", let alone books/series.
  17. blue4


    Feb 3, 2013
    St. Louis area
    The author of the link says he's been reading for 20yrs. I think those other authors you're talking about kind of go without saying at this point. Those who read fantasy have already read them, and those just getting into reading fantasy probably would read more recently written books anyway.
  18. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    Seems like he bought most of his list on lay overs at airport book stores... Or maybe Walmart... Game of Thrones a 20 best ? Number 1 Really?
  19. Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" books, well, just have to read them!
    Mary Gentle's "Secret History" books are excellent (though she has written a number of other fantasy and sci-fi).
    Terry Brook's "Shannara" series, simply good epic fantasy.
    Robert E. Howard is another must (Conan).
  20. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Yes, I forgot about the Shannara series. Great stories.