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Your top 10 Fantasy Novels
« on: September 09, 2009, 07:39:08 PM »

Hey folks,

I got this idea while reading the same thread over on SFFWorld and was curious to see what the HoW'ers would chose. My list would go a little something like this:


1) Magician by Raymond E. Feist
2) A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
3) The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan
4) A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
5) The Darkness that Comes Before by R. Scott Bakker
6) City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams
7) Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson
8) Darkness at Sethanon by Raymond E. Feist
9) Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
10) The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King


Normally I'm not down for this kind of thing, but I had a bit of fun picking my top 10. :) What're yours?
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Re: Your top 10 Fantasy Novels
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2009, 09:29:33 PM »

This is a topic that's been done to death (perhaps not in title but certainly in spirit) but my ten has likely changed since the last time it rolled around.

1) Blade of Tyshalle - Matthew Woodring Stover
2) Deadhouse Gates - Steven Erikson
3) Perdido Street Station - China Miéville
4) The Warrior-Prophet - R. Scott Bakker
5) A Storm of Swords - George R.R. Martin
6) The Drawing of the Three - Stephen King
7) American Gods - Neil Gaiman
8) Red Seas Under Red Skies - Scott Lynch
9) The Black Company - Glen Cook
10) The Ten Thousand - Paul Kearney

I was tempted to squeeze Morgan's The Steel Remains and Stover's Caine Black Knife in there (particularly the latter as it was the best book I read last year) but I have a suspicion that Morgan's next book will trump TSR, while I wanted to avoid doubling up any author already represented. All said, this list would probably change again if you asked me in six months time.
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Re: Your top 10 Fantasy Novels
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2009, 10:14:13 PM »

1) Memoirs of a Master Forger by William Heaney (Graham Joyce)
2) The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
3) The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson
4) Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
5) The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
6) The Thousand-Fold Thought by R. Scott Bakker
7) Trial of Flowers by Jay Lake
8) Escape from Hell! by Hal Duncan
9) Shriek: An Afterword by Jeff VanderMeer
10) Shadowbridge by Greg Frost

I would have added more Graham Joyce, but, like Al, I did not want to double. Still, The Facts of Life would no doubt feature in the top five. I went with The Angel's Game from Zafon, despite liking The Shadow of the Wind a bit more, because it contained a fantasy element that the first lacked. Fragile Things is a short story collection, but damned if it doesn't beat out Gaiman's other novels. I have several that I would have liked to add to the list, amongst them Warren Ellis' Crooked Little Vein, Michael Marshal Smith's Only Forward, and Nick Harkaway's The Gone-Away World, but they are all outside the fantasy genre, with CLV falling into detective/noir and the latter two being Science Fiction.
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Re: Your top 10 Fantasy Novels
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2009, 11:02:56 PM »

1) Song of Ice and Fire - George R.R. Martin
2) Dune - Frank Herbert
3) Magician - Feist
4) Book of the New Sun - Gene Wolfe
5) Perdido Street Station - China Miéville
6) Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
7) Foundation - Asimov
8) Lies of Locke Lamora / Red Seas Under Red Skies - Scott Lynch
9) Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson
10) Lord of the Rings - Tolken

This list would probably be different if you had asked me last week or next.... I know, I cheated, I included series and Sci Fi, but thats my list. "The Stand" by Stephen King and "City of Saints and Madmen" by Vandermeer where on the bubble.

Side note, the Mistborn series is creeping up my list (i'm only 3/4 through the second in the trilogy so it might screw the pooch at any moment, but so far I love it)
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Re: Your top 10 Fantasy Novels
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2009, 07:22:02 PM »

Surprised to see Rothfuss in your selections, Vega. I mean, the book was good and all, but that good? Hmm. Might need to give it a re-read.
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Re: Your top 10 Fantasy Novels
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2009, 07:37:06 PM »

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Surprised to see Rothfuss in your selections, Vega. I mean, the book was good and all, but that good?

See... now you've got me second-guessing my list. :depressed:

But yes, I would keep it there right now, although I read it recently so over time I might not since I've got some really highly touted stuff coming up on my to read shelf (Erikson's Malazan series, 'Shadow of the Wind', 'Prince of Nothing' trilogy, 'First Law' trilogy, etc.). If that stuff isn't crap than I might have to change my list in the future.
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Re: Your top 10 Fantasy Novels
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2009, 07:45:18 PM »

Yeah, sorry to be nit-picking, Vega. I agree, it's quite difficult to decide on these lists. It's why I generally don't favor them.
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