Discussion in 'General Fantasy' started by lizdelaney, Apr 12, 2018.
1.A Song Of Ice and Fire
2.His Dark Materials
1. A Song of Ice & Fire
2. His Dark Materials
3. Dune (I know, I know, it's always called Sci-Fi but there's plenty of Fantasy in there too, particularly with its connections with Greek Mythology. Paul Atreides is said to be the descendent of Agamemnon. I consider it the perfect blend of Fantasy and Sci-Fi.)
I have yet to read Dune. I have great expectations for it.
I forgot that Dune is technically a fantasy story. I'm changing my #3 position to Dune.
@Tamago if you like sci-fi and fantasy you will love Dune. It's alot of people's favourite novel for a reason.
I may give Dune a try someday, not sure when though
I recommend Dune highly! I actually read it because I got a copy with the Dune game by Westwood (the 3rd and last one they made). Really good purchase choice! I'm also a fan of the original film (for all its faults the original film still comes from that same era as Dune when a lot of sci-fi was capable of being futuristic and heavy whilst also being mystical at the same time - we've sort of seemed to have lost that in recent years and now its all too clinical techno )
A for my favourites
1) Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Nothing else. No that doesn't mean I can't think of anything to list, nor that Lord of the Rings is way beyond hte best of the best. But it means that I honestly cannot rank things. I love too many series that are worth putting into a list that cutting it down to three is darn hard. So Middle Earth it is for being the most singular impact on not just me but on so much of fantasy.
Sorry to bring this up again, but Dune is often considered the best-sci novel, yet people debate whether it's fantasy or sci-fi. I just find it strange that they don't ask the same question about Star Wars? Rhetorical question. I don't want to restart another debate.
Arthur C Clark summed it up best
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic"
the Dresden Files-by Jim Butcher
The Hobbit-by Tolkien
The Inheritance cycle- by Christopher Paolini
All of these are free to read online, and IMO are the best pieces of fantasy fiction available.
1. The Wandering Inn.
2. A Practical Guide to Evil
3. The Gods are Bastards.
APGE actually spawned one of my favourite quotes. "Justifications matter only to the just."
I used to feel the same way about LOTR when I was young, i just preferred other writers because they had more detailed characters, like Tad Williams or David Eddings. But now that I write fantasy myself (not published yet) I have an overwhelming admiration for Tolkiens work as magnificently symbolic and archetypally powerful. My own writing echoes Tolkien because my story deals with spiritual ideas and themes like his did.
1) Mordants Need by Stephen Donaldson. Sheer genius.
2) A Song of Ice and Fire by George Martin. Unparalleled scope.
3) Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. Beautifully grounded and distinctive.
Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Worm Ouroboros - E.R. Eddison*
The Sword of Shannara - Terry Brooks
*This is rather obscure, I know, and won't be to everybody's taste since there are many things about it that might seem silly by modern standards. But I go back to it again and again for the sheer beauty of the language. When many writers try to use archaic 'Shakespearian' language the results are usually painful to read, but in the hands of a writer like Eddison, who knew and understood that language, it is a delight.
Also, I agree with with Bloodfiredeath: Hollywood would make an utter mess out of The Silmarilion, if what it did with The Hobbit is anything to go on.
Ok , that's another LOTR fan , those books are awesome
Nuh, disregard that last post .
My account was temporarily hacked by a Jawa . The situation has been rectified and I still think LOTR sux
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