Discussion in 'Fantasy Books' started by StellarCoon, Aug 10, 2016.
J. R. R. Tolkien
William Hope Hodgson (he wrote The Night Land )
Tolkien is pretty much the creator of the genre. I also really enjoyed the lengthy series of Katherine Kerr, Robin Hobb (farseer trilogy and onwards) and yes George Martin (A song of ice and fire). I appreciate some other fantasy writers as well (Robert Jordan comes to mind for example, and even Weiss & Hickman) but I think these are my favs.
Raymond Feist is also a wellknown and much praised writer for especially the lengthy series based in the fictional world of Midkemia, which I found rather boring. First book (Magician) was intriguing enough though. But what I really recommend of him is the book Faerie tale.
China mieville, Nick Harkaway, Tim Powers and Jeff Vandemeer are my favourites
(not traditional tolkein-esque fantasy, but definitely in that category)
people I've been impressed with recently include Jim Butcher, Patrick Rothfuss and Brandon Sanderson.
Holy cow! It has been forever since I last posted anything on here.
I agree with a lot of the names already mentioned, but would like to add Joe Abercrombie to the mix.
Jules Verne ... but is he science fiction? Is it still science fiction if many of his fantasy inventions came true?
I don't read alot of fantasy anymore so I'd have to say Anne Rice/A. N. Roquelaure from back when I did read.
Philip Reeve, with 'the other Philip' - Philip Pullman a very very close second.
Jack Vance. Lyonesse was one of the best trilogies I’ve read.
Glen Cook. The Black Company is just the tip of the iceberg.
Steven Erickson . Malazan!!
H P Lovecraft
Ursula Le Guin.
And I came in through the Great Gateway, and the Full Watch did stand there silent in their armour; and they made the Salute of Honour. And I went onward with the dead Maid that I did bring out of Eternity.
In February this year I read The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb and am now reading the first book in the Fitz and the Fool trilogy.. Having read all the ones in between.. she is now my favourite fantasy author.
I love how behind the story, which is amazing in itself, there are messages about how to be better, live better, overcome things. The characters are extremely three dimensional and many of them undergo changes in their own morality.. Or sometimes there is a "bad guy" who once you understand better you forgive, or a "good guy" who still has dislikeable aspects, as if they were real people.
Or characters will talk amongst themselves of something that happened far away that the reader witnessed in a previous book, and the details will be exaggerated as is likely to happen in real life.
I recommend them highly
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