Getting Away From It All: Favorite Fantasy Series
- Thieves World, by many
- A wonderful series. Thieves World is a collection of short stories by various authors, all set in the same city. The characters of one author interact with those of the others, so whether they are viewed as good or bad depends on which author is writing. I just read on Lynn Abbey's home page that they are going to continue this series... and Feist is going to write one of the stories!
- The Riftwar Saga by Raymond Feist
- I like all of his books, but I think the original series was the best. I think Feist does an excellent job of developing the "great epic", the all consuming war against good and evil, and the importance of the actions of a handful of people in helping the good guys win. The characters are also very interesting. I was lucky enough to be in Seattle when he visited Elliot Bay Book Company.
- The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien
- This is probably on most people's fantasy lists...
- The Gaurdians of the Flame by Joel Rosenberg
- This is a very interesting and well written series, IMHO. I've enjoyed every addition to the series. The characters are very interesting and unique. Feist and Rosenberg are working together on a book set in Midkemia, which I am really looking forward to.
- The Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
- This might not technically be fantasy, but I don't know if I would call it pure Science Fiction either. Not the best literature in the world, but the imagination behind the stories is incredible.
I have to admit that I haven't read much more fantasy, at least lately. I just wait for these authors to release new books. I have read DragonLance, Xanth, and some other series when I was much younger. But, these days, fantasy is something I read when I want a break from the other things I'm interested in and don't feel like spending all my reading time on the genre.