Recommended Fantasy books

  • The Dragonbone Chair (series)- Tad Williams
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  • Tailchaser's Dream - Tad Williams
  • It takes after Watership Down, very good
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  • Black Sun Rising (trilogy)- C.S. Friedman
  • A slightly twisted, very interesting, very good series
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  • Lords of the Sky - Aungus Wells
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  • Forbidden Magic (trilogy) - Aungus Wells
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  • Wheel of Time (series, not completed yet) - Robert Jordan
  • Damn this guy is long winded! 8 books and he's not finished yet! A lot of people complain about Robert Jordan, that he's trying to capatilize off of writing a huge series, and doing nothing but copying Tolkien, but I think the story is very intricate, and deserves credit (but maybe that's because I chew through books like a chainsaw)
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  • The Waterborn - J. Gregory Keyes
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  • Watership Down - Richard Adams
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  • Dragonriders of Pern (series) - Anne McCaffery
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  • All Tolkien
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  • Seventh Son (series) - Orson Scott Card
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Books you've probably already read, more coming soon. Feel free to send in your faves., but please include a discription.

I wonder if you have read Feist and, if so, what about his work didn't prompt you to put him on your list? I'm just curious.

Nope, never read any Feist, nor have I heard of him. What books has he written?

Well, his first book was Magician, often split into two volumes, Magician: Apprentice and Magician: Master. He has since written on the order of 10 follow up books, all placed in the same world, but following subsequent generations of characters. I really enjoyed them. At the moment, he and Joel Rosenberg are the only fantasy I read, mostly because I don't feel I have the time to try anyone "new". Feist focuses on political intrigue and large scale military actions. I think he does a good job with characters also.

I've never found "copying Tolkien" to be a valid criticism. Allow me to quote Terry Pratchett:

"J.R.R. Tolkien appears in all subsequent heroic fantasy in the way that Mt. Fuji appears so often in Japanese prints. Sometimes it's big and up close. Sometimes it's a shape on the horizon. Sometimes it's not there at all, which means either that the artist has made a deliberate decision against the mountain -- which is interesting in itself -- or is in fact *standing* on Mt Fuji."

'Scuse me for butting in, Az, but I just wanted to thank Jim for the Pratchett quote - it's a humdinger!

Isn't it? I've been reading the "Watch" books of his Discworld series, and I've really been enjoying them. Poking around online resources, I found that quote fairly recently, and it struck me as Quite True.