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Discussion in 'Novels & Stories' started by Joe the Gnarled, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. Ok, now say you were on a poor college kid's budget, but really like to actually own a book in your collection (none of this kindle nonsense or books borrowed from a library). Which books are the number one must reads? How do you all rank these books?

    For example, the Wheel of Time series in quite an expense, especially if there are better books out there.
     
  2. mythique890

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    You can probably find them used on Amazon. I've gotten books from there for $2 before.
     
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    I just picked up A Wizard of Earthsea. It was surprisingly hard to find, and you'll be saddened to know they categorize it as "Age 9-12" now to move more copies. Sigh. I am still excited to read it, and then some of the others on this list! :)
     
  4. rayne

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    The last Herald Mage-Series is also one of my favorites. I would definitely add that to my list. I did think that the Arabat series was rather boring and hard to follow. Anyone else feel this way?
     
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    My daughter loved Abarat when she was a teenager, but I haven't been able to finish it although I tried twice. I'm not sure why, it's very clever and imaginative, but it just doesn't hold my attention.
     
  6. Gutendaug

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    Very helpful list. I am just getting into fantasy, and I love writing. You can't write what you don't read's my motto, and this will start me on reading some great books.
     
  7. Merc

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    @Joe... Directly after reading the list, I immediately thought of the first law series. Can't get enough of Joe Abercrombie, Best Served Cold is pretty amazing too.
     
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    +1 on the Anne Bishop Dark Jewels books. Truly a unique spin- not just another fantasy series.

    Along with Song Of Ice and Fire, two of my three all-time favorites.

    The third being: the Fifth Millenium series (Meier, Wehrstein, and Stirling). Start with Shadow's Daughter by Meier (I already pimped this book in the "well-written deaths" thread.) Meier and Wehrstein are currently doing weblit serials set in the Fifth Millenium. The former took a minor character from the dead-tree series and ran with it; the latter is rewriting her main character's storyline into a much-expanded version.
     
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    Garth Nix, Guy Gavriel Kay, ANYTHING by Patricia McKillip, Some good choices. I have read the Abhorsen series, the Fionavar Tapestry was awesome, I loved it, and I have always been a fan of McKillip's writing style and novels. You've also listed a bunch for me to look out for. But I'd also like to add Robert E. Howard and C. L. Moore (Jirel of Joiry and Northwest of Earth). The Sword and Sorcery era of the early to mid 20th century has some of the best stuff.
     
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    Thanks for the lists of these, some i have read and am fond of, others i can now purchase and get into them. I have always been a fan of fantasy and and reading some of the books that have been mentioned makes for better writing in this genre.

    Thanks again. :)
     
  11. Robdemanc

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    What about 2001, that is fantasy really.
     
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    The King Raven trilogy by Stephen Lawhead is a great spin on the Robin Hood story! Check out the first book in the series "Hood". I enjoyed it immensely.
     
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    Trudi Canavan is currently my favour author and has been for a number of years.
    I must suggest that 'The black magician trilogy' by her is most definitely a must-read series.
     
  14. Jack Vance's "Dying Earth" and "Lyonesse" series. He just turned 95 not too long ago.
     
  15. Reaver

    Reaver Kwisatz Haderach Moderator

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  16. Haha, thanks for the support, man! :)
     
  17. Reaver

    Reaver Kwisatz Haderach Moderator

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    I wouldn't say it if I didn't mean it! :D

    Seriously, everyone...you gotta read this!!
     
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    My favourite authors would be Robert jordan, trudi canavan, brandon Sanderson ( mistborn trilogy), George martin
     
  19. charleshudgen

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    I love to read novels and with what you posted I read some of it. I saw some different novels there and I will try to read it maybe next week. Thank you for posting those books and keep us updated.



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