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Time’s 10 Best Fantasy Books of 2018

Discussion in 'Novels & Stories' started by Steerpike, Dec 19, 2018.

  1. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    Anyone read any of these? I have not, though I read and liked Novik’s “Uprooted.” Been reading a lot of older works lately.

    The 10 Best Fantasy Books of 2018
     
  2. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    Nary a one. Must add that none of them looked all that interesting, either. I guess I'm off looking in a different direction.
     
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  3. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    Nothing leaps out at me, either, except for the Novik (having liked the first one).
     
  4. Peat

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    I read The Poppy War. It is a curate's egg to me due to the many and dramatic shifts of tone and theme, with some parts being DNF-worthy and others being some of the best I read this year. Best of the year? One of the most interesting, yes. Best? As someone who ready very few books released this year I'm not in much place to argue, but if it was one of the best then this wasn't a vintage year.

    As for the rest? They all sound like books I'd happily pick up for a quid in a sale (which is how I picked up the Poppy War) or from the library. But to actively go out of my way for, not so much. But then, having looked at a few other "Best of" lists, that's true of pretty much everything.
     
  5. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    IMO, any list that omits Josiah Bancroft's The Arm of the Sphinx is a list not worth considering.
     
  6. BLech. I do not find a list including any book by sarah j. maas to be credible. And Children of Blood and Bone? It was hyped up so much but it sounds essentially like just another YA fantasy. It's not been discussed or liked all that much after its release.

    I got Foundryside for christmas so i hope its good lol (i loved city of stairs)
     
  7. Mythopoet

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    I've never heard the term "curate's egg" before and now I've learned something new. Thank you.

    This does sound like an interesting series. I'll have to give book 1 a try.

    I am ashamed to say that while I purchased it immediately, I've not yet read The Fall of Gondolin. I purchased it in hardcover, but I don't want to carry it around and get it soiled. Fortunately, just recently there was a huge sale on Tolkien ebooks and so I got a bunch I didn't have yet, including Gondolin. Will probably dive in after I finish the Letters.
     
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  8. Peat

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    I feel a bit of a heel for saying it, but I can't help but notice that when non-fantasy publications make fantasy lists, it seems rather focused on worthy publications rather than the best, and writing standard fantasy books in non-western settings is worthy. And it is, I am very happy that people are pushing the range of mythology, culture and history being used to create fantasy literature. But it doesn't necessarily make them the best.
     
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