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    Question looking to read some top notch fantasy books. any recomendations?

    i just started re-reading the dragonlance trilogy (it's been about 10 years since i last read them) and was wondering what other fantasy books (i'm talking AD&D, swords and sorcery type stuff) are worth reading? maybe a couple top ten lists, what are you favorites?
    my brain is hungry
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    How about "Harlock better get his butt to FEWS or the Saturday sketch group" by R.L. Sausagedogs

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    I think that Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series is real good. Its got all of the magic stuff your looking for. George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series is okay. In my opinion, they get kinda boring sometimes because it seems more like a political soap opra then a book about war.

    I'm currently reading 2 books by Stephen King, IT and the Dark Tower series. I'm on the 2nd book in the Dark Tower series. The first book, "The Gunslinger" is a fantasy western, and its kinda boring because hes just following some guy around but once he catches up to him, it gets interesting. The 2nd one is a lot better then the 1st. I don't wanna spoil anything for the people who are reading (or gonna read) it. But, I'll just say theres a lot more shoot-outs.

    If your looking for more opinions, or different series. You should go check out a book called "Legends". Its got a bunch introductions to the best written fantasy series and some short stories that go along with the series. Hope it helps. Later.

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    Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel Servantes


    Chivarly, maidens, wizards....

    To summarize the summary of the summary : people are the problem.
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    I just finished book two of the Renshai trilogy. So far, one of the best series I have ever read. Here is a link to the first book. You might also enjoy Legend of Nightfall too.. also written by Mickey Zucker Reichert .

    Also, you'll probably enjoy Fafherd and the Grey Mouser. Here is a link to Lankhmar.

    Another good series is A Song of Fire and Ice

    Other great fantasy books would include Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun

    .. and C S Friedman's Coldfire Trilogy

    I would also recommend anything by C. J. Cherryh.. but a good place to start getting aquainted with her fantasy might be The Goblin Mirror

    .. and finally, a series I read a while back and really liked was the The Banned and the Banished.

    Another that is not quite the classic D&D style fantasy but still a great read is Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. I love this series.

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    I read the "Chronicles of Amber" about a year or so back, and I absolutely love it. Roger Zelazny (the author) is amazing in that book. It may be a little below one's level, and a little long (ranking at an amazing 1200 pages), but quality over content, right?

    Right now I'm reading a book by Neal Stephenson (author of Snow Crash, Diamond Age, Cryptonomicon, etc, etc.) called Quicksilver. It's set in the past, and I'm still not that sure of what's actually going on. Really interesting stuff. And if you want some kick ass science fiction stuff, read Snow Crash and Diamond age .

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    Snow Crash was nice

    .. I need to read more by him.

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    wow, nice responses! thanks a lot. i'm writing these down now and will be hitting the bookstore soon. hey, how about some of the old conan books. are they worth reading or are they nice cause of the frazetta covers?

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    Well..being that i own approximately 85 Dragonlance novels, i suggest you read the new trilogy of books of Weiss and Hickman..Dragons of a Fallen Sun, Dragons of a Lost Star and Dragons of a Vanished Moon...

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    Try some of the REAl classics:
    Homers´ Illias and Odyssee
    Vergils´ Aeneas
    Dantes´"Divine comedy"
    Malorys´ Mort d´Arthur
    Shakespeares´ works
    Cervantes´ Don Quijote
    Jonathan Swift´s Gulliver (the real one, not the children version you normally see)
    Lewis Carrols´ Alice
    One of my alltime Favourites that too few people know:
    "The biographies of Dom Manuel from J.B. Cabell - a more complex and "adult" world than most of the puberal fantasy you normally read. Best one of this cycle is immho "Jurgen". Read this
    Bram Stokers Dracula - all the modern vampire myth base on this one. Forget Anne Rice!
    Classics like Conan (the original stuff from Howard not his weak epigones), Eddisons novels, Jules Vernes, Lord Dunsany, Lovecraft etc. pp.

    If you´re through this classics you may see why I personally think that most modern Fantasy literature is unoriginal, just copying itself, revisionistic and puberal.

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    what about anne mc caffrey's books ? they are all goods to me but try the Pern saga i u don't know you'll not regret...

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    Anything by Robin Hobbs or Guy Kay.

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    im assuming you havent read an of RA Salvatore's forgotten realms books?
    start with the dark elf trilogy
    Homeland
    Exile
    Sojourn

    then the icewind dale trilogy

    The Crystal Shard
    Streams of Silver
    The Halfling's Gem

    theres many more after that but it will get you started :chug: :beer:

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