Ten Books For Readers Who Like Fantasy

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If you love your fantasy, then check out this list… Does it chime with your Top 10 Favourites? Why not share YOUR list?

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It’s Tuesday again 🙂 TTT is meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is Ten Books For Readers Who Like _______
I chose fantasy because it has always been and will probably always be my favorite genre. And my list has book series mostly…sorry for that! The books in this list are in no particular order.

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1. Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling
2. Doomspell trilogy by Cliff McNish
Something I call “pure fantasy”. How magic and witchcraft works in Doomspell books is so deeply thought over, element of magic is better than in Potter and that’s why you should read this.
3. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
All my childhood I wanted to have daemon.  I was obsessed with them for a long time. His Dark Materials has really good writing, parallel universes, beautiful written characters. You’ll like this if you liked Harry Potter…

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  1. To be honest, I’m a bit disappointed with the list. I mean, many books on it are great, but I definitely wouldn’t consider it “for readers who like fantasy”, because most of the seasoned readers already read them all or know the tiltes, but ticked some books as “not interested”.
    But I guess it’s just me, I expected something more along the lines of “I know you’ve read it ‘all’, but here are some interesting titles you might have missed”, and not what’s pretty much considered “basics”.
    I have to admit though, that I missed “Doomspell” and might research it a bit.

    • And there I was, just chuffed because I’d read MOST of them! So… it just goes to show how we all look at things differently:) Are you up for sharing your top 10 List? I’m betting it’s an interesting one…

      • Sorry to come back to you so late.
        When I saw “for people who like reading fantasy” I thought that it’s going to show me something I don’t know, but then I realized it’s more of a list “for people who think they might like fantasy and don’t know where to start”.

        My own top 10? It’d be hard, especially that some Polish authors would make their way to it. But if I made a list, I’d try to point people to things that are often overlooked (even though they’re great works): “The Etched City” by J. Bishop, “Orphan’s Tale” by Catherynne Valente, “Dragon Griaule” by Lucius Shephard. And for the ones who crave more entertainment I’d recommend Joe Abercrombie’s book, the Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski (which came before the game), Felix Castor series by Mike Carey (which I consider much better that Harry Dresden)…
        All in all, something that there’s a chance they haven’t read yet, even if I don’t consider some of these books “the best of the best”.

      • It’s always about the context, isn’t it? I’m always hoping to convert people who turn their nose up at speculative fiction, assuming it’s for the kiddies, or not very well written – so tend to point those folks in the direction of the best writers I know in the genre in the hope that something there will blow their socks off and tempt them to read more… I agree that Mike Carey’s series is cracking – but I found the succession of violently killed women a bit too much, so stopped reading them. As luck would have it – I’ve just been given a copy of the Andrzej Sapkowski book:)) Looking forward to reading it.

  2. I sort of feel the same way as Melfka. It’s more a list of fantasy basics and classics than a list of hidden gems. I’ve read (or am in the middle of reading) half of the series there. Though it does remind me once again that I’ve been meaning to check out Robin Hobb’s work…

  3. I commented on the original but as I was directed there from your post, here it is again.

    I love this list. I think the only series on it I haven’t read is the Doomspell Trilogy.
    For my top 10 fantasy (of books not included above), in no particular order:
    1. The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay
    (see also Tigan, A song for Arbonne, The Lions of al-Rassan). A heartbreaking saga of five friends drawn into a fantasy world
    2. The Book of Words series – J V Jones – one of my earliest fantasy discoveries – a classic poor boy fulfils his destiny story.
    3. The Malazan Book of the Fallen series – Steven Erikson – very dark, complex but a brilliant imagination.
    4. The Dark Company – Glen Cook – follow a group of mercenaries who gradually work out they’re fighting for the wrong side.
    5. The Chose – Ricardo Pinto – a very, very different type of fantasy world as far removed from the classic medieval Europe template as you can get.
    6. The Prince of Nothing series – R Scott Bakker – another dense, dark and complex fantasy world
    7. The Dark Tower – Steven King – the master of horror takes on fantasy and succeeds
    8. The First Law Trilogy – Joe Abercrombie – taking well worn fantasy tropes and turning them on their head. He’s not known as Lord Grimdark for nothing.
    9. Legend – David Gemmel – One book, one battle, one legend.
    10. The Dragons of Pern series – Anne McCaffrey – Is it fantasy? Is it science fiction? Who cares, it’s brilliant.

    • Thank you for this list Dylan:)) I shall be posting my own, soon. But right now I’m up to my thighs in PITMAD madness over on Twitter… I really appreciate you taking the time and trouble to produce this list – I haven’t read Scott Bakker and David Gemmel doesn’t appeal, but I LOVE the Dragons of Pern and agree with you about the beauty and historical depth of Guy Gavriel Kay. Also loved J.V. Jones… As yet, haven’t got to grips with The Malazan series, or The Dark Company.

  4. Lol, well I thought it was a great list, although I don’t like HP at all. Actually, although I’m very familiar with all the names, there was one I didn’t know at all, Cliff McNish! So I’ll have to check him out!
    My Top Ten would be (in no order):

    *LOTR/The Hobbit/The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
    *Gormenghast Trilogy by Melvyn Peake
    *Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (and most probably the rest of his Broken Empire series, I’m on King of Thorns at the moment)
    *The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
    *The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
    *Red Country by Joe Abercrombie
    *The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
    *A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin
    *Vortex by Lindsey J Parsons
    *Jonathan Strange & Nr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

    I’d love to include my own epic fantasy, White Mountain, on the list but that would be naughty! 😀 xxx

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