The discussions on the best science fiction and fantasy books have been so good that I decided to compile a list of the titles that were suggested in the comments, and through subsequent emails that I received.
If you’re looking for good fantasy, the readers here have helped put together a great resource. I had not heard of some of these and look forward to trying them all.
And let me say that if you have not read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, mentioned below, please give it a try. I forgot how much I liked it until someone brought it up.
- The Death Gate Cycle by Weis and Hickman
- The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
- Sunshine by Robert McKinley
- The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
- The first two books of the Darkborn trilogy by Alison Sinclair: Darborn and Lightborn.
- The Immortal Secrets of Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
- The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
- The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue
- Just about anything by Terry Pratchett
- The Once and Future King by T.H. White
- Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salmon Rushdie
- Half Magic by Edward Eager
- Stephen King’s Dark Tower series
- Zelazny’s Amber series
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman
- The His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
- The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
- Anything by Dunsany
- Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd andMouser stories
- The Dying Earth by Jack Vance
- The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle
- Crown of Stars series by Kate Elliott
- Marion Zimmer-Bradley’s Darkover novels
- Anything by Charles De Lint
- Guy Gavriel Kay’s Fionavar Tapestry trilogy
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- The Deed of Paksennarion by Elizabeth Moon
- The Malazan book of the Fallen series
- The Taltos Series by Stephen Brust
- The Pendragon Series by D.J. McHale
- The Eragon Inheritance Trilogy/Series by Christopher Paolini
- The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyers
- The Steel Remains by Richard K. Morgan
- Earthsea books by Ursula K. Leguin
- The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Thanks to everyone who pitched in for the list. Feel free to keep adding. One thing I know about book people is that too much is never enough. Every single one of these fantasy recommendations could probably lead to a dozen others.
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