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Dan Hocker
10-03-2011, 07:34 PM
Posting a bit of a personal survey. Just wondering how many people on these boards are into the fantasy genre? If you are, post some of your favorite authors.

TerryE
10-03-2011, 07:40 PM
I'm not into fantasy extensively, but loved the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, and the Lord of the Rings. I've read A Game of Thrones and the first half of Clash.

And there's a fantasy epic that has been gestating in my mind for a long time.

peteOcha
10-03-2011, 07:46 PM
I really enjoy GRRM's work. Hmm, I know there's more but my mind seems to have gone blank and all I can think of is GRRM (I'm finishing off book 3 now, and well... lets just say that things are really picking up!!!!).

I've been meaning to check out some authors in the fantasy genre as well: Jordan, Brooks, and a few more.

frik51
10-03-2011, 08:05 PM
I love fantasy. The Lord of the Rings has been my favorite piece of fiction for as long as I can remember, and Stephen Donaldson is one of my favorite authors ever.
I'm also very fond of Martin's work, although I haven't read his A Song of Ice and Fire yet. Anyone read his FÍvre Dream? Not fantasy, more horror - very, very good.
Then, there's Stephen Erikson, with his Malazon series.
There are more, but these are the best I can think of offhand.

sk

RJK1981
10-03-2011, 08:45 PM
Enjoyed the Lord of the Rings trilogy like a lot of fans of Fantasy, of course. Favorite fantasy authors are Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman though, and a lot of the Dragonlance series of books, though I haven't read any in a while now.

srboone
10-03-2011, 08:55 PM
Read read and re-read Tolkien, Brooks, Donaldson, Leiber growing up. Graduated to Moorcock (still one of my favorite authors) when I got to college. Martin's SoF&I is terrific, though I haven't read past book 2. Really like Zelazney's Amber books. In 1978, I ran across a book called The Borribles by Michael de Larrabetti which I've read at least 20 times over the years. Favorite fantasy book is The Worm Ouroboros by E R Eddison. Tried reading Tad Williams, but couldn't get into Memory, Thorn and Sorrow series. Never made it through Jordan's Ey of the World, so no point in cpontinuing with the sereis. Never tried Goodkind.

srboone
10-03-2011, 11:25 PM
Dan, are you expecting a "No" vote from anyone. Seriously?

Ben Staad
10-04-2011, 01:49 AM
As not to be repetitive I'm a fan of all the authors listed above. One author not listed whom I enjoy is David Farland. DF's Runelord series (at least the first 3 or 4 I've read) were excellent.

bsaenz24
10-04-2011, 02:58 AM
Yes!! Yes!! Yes!! Yes!! Yes!! Yes!! Yes!! Yes!! Yes!! Yes!! Yes!!

Stephen R. Donaldson!!!!!!!
Robin Hobb
George R. R. Marin
Patrick Rothfuss
Robert Jordan
Guy Gavriel Kay
China Mieville
Thomas Harlan
Scott Lynch
David Wingrove (technially scifi. Great series Chung Kuo was 8 books and is being rereleased in UK as a 20 book series)
Janny Wurts
Tad Williams
Terry Goodkind

Dan Hocker
10-04-2011, 04:18 AM
Dan, are you expecting a "No" vote from anyone. Seriously?

Not really, but you never know. I'm more using it as a means of gauging everyone's favorite fantasy authors.

srboone
10-04-2011, 04:26 AM
Cool...forgot to mention China Meiville as did bsaenz24.

bsaenz24
10-04-2011, 02:39 PM
Oh, did I mention:

Stephen R. Donaldson!!!!!!!
Stephen R. Donaldson!!!!!!!
Stephen R. Donaldson!!!!!!!
Stephen R. Donaldson!!!!!!!
Stephen R. Donaldson!!!!!!!
Stephen R. Donaldson!!!!!!!
Stephen R. Donaldson!!!!!!!
Stephen R. Donaldson!!!!!!!
Stephen R. Donaldson!!!!!!!

Greenelk
10-05-2011, 05:58 AM
Less so these days, but still buy everything Tad Williams writes. Mark Chadbourn is another essential for me, The Age of Misrule and all the books that followed that are fantastic IMHO.

The Shannara series was probably responsible for getting me into reading in the first place, and though I've not purchased a Feist book in ages, Magician was epic, and at least the following 5 books were day of releases purchases for a younger Greenelk!!

thelion
10-05-2011, 08:03 AM
I agree with a lot of the authors listed above, particularly Tolkien. I've heard great things about David Farland's Runelord series but I haven't had a chance to tackle that one yet. I didn't see a mention of Brandon Sanderson. Also, one author I haven't seen listed yet is Terry Pratchett. While it's not always considered "serious" fantasy, the Discworld series is a lot of fun to read and it's frequently hilarious. Like a lot of the fantasy series out there, it encompasses a lot of material as well. There are about 40 novels so far. I haven't made my way through all of them yet, but I'm close...and it's generally fast reading. :D

mhatchett
10-05-2011, 11:44 AM
Dan and All,
I’m probably something of an anomaly here because I’m way more into Fantasy than Horror, though my favorite is when they are blended together. I hang around here because there are so many nice people on this forum.
Karl Edward Wagner ( Best Short Werewolf Story? Check out Death Angel’s Shadow)
Robert E. Howard The King!
Lin Carter
Fritz Leiber
Peter Brett
David Gemmell
Joe Abercrombie
Glen Cook (Nightshade has done a really good job with these)
Patrick Rothfuss (Name of the Wind, Great!)
Scott Lynch
Brent Weeks (The Way of Shadows)
Robert Adams
Michael Moorcock
Mark Lawrence (Prince of Thorns, We’ll see)
Kage Baker
Robin Hobb
Manly Wade Wellman
And Hopefully, The Road Goes on Forever. MDH

Dan Hocker
10-05-2011, 02:24 PM
Dan and All,
I’m probably something of an anomaly here because I’m way more into Fantasy than Horror, though my favorite is when they are blended together.

You're not as much of an anomaly as you might think (whistles innocently)

RJK1981
10-05-2011, 03:17 PM
Also enjoy Douglas Niles and Richard A Knaak. There are still others whose name escape my mind at the moment

JJ Holden
10-05-2011, 08:47 PM
Oh, hell yes.


Steven Erikson
George RR Martin
Joe Abercrombie
Glen Cook

There are more, but these are the ones I've read recently, in fact I've just finished book 10 of the Malazan series (The Crippled God) and ~phew~ that was a long haul over a sprawling epic, and it was worth every minute I spent on it.

Erikson's characters are simply amazing. And not just the classic heroes like Anomander Rake, Trull Sengar and Ganoes Paran. What about Tehol Beddict? Kruppe? The undead female sea captain Shurq Elalle? And the Adjunct? Wow.

jester05jk
10-06-2011, 12:47 AM
Tolkien
Feist
Jordan
R.A. Salvatore
S.P. Somtow

peteOcha
10-06-2011, 08:07 AM
3 "no"... REALLY?! :confused:

PaulB
10-06-2011, 09:16 AM
Absolutely and I am one of them. As a genre I find it difficult to stomach what gets called fantasy. Obviously the argument could be made that many of the horror stories I read could be called fantasy.

srboone
10-06-2011, 07:43 PM
Absolutely and I am one of them. As a genre I find it difficult to stomach what gets called fantasy. Obviously the argument could be made that many of the horror stories I read could be called fantasy.

Right you are. China Mieville said in an interview that sci-fi, fantasy and horror are the same thing. Trying to separate them is fruitless. All three take irrational and illogical occurrences and situations and treat them rationally and logically. When you read his stuff, that idea makes a lot of sense.

TerryE
10-13-2011, 07:38 PM
Right you are. China Mieville said in an interview that sci-fi, fantasy and horror are the same thing. Trying to separate them is fruitless. All three take irrational and illogical occurrences and situations and treat them rationally and logically. When you read his stuff, that idea makes a lot of sense.

Another example is most of Ray Bradbury's work. He's most often called a science fiction author, but most of his stuff is more space fantasy. There's little science to his fiction. I'd say Farenheit 451 is science fiction, and Something Wicked this Way Comes (and some early stories) is straight horror, but most everything else is fantastic with space or horror trappings. And I think that's wonderful.

divemaster
10-16-2011, 12:44 PM
I must be the anomaly. I'm a big sci-fi and horror fan, and I enjoy a good story, but the "Fantasy" genre pretty much leaves me cold. And when I say sci-fi, I'm referring to the Golden Age--stories and novels written from the late '30s to about the mid-50s. Now when you go to the science fiction section of the bookstore, it is almost 80% fantasy I think. Dragons and swords and such. I'll pass.

However, as mentioned above, there are fantasitcal elements to much of what I do like. Huge fan of King's Dark Tower series, but much of that is because King writes so well and gives you such fleshed-out characters that the genre doesn't really matter.