Wednesday, April 16, 2008

It's (Not) Just A Fantasy, Contest

Okay, time to find the best fantasy series (Is series the plural of series? Because I want to find the top ten or so.) of all time. We might as well make it a contest to boot. Here’s what I’m going to ask. Leave a post with as many of your favorite fantasy series (same problem again) as you want. On Saturday I will take all the series (pl) we have collected, a create a playoff pool. Then we’ll start voting for the best of the best. The contest angle is that I will pick one random commenter (some of you are definitely more random than others) and them a fantasy title of their choice. All fantasy genres apply.

I’ll start off with "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever," the first series other than Lord of the Rings to really hook me hard. And "The Dreseden Files." The most recent series to hook me.


Chris said...

Oh, this is gonna be fun! OK:

LOTR by JRR Tolkien
Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
Tales of Alvin Maker by Orson Scott Card
The Old Kingdom Trilogy by Garth Nix
The Time Quartet by Madeline L'Engle
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Pern by Anne McCaffrey (Introduced to me by Deslily ;)
Narnia by C.S. Lewis

That's what I've got for now...I may be back!

James Dashner said...

My favorite of all time is Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn by Tad Williams. The first book is called The Dragonbone Chair.

Worldbuilder Robin said...

Hmm, chris mentioned most of the ones I was gonna say, and included a few. Should I repeat the ones he mentioned, or just add on? I'll go with the add-on option.

Belgariad and Mallorean by David Eddings
Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander
Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman (just the first six or so, not all the spin-offs)
Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson
Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (how could we forget that?)
Redwall series by Brian Jacques (I've only read two of them, but I enjoyed those)

Can we include sci-fi too? In that case, add:
Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

That's it for now...

Worldbuilder Robin said...

Ooh! And Inkheart and Inkspell by Corneila Funke! What is the sereis name for those books, anyway?

And the Inheritance Cycle ('cause it ain't gonna be a trilogy no more) by Christopher Paolini (you know, Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, etc.).

Done again for now.

Anna said...

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien....pretty much any book that Tolkien wrote, I love.
Warriors by Erin Hunter
Inheritance By Christopher Paolini
The Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke
Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis.

DesLily said...

Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Belgariad by David Eddings

The Bartimaeus Trilogy Jonathan Stroud

Dragonriders of Pern Anne McCaffrey (first 6 books)

Sword of Shannara Trilogy Terry Brooks

Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

I want to include the Inkheart series but the last book isn't out yet. by Cornelia Funke

and totally agreed on LOTR and Thomas Covenant (first 6 books)

This may not be all that easy.. since "we older generation" have some series that the "younger generation" has not even heard of let alone read!

I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised when you named the Thomas Covenant series!! That's an either Love it or Hate it series! (I loved it.. and fell in love with Saltheart Foamfollower!)

raych said...

I'm just going to go ahead and repeat some of the awesome ones already listed:
Time Quartet
Space Trilogy

All of those deserve mad props. I'm also going to toss the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon out there, even though I'm not sure it's what you'd call 'fantasy,' but the woman TIME TRAVELS, and it's pretty hella awesome.

Dats all.

Anna said...

oops....I forgot Harry Potter.

Yoyogod said...

Okay, here are some of my picks:

obligatorily the LOTR by Tolkien belongs on the list.
Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin is terrific.
Dresden Files by Jim Butcher are great.
Discworld by Terry Pratchett is hilarious.
Conan the Barbarian by Robert E Howard is good (but the pastiches generally suck).
I might as well add Harry Potter to my list.
Robin Hobb's Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies are great.
Does Gaiman's Sandman cout? I guess I'll add it.
Charles De Lint's Newford books are some of my favorites.
Since this list is getting kind of long, I'll finish it by seconding the Redwall books.

Brian said...

Chris, this is going to be fun:

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The Chronicles of Prydain by Alexander Lloyd

The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron

The Belgariad by David Eddings

Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan

Warriors by Erin Hunter (All series)

Children of the Red King (Charlie Bone) by Jenny Nimmo

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini (That one is way up there)

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

The Bartimeaus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud

Young Wizards by Diane Duane (So You Want to be a Wizard...)

That's all I got for now. All of these books are really high on my favorites.

Karlene said...

Anne McCaffrey has several series (pl). My favorites are:
Dragonriders of Pern
The Ships (Ship Who Sang)
Crystal Singer
Tower and Hive (The Rowan)
Catteni (Freedom's Landing)

By Orson Scott Card:
Tales of Alvin Maker

By C.J. Cherryh:
The Chanur Series
The Foreigner Series

Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling

The Bartimaeus Trilogy Jonathan Stroud

I could go on (and on) but these are my top favs that I've read multiple times.

Crystal Liechty said...

The Ender's series by Orson Scott Card

The Southern Vampire Novels by Charlain Harris (don't hate me for suggesting these. They're my dirty secret)

Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Incarnations of Immortality by Piers Anthony (though only the first five books or so are good. He starts losing it towards the end)

Anne Bradshaw said...

David Farland's "The Runelords" series.

I posted about his free daily writing tips on my blog yesterday!

Weston Elliott said...

Wow! It's good to know I'm not alone in thinking that

The Chronicles of Narnia and
The Dragonriders of Pern

are among the greatest fantasy series' ever written! Matter of fact, those are the only two that have my solid vote for that honor.

That is, until mine gets published!

Melanie Goldmund said...

The books that come to my mind at the moment include:

The novels of Samaria by Sharon Shinn, which include Archangel, Angelica, and The Alleluia Files.

The Temeraire books by Naomi Novak, including Temeraire (His Majesty's Dragon), Throne of Jade, and The Black Powder War

To Say Nothing of the Dog, and The Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis

The Liveship Trilogy by Robin Hobb

The Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls, and The Hallowed Hunt, by Lois McMaster Bujold (I was going to name The Vorkosigan series, but that's more space opera than fantasy.)

Annette Lyon said...

Just about all the ones I had in mind have already been said except for one that definitely belongs (unless i missed it in someone's comment): The Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan.

Ian said...

Lord Of The Rings by JRR Tolkien
Riftwar by Raymond E Feist
Incarnations of Immortality by Piers Anthony
Inheritance By Christopher Paolini

Gamila said...

LOTR by JRR Tolkien
Harry Potter J.K Rowling
The old Kingdom Trilogy By Garth Nix
Mistborn Series By Brandon Sanderson
Pendragon Series by McHale

Irish said...

The Dresden Files is a great series, one of my faves...glad to see that you've found it.

I also like LOTR, The Belgariad & The Mallorean by David Eddings, The Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickham, The Rose & and the Prophet also by Weis and Hickham, The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey, and The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis.

Those are the ones that I can think of right now...might be back later with more.

trish said...

The only one I haven't seen listed that I LOVE is the His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman. I can't wait for the voting to begin!

Rachelle said...

Okay, I'm not a fantasy oficianado, but here's some that I like and I'm pretty sure they've all been mentioned.
Lord of the Rings
Harry Potter
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper--I don't think this was mentioned, but I read it in Jr. High and loved it. I think they're making a movie of it and I'll have to see it to remember what it was about.

DV said...

A lot of good books have been mentioned, but...
The sword of Truth series Terry Goodkind - the first few
The wheel of Time series Rebert Jordan- again the first few
The Alanna seiries Tamora Pierce
blue sword and such Robin Mckennly
Disc world Terry pratchet

to add a few more- and in the YA section :)

Brian said...

These are some of my dad's favorite fantasy books to add in:

Foundation by Issac Asimov

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Steven R. Donaldson

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The Amber series by Roger Zelazny

I know most of them were already listed, but there's Foundation and The Amber series to add.

Stacy Gooch Anderson said...

You've been tagged...;-)

It makes your next blog real easy. The rules are on my blogsite;

Oh and the Harry Potter and C.S Lewis's Narnia series.

Park Avenue Princess said...

I'm sorry I missed this one Scott. but I see everyone did a great job with this! Wow, so many I forgot about! I LOVE this idea!

Oh and congrats Raych!

xo Amy