Post your own Top 25 Best Fantasy Books

Alucard

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#1
The need for this presented itself. Post your version of top 25, elaborate your choices and have fun with it.
I'll wait another 5-10 years until I feel I have read enough to make one.​



BFB forum members' Top 25 Best Fantasy Books



kenubrion
Cyphone
moonspawn
Griffin
Fatal Rose
sopranosfan
Jon Snow
★ ofer Part I & Part II
rudyjuly2
Annomander Matt
lyraseven
Mohammed Al Mulla
Darwin
jwertz19
Fiction Fan 101
ABatch
Skul-Man
★ Amaryllis List I & List II
Boreas
Sparrow
★ Silvion Night Part I & Part II
Derk of Derkholm
Juergen Schulze
Bridgefour
David Sims
Placida
ExTended
Zyodes
Peat


 
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Boreas

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#3
There's already a sticky thread created by @Danica for this purpose: the Listverse, where you can make any kind of list you want with however many examples (10, 15, 25, etc), so this one seems a bit redundant.
 

Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
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#4
There's already a sticky thread created by @Danica for this purpose: the Listverse, where you can make any kind of list you want with however many examples (10, 15, 25, etc), so this one seems a bit redundant.
Can you explain your choices in listverse? I don't know.
In listverse thread you can post link to any list, it doesn't have to be top 25, so this thread is a bit more specific.
If people want to post a listverse top 25 then link here, or post here directly, both is fine. Plus it's nice if it's here because it's all in one place. You dont have to link anything.
Up to you of course.
 

Boreas

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#5
Can you explain your choices in listverse? I don't know.
Yep. @Sneaky Burrito and some others gave explanations on their choices.
In listverse thread you can post link to any list, it doesn't have to be top 25
Yep, @Jon Snow posted his 'top fantasy series' list, 'top 20 fantasy' list and a 'top 10 stand-alone' list. Essentially, any kind of list you want, including a top 25. Since there's already quite a few lists there, it kinda makes it easier to have them in one spot to check out than having to shuffle between two threads.
 

Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
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#6
Since there's already quite a few lists there, it kinda makes it easier to have them in one spot to check out than having to shuffle between two threads.
Lets just see if there's enough interest from other forum members to post here as some people have already said they want to.

Yep. @Sneaky Burrito and some others gave explanations on their choices.
Good to know.
 

João Ribeiro

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#8
I'll wait another 5-10 years until I feel I have read enough to make one.
I should do the same... but I'll give it a go anyway during the weekend.

 

kenubrion

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#9
I keep a list of favorites and this may be more than 25 and it also may be incomplete anyway. No elaboration, this was enough work. The order is random and I don't pick a favorite in any series. And I see I'm the only person complying with your wish anyway so...
Malazan-Erikson
LOTR-some guy
The Hobbit-him again
Lyonesse-Vance
Crown of Stars-Kate Eliott
Heroes Die-Stover
A Game of Universe-Nylund
All of Abercrombie-can't pick just one or two
Riyria Revelations-Sullivan
Deed of Paksannarion-Moon
Stormlight Archives-both
The Macht Trilogy-Kearney
Night Angel trilogy-Weeks
Dread Empire-Cook
Black Company-Cook
Farseer trilogy-Hobb
Liveship trilogy-Hobb
Fool's Errand trilogy-Hobb
Man of His Word/Handful of Men-Duncan
Amber chronicles-Zelazny
Wardstone trilogy-Mathias
Dagger and Coin series-Abraham
Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone-Keyes
Sword of Shadows series-Jones
The Book of Words-Jones
Discworld-Pratchett
The Thousand Name/Shadow Campaigns-Wexler
Once and Future King-White
Blood Song-Ryan
Red Knight-Cameron
Waylander trilogy-Gemmell
Drenai Series-Gemmell
Throne of Bones-Day
Blood Steel & Fire-Batchelder
As Flies to Wanton Boys-Batchelder
New World-White
Winds of the Forelands series-Coe
Polgara the Sorceress-Eddings
The Belgariad-Eddings
The Swan's War series-Russell
Monarchies of God series-Kearney
Kingkiller
ASOIAF
King's Blades series-Duncan
The Grim Company series-Luke Scull
 
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Boreas

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#10
I keep a list of favorites and this may be more than 25 and it also may be incomplete anyway. No elaboration, this was enough work. And I see I'm the only person complying with your wish anyway so...
Malazan-Erikson
LOTR-some guy
The Hobbit-him again
Lyonesse-Vance
Crown of Stars-Kate Eliott
Heroes Die-Stover
All of Abercrombie-can't pick just one or two
Riyria Revelations-Sullivan
Deed of Paksannarion-Moon
Stormlight Archives-both
The Macht Trilogy-Kearney
Night Angel trilogy-Weeks
Dream Empire-Cook
Black Company-Cook
Farseer trilogy-Hobb
Liveship trilogy-Hobb
Fool's Errand trilogy-Hobb
Man of His Word/Handful of Men-Duncan
Amber chronicles-Zelazny
Wardstone trilogy-Mathias
Dagger and Coin series-Abraham
Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone-Keyes
Sword of Shadows series-Jones
The Book of Words-Jones
Discworld-Pratchett
Once and Future King-White
Blood Song-Ryan
Red Knight-Cameron
Waylander trilogy-Gemmell
Throne of Bones-Day
Blood Steel & Fire-Batchelder
As Flies to Wanton Boys-Batchelder
New World-White
Winds of the Forelands series-Coe
Polgara the Sorceress-Eddings
The Belgariad-Eddings
The Swan's War series-Russell
Monarchies of God series-Kearney
Kingkiller
ASOIAF
King's Blades series-Duncan
Damn. That's what I call an immediate double-down.
 

kenubrion

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#12
I just want to thank everyone for participating with me.

Or as John said after the live session on top of the Apple building that marked the end of the Beatles, "On behalf of the group I want to say thanks for the audition."
 

Cyphon

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#13
I'll give this a shot but only for ongoing series. Not too easy to compare completed works to stuff where you are still missing a bulk of the story.

1. The Stormlight Archive (Brandon Sanderson) - I can forgive a lot of things if you introduce an exciting magic system and use it well and Sanderson delivers in spades on that front. However, Sanderson doesn't need forgiveness for a lot of things. I like almost everything about this series so far including the fact that it is going to be HUGE. I love dying into big projects like this and can't wait for the next book. Equally as impressive so far is that he is delivering 1000 pagers that never seem to drag for me.

2. The Lighbringer Series (Brent Weeks) - It took me a little bit to get into the first book but once I got going I didn't want to stop and still don't. This is another one where there just isn't much I can think of to complain about. Interesting magic system, fun characters to follow and an interesting plot.

3. Gentlemen Bastard Series (Scott Lynch) - I hate to keep repeating myself but damn, I think I have the same things to say for all of my favorites. What is especially great about this one is that it isn't the standard magic system and such but still maintains the fun action and interesting plot. The first book in this series may be one I considered one of the top fantasy books period.

4. ASoIaF (Martin) - I don't think this needs much explaining. Sadly A Dance with Dragons was a letdown which moves this down the list but I still have faith we are in for some nice treats. He really needs to get this stuff finished because if he dies without finishing I will kill myself and hunt him down to get answers.

5. The Demon Cycle (Peter V Brett) - Outstanding first book really draws you into this series. It has been downhill since with some especially bad characterization in the third book but I am still so interested in the happenings that I eagerly anticipate the 4th book.

6. The Kingkiller Chronicles (Patrick Rothfuss) - This would probably be higher but I am really out of touch with the series since it has been so long since I read the last book. So while I know it is great I have staled on it a bit during the wait.

7. The Dresden Files (Jim Butcher) - These books are so fun to read but recently I have found them to be a little bit repetitive in ways. Maybe because there are just so many.

8. Alex Verus Series (Benedict Jacka) - Short, quickly paced and fun rides. Big issue for me is that due to the length there isn't a ton of depth to really dive into and get excited about.

9. The Red Queens War (Mark Lawrence) - I liked his last trilogy a good bit and this had a strong first book. It might be higher but with only 1 book of stuff to think about there isn't a huge eagerness for the next installment like with some of the others.

10. The Allow of Law (Brandon Sanderson) - I haven't actually read this yet but it is Sanderson and I like everything he does. I know the 2nd book is coming fairly soon too. Looking forward to both.
 

ReguIa

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#14
The Dresden Files (Jim Butcher) - These books are so fun to read but recently I have found them to be a little bit repetitive in ways. Maybe because there are just so many.
I adore this series. I'm a little surprised though by how many I've noticed seem to think of these as fun, easy ''popcorn blockbusters'' with no substance reads. I agree they are short, fun and easy reads, but for me they have more depth than a lot of other big stuff I've read. It's been more than half a year since I caught up with the series, and I read them all over a period of 14 months. Quite a long time, but I still remember almost everything about them. There are so many great scenes that I still remember bright as day. Hell I even remember conversations and entire passages that I just loved.
Thinking about everything Dresden's been through make me smile as well as feeling sad. The books deal with morals, responsibility, right and wrong, good vs evil, grey characters, that good choices and actions can lead to devastating consequences. Learning to live with those consequences. To keep fighting and never back down. The works. All this without feeling preachy. We get to see and experience it all through Harry over so far, what. 10-15 years?

I feel the books already hold sentimental value to me. Not many books can get me to shed tears, but seriously some scenes in this series has hit me right in the heart. I plan to reread them, I don't know when, that depends on how far of Peace Talks is. But I have a feeling the reread will be even more emotional, because at all the low points I'm going to know it will get even worse for Harry down the road.
 

moonspawn

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#15
I haven't really read enough to make a Moonspawn's official top 25 list but as of now my list would consist of these novels.

Malazan
Realm of the Elderlings
Black Company
Lord of the Rings
The Scar
Perdido Street Station
Gormenghast
Zothique by Clark Ashton Smith
Flat Earth series by Tanith Lee
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison
aSoIaF - the only reason I would put this on the top 25 list is because of its influence. The fact its written primary for entertainment value is problematic.

I might be forgetting something but out of all the fantasy novels I've read these are the only ones I would be on a top 25 list. I could put Mistborn on here but that would be my own personal and emotional bias. Mistborn and any book from Sanderson for that matter is too lacking in depth to put on a list like this.
 
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sopranosfan

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#16
The fact its written primary for entertainment value is problematic.
Why is a book written primarily for entertainment a problem? At the end of the day that is the most important aspect of a book. Now I agree that something that expands or challenges you while entertaining is great; there is nothing wrong with just enjoying a good story and the first three books of ASOIAF are some of the most enjoyable books I have ever read and the last two are good to very good.
 

moonspawn

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#17
Why is a book written primarily for entertainment a problem? At the end of the day that is the most important aspect of a book. Now I agree that something that expands or challenges you while entertaining is great; there is nothing wrong with just enjoying a good story and the first three books of ASOIAF are some of the most enjoyable books I have ever read and the last two are good to very good.
There's nothing wrong with entertaining. I agree entertainment is highly, highly important. If you're not entertained whats the point? But at the same time if a novel does not challenge you, if there are not several ways to interpret it then what is the point? People like crappy books simply because they found something entertaining in them.
 

Cyphon

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#18
There's nothing wrong with entertaining. I agree entertainment is highly, highly important. If you're not entertained whats the point? But at the same time if a novel does not challenge you, if there are not several ways to interpret it then what is the point? People like crappy books simply because they found something entertaining in them.
I don't see how it being challenging is any more valuable than entertaining. I could read a book in another language and it would be one helluva challenge but that wouldn't necessarily make the book good or worth reading. I guess the same goes for interpretation. Most people will have different interpretations than others on almost everything they read. And I would say you also have to consider author intent. Did the author write something intentionally to leave it open for interpretation or did they simply forget to tie up a loose end or option c, couldn't figure out how they wanted to answer their own writing?

And lastly to bring back the whole entertainment thing. Any author who isn't writing say a history or biography for example, has to keep some entertainment in mind because if you aren't keeping the reader engaged and interested they won't finish your books anyway.
 

afa

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#19
3. Gentlemen Bastard Series (Scott Lynch) - I hate to keep repeating myself but damn, I think I have the same things to say for all of my favorites. What is especially great about this one is that it isn't the standard magic system and such but still maintains the fun action and interesting plot. The first book in this series may be one I considered one of the top fantasy books period.
What magic system? It's been a while since I read the first two books (and I haven't read the third) but I actually don't remember there being magic in them. I guess I'm forgetting something?

10. The Allow of Law (Brandon Sanderson) - I haven't actually read this yet but it is Sanderson and I like everything he does. I know the 2nd book is coming fairly soon too. Looking forward to both.
It's Alloy, not Allow. ;) Haha..

I actually enjoyed that typo for the simple reason that it happens to me all the time. For some reason, when I type The Alloy of Law, it comes out The Allow of Law. I don't know, maybe it's something to do with the alliteration in the title? Because you know the second word is 'law' it makes you write the first one with a 'w' as well? Either way, it's good to know that it's not just me.
 

Hand of Fear

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#20
What magic system? It's been a while since I read the first two books (and I haven't read the third) but I actually don't remember there being magic in them. I guess I'm forgetting something?
Perhaps magic system is the wrong term, there's magic in the book but not a lot. Remember The Bondsmagi of Karthain ?