The NEW BFB Members Rankings List

Jakyro

Journeyed there and back again
#81
I liked both books, AFFC and ADWD. What bothered me with AFFC were the Brienne chapters; those were the least interesting. Beside those, I really enjoyed the book. ADWD Part 1 didn't start off all that interesting, the first 200 pages were reaaaaaalllly slow, but after that it got going, and especially part 2 was really good. But I understand the disappointment from a lot of people after waiting such a long time for these books
 

Danica

Queen of the boards!
Staff member
#82
Yeah, well, it's still annoying tho, having to go and reread some summaries to find out what it is you read X months/years ago. I too personally am a "binge-reader" just like I binge-watch TV shows and therefore I usually avoid unfinished series. Not always, but usually.
I find that binge reading does have it's disadvantages too, but I agree binge reading is sometimes the best.
 

Cyphon

Journeyed there and back again
#83
I find that binge reading does have it's disadvantages too, but I agree binge reading is sometimes the best.
I do notice a lot of times with binge reading that you can start to think an author is very repetitive in their writing. Using a lot of the same sentences or sayings whereas when you read them 2 or 3 years apart you may never notice that.
 

GreyMouser

Journeyed there and back again
#84
I do notice a lot of times with binge reading that you can start to think an author is very repetitive in their writing. Using a lot of the same sentences or sayings whereas when you read them 2 or 3 years apart you may never notice that.
After reading the entire Malazan Book of the Fallen series straight through in 2011-2012, I can agree with this. I love the series but the philosophising was really getting on my nerves by the time I got to Dust of Dreams.

I might have to pick up a few selected favorites from the series and read them seperately some time in the unforeseen future.
 

TomTB

Super Moderator
Staff member
#85
After reading the entire Malazan Book of the Fallen series straight through in 2011-2012, I can agree with this. I love the series but the philosophising was really getting on my nerves by the time I got to Dust of Dreams.

I might have to pick up a few selected favorites from the series and read them seperately some time in the unforeseen future.
You know what, this is what I might do rather than reread the lot. I'm thinking books 1, 3, 5 & 7 in particular ..
 

GreyMouser

Journeyed there and back again
#86
You know what, this is what I might do rather than reread the lot. I'm thinking books 1, 3, 5 & 7 in particular ..
I'm tentatively thinking 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7. I'm on the fence about re-reading Deadhouse Gates. The problem for me is that there is so much epic awesomeness mixed with abundant inner thoughtfulness.

For some reason I'm remembering The Bonehunters being one of my favorites but it rarely is mentioned by other Malazan fans. I probably need to check the wiki details to remeber exactly which ones I liked best.
 

MattKnott

Knows the real name of Lower Corte
#87
Malazan's biggest issue is the characters all tend to blur together at times because beggars and kings are all fully qualified philosophers and theologians.

It's a phenomenal series but I remember that really standing out to me as getting annoying.
 

atheling

A Poet of the Khaiem
#88
Malazan's biggest issue is the characters all tend to blur together at times because beggars and kings are all fully qualified philosophers and theologians.

It's a phenomenal series but I remember that really standing out to me as getting annoying.
I'm famously bad with names, so this series is clearly designed to mock me: I just can't keep up with a cast of thousands.
 

Derk of Derkholm

Journeyed there and back again
#89
Ok, good folks, after having spent much time with my family over the Christmas holidays (and not nearly as much as I wanted with reading books), I have just updated the list with the latest entries!

Happy New Year to everybody!
 

sopranosfan

Journeyed there and back again
#90
Here is my new and updated list I've been meaning to post for a while.
  1. Song of Ice and Fire. 9
  2. Stormlight Archive. 9
  3. Farseer Trilogy. 9
  4. American Gods. 8.5
  5. Demon Cycle. 8.5
  6. Malazan Book of the Fallen. 8.5
  7. Dresden Files. 8.5
  8. The Ocean at the End of the Lane: 8
  9. City of Stairs. 7.5
  10. Wheel of Time. 7.5
  11. The Dark Tower. 7.5
  12. Harry Potter. 7
  13. Mistborn. 7
  14. The Witcher: 7
  15. Lord of the Rings. 7
  16. Night Angel 6.5
 

Silvion Night

Sir Readalot
Staff member
#91
Here is my new and updated list I've been meaning to post for a while.
  1. Song of Ice and Fire. 9
  2. Stormlight Archive. 9
  3. Farseer Trilogy. 9
  4. American Gods. 8.5
  5. Demon Cycle. 8.5
  6. Malazan Book of the Fallen. 8.5
  7. Dresden Files. 8.5
  8. The Ocean at the End of the Lane: 8
  9. City of Stairs. 7.5
  10. Wheel of Time. 7.5
  11. The Dark Tower. 7.5
  12. Harry Potter. 7
  13. Mistborn. 7
  14. The Witcher: 7
  15. Lord of the Rings. 7
  16. Night Angel 6.5
Nice list. I agree with most of your ratings there (just would've put LoTR a but higher, but that's it)
 

sopranosfan

Journeyed there and back again
#92
Nice list. I agree with most of your ratings there (just would've put LoTR a but higher, but that's it)
I liked LoTR and can definitely appreciate it's significance but I base my ratings on enjoyment and that's where my enjoyment of LoTR fell. I have enjoyed every book on the list though.
 

Cyphon

Journeyed there and back again
#93
Andy forced my hand a little while back and I gave a score to pretty much everything I have read. Keeping in mind that a lot of these scores may change upon re-read here is my top 10 and bottom 10. Top 10 is kind of hard because I find it difficult to compare ongoing series to finished ones. My anticipation for new books sometimes outweighs my appreciation for the finished stuff and thus can boost spots or lower them depending.

Top 10

1. Stormlight Archives - 10
2. Lightbringer Series - 9.5
3. Gentelmen Bastards Sequence - 9.5
4. Acacia Trilogy - 9.5 (this is the one I remember least and most needs a re-read)
5. Demon Cycle - 9
6. Tales of Dunk and Egg - 9
7. A Song of Ice and Fire - 9
8. Night Angel Trilogy - 9
9. Dresden Files - 9
10. Harry Potter - 9 (would probably score this lower on re-read but I keep it here for not because it is what really shot me into fantasy)

Bottom 10 - I know I may anger a lot of people so there are a few things to keep in mind. Most of these were read quite awhile back and the scores may have changed if I rated them right at the time. When I submitted these scores to Andy I was going off my current feelings of past experiences if that makes sense. So let's say I was thinking back to what I thought of Farseer. I couldn't remember enjoying anything in particular and I really couldn't remember much about the trilogy period. Just little things coming back here and there. So if a score seems harsh that is your reason. I honestly and truly can't remember anything I enjoyed about the books a lot of times. And I very well might have liked 1 or 2 things at the time but they have been forgotten.

1. Coldfire Trilogy - 3
2. Farseer Trilogy - 3
3. Legion Series - 4
4. American Gods - 4
5. His Dark Materials - 5
6. Hunger Games trilogy - 5
7. First Law Trilogy - 5.5
8. Warbreaker - 5.5
9. Lord of the Rings - 5.5
10. Shattered Seas Trilogy - 6
 

sopranosfan

Journeyed there and back again
#94
Andy forced my hand a little while back and I gave a score to pretty much everything I have read. Keeping in mind that a lot of these scores may change upon re-read here is my top 10 and bottom 10. Top 10 is kind of hard because I find it difficult to compare ongoing series to finished ones. My anticipation for new books sometimes outweighs my appreciation for the finished stuff and thus can boost spots or lower them depending.

Top 10

1. Stormlight Archives - 10
2. Lightbringer Series - 9.5
3. Gentelmen Bastards Sequence - 9.5
4. Acacia Trilogy - 9.5 (this is the one I remember least and most needs a re-read)
5. Demon Cycle - 9
6. Tales of Dunk and Egg - 9
7. A Song of Ice and Fire - 9
8. Night Angel Trilogy - 9
9. Dresden Files - 9
10. Harry Potter - 9 (would probably score this lower on re-read but I keep it here for not because it is what really shot me into fantasy)

Bottom 10 - I know I may anger a lot of people so there are a few things to keep in mind. Most of these were read quite awhile back and the scores may have changed if I rated them right at the time. When I submitted these scores to Andy I was going off my current feelings of past experiences if that makes sense. So let's say I was thinking back to what I thought of Farseer. I couldn't remember enjoying anything in particular and I really couldn't remember much about the trilogy period. Just little things coming back here and there. So if a score seems harsh that is your reason. I honestly and truly can't remember anything I enjoyed about the books a lot of times. And I very well might have liked 1 or 2 things at the time but they have been forgotten.

1. Coldfire Trilogy - 3
2. Farseer Trilogy - 3
3. Legion Series - 4
4. American Gods - 4
5. His Dark Materials - 5
6. Hunger Games trilogy - 5
7. First Law Trilogy - 5.5
8. Warbreaker - 5.5
9. Lord of the Rings - 5.5
10. Shattered Seas Trilogy - 6
We agree or are pretty close on most scores except Farseer and American Gods. I understand American Gods because it is a pretty divisive book and i really think the full cast audio helped me. But why did you not like Farseer Trlogy?
 

Silvion Night

Sir Readalot
Staff member
#95
Nooo Cyphon, you ruin the First Law scores... :(
 

Cyphon

Journeyed there and back again
#96
We agree or are pretty close on most scores except Farseer and American Gods. I understand American Gods because it is a pretty divisive book and i really think the full cast audio helped me. But why did you not like Farseer Trlogy?
Really? Wouldn't have guessed my list would get close agreement from anyone lol. I actually listened to American Gods as well and I thought it was well voiced but still didn't care for the actual story nor did I care much about the characters.

I guess the same thing applies to Farseer. For me there are 2 things that help to keep me engaged in a story. An interesting plot or characters I am invested in. Farseer provided neither for me. I am pretty sure I was mad most of the time reading it because of how the characters acted. I guess that was kind of the goal and I can appreciate the ability to draw that emotion from me but I just couldn't get into. Didn't really like the motivations of the characters and what not. My couple minor interests were Fitzs' ability to communicate with dogs and The Fool.

Again though, this was quite a long time ago and maybe at the time there were a couple of more points I liked but if you offered me 10 million dollars I couldn't think of them.

Nooo Cyphon, you ruin the First Law scores... :(
But I helped raise quite a few!
 

GreyMouser

Journeyed there and back again
#97
Here's my latest top 10 list.

1. ASoIaF 9.8
2. Kane Series (Karl Edward Wagner) 9.6
3. Conan (Robert E. Howard) 9.5
3. The Elric Saga 9.5
4. First Law 9.2
4. Stormlight Archives 9.2
5. Malazan Book of the Fallen 9
6. Lord of the Rings 8.9
7. The Chronicles of the Black Company 8.7
7. Immortal Treachery 8.7
7. Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne 8.7
8. Dresden Files 8.5
8. The Broken Empire 8.5
9. Fafrd and theGray Mouser 8.4
10. Silmarillion 8.3
 
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#98
To give some impression, these are the 215 series not ranked so far (in alphabetic order):

So everybody who has read one of these and can provide a feedback helps us to make the list of "ranked" series longer.... (Status 20/10/2015)

Update 20/10/2015: Have added "Iron Nails" by forum member @MattKnott to the listing so that people who have already read it can provide ratings!
Also "The Slow Regard of Silent Things" and "Rain Wild Chronicles", who were so far not featured as separate series.
Added "Shadowdance"

A Land Fit for Heroes, Richard K Morgan
A Pattern of Shadow & Light, Melissa McPhail
A Rendezvous in Averoigne, Clark Ashton Smith
Abarat Quintet, Clive Barker
Aegypt, John Crowley
Agyar, Steven Brust
American Specter, Rasheedah Prioleau
Anders, Wolfgang Hohlbein
Arafel, C. J. Cherryh
At the Back of the North Wind, George MacDonald
Barbed Coil, J. V. Jones
Black Magician, Trudi Canavan
Blackhand, Matt Hieber
Bone (Comic), Jeff Smith
Book of Lies, Brad Meltzer
Book of Words, J. V. Jones
Books of Swords, Fred Saberhagen
Chronicles of Prydain, Lloyd Alexander
Chronicles of the Raven, James Barclay
Collegia Magica, Carol Berg
Course of the Heart, Michael John Harrison
Craft Sequence, Max Gladstone
Crestomanci, Diana Wynne Jones
Crown & Key, Clay Griffith & Susan Griffith
Crown of Stars, Kate Elliot
Cthulhu mythos, H.P. Lovecraft
Dalemark Quartet, Diana Wynne Jones
Damar, Robin McKinley
Damiano Trilogy, R. A. MacAvoy
Dandelion Dynasty, Ken Liu
Darger and Surplus, Michael Swanwick
Darker Shade of Magic , V.E. Schwab
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Bone Laini Taylor
Deed of Paksenarrion, Elizabeth Moon
Derkholm, Diana Wynne Jones
Dinosaur Lords, Victor Milan
Dragon Prince Trilogy, Melanie Rawn
Dragonriders of Pern, Ann McCaffrey
Dragonwars Saga, R.A. Salvatore
Dread Empire, Glen Cook
Dreamblood Duology, N. K. Jemisin
Earthseed, Octavia Butler
Ember in the Ashes , Sabaa Tahir
Engine Summer, John Crowley
Engineer Trilogy, K. J. Parker
Eternal Champion, Michael Moorcock
Faerie Tale, Raymond E Feist
Faust Among Equals, Tom Holt
Felix Castor, Mike Carey
Fly By Night, Yasmine Galenorn
Genesis, Wolfgang Hohlbein
Gloriana, Michael Moorcock
Godslayer Chronicles, James Clemens
Godspeaker Trilogy, Karen Miller
Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
Great Book of Tarzan, Edgar Rice Burroughs
Greatcoats, Sebastien de Castell
Greek Series, David Gemmell
Grendel, John Gardner
Heart of the World , Col Buchanan
Heir Chronicles, Cinda Williams Chima
Howl's Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones
Hrolf Kraki's Saga, Poul Anderson
Hungry City Chronicles, Phillip Reeves
Hunting the Ghost Dancer, A. A. Attanasio
Inkworld, Cornelia Funke
Instrumentalities of the Night, Glen Cook
Iron Nails, Matt Knott
Iron Tower Saga, Dennis L. McKiernan
Jig The Goblin, Jim C. Hines
Jon Shannow Series, David Gemmell
Journey to the West / Monkey King, Wu Cheng'en
Kane Series, Karl Edward Wagner
Karen Memory , Elizabeth Bear
Kindred, Octavia Butler
King of Elfland's Daughter, Lord Dunsany
Last Light of the Sun, Guy Kavriel Kay
Left Hand of God, Paul Hoffman
Lions of Al-Rassan, Guy Kavriel Kay
Little, Big, John Crowley
Lives of the Mayfair Witches, Anne Rice
Looking Glass Wars Trilogy, Frank Beddor
Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
Low Town, Daniel Polansky
Lucan Drakenfeld, Mark Charan Newton
Lud-in-the-Mist, Hope Mirrlees
Lyonnese, Jack Vance
Magic Ex Libris, Jim C. Hines
Magic Kingdom of Landover, Terry Brooks
Master of the Day of Judgement, Leo Perutz
Millenium's Rule, Trudi Canavan
Monarchy of Gods, Paul Kearney
Monster Hunter International, Larry Correia
Morgaine & Vanye, C. J. Cherryh
Morlock Ambrosius, James Enge
Morningstar, David Gemmell
Mortal Instruments Series, Cassandra Clarke
Mythago Wood Cycle, Robert Holdstack
Necroscope, Brian Lumley
Night Land, William Hope Hodgson
Nightwise, R.S. Belcher
Ombria in Shadow, Patricia A. McKillip
Once and Future King, T. H. White
Only Human, Tom Holt
Operation Otherworld, Poul Anderson
Our Ancestors Trilogy, Italo Calvino
Oz, L. Frank Baum
Patternmaster, Octavia Butler
PC Grant series, Ben Aaronovitch
Peace, Gene Wolfe
Perfume, Patrick Sueskind
Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie
Phantastes, George MacDonald
Princess and the Goblin, George MacDonald
Princess Series, Jim C. Hines
Psalms of Isaak, Ken Scholes
Quickening Series, Fiona McIntosh
Quintspinner Trilogy, Dianne Greenlay
Rai-Kirah Series, Carol Berg
Rain Wild Chronicles, Robin Hobb
Red Queen , Victoria Aveyard
Remembrance, Jude Deveraux
Renshai Trilogy, Mickey Zucker Reichert
Requiem, Graham Joyce
Riddle-Master Trilogy, Patricia A. McKillip
Rigante Series, David Gemmell
River of Stars , Guy Kavriel Kay
Riyria Chronicles, Michael J. Sullivan
Rogues of the Republic, Patrick Weekes
Saga of Anaimon, Timothy Nancarrow
Saga of the Reindeer People, Robin Hobb (as Megan Lindhom)
Septimus Heap Series, Angie Sage
Seven Realms Series, Cinda Williams Chima
Sevenwaters Trilogy, Juliet Marillier
Shadow Police, Paul Cornell
Shadow Saga, Jon Sprunk
Shadowdance, David Dalglish
Shadowmarch Trilogy, Tad Williams
Short Stories, Clark Ashton Smith
Soldier of the Mist, Gene Wolfe
Soldier Son Trilogy, Robin Hobb
Songs of Earth and Power, Greg Bear
Spirit Ring, Lois McMaster Bujold
Study Series, Maria V. Snyder
Summoner, Taran Matharu
Swans' War Trilogy, Sean Russell
Symphony of Ages, Elizabeth Haydon
Tales of the Timuras, Allan Cole
Temeraire Series, Naomi Novik
The Alchemy Wars, Ian Tregillis
The BFG, Roald Dahl
The Broken Sword, Poul Anderson
The Chronicles of Master Li and Number 10 Ox, Barry Hughart
The Cinder Spires, Jim Butcher
The Company Man, Robert Jackson Bennett
The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, Saladin Ahmed
The Cycle of Arawn, Edward Robertson
The Deep, John Crowley
The Divine Cities, Robert Jackson Bennett
The DragonCrown War Cycle, Michael A. Stackpole
The Dwarves, Heitz
The Empty Throne, Daniel Polansky
The Erebus Sequence, Den Patrick
The Faithful and the Fallen, John Gwynne
The Fold , Peter Clines
The Folding Knife, K. J. Parker
The Forbidden Library, Django Wexler
The Hammer, K. J. Parker
The Iron Dragon's Daughter, Michael Swanwick
The Land of Laughs, Jonathan Carroll
The Laundry Series, Charles Stross
The Queen`s Thief, Megan Whalen Turner
The Red Queen's War, Mark Lawrence
The Sandman, Neil Gaiman
The Scar, Maryna Dyachenko
The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis
The Shadow of What was Lost, James Islington
The Sharing Knife, Lois McMaster Bujold
The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Patrick Rothfuss
The Southern Vampire Mysteries / Sookie Stackhouse, Charlaine Harris
The Stone Raft, Jose Saramago
The Stress of Her Regard, Tim Powers
The Ties that Bind, Rob J. Hayes
The Traitor Son Cycle, Miles Cameron
The Vagrant , Peter Newman
The Vault of Heaven, Peter Orullian
The Very Model of a Man, Howard Jacobson
The View from the Mirror Series, Ian Irvine
The Wars of Light and Shadow, Janny Wurts
The Well at the End of the World, William Morris
The Worm Ouroboros, Eric Eddison
Thessaly, Jo Walton
Tiger and Del, Jennifer Roberson
Till we have Faces, C. S. Lewis
Time Salvager , Wesely Chu
To Reign in Hell, Stephen Baust
Tournament of Shadows, James Enge
Uprooted , Naomi Novik
Valdemar: The Last Herald-Mage, Mercedes Lackey
Vicious, V.E. Schwab
Vlad Taltos, Steven Brust
Voice of the Fire, Alan Moore
Waiting for the Barbarians, J. M. Coetzee
War for the Oaks, Emma Bull
Way to Babylon, Paul Kearney
Weaveworld, Clive Barker
When They Shine Brightest , Yordan Zhelyazkov
White Trash Zombie, Diana Rowland
Wild Hunt, Elspeth Cooper
Windhaven, Lisa Tuttle and G. R. R. Martin
Wizard Knight, Gene Wolfe
Ysabel, Guy Kavriel Kay
Zamonia, Walter Moers
Zimiamvia Trilogy, E. R. Eddison
Zothique, Clark Ashton Smith
The Chronicles of the Necromancer by Gail Z. Martin and the Stormlords Trilogy by Glenda Larke?
 

kenubrion

Journeyed there and back again
The Chronicles of the Necromancer by Gail Z. Martin and the Stormlords Trilogy by Glenda Larke?
I thought these sounded familiar and it turned out that samples of both are on my Kindle but quite a ways back. I've resurrected them thanks to you, Arvin. Always on the hunt for new quality stuff.