Best Fantasy Series, Trilogies, and Duologies
Vote for your favorite fantasy series, trilogies, and duologies. Please do not add science fiction or supernatural-romance series. If not in an omnibus or boxed set, please only vote for the first book in the series.
101 Green Rider (Green Rider, #1)
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102 Ill Met in Lankhmar (Fafhrd...
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103 The Borrowers (The Borrower...
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104 The Magic of Recluce (The S...
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105 Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)
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106 The Bone Doll's Twin (The T...
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107 First Test (Protector of th...
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108 Trickster's Choice (Daughte...
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109 Prince of Thorns (The Broke...
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110 Perdido Street Station (Bas...
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111 The Oathbound (Valdemar: Vo...
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112 Clockwork Angel (The Infern...
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113 Magic's Pawn (Valdemar: Las...
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114 Sword-Dancer (Tiger and Del...
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115 So You Want to Be a Wizard ...
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116 Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)
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117 The Sword of Shannara
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118 Daughter of the Empire (The...
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119 Brookhaven (Web of Fate, #1)
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120 The Golden Compass (His Dar...
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121 The Mirror of Her Dreams
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122 Seventh Son (Tales of Alvin...
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123 Shadow of a Dark Queen (The...
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124 Another Fine Myth (Myth Adv...
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125 The Darkness That Comes Bef...
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126 Terrier (Beka Cooper, #1)
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127 Theft of Swords (The Riyria...
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128 Harry Potter Boxset (Harry ...
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129 Archangel (Samaria, #1)
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130 The Briar King (Kingdoms of...
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131 Protector of the Small (Pro...
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132 The Malloreon Boxed Set: Gu...
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133 Halfway to the Grave (Night...
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134 Tolomay's World and The Poo...
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135 Time of the Twins (Dragonla...
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136 The Next Set (Thursday Next...
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137 The Ill-Made Mute (The Bitt...
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138 The Fairy Godmother (Five H...
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139 Deryni Rising (The Chronicl...
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140 The Winter King (The Warlor...
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141 The Crown Conspiracy (The R...
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142 Witch World (Witch World Se...
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142 Running with the Demon (Wor...
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144 Sailing to Sarantium (The S...
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145 The Stones of Andarus
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146 Mystic and Rider (Twelve Ho...
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147 Obernewtyn (Obernewtyn Chro...
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148 The Wheel of time series by...
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149 Magician: Apprentice (The R...
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150 Pawn of Prophecy (The Belga...
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151 A Cavern of Black Ice (Swor...
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152 Wolf Brother (Chronicles of...
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152 The Warrior Heir (The Heir ...
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154 Midnight for Charlie Bone (...
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155 Domes of Fire (The Tamuli, #1)
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156 The Bartimaeus Trilogy Boxe...
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157 Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilo...
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158 The Wounded Land (The Secon...
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159 Into the Wild (Warriors, #1)
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160 The Skinwalker's Apprentice
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161 The Knife of Never Letting ...
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162 The Naming (The Books of Pe...
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163 Sandry's Book (Circle of Ma...
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164 The Outstretched Shadow (Ob...
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165 Darkover Landfall (Darkover...
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166 A Discovery of Witches (All...
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167 The Summer Tree (The Fionav...
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168 Transformation (Rai-Kirah, #1)
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169 Vampire Academy (Vampire Ac...
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170 The Hundred Thousand Kingdo...
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171 The Last Dragon Slayer (Dea...
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172 Dealing with Dragons (Encha...
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173 The Blue Sword (Damar, #2)
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174 Homeland (Forgotten Realms:...
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175 The Hunger Games Trilogy Bo...
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176 Gregor the Overlander Box S...
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177 The Magicians (The Magician...
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178 Outlander (Outlander, #1)
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179 The Black Prism (Lightbring...
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179 Finnikin of the Rock (Lumat...
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181 Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovel...
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182 Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy...
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183 Mister Monday (The Keys to ...
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184 Lion of Senet (Second Sons ...
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185 The Chronicles of Amber (Am...
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186 The Dark Mirror (The Bridei...
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187 The Black Company (The Chro...
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188 Love, Eternally (The Roman ...
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189 Lord of the Fading Lands (T...
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190 The Hedge Knight (The Tales...
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190 Riddle in Stone (The Riddle...
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192 Revenge of the Witch (The L...
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193 The Ranger's Apprentice Col...
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194 Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of De...
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195 The Red Pyramid (Kane Chron...
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196 Beguilement (The Sharing Kn...
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197 Conan 01
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198 Stronghold (Dragon Star, #1)
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199 A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1)
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200 Dragon Bones (Hurog, #1)
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message 2: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular Wheres the book of the new sun? i thought that was supposed to be a great series.


message 3: by Rora (new)

Rora The book of the new sun is there, currently #76. (Shadow and Claw by Gene Wolfe)


message 4: by Greyweather (last edited Jul 12, 2009 11:13AM) (new)

Greyweather Deleted The Sunbird by Elizabeth E. Wein as it is the third book in the series. Please re-submit your vote as the first book, The Winter Prince.

Removed The Witchwood Cradle by Esther M. Friesner as it is the third book in the series. Please re-submit your vote as the first book, Mustapha and His Wise Dog.

Removed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling as it is the third book in the series.

Removed The Unicorn Creed by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough as it is the second book in the series. Please re-submit your vote as the first book, Song of Sorcery.

Removed both Arrow's Flight and Arrow's Fall by Mercedes Lackey as they are the second and third books in the series. Please re-submit your vote as the omnibus Queen's Own: Arrows of the Queen, Arrow's Flight, Arrow's Fall.

Removed The Shadow of Albion by Andre Norton, Rosemary Edghill as the Carolus Rex series does not meet the three book minimum for the list.

Removed I,Q by Roland Smith as the Carolus Rex series does not meet the three book minimum for the list, and is not fantasy.

Removed Faerie Tale by Raymond E. Feist as it is not part of a series.

Removed Kit's Wilderness by David Almond as it is not part of a series, his books are all stand-alone.

Removed Silverfin by Charlie Higson as it and the rest of the Young James Bond series are not fantasy.

Removed Spy X: The Code by Peter Lerangis as it and the rest of the Spy X series are not fantasy.


message 5: by Preita (last edited Jul 18, 2009 10:08AM) (new)

Preita Salyer there are quite a few books on here that I don't believe should be. Vampire Romance? Please.


message 6: by Heather (new)

Heather What about

THE

TWILIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SAGA


message 7: by Greyweather (new)

Greyweather Heather wrote: "What about

THE

TWILIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SAGA"


Quote: (No science fiction or supernatural series)
Twilight = vampires = supernatural



Sadichha KarKi MAXIMUM RIDE IS THE F*****G BOMB
hi guys


message 9: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix I can understand the instinct to keep the Twilight series off the list, but by excluding the supernatural from fantasy, you have rendered your list bogus.


message 10: by Wealhtheow (last edited Jan 06, 2010 03:18PM) (new)

Wealhtheow On Basilisk Station and Uglies are sf, not fantasy.

People have voted for the LoTR trilogy, Fellowship, Two Towers, and Return, each separately. The same problem has befallen several other series, most notably GRRMartin's Game of Thrones. Can we either delete the extras, or combine them into one?


message 11: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa Almeida Where is the Sherlock Holmes series? I believe they could be listed!


message 12: by Wealhtheow (new)

Wealhtheow Vanyalmeida, I do not believe that Sherlock Holmes counts as fantasy.


message 13: by Oskar (new)

Oskar Xenophon wrote: "I can understand the instinct to keep the Twilight series off the list, but by excluding the supernatural from fantasy, you have rendered your list bogus."

I can't see why it would be bogus.


message 14: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix Some of the best work in fantasy these days is being done in series excluded from the list. For example, The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, if it maintains its quality through completion, is going to be one of the finest fantasy series ever written. The Mercy Thompson books by Patricia Briggs are also quite good, and The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris and The Hollows series by Kim Harrison are a lot of fun. They are certainly better than Terry Goodkind or L.E. Modesitt's books. But all four series are excluded, if I am interpreting "supernatural" correctly. If I'm not, someone should clarify.


message 15: by Crysta (new)

Crysta S. you know i say what people like is what people like you can't change what people think. do i like the twilight saga no but whatever whatever floats your boat


message 16: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Gagnon What about adding Jennifer Roberson with her "Tiger and Dell" series, Sword Singer, Sword Dancer etc. Very good and VERY popular in it's time.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The form to add books to the list is over at the right hand side of the page.


message 18: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Gagnon Thanks!


message 19: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Dorothy Dunnett is historical fiction, not fantasy.


message 20: by Nathan (new)

Nathan Added: Son Of Avonar - Book 1 of The Bridge Of D'Arnath
Transformation - Book 1 of the Rai-Kirah trilogy
both by Carol Berg
Also added the first of the Thieves World series of anthologies and the introductory novel of the Merovingen Nights anthologies- Angel With A Sword by C.J. Cherryh.


message 21: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix I deleted several Harry Potter books that weren't the first book in the series.


Mike (the Paladin) Noted that the votes will probably be diluted in a few titles by various editions.


message 23: by Phoenixfalls (new)

Phoenixfalls There are two titles that I think any reasonable definition would count as science fiction and should thus be removed:

Dune, by Frank Herbert
The Silver Metal Lover, by Tanith Lee

And there are a few titles that I would quibble with, but know that others probably disagree with me:

Archangel, by Sharon Shinn, implies that it is science fiction in the first book and is explicitly science fiction in the second book and all books set later in the timeline.

Same goes for Anne McCaffrey's Pern series, though in that case the majority of the books written fall in the part of the timeline where the only science fiction element is the prologue (which does EXPLICITLY make the books science fiction, however!)

Same also goes for Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover series, and in that case the majority of the titles are set in the part of the timeline where the low-tech planet is in contact with the high-tech empire and it is explicitly set in a science-based future.

My two cents; I wouldn’t have those series on this list, but that’s just me.


message 24: by Rhiannon (new)

Rhiannon Crank shouldn't be on this list. It isn't fantasy at all. . .


Amanda (Pearl the Book Girl) Game of thrones is the shiz!


message 26: by Blake (new)

Blake Bowen Wow,there are hardly any votes for The Dresden Files.


Mike (the Paladin) Maybe some people aren't thinking Urban Fantasy? Even though the heading includes all fantasy. I voted for them/it.


message 28: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix There are SF&F fans prepared to argue that Dune is really an epic fantasy in disguise, and I can see their point. The Darkover novels feel like fantasy, no matter their thin SF rationale, and that's how I categorize them, especially when I'm recommending books to people.


message 29: by Nathan (new)

Nathan A series of Unfortunate Events? In a fantasy list? Confusion??????


message 30: by Milo (last edited Feb 06, 2011 08:39PM) (new)

Milo Some of the books on this list are laughable. We need to start culling some of the nonsense.


message 31: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix Nathan wrote: "A series of Unfortunate Events? In a fantasy list? Confusion??????"

I've not read them, but the Wikipedia article indicates a fantastic setting, so they are fantasy.


message 32: by Nathan (new)

Nathan Xenophon wrote: "Nathan wrote: "A series of Unfortunate Events? In a fantasy list? Confusion??????"

I've not read them, but the Wikipedia article indicates a fantastic setting, so they are fantasy."


The books are set in fictional places but that doesn't make them fantasy. Nothing fantastic occurs in the series other than the children's fantastic bad luck.


message 33: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix Wikipedia says that the setting mixes times and technologies.


message 34: by mark (last edited Feb 27, 2011 11:18PM) (new)

mark monday this list is a sad, desperate mess. it is so strange to me that folks can't even follow this list's very clear instructions and just have to give in to the urge to ADD, ADD, ADD, whether the novel is scifi, paranormal romance, or numbers 2 through a billion of the series. fans of Thomas Covenant, Warhammer, and The Dresden Files seem to be the most oblivious to the list's basic rules. and then other folks just jump in and start VOTE VOTE voting away. ah well. this could have been a great resource.

personally, i'd say that science fantasy should be on the list (Dying Earth, Book of the New Sun). same with series in fantastic settings with no actual fantasy occurring(like, say, the strange versions of england in Gormenghast & A Series of Unfortunate Events). on the other hand, Dune & Darkover are clearly science fiction. but that's just my opinion. and what the heck is The Tick doing here? that was funny to see that one listed.


message 35: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix I deleted several books that clearly aren't the first volumes of a series, but I confined my efforts to the items that are higher up on this list. I don't have the time and patience to go through the whole thing. I am also unwilling to delete a book for being science fiction, for I believe the difference between the two genres is an ongoing debate among readers.


message 36: by mark (new)

mark monday thank you xenophon for even making the effort of trimming this list down!


message 37: by Angie (new)

Angie Thanks for making this list, even if it has imperfections...what's perfect after all? I'm an avid reader and am always looking for another awesome book to read, so thanks! Just thought you needed some positive feedback :)


message 38: by Raza (last edited Sep 01, 2011 09:05PM) (new)


message 39: by Damon (new)

Damon Steine harry potter as #1? seriously?! hail the pottertards!


message 40: by Becky (new)

Becky Harry Potter sparked a world-wide re-insterest in book reading. I don't think anything that gets the general populace so involved in reading once again should be taken lightly.

The list isn't for the single best fantasy series over time, but your favorite. The HP books are actually quite well written, with a believable hero who isn't perfect (often lacking in both children and adult books). They create a magnificent, consistent, world.

And sometimes its your favorite because you didn't have to struggle a lifetime through it. Favorite books aren't necessarily life shattering.

That being said I didn't vote for it, I merely take offense to your snootish "Hail the Pottertards" comment. As if someone reading one set of books is actually better than someone reading another. Ridiculous. I'm just happy when people are reading. Its not a pissing contest.


message 41: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Stevens If you love the books on this list and are looking for people to discuss them with, join the http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/6...


message 42: by Ciara (new)

Ciara H-B Becky wrote: "Harry Potter sparked a world-wide re-insterest in book reading. I don't think anything that gets the general populace so involved in reading once again should be taken lightly...."

Here here! Well spoken!!


message 43: by Drew (new)

Drew Glad to see a list without The Twilight series, thank you.


message 44: by Kayleigh (new)

Kayleigh Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 doesn't belong here, as it is neither fantasy nor part of a series. Same goes for Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.


message 45: by Zak (new)

Zak The Hobbit should not be on this list as it is not part of a series, unless you count Tolkien's whole Middle Earth saga, but that is already represented by LOTR.


message 46: by Kayleigh (new)

Kayleigh Xenophon wrote: "Some of the best work in fantasy these days is being done in series excluded from the list. For example, The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, if it maintains its quality through completion, is going ..."
What it actually says is "please do not add supernatural-romance series." That doesn't mean urban fantasy such as the Dresden Files series is excluded from the list, since there's nothing in the rules that says "no urban fantasy."
However, something like the Twilight saga, which is primarily a high school romance with a few supernatural creatures thrown in to ramp up the drama, is not fantasy (in my opinion at least), but romance, and therefore shouldn't be on this list.

That's my interpretation of the rules, anyway.


message 47: by Evren (new)

Evren Have a look at that book as well! ;)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009LJGOWY


message 48: by Arkadeb (new)

Arkadeb Only two Pratchett Discworld books? The Entire series deserves to be here!!


Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship Deleted a bunch of books further down the list that are later books in a series. Also The Catcher in the Rye.... how someone thought that was a fantasy series I don't even....


message 50: by Dawn (new)

Dawn On Basilisk Station is science fiction.

I noticed a tendency to put in the 1st book of a series (Dealing with Dragons) and also the entire series as boxed set/omnibus (Enchanted Forest Chronicles). Fairly confusing, but don't know if anything can be done.


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