Favorite Fantasy Novels, BESIDES those by J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, J.R.R. Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis

This is only for novels in the fantasy genre—no short stories, poems, plays or non-fiction. No religious books. NO science fiction. Please read the title closely before using this list.
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1,151 books · 755 voters · list created December 9th, 2009 by Mark Dewey (votes) .
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message 1: by Bettie☯ (new)

Bettie☯ Yay - I had forgotten a lot of those Terry Brookes titles from *cough 'way back then'


message 2: by Adam (new)

Adam WHy isnt Percy Jackson up here??? Imgonna add it


message 3: by Antoine (new)

Antoine seconded on Percy Jackson. great idea for a list, Mark!


message 4: by Mark (new)

Mark Dewey Thanks! Yeah, I like to see what's beyond the /main/ mainstream. I wanted a list where people wouldn't be raving about the stuff everyone and its dog have heard of already.


message 5: by Irene Caroline B. (last edited May 31, 2010 01:09AM) (new)

Irene Caroline B. Why is hunger games on this list? It's a great book, but its not fantasy. And nether is Murder on the Orient Express


message 6: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited May 31, 2010 08:41AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed for not being fantasy:

Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie

I've read that one, and it certainly isn't fantasy. Not familiar with Hunger Games, so I left it.


message 7: by Mark (last edited May 31, 2010 11:14AM) (new)

Mark Dewey I just read The Hunger Games. It appears to be science fiction—not fantasy. It's a futuristic kind of setting, although of the dystopian sort—generally, in such settings, if we're to assume a genre when details of technology are omitted, I'd say science fiction over fantasy. The culture of the book, however, isn't one of fantasy or science fiction—it's more of a mainstream sort, if you ask me.


message 8: by Adam (new)

Adam i say its sci fi, and that EVERYONE should read it


message 9: by Yahya (new)

Yahya Trabelsi good and cooi


message 10: by Leonardo (new)

Leonardo Nice list, Artemis foul is where it should be, overall the fantasy list is awesome.


message 11: by Chris (new)

Chris I would argue that The Hunger Games still counts as fantasy. Sure it takes place in the future and sure it mentions some futuristic tech but the way it is written is more in line with my general idea of fantasy. Since that won't count for much, I would point out that the FOCUS is not at all the future, it's the dystopia and the struggle against it that the author happens to set in the future (sort of as a "this could happen if we don't pay attention" food for thought. The characters fight a lot in gladiatorial battles and even use "old" weaponry for most of the time.
I guess I would agree with Mark. It is not really either, but unless you want to do away with the hordes of people that will vote for it (and I did too), you did good to keep it on the list.

In general I don't like to put the MANY books I read in order so I don't know if I even agree with my votes. :\

DUNE is DEFINITELY sci-fi. Get it off this list. Great book, though

Finally, why ever did you say no religious books. That rather biased in my opinion. Even if I wasn't (which I am) I would hope I would grant that fantasy books with a religious side can be just as good or well-written. I haven't read it but I've heard that The Golden Compass is quite anti-religious so shouldn't it be removed on this basis, too? Just something to think about.

I'll shut up now,
Chris


message 12: by Mark (last edited Jan 17, 2011 01:19PM) (new)

Mark Dewey Hmm. By no religious books, I pretty much just meant texts that are commonly used by religions. I added that in so that people wouldn't put them in in order to mock them (by calling them fantasy). You're free to put in real fantasy with religious elements.

Oh, and a note about the books you suggested I take off, is it actually possible for me to take them off? That would be great to know.


message 13: by Mark (last edited Jan 17, 2011 01:36PM) (new)

Mark Dewey I'm thinking I want to do a new list with the following criteria:
• Must be fantasy (preferably the sort that will definitely say fantasy on the spine of a paperback edition)
• The first edition must have been in 1994 or before.
• Must not be works from Tolkien or C. S. Lewis (we already know people like those).

Since fantasy wasn't really that popular in the mainstream back then, I figure we'd filter out the trendy stuff if we did this. If anyone makes the list before I do, feel free to let me know. My goal with this is to get more reading recommendations for the types of stuff I like (I already know about a lot of the popular and trendy stuff), as well as to see what other people like (and not just because it's been advertised into them).


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Mark wrote: "Oh, and a note about the books you suggested I take off, is it actually possible for me to take them off? That would be great to know."

I believe you need a librarian to do it. What do you want off?


message 15: by Mark (new)

Mark Dewey Oh, I was just curious how to do it. I'm already a librarian, though. Coincidentally, I just figured it out. You click on edit after the list description and then scroll down to the very bottom and click on remove particular books.


message 17: by Chris (new)

Chris Good. 'Cause I just joined I wouldn't know anyway.
By the way, what is a librarian? On Goodreads, I mean.

And Mark, if you like fantasy novels, you should try L. E. Modesitt Jr.'s Saga of Recluse series. It started in 1991 but went on into the 2000s. Less "trendy", though. I liked them a lot. Also, have you read the Terry Brookes novels that the first comment mentioned? The first seemed very Lord of the Rings-esque to me but the others (and the first still) are pretty good. And it has to be older because my mom read them in college (I'm 17) and the copies in our library are in great disrepair.


message 18: by Chris (new)

Chris Oops. I just checked your profile and Terry Brooks (no "e" I guess) is one of your favorite authors. :D


message 19: by Mark (last edited Jan 20, 2011 09:07PM) (new)

Mark Dewey Yep. Terry Brooks is pretty much awesome. He's proven to be a rather capable author in many ways, despite the fact that his first two Shannara series were rather similar to each other (although I'm personally very glad he wrote the second one). Thanks for the other recommendation, too. :)

A librarian on Goodreads is someone who has read and agreed to a bunch of rules and has been granted the power to add and edit extra content that normal users can't. For instance, librarians can add extra editions of books that are missing or add new books altogether . It's pretty easy to become one, though, as long as you're willing to read all the initial stuff and contact Goodreads to ask to become one (unless the policy has changed recently).


message 20: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I added Twilight and Harry Potter [even though I can't stand Harry Potter] just to piss this person off.


message 21: by Veelana (new)

Veelana Sarah wrote: "I added Twilight and Harry Potter [even though I can't stand Harry Potter] just to piss this person off."

Oh, wow, very mature ;-)

I was very happy to find some Dave Duncan on the list. I had no idea how little known he was until I came here - He's been one of my favourite authors since I read "the reluctant swordsman" in the 90s and fell in love with his witty writing and his aproach to magic.


message 22: by Sicarius (new)

Sicarius Noctis I'm not sure why The Hunger Games is #3 - it's Sci-Fi. Although they are similar, there is still a gap that separtates them! The Hunger Games is defintely not a fantasy - it is a 'futuristic dystopian sci-fi thriller romance'. :Nerd: 8-|


message 23: by Zak (new)

Zak Dune and the Hunger Games, as have been said before, are not fantasy. It doesn't matter the style they are written or what they evoke. They use science instead of magic, and thus they are science fiction. Dune does have so elements that might be considered magical, but they are explained through genetics and a drug.


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