What's A Good Classic Fantasy Book/Series?

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  1. CrazedNovelist profile image84
    CrazedNovelistposted 12 years ago

    I really want to read some classics, but I don't know to start. Any suggestions?

    1. tmbridgeland profile image79
      tmbridgelandposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      'The Wind In The Willows' is tops!
      The Hobbit.

  2. Pearldiver profile image67
    Pearldiverposted 12 years ago

    For me... I found great inspiration in these excellent works:

    'The Very Hungry Gatorpiller'

    'The Owl and the Pussycat's Hooters'

    and my favorite..

    'The Hair of the Tortoise'

    My writing here would not have progressed at all, if I hadn't been traumatized by these! smile

  3. CrazedNovelist profile image84
    CrazedNovelistposted 12 years ago

    Lol. Thanks a lot! I'll definitely give those a read. What about Science Fiction? I'm hoping to get into that too...

    1. Pearldiver profile image67
      Pearldiverposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      The only one I read was: 'The Ozard of Wiz' - but I didn't get to finish it on account of the Thinman! sad

    2. RachaelLefler profile image89
      RachaelLeflerposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I really liked A Wrinkle In Time when it comes to sci-fi.

  4. nakmeister profile image64
    nakmeisterposted 12 years ago

    Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

    These two are the original classics of the genre. Modern classics include:

    'Magician' by Raymond E. Feist + 20 sequels, but original is best.

    'Belgariad' by David Eddings. Starting with 'Pawn of Prophecy'

    'The Wheel of Time' by Robert Jordan, starting with 'The Eye of the World'

    'A Game of Thrones' by George R.R. Martin

    David Gemmell, Terry Brooks & Robin Hobb are also good authors to try.

    If you are after comic fantasy, Terry Pratchett is a great starting point. Try 'Mort' first.

  5. WriteAngled profile image74
    WriteAngledposted 12 years ago

    In terms of fantasy, the Wizard of Earthsea series by Ursula Le Guin is so superior to Harry Potter, Unfortunately, Ursula Le Guin never got selected for the advertising hype given to the tedious crap spewed out by Rowling.

  6. JayeWisdom profile image87
    JayeWisdomposted 12 years ago

    Does anyone other than me remember the Lord of the Rings series?

  7. liveandlaugh profile image61
    liveandlaughposted 12 years ago

    I agree that J. R. R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Robert Jordan are great examples of amazing fantasy authors. I would like to add Brandon Sanderson to the list with his Mistborn trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed those books.

  8. Jean Rogers profile image73
    Jean Rogersposted 12 years ago

    Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
    The Death Gate Cycle series

    Great fantasy, dragons, other worlds type of series.

    1. jcdelfinoiii profile image65
      jcdelfinoiiiposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Of Course J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis are wonderful, not sure if 20 years ago counts as classic but I really enjoyed Piers Anthony and R.A. Salvatore (forgotten realms novels).

      R.A. Salvatore was a model in my early writing.

  9. profile image49
    Josh Puetzposted 12 years ago

    A Song of Ice and Fire is pretty good. George R. R. Martin

  10. Greekgeek profile image77
    Greekgeekposted 12 years ago

    It's aimed at young adult readers, but I strongly suggest Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising series drawing on Celtic and Arthurian mythos. It's one of the most well-written fantasy series out there. I still reread it from time to time, much like Tolkien (although obviously he's a writer of a different caliber.)

    Also, every lover of fantasy should read Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn, if only for Molly Grue, the best Maid Marian ever.

  11. Clark-Savage-jr profile image60
    Clark-Savage-jrposted 12 years ago

    What about the Pern series by Anne McCaffery? It's Science Fiction in that it's set on another planet, But the culture and the existence of Dragons has always thrown this into the Fantasy genre for me.

    Another old series that is firmly in the fantasy end of the spectrum, I'd recommend is the Mary Stewart "Arthurian Saga." This is about the life of Merlin and the Camelot legend, but told from a perspective of when it might really have happened (shortly after the roman period) if it were real. Book 1 is "The Crystal Cave" and my copy has been read over a dozen times.

    1. IzzyM profile image85
      IzzyMposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I am totally with you here - the Pern series was fantastic - might even say - out of this world!
      Tolkien as well, obviously, and there is another trilogy I read years ago that was wonderful too (sci-fi)  - Donaldson? Does that ring a bell with anyone?

      Ahhh, good old Google - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chroni … s_Covenant

  12. Reality Bytes profile image75
    Reality Bytesposted 12 years ago

    Terry Goodkind, The Sword of Truth series

  13. Uninvited Writer profile image79
    Uninvited Writerposted 12 years ago

    I really enjoyed the Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis.

    Out of the Silent Planet
    That Hideous Strength

    But I guess it's more sci-fi. I was never that into fantasy.


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