Favorite fantasy authors

Discussion in 'Community' started by scem0, Nov 29, 2002.

  1. scem0 macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    Here are some of my favs:
    1) Terry Brooks
    2) Terry Goodkind

    Honorable mentions:

    Melanie Rawn, Ursula K. Leguin, Storm Constantine, Elizabeth Haydon.

    Right now I am reading the 4th book in the wit'ch war Saga by
    James Clemens. He isn't a very good author, but he has improved
    a lot from the 1st book, and I started the 1st book, and it would
    be annoying if I didn't finish the series. It's like bags of chips, once
    you start you can't stop.

    Oh, and I might as well write why I didn't put JRR Tolkien. His
    books are BORING . I could barely read the whole Lord
    of the Rings
    series because I kept falling asleep halfway through
    the chapters. I mean, he starts going off into pointless topics such
    as the lineage of the kings of Kalimbor, and how they came to the
    elvin forest of Llorithaine (I made all that up BTW). I just think
    that his books aren't that great.

    Now is when everyone is gunna start saying dune over and over.
    Everyone loves dune, but I haven't read it.

    And just to add this for those who have read both Terry Brooks
    and RA Salvatore:

    Who is better? I am adding this to settle an old altercation. It
    seemed like it fit the topic.

    I think that's it. Let the discussions begin:
  2. strider42 macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2002
    personally, i hate fantasy. as a genre I think its garbage (I actually think most of anything that can fit nicely within a genre is probably garbage. of course there are exceptions to that, I'm making a gross generalization). I've read a few that were OK. Ursula K.Lenguin was good, david eddings was interesting for a while. All of them pale to Tolkien. I'm not one of those people who's going to dress up to go see the movies, but I've always been a huge fan of those books. They aren't boring at all, though I can see how they wouldn't appeal to some. They are beautifully written, and actually have a purpose and depth rather than just being escapist fantasies: they are an exploration of mythology and linguistics and very complicated themes. The world is much richer and detailed than anything anyone else has done (if you've read the silmarillion and other books released after his death, you'll see what I mean). I think I like Tolkein so much because I was an English major, and his books were deeper and better written than most of the "classis" i read. You should give them another shot and ignore the hype and silly people that surround it.
  3. springscansing macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2002
    New York
  4. scem0 thread starter macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    lol, that was a good one :D. No, I'm afraid it doesnt, anymore, but
    it used to. THey have gotten better (A little ;)). My friend really
    likes David Eddings.

    Tolkien's world is really complex. But when he tries to explain
    all that complexity, I start to fall asleep. But he does write beautifully
    when writing interesting stuff.
  5. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3


    Feb 7, 2002
    i'm a big fan of c.s. lewis

    only real fantasy he's written is the chronicles of narnia series. but they are great... easy to read, yet deep and such.

    tolkien's great too. though i'd rather see the movies and/or hear the books on tape... just hard to read allll that stuff.
  6. scem0 thread starter macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
  7. dnte42 macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2002
    Check out Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. I would say those are right on par with Tolkien's books, although it is hard to compare them. This is a very epic series (soon to be ten books, more to come I believe). There is an enormous depth to the world and the histories and peoples, and the characters are wonderful. Not for everyone's attention span, but they are some of the best books I have ever read.
  8. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    c'mon - no Weis and Hickman?


  9. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    i don't read much fantasy, because i tend to lose myself in books, i think the genre is too dangerous for me. but i am a huge dark tower (King) junkie, which is kind of fantasy, and there's one fantasy book i read that i absolutely loved but CANNOT find again... it's simply called Fantasy: Illusion (or perhaps the words are transposed but i dont think so)... it's so cool, it parallels the French revolution through the classes of people; the Exalted, who can perform magic, but have let themselves become powerless through overindulgence and laziness, and the common people, who live in unspeakable conditions. i think despite the length of the book, it would be a good way to get people interested in history... i'm amazed no history teachers i've spoken to know what it is...

    [edit] Okay i found it, it's called Illusion by Paula Volsky... and it goes on my christmas list :)

    Oh, and of course i read and liked very much the LOTR series... but that's too cliché to count...

  10. howard macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2002
    I'm also a big fan of Tolkien. I read those books a long long time ago before the movies were even thought about and i loved them. I just started on some ursula leguin and i am enjoying it, though the worlds arn't as deep. I also read a lot of books out of the wheel of time series by robert jordan. I liked them but it got to much for me, the characters were very in depth and done extremely well but the plot was so drawn out ...another series i read was the death gate cycle by margaret weis and tracy hickman. i definintly enjoyed that..though it was a long time ago that i read them it seems.
  11. MacAztec macrumors 68040


    Oct 28, 2001
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    The two best books i have ever read, I reccomend them to anyone. Especially to people who are into technology (like myself)

    Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
    Ender's Shadow - Orson Scott Card

    AWESOME BOOKS. Just read the first 20 pages and trust me, you will not put it down.
  12. scem0 thread starter macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    I definitely wanna read orson scott card, but I have so many series
    I am a part of right now, absolutely no time. I wish that wasn't
    the case.

    As for Weis and Hickman - my friend read dragonlance and he
    either really hated it or really liked it, I forgot which, Ill have to ask
    him. Im almost done with that James Clemens book, and then I
    am going to read Pillars of Creation by Terry Goodkind, who
    is such a good author, I love his books. But I wouldn't recommend
    them to young'uns, being that they are very - well - graphic. But
    everyone go pick up Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodind. He is
    such a good author, and anyone is sure to enjoy his books.

    And If you haven't read terry brooks then go pick that up too.
    THey are realyl good. Brooks isn't as good of an author as terry
    goodkind, but he is close to him, but I like his books better because
    I enjoy his world, and his plots better. But get 'The Sword of
    SHannara' by Terry Brooks, and then read 'The Elfstones of
    Shannara' even if you didn't like the sword of shannara (which I
    don't see how that is possible). Many people like 'The Elfstones of
    Shannara' more then 'The sword of SHannara'. Im pretty sure he
    wasin High school when he wrote 'The Sword of Shannara'. I
    strongly recommend reading all the history and heritage of
    Shannara Series before you read Isle Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr,
    which are probably my 3 favorite books. If you read the 8 or 9
    shannara books you will have a much deeper and full understanding
    and by the time you finish them Terry Brooks will have his next 2
    or 3 books (Depending on how fast you read) out, which he is
    writing right now.

    Terry (Brooks) has 3 series (all good):
    Shannara - extremely good, read it!
    Landover - Not nearly as good, but still good. Very childish. If
    you like Harry Potter, read this.
    Word and VOid - Many like this more then Shannara, to me it is
    right between shannara and Landover. One of the
    few fantasy books that take place in modern times.

    And as a side not - read Harry Potter if you haven't already. They
    really aren't totally meant for children. Well, I am 15 and I think
    they are pretty good. Well worth reading if you have the time.
  13. scem0 thread starter macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    Back again, but this time I have a warning:

    I got 3/4 of the way through 'Green Rider', which was full of
    horrible, horrible writing, and then guess what? 50 pages were
    gone! Yes, gone! It went from page 300 to page 250 all the way
    to 300 and then directly to 350. So I had no clue what the hell
    happened (I didn't have pages 300 through 350 :( :( :()
    when I looked on page 350. SO there was this publishing error,
    but that wasn't the worst of it. She couldn't write at all!

    Let me give you an example of her writing:

    The crab-creature leapt towards the horse. It reached towards
    the petrified horse. It grabbed the horses leg in its gaping mouth.

    "Noooooooooo!!!!! Horse!"

    The horse was getting hurt! [NO ****]

    Well, I didn't dig up the book just to take out a quote, so I wrote
    that out of my head. But there was a crab-creature, and a horse
    called 'horse', who was saved by an eagle. OMG, that was the
    worst book I have ever read. DON'T READ IT!!!!!
  14. lmasanti macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2002
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    I like very much several books of Ursula K. LeGuin:

    The Earthsea Trilogy (4 --soon to be 6-- books)
    The Word for world is Forest (The best metaphor of how the conquest of Amerrica has could be quite different)
    Th Dispossessed (a metaphor about a different ending for the Cold War)

    I like fantasy because it let you go into a credible world in which to analyze "idas" from another point of view or without prejuice.
  15. howard macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2002

    omg i totally forgot to mention those, i agree they are the BEST...but don't forget the rest in the series...speaker for the dead and xenocide.
  16. krossfyter macrumors 601


    Jan 13, 2002
    secret city
    JR Tolkein and CS Lewis

    enders game is pretty cool.
  17. Durandal7 macrumors 68040

    Feb 24, 2001
  18. diorio macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2002
    J.R Tolkien can be a bit dry, but he is still one of my favorite authors. Frank Herbert is an excellent author. Never read Terry Brooks. R.A. Salvatore is an excellent author from what I read in Vector Prime, the first of a new Star Wars book series (though it kind of pissed me off that he killed Chewbacca). I haven't read C.S Lewis in a while so I don't know.
  19. krossfyter macrumors 601


    Jan 13, 2002
    secret city
    JR Tolkein and CS Lewis were in a literary group together called "The Inklings".. among them were other popular authors. They would get together and sharpen each others skills.... crique each other.. spin off ideas... etc. etc.

    JR Tolkein lead CS Lewis to Christ.

    Pretty cool.
  20. diorio macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2002
    Oh, I forgot J.K. Rowling. She is an excellent author, even if good ol' James Dobson thinks her books have subliminal satanic messages in them.
  21. scem0 thread starter macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    May I ask why you don't like Terry Brooks? I have no problem with
    you not liking him, I just have to wonder how someone could tell
    others not to read his book. You didn't just read the Landover
    series or something, did you? Becasue those books do not do
    give Brooks a good name, I'm afraid.
  22. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Terry Brooks chats on iVillage.com - 12/5/02 at 10:00 pm EST

    Terry Brooks, author of THE VOYAGE OF THE JERLE SHANNARA: MORGAWR chats
    on iVillage (http://www.ivillage.com/chat/) on Thursday, December 5 at
    10:00 pm EST

    Thought that you people might want to know. :)
  23. diorio macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2002
    I never said I didn't like terry Brooks, I said I'd never read terry brooks.;)
  24. Taft macrumors 65816


    Jan 31, 2002
    I'm with you on the Dark Tower books. I'm quivering with excitement for the upcoming releases. Have you read the forward to the Wolves of Calla? That got me really excited for the new books.

    And I think they count as fantasy. They are pretty out there.

    Like most people, I'm also a fan of the LOTR books. I've read them a few times, mostly back when I was in high school countless (7-8?) years ago.

    Other than that, I'm not a huge fan of fantasy overall.

  25. BenderBot1138 macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2002
    Fantasy Authors...

    Well my tastes have changed over the years for sure... like most of you (or at least 50 percent I think) Hugh Hefner was probably my favorite author... but lately I've been reading Ray Bradubury.


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