Any Fantasy literature fans in the house? I’m fairly new to the genre, but have been greatly enjoying the couple of series I’ve read so far. This morning, I’m hoping to finish #3 of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series, which has been fantastic thus far.

On this topic, if any of you would like to connect on Goodreads, let me know and I’ll DM you my email address so you can search for my profile. I’m always looking for more interesting things to read, and I suspect this community’s recommendations would have a fairly high rate of excellent recommendations. :)

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@erik I wouldn't say I'm a fan, but I've read and enjoyed the "required" classics: Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia. There have been a few other fantasy titles in there (I dig Neil Gaiman's work). I just love to read; I'm not too picky about genres. 😁

@WolfDreamer Gaiman’s “Ocean at the end of the Lane” is one of my all-time favorites, and is actually the only of his I’ve read. I should work on changing that. :)

@erik American Gods is an incredible book. And for a juvenile novel, Coraline is also really good. He has some excellent short story collections, as well. I recommend Trigger Warning (which should be the disclaimer for most of his books, honestly).

@WolfDreamer @erik Good Omens by Gaiman and Pratchett is amazing. Also, Pratchett’s Disc World series. So good! @Zakalwe you should get in on this.

@danielmrose @WolfDreamer @erik I heartily second Good Omens! Outside of Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, Pratchett’s Discworld and Tolkien I read a bunch of SciFi, as opposed to Fantasy.

Iain M Banks is my favorite hard SciFi author. All his SF occurs in one universe. Darkly twisted, but great stories. Start with Consider Phlebas and enjoy.

@danielmrose @WolfDreamer @erik I also recommend The Baroque Cycle, by Neal Stephenson. It’s a trilogy that, technically, ends with his book, Cryptonomicon.

Historical SF, about the foundation of the economic system of the world.

@Zakalwe @danielmrose @WolfDreamer Man, I’ve tried to read Cryptonomicon several times, and also a few of his others. Tons of my friends love Stephenson, but for some reason he doesn’t work for me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

@erik @danielmrose @WolfDreamer Stephenson can be a tough read. He puts words and thoughts together in a different way, for sure.

Dan Simmons’ Hyperion series is a solid SF series too. Of course, Frank Herbert’s Dune is great for the first 2/2.5 books. Goes downhill after that, imo.

@Zakalwe @erik @danielmrose @WolfDreamer massive +1 for Hyperion as something that others haven’t mentioned. I’ll have to give some thought to other recommendations.

@Zakalwe @erik @danielmrose @WolfDreamer I've only read a couple of Stephenson's books, but they were both tremendous. Snow Crash was a wild & brilliant read, and Anathem, while a bit slow to get going, ended up blowing my mind.

@mattlaff @erik @danielmrose @WolfDreamer I nearly gave up on Anathem, tbh. It dragged hard for the first quarter of the book.

I read Cryptonomicon first, and then the Baroque Cycle. Wish I had done it the other way around, because I believe Crypto would be a very satisfying end to a great story.

@Zakalwe @erik @danielmrose @WolfDreamer I totally don't blame you for nearly bailing on Anathem. That first quarter is a real slog. The rest, and especially the ending, made up for it to me, but it's definitely not for everyone.

Haven't read the others; might have to, eventually.

@WolfDreamer @erik Don't forget his "Sandman" comic series! It is by-far my favorite of his work.

@TMo Oh, I agree. I just wasn't sure if @erik was including graphic novels.

Loved the LotR hold growing up, but embarrassingly just got around to reading Chronicles of Narnia last year. As far as other recommendations, you might enjoy the Dresden Files. It's Urban fantasy... So set it our modern world, but with magic and creatures and stuff.

@clint @WolfDreamer Oh that sounds like something I’d enjoy. Similarly, though not quite *as* modern, have you read Ian Tregellis’s “Bitter Seeds” tryptich? It’s an alternate WWII story, blending fantasy and sci-if and history.

@clint Every time C.S. Lewis describes Aslan my heart just soars and I think, "I would follow him anywhere."

@erik The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss (Name of the Wind, Wise Man’s Fear) were amazing. You’ll have to wait for book 3 for eternity, though.

@eriks oh my word yes. Other that LoTR and Chronicles of Narnia, The Kingkiller series was my gateway into fantasy. Like everyone else, just trying to wait patiently for him to finish #3.

@erik Kingkiller, Song of Ice and Fire, and Tool albums. Sometimes it feels like artists just love to take their time lol. Also, nice name.

@eriks hah, thanks! Got here early enough to snag it. :)

@erik haha fair and square. Good to know there’s another “K” spelling brother here.

@eriks @erik Check our Robin Hobb, too. Starting with the Farseer Trilogy I think it was. She has fantastic characters and character development spanning something like 13+ books?

@erik @eriks Each trilogy follows the events of a decade or so in the world that she's crafted and can stand on its own, so if you want to break it into manageable chunks it's very easy to do. 😀

@erik i have been obsessed with N K Jemison’s Broken Earth trilogy (the audible versions are particularly amazing) hope to dig into her other works soon.

as a lot of the fantasy world is dominated by straight white dudes (don’t get me wrong, i love me some Tolkien), it’s really refreshing to be immersed in a fantasy series by a woman of color. she is bad ass.

@Melissa @riayngrey @erik
Rebecca Roanhorse's "Trail of Lightning" is great. It's the first in what will be a series. The second is coming out this year. I second N. K. Jemisin, of course. Her Inheritance Trilogy is also fantastic. On the urban fantasy front, two that I enjoy are Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series.

@Melissa @riayngrey @erik
Hmmm. And Laurell K. Hamilton has been one of my guilty pleasures for the past quarter century. 😋 😊

@tmorizot @Melissa @riayngrey @erik I love the Dresden Files. Also the Codex Alera series (also by Butcher) is wonderful (with the added bonus of being completed. If you want to love Fantasy, come prepared to wait 10 years for the next book.

@riayngrey Thanks for the recommendation! I’ve been trying to fill out my reading list with more diverse voices.

@riayngrey Turns out that two of my friends on goodreads have already read that and gave it *rave* reviews. I’m excited to dive in!

@erik I'm a terrible reader, but my wife loves Fantasy. If she could recommend one series it would probably be Riyria Revelations

@erik I am forever a fantasy and sci-fi nerd, but haven't had the time necessary to read a new series in a while. When I do, the next one I'm going for is Rothfuss's Kingkiller Chronicle. The only Sanderson I've read is Elantris, but I enjoyed it, and eventually I want to go back and re-read Wheel of Time so I can get to the ones he wrote to conclude it (ha, talk about a time commitment 😛 )

@erik I HIGHLY recommend Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive trilogy. It is amazing and felt like a larger Mistborn story.

@Zakalwe hah, I’m not sure about a *larger* Mistborn? :) Thanks for the recommendation !

@erik I love fantasy! The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss and The Gentleman Bastards by Scott Lynch are two of my favorite series. (both unfinished, though, so beware) Just started N. K. Jemisin's The Broken Earth trilogy.

@erik recommendations I haven’t seen mentioned:

* The Passage by Justin Cronin
* anything by Octavia Butler (just read her Xenogenesis series)
* The Magicians by Lev Grossman
* Divine Cities trilogy by Robert Jackson Bennett
* Red Rising by Pierce Brown (leans a bit YA but solid)
* The Dark Tower by Stephen King
* Malazan series by Steven Erickson (beware: 10 long books)

Ok I’ll stop now. Some of those are sci-fi but I see it as interchangeable with fantasy (technology = magic).

@mattwiebe Wow, so many great ideas in this thread! Thanks team!

@erik @mattwiebe OH!!! Dr Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. It’s about 19th Century England rediscovering magic during the Napoleonic wars. Great fantasy read.

And then, Sharon Shinn writes a series of books beginning with one called Archangel. Humanity on a different planet, but there are angels that sing to control weather, crops, etc.

@Zakalwe @erik Yes, Clarke’s book is wonderful. Pity she hasn’t done much since. Archangel sounds interesting.

@erik Brandon Sanderson is the dude! Loved the Mistborn series! Read most of his other stuff too. Cheers!

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