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Favourite fantasy series other than LotR
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Poll: Favourite fantasy series other than LotR
Terry Pratchett's Discworld
C.S. Lewis - Chronicles of Narnia
George R.R. Martin - A Song of Ice and Fire
Earthsea Cycle - Ursula Le Guin
Brandon Sanderson - Mistborn
Brandon Sanderson - Stormlight Archive
Raymond E. Feist - Riftwar Cycle
Anne McCaffrey - Dragonriders of Pern
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter
Stephen R. Donaldson - The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
Memory, Sorrow and Thorn - Tad Williams
The Farseer - Robin Hobb
I prefer Science Fiction/ other genres
I only read Tolkien
View Results (109 votes)


Feb 23 2013, 12:13pm

Post #1 of 56 (1504 views)
Favourite fantasy series other than LotR Can't Post

Since we all read Tolkien (I hope), I've been wondering what everyone's other favourite fantasy series is. Sorry if there already has been a post like this.


Feb 23 2013, 12:59pm

Post #2 of 56 (921 views)
Martin, no question about it. // [In reply to] Can't Post



Feb 23 2013, 1:01pm

Post #3 of 56 (921 views)
I'll go with [In reply to] Can't Post

Game of Thrones, because it's the series I currently read and watch. Though I'm also fond of the Riftwar Cycle, Harry Potter and the Fionavar Tapestry.


Feb 23 2013, 2:02pm

Post #4 of 56 (907 views)
I enjoyed the Inheritance books [In reply to] Can't Post

Although they had many elements derived from LOTR as many critics have pointed out. Narnia is well and good given that it's Lewis' work and not derived from Tolkien. The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series is quite enjoyable, but really most fantasy books don't hold me for long, simply because they can't compare to LOTR or open up anything particularly new and exciting, and therefore I often feel that I'm wasting my time reading them (only my opinion, mind).


Feb 23 2013, 2:41pm

Post #5 of 56 (903 views)
That's the problem with the birth of a masterpiece [In reply to] Can't Post

Anything from the same genre that comes afterwards is just a shadow of its greatness.

Discworld is my favourite. It makes fun of everything in good humour.


Feb 23 2013, 4:40pm

Post #6 of 56 (902 views)
Zelazny's Amber series [In reply to] Can't Post

I really enjoyed the Amber series by Roger Zelazny. There are an endless number of new worlds to explore in his stories, and none of them seem familiar. He managed to create something truly imaginative (and not derivative of Tolkien.)


Feb 23 2013, 5:04pm

Post #7 of 56 (883 views)
The Chronicles of Narnia, hands down. [In reply to] Can't Post

I grew up with those, starting with the 1979 cartoon. Then I read the books and just have loved them ever since.


Feb 23 2013, 5:12pm

Post #8 of 56 (875 views)
That is why I like Martin's world so much [In reply to] Can't Post

Because it's so vastly different from LOTR, that is one of it's strengths that it can stand on it's own. The setting is the same and you can tell he's been inspired by Tolkien but the story is original.

I like Potter to an extent. Narnia... feels like a sugar-coated verision of Middle-earth to me - not my cup of tea.


Feb 23 2013, 5:26pm

Post #9 of 56 (883 views)
Of the three I might choose from: [In reply to] Can't Post

I've only read the first book in the Game of Thrones series. I liked that one a lot but I can't say anything about the series till I read more.

I enjoy the Harry Potter books for what they are. Not perfect but lots of good stuff to enjoy and satisfy.

So, I picked the Pern books. The first ones were really enjoyable. The series lingered too long and the later ones were not at all.

I enjoyed the Darkover novels by Marion Zimmer Bradley very much.

Are the Dresden Files book fantasy? I like them.. although I put them a little closer to 'pulp fiction' than 'good art.'

But, series, in general, don't fare well in terms of consistent quality. And, for that matter, LOTR is not a series. It's one tale broken into three books.

I'd much rather read a non-serial story that is creative and original and well told than follow a familiar and comfortable concept way past it's natural life span.

(This post was edited by Magpie on Feb 23 2013, 5:28pm)


Feb 23 2013, 5:41pm

Post #10 of 56 (874 views)
It's true [In reply to] Can't Post

Despite being a fan of Tolkien, he managed to create something very unique. I adore his characters as much as Tolkien's.

Harry Potter is good for light reading. Narnia became a bit odd near the end - the last book seemed so out of place and forced.


Feb 23 2013, 5:42pm

Post #11 of 56 (881 views)
I'll have to read them some time! [In reply to] Can't Post



Feb 23 2013, 6:17pm

Post #12 of 56 (864 views)
Other suggestions [In reply to] Can't Post

You would probably enjoy them, they are beautifully written with amazing visual descriptions. A stand-alone book by Zelazny that is one of my favorites is Jack of Shadows, or you might check out some of his short stories. The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth is an excellent collection. That said, it's a bit difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Zelazny's stories don't have Tolkien's moral compass.


Feb 23 2013, 6:21pm

Post #13 of 56 (865 views)
McCaffrey isn't fantasy. [In reply to] Can't Post

Since Anne McCaffrey is very careful to given scientific explanations for all of her plots, I maintain that her Pern stories are science fiction, not fantasy. Although they do seem to be wearing some of Fantasy's clothesWink


Feb 23 2013, 8:54pm

Post #14 of 56 (848 views)
I would pick Narnia too. [In reply to] Can't Post

And apologies if you have mentioned it before, but what is your opinion of the most recent movies?


Feb 23 2013, 9:11pm

Post #15 of 56 (893 views)
JK Rowling vs Ursula LeGuin [In reply to] Can't Post

I voted for Harry Potter because I enjoyed those books, but I would give a close 2nd to the Earthsea series for originality. You don't read those books and think "oh, disguised Middle-earth again." They have some nice philosophy underlying them, but they're also brooding, and I get the sense reading them that no one in Earthsea is ever happy and never will be, or if they are enjoying life, they'll keep it a tight secret, so it's not a place I really want to visit. Middle-earth had plenty of tragedy and melancholy Elves, but there was plenty of joy to offset that, making it seem a place you'd want to revisit.


Feb 23 2013, 10:36pm

Post #16 of 56 (842 views)
Other: Michael Moorcock's original Elric Saga [In reply to] Can't Post

I still haven't read any of Martin's The Songs of Ice and Fire books.

I would leave the Dragonriders series on the list on the basis that science fiction is a sub-genre of fantasy and McCaffrey uses plenty of fantasy tropes in the series.

Other well-regarded fanatasy series:

- Fritz Leiber's The Adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser (other favorite of mine).
- Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydain.
- David (and Leigh) Eddings' The Belgariad and The Elenium (as well as their respective sequels).
- The Thieves' World books (edited by Robert Asprin).
- Wendy and Richard Pini's ElfQuest series (to get a comics reference in here).

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Feb 23 2013, 10:51pm

Post #17 of 56 (831 views)
The Galactic Milieu series, by Julian May. [In reply to] Can't Post

Cracking storytelling.

However the Pern series holds a special place in my heart as I devoured those books in my teen years.

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Feb 23 2013, 10:53pm

Post #18 of 56 (842 views)
Even McCaffrey says her books are SF, not F. [In reply to] Can't Post

I bow to the author's opinion! :D


Feb 23 2013, 11:03pm

Post #19 of 56 (827 views)
I recommend them [In reply to] Can't Post

You should give them a try! They're not for everyone of course but I'd give them a chance if I were you Smile


Feb 23 2013, 11:10pm

Post #20 of 56 (821 views)
There are some fantasy series that I have no interest in... [In reply to] Can't Post

I never warmed up to Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time books nor am I interested in Piers Anthony's Xanth series. However, I have enjoyed the Martin-edited Wild Cards series and will probably get around to GoT eventually! I am liking the HBO adaptation.


Feb 23 2013, 11:12pm

Post #21 of 56 (836 views)
Afraid I'm not being v original.. [In reply to] Can't Post

But since I have not read a lot of fantasy, I voted for HP since I really enjoyed these. JKR and I are the exact same age and I recognise a lot of the same influences, esp humour wise, from being a teen in 1980s UK. I have loved the Narnia books from childhood, but reading them as an adult, I find the language somewhat stilted, even for its time. Having said that, I really enjoyed the first film, which was quite magical. I agree the end of the series is weird- The Last Battle seems to be a rewrite of the Book of Revelations by the end. I recall being really upset at the treatment of Susan in this one!
So, at the end of the day ,Tolkien is still king!!


Feb 24 2013, 12:27am

Post #22 of 56 (817 views)
Oh my gosh, I've mentioned it before! [In reply to] Can't Post

Tongue not really! I think the first one was well done. There's not much about it that I think needs improvement, but somehow or other it just didn't give me the same fantastical feeling as I get when reading the book. I originally liked the second two movies, but now they're just 'meh'. I think they all have the potential to be extraordinary films, but they would have to stop trying to replicate other fantasy films and be their own thing. What do you think?

Aunt Dora Baggins

Feb 24 2013, 1:51am

Post #23 of 56 (816 views)
I didn't vote because I couldn't choose [In reply to] Can't Post

Narnia was a childhood favorite. Also The Dark is Rising. But more recently I've loved Discworld and Harry Potter.

But my lifetime favorite is the Oz series.


Feb 24 2013, 2:02am

Post #24 of 56 (845 views)
a few [In reply to] Can't Post

Harry Potter, Narnia, "Myth" series by Robert Asprin, and a series called "The Hero Series" by Moira Moore.


Feb 24 2013, 5:33am

Post #25 of 56 (814 views)
It upset me too *Spoilers* [In reply to] Can't Post

I recall being really upset at the treatment of Susan in this one!

I honestly didn't understand the point of that at all. It meant that Susan was the only one still alive. Imagine how she must have felt when she heard that they had all died!

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