A favorite of mine. Yes, it has singing and long stretches of nothing happening. However, this helped to spawn the fantasy genre. As well as being the inspiration for many many more fantasies that have come out since. Without this novel (and I mean novel, not novels. The story was suppose to be one long book not chopped into three.) the fantasy genre would be a shadow of what it is now.
After Tigana, I read some stuff that wasn't good and I was worried that Kay was the only one who I could go to. Yes, Wheel of Time was good, yet there were some things that were dragging it down. I was worried. Then, I read this mammoth book. Complex and engaging, with a magic system that is astounding and original, this is a fantastic start to an amazing series.
I never thought that military fantasy was my cup of tea, then I joined up with Whiskeyjack's 7th Compnay Sappers--the main group of characters--and I never looked back.
Sometimes I want serious fantasy with world-building and great stories. And sometimes, you want just a good romp in a well-treaded world.
This was just a fun read. Set in the D&D world of Faerun, an adventurer seeks a relic in a land of dinosaurs with magic, adventure and goblins.
I could say more about the story or about Faerun, but I think the big draw can be summed up in one word--DINOSAURS!
Say what you will about this series; yes Jordan is dead and the last three--or more depending on how long it takes Brandon Sanderson--are being written by the aforementioned Mr. Sanderson, yes the gigantic series can't get out of its own ponderous way sometimes and yes there are large swathes of material that can be cut out.
HOWEVER--and this is key--it is still a great series. It reveals magic in a new and interesting way, it has well-rounded characters, and it has some wonderful scenes of battles, love, courage, wonder and evil.
A Game of Thrones, first book of the Song of Fire and Ice, takes some of the tropes of fantasy; black sheep son, a king in danger, magical trouble from one direction--the North in this case--and families in the throws of turmoil and breathes new life into them. Plus, wolves make fantasy novels better! It was wonderful to read and I, for one, am waiting for the way it ends with anticipation.
Granted, this is a collection of stories and not one single narrative. Yet, it is AMAZING.
I stress to anyone reading this list, if you take away only one book from this list, take this one. Yeah, I put it down on the list. But it is on the list.
Ambergris is a city of saints, madmen, wonder, horror and mushroom tenders--and they are the ones to really watch out for. It is a story collection that opened my eyes to the New Weird--a term used for books like this.
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