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4/17/17 3:37 P

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Which book got me into Fantasy is easy--The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkein. It was lent to me by a family friend and changed my world.

Top three fantasy book of all time? I have no way to narrow it down that much. I wouldn't know where to even start.

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"I've eaten 17 bowls of starvation!

"Wait!"
-- "5 pounds!"

I love love love the Phantom Tollbooth.

Damn I have to drop everything and read it again right this minute.


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6/15/16 7:50 P

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I found fantasy when I was 11 or 12 and really needed it. I think the seeds were probably sown with the Phantom Tollbooth, but the first fantasy books I clearly remember were the original Dragonlance trilogy. I even did a book report on one of them for 7th grade English class. And I've always been drawn to vampire tales, particularly vampire tales that bridge the divide between fantasy and horror.

As for top three? Who can pick? I have go to authors that will always be my faves. Neil Gaiman. (He writes fantasy, damn it. He writes everything!) Scott Lynch. Throw in some Brandon Sanderson in small doses. Right now, I've very much into escapist serial urban fantasy. Loving every schlocky moment of it.

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First got me into fantasy? Probs Narnia or Wrinkle in Time but didn't know they were considered "fantasy." So the first adult books that informed me of the genre were Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series.

Top three? Well-written? Places you want to be? Books you reread over and over?

Here's some that aren't necessarily the "best," but I love them anyway

Thendara House, by Marian Zimmer Bradley
Dragonsong/Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey
The Abandoned, by Paul Gallico
Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
Watership Down, Richard Adams



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4/23/16 7:41 P

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David Eddings' trilogy "The Diamond Throne" and (I don't know who the book is by) "Heroes Crown" . The Heroes Crown was actually by first book about a young girl who wants to fight dragons or a dragon. I was in middle school when I read that one. Bought it out of a scholastic reader flyer. Loved it. Totally connected with the young heroine of the book. I still have the book and I'm 41 fixing to be 42.
I read David Eddings in high school. A lot of my guy friends were scifi/fantasy nerds so I picked up a book and fell in love all over again with the genre.

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10/26/15 6:59 A

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I am with RDVHUSKER (back in 2011), Terry Brooks was the first fantasy I read in high school and I've been hooked ever since. I have read every Terry Brooks book and own them all, most as first print edition hardcovers, it is two shelves of my library.

I don't have any top 3, but I recently enjoyed the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb.

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9/7/13 3:48 P

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We have some same favorites, SAMODER! I'll have to check out the other books on your list!


Edited by: TXGIRL78666 at: 9/7/2013 (15:51)
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9/7/13 3:47 P

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The first was probably "A Wrinkle in Time" and the books that followed that. That same year I think I also read the Chronicles of Narnia.
Top three?
"Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"
"On a Pale Horse" (really the whole Incarnations series by Piers Anthony)
"The Hunger Games" trilogy
(notice, I cheated and named more than 3 books)

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6/23/13 9:41 P

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The first fantasy book I read was "The Hobbit"

Top 3:
Lord of the Ring Series
The Wheel of Time Series
The Inheritance Cycle Series (although I still have the last one to read)

Does Harry Potter count?

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6/8/13 6:57 A

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Wow...first fantasy book I can recall reading was Stephen R Donaldson's "Lord Foul's Bane"

And a Top 3? That is hard...

Obviously not in any particular order...

JRR Tolkien--Lord Of The Rings Series (including The Hobbit and The Simarillion)
Ursula K LeGuin--Earthsea Trilogy
George RR Martin--Song of Ice and Fire series

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6/7/13 10:12 P

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I've been hooked on fantasy since i was 5.
My first was Enid Blyton's The Enchanted Wood.

Top 3....
1.Robert Jordon - Wheel of Time
2.David Eddings - the Belgariad series
3. Terry Brooks - Shannara series

Impossible to choose specific books since i absolutely love all in these series.

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7/10/11 5:18 P

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Definately Terry Brooks...
All his books, but especially The Shannara Series.

And of course The Lord of the Rings fueled it even more.

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7/8/11 9:36 P

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The first book I read and got me hooked was 'The Hobbit'.

Top three is harder:
Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock
Farseer series by Robin Hobb
The Chronicles of Thomas the Unbeliever by Stephen Donaldson

If I could add pure SF I would probably add either 'Foundation' or 'Robot' series by Isaac Asimov. 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' by Philip K. Dick is also high on my list.

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7/5/11 7:06 P

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It is hard to figure out what was the first fantasy book I read, if you really think about it much of what we read as children is fantasy. (Little people living in the walls, talking animals, etc.) I do remember the first fantasy I actually purchased was Andre Norton's "Witch World". The top 3 is extremely difficult to separate out, especially if one separates fantasy from science fiction. Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey, Anne Bishop, Robin Hood, Robin McKinley, Heinlein (I consider some of his work more fantasy than sf), David Eddings, Alan Dean Foster. Wow way more than 3. Now I am trying to think I begin to go blank.
Where do you draw the line between sf and fantasy?

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7/2/11 8:53 A

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The Hobbit.

Top 3 favourites:
Terry Pratchett
J.R.R.Tolkien
J.R.Rowling

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6/28/11 11:32 A

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I have not read anything by Robin Hobb.... I will check her/him out

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The first fantasy book I remember reading was The Hobbit in 2nd grade. I guess that is were I got hooked.
I can't think of my top three.

I have read everything I can get my hands on by
Robin Hobb
Anne McCaffrey
Peirs Anthony

So I guess these would be my top three authors.

Top 3 books???? I can't decide.


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6/22/11 2:17 P

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I got hooked in grade school with "A Wrinkle in Time".

Top 3 is hard, so ....
Lord of the Rings
Harry Potter
Darkover
Valdamar

Dragonriders of Pern
Incarnations of Immortality (Piers Anthony)

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6/22/11 8:15 A

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the first book that got me into fantasy was David Eddings - pawn of prophecy - i just love the classic 'young lad turns out to be heir to the kingdom - now must learn to use his powers'

his other series Sparhawk series remain in my top 3.
I also love anything by David Gemmel
and the anita blake books started so well - shame they trailed off.

what about you?

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