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Despite OP saying regardless of genre, I find it more useful to ignore that. :P

* Has only completed series that I've read. 

Best Epic Fantasy: 1) Malazan, 2) Lord of the Rings 3) Wheel of Time

Best YA Fantasy: 1) Harry Potter, 2) Bartimaeus Quadrology 3) Eragorn

Best Steampunk: 1) Ketty Jay 2) 

Best Superhero Fantasy: 1) Chronicles of the Fid 2) Vicious 3) Soon I'll be Invincible

Best Urban Fantasy: 1) Divine Cities 2) Iron Druid 3) Nightside

Best Grimdark Fantasy: 1) First Law 2) Broken Empire 3) 

 

Will complete it later.

 

 

 

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I went so far as to make this nice and tidy in a table. I REGRET NOTHING.

 

1

S. Morgenstern, abridged by William Goldman

The Princess Bride, The ‘Good Parts’ Version

2

Jim Dodge

Not Fade Away

3

William Gibson

Distrust that Particular Flavour

4

Neal Stephenson

Cryptonomicon

5

Virgil

The Aeneid

6

A.S. Byatt

Possession

7

Glenda Guest

Siddon Rock

8

Matthew Stover

Heroes Die

9

Bill Flanagan

U2 at the End of the World

10

Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

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29 minutes ago, BigFatCoward said:

What sort of monster puts author first? 

This kind of monster! 

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On 2/19/2020 at 5:22 PM, HelenaExMachina said:

Not much to change. Not sure why i missed it at the time but i would add The Dagger and the Coin series by Daniel Abraham. I would swap out Bleak House for this.

And having reread now as an adult, I would add His Dark Materials plus the book of dust. I would swap Harry Potter for this.

We must Kung fu fight! I strongly dislike HDM. :p

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3 hours ago, Darth Richard II said:

We must Kung fu fight! I strongly dislike HDM. :p

It holds up better on a re-read, although Lyra still seems to become regrettably more passive with the introduction of Will. Also, swapped my ranking to place Amber Souglass above Subtle Knife - though Northern Lights is easily still first, the book is lovely.

 However, the addition of La Belle Sauvage and The Secret Commonwealth have improved my opinion of the series quite a bit.

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Has anyone nominated Terry Goodkind, or Robert Stanek?

My top ten (which could easily change if I were in a different mood).

Nero's Heirs, by Allan Massie

The Lord of the Rings

Pride and Prejudice

Watership Down

Flashman at the Charge, by George Macdonal Fraser

The Hobbit

The Liveships Trilogy, by Robin Hobb (treating it as one book)

I Claudius

Cocktail Time, by PG Wodehouse

A Storm of Swords

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8 hours ago, IlyaP said:

I went so far as to make this nice and tidy in a table. I REGRET NOTHING.

 

1

S. Morgenstern, abridged by William Goldman

The Princess Bride, The ‘Good Parts’ Version

2

Jim Dodge

Not Fade Away

3

William Gibson

Distrust that Particular Flavour

4

Neal Stephenson

Cryptonomicon

5

Virgil

The Aeneid

6

A.S. Byatt

Possession

7

Glenda Guest

Siddon Rock

8

Matthew Stover

Heroes Die

9

Bill Flanagan

U2 at the End of the World

10

Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

Properly done! :cheers:

I forgot Bernard Cornwell (and Terry Pratchett) in my list.

I really want to put the whole of The Warlord Chronicles in as an entry - but I'll go with The Winter King because I love how he opens the whole saga with the dreaded birth of Mordred, emphasising how the brat should have been killed at birth (always listen to Morgan).

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1 hour ago, Mosi Mynn said:

I really want to put the whole of The Warlord Chronicles in as an entry - but I'll go with The Winter King because I love how he opens the whole saga with the dreaded birth of Mordred, emphasising how the brat should have been killed at birth (always listen to Morgan).

*goes to Goodreads*

*adds to the 'To Read' list.*

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22 hours ago, HelenaExMachina said:

I too was lost at Eragon, then jumped ship at the word grimdark

 

On 2/20/2020 at 1:53 PM, Darth Richard II said:

You had me til Eragon

Ha ha. Doing completed series that I've read is far more restrictive than I thought. 

What would be your top 3 YA? 

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You know, that’s an interesting question considering I have no idea what the hell is actually considered YA these days. A lot of stuff shelved as YA on the UK isn’t here and vice versus so it gets confusing.

That said the only ya I can think of I’ve read(that I liked) is Harry Potter and Kate Elliott’s YA trilogy, can’t think of the name.

i actually really liked the first Dark Materials book but the rest, yuck.

hmmmm

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Shattered Sea was marketed as YA I think, so that, His Dark Materials (although The Book of Dust really tips this in a darker more adult direction) and I guess HP? I'm drawing a blank on the YA series I have read right now. And the categorisation of YA novels is always a weird one tbh. Like Bradley Bealieu's Shattered Sands series, for example, is excellent but I don't know that I would call it YA. 

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