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sup /tg/ I have read the following
The Worm Ourboros, Mistress of Mistresses - E.R. Eddison
The King of Elfland's Daughter, Time and the Gods - Lord Dunsany
The Mabinogion omnibus - Evangelin Walton
The Complete Chronicles of Conan omnibus - Robert E. Howard
The Emperor of Dreams omnibus - Clark Ashton Smith
Jirel of Joiry collection - C.L. Moore
The First and Second Books of Lankhmar collections - Fritz Leiber
Sea-Kings of Mars and Otherworldly Stories collection, Skaith series - Leigh Brackett
Gormenghast series - Mervyn Peake
The Well of the Unicorn - Fletcher Pratt
The Broken Sword, Three Hearts and Three Lions, the Merman's Children - Poul Anderson
Tales of the Dying Earth omnibus, The Complete Lyonesse omnibus - Jack Vance
LotR - Tolkien
Annals of the Witch World - Andrea Norton
The Stealer of Souls, Chronicles of the Last Emperor of Melniboné: Volume I - Michael Moorcock
Pavane - Keith Roberts
Earthsea series - Ursula K. LeGuin
The Chronicles of Amber omnibus - Roger Zelazny
Viriconium omnibus - M. John Harrison
The Drawing of the Dark - Tim Powers
Little, Big - John Crowley
The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Adventures of Alyx - Joanna Russ
Book of the New Sun series, Soldier series, The Wizard Knight - Gene Wolfe
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke

what else would you recommend?

>> No.16553847

I thought I told you to go to >>/lit/

>> No.16553853
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Why the hell would you tell someone a thing like that

>> No.16553929

they're hopeless

>> No.16554407

Maybe if you troglodytes read more than the instruction manuals for your warham minis you'd be gentlemen and scholars like the OP. Faggots.

I'd recommend:

The Conference of the Birds, al-Attar
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, Patricia McKillip
The Circus of Dr Lao, Charles Finney
Grendel, John Gardner
Bridge of Birds, Barry Hughart (and sequels)
Silverlock, John Myers Myers

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Figures of Earth, James Branch Cabell
Kai Lung's Golden Hours, Ernest Bramah
The Night Land, William Hope Hodgson
Hobberdy Dick, Katharine Briggs
In The Land of Time, Lord Dunsany

These are all fantasy masterworks.

>> No.16554472

Was Lyonesse as good as Dying Earth?

I've read pretty much your list up to and including Earthsea, is the stuff after that as good? (As a complete Morris fan, myself)

>> No.16554487

Certainly not as exotic nor as witty, but charming and moving in its own way. It's a different style entirely.

>> No.16554516

Hmm, I'll check it out. Perhaps I can give you
http://www.eldritchdark.com/ if you enjoyed what you read of CAS it may prove useful

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Apart from Witch World, which I thought was horrid, the rest is fantastic. I especially love the Amber series and the Elric novels.

Certainly several notches above the usual GRRM/Eddings/Forgotten Realms nonsense that gets thrown around here.


>> No.16554529

Thanks, not OP but I've got the complete CAS collection.

>> No.16554540

Could you tell me the name/publisher? I've been rereading my father's old collections, but I'm sure I missed some.

>> No.16554553

Night Shade Books. Not sure if it's still available, it was a special preorder.

>> No.16554581

All those old classic republishers seem to rise and fall. Thank you for the information, Anon!

>> No.16554598

(A quick search says that they are still around, and yes, the 5-vol CAS collection is still there, but it's $40/vol)

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NP. I'm impressed by OP's diligence. I've never seen signs that anyone on /tg/ has read even half that list.

Did you by any chance read John Ratecliffe's excellent Forgotten Masterpieces of Fantasy series?

That's where I got most of my reading list.

>> No.16554739

No, I can't say that I have (though I'll look it up now). I simply grew up with shelves full of novels from that time, and I tried to read as much as I could by any author represented in the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series (which has nothing 'Adult' about it in the modern sense of the word).

>> No.16554915

Should have written Classics of Fantasy, I always remember that wrong. It was a series of articles on the old WotC site, now mostly perished unless they're in an archive somewhere.


>> No.16554979

"The giant Grof was hit in one eye by a stone,
and that eye turned inward so that it looked into his mind,
and he died of what he saw there."

>> No.16555024

The Fortress Unvanquishable, Save for Sacnoth. Lord Dunsany.

>> No.16555049


Ursula K. LeGuin has a more modern book called "Gifts," which I really enjoyed, you might like it OP

>> No.16557703

Any Gene Wolfe is gold.
If you don't have anything against reading as-yet-unfinished series. try Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller chronicles. Both the author and his main character are amazing storytellers.
And I've only started to read Guy Gavriel Kay's stuff, but I love it. His books take place in low-magic, heavily-inspired-by-our-history realms (A song for Arbonne, which is the only one I've read until now, takes place in an analogue of medieval Provence at the time of the troubadours and the Albigensian crusade), so it's definitely not ye olde sworde and sorcerye stuff, and the writing is exquisite. He uses the A song of ice and fire-style method of having each chapter be written through one of his characters' POV, but he's *way* better at getting in his character's heads.

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The First Law by Joe Abercrombie.

It's basically A Song of Ice and Fire 2: Electric Boogaloo. Grim and dark and bitter sweet endings everywhere.

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Jeff VanderMeer's books Shriek: An Afterword, City of Saints and Madmen, and Finch are all incredible works of fantasy/horror biopunk.

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the runelords series by david farland

>> No.16557749

Fred Saberhagen: The Books of the Swords.

One of the better epic fantasy tales ever, from the guy who brought us berserkers.

>> No.16557774

>The First Law by Joe Abercrombie.

And not to forget the follow up books "Best Served Cold" (which I just finished) and "The Heroes" (which I'm about to read next).

Some fo the most entertaining characters in low fantasy this side of Thieves' World.

>> No.16557781

The Thieves' World series:

Thieves' World (1979)
Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn (1980)
Shadows of Sanctuary (1981)
Storm Season (1982)
The Face of Chaos (1983)
Wings of Omen (1984)
The Dead of Winter (1985)
Soul of the City (1986)
Blood Ties (1986)
Aftermath (1987)
Uneasy Alliances (1988)
Stealers' Sky (1989)

>> No.16557822

Try out the Malazan Books of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson.
Bauchelain and Korbal Broach are the shit and Iskaral Pust is fucking hilarious.

>> No.16557846

Which are set in the same setting, you forgot to mention.

Best Served Cold is a little better than Last Argument of Kings, actually. I find that it tries too hard to be grim and dark and does everything in its power to make the ending as bitter as possible. The author just tries too hard to be edgy and dickish, providing the reader with an ending that doesn't change the status quo and that gives every character a finale that they don't deserve one bit.

At least Best Served Cold ends it on a vaguely hopeful note in comparison.

>> No.16557999

Last Argument of Kings, and the entire first law, ends up just (well, aside from telling some very entertaining characters stories) explaining the political setting on which the rest of the books (more coming I'm sure) plays out.

Maybe I'm used to the bitter sweet endings, as most nordic folk tales and viking sagas are just that, but I love it, love the bitter sweet endings.

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Diana Wynne Jones - Wizards Castle Omnibus
Peter Beagle - the Last Unicorn
Miyabe Miyuki - Ico

>> No.16558126

The Sword in the Stone

>> No.16558274

Nordic tales end up with a crippled torturer who has nothing going for him getting the girl and ending up as the power behind the throne?
Nordic tales end up with a noble savage desperately trying to escape the horror of his past slowly descending into a savage, barbaric rage in which he kills all his friends and allies?

In the end, the First Law upset me a little because it was so promising but by the end, I could just picture the author with a smug, shit-eating grin at how he turned everything upside-down and re-established the status quo that existed at the beginning of the series so flawlessly.

And to be fair, Best Served Cold is set in an entire different nation completely unaffected by the First Law series. Sure, there's a few connections but the three books are hardly required reading material.

>> No.16558566

>Nordic tales end up with a noble savage desperately trying to escape the horror of his past slowly descending into a savage, barbaric rage in which he kills all his friends and allies?
That's pretty much a classic theme.

>And to be fair, Best Served Cold is set in an entire different nation completely unaffected by the First Law series.
That's not true at all.

>> No.16558580

The Farseer Trilogy - Robin Hobb.

Proper fucking fantasy literature.

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