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Betelgeuze
November 1st, 2009, 11:57 PM
Being a huge fan of the fantasy genre i thought it would be fun to have a tournament on our favourite high/heroic fantasy books.

I'm borrowing the set up of the Favorite TV Tourney (with small adapations).

- Nominate your TEN (or less) favourite high/heroic fantasy books/series (no seconding requierd)
- Books have to be in the high/heroic fantasy subgenre. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroic_fantasy


Phase 2: Elimination rounds.

- Begins after nomination is complete.
- Vote for your FIVE least favourite books from the remaining list each round.
- Please list votes in alphabetical order.



Already in:

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Cold Fire by C.S. Friedman
Drizzt series by R.A. Salvatore
Elantra chonicles by Michelle Sagara
Elantris by Brian Sanderson
Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb
First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Heirs of Ash Trilogy by Rich Wulf
Hour of the Dragon by Robert E. Howard
Kushiel's Legacy Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey
Legend by David Gemmell
Mistborn Trilogy by Brian Sanderson
Rai Kirah by Carol Berg
The Belgariad by David Eddings
The Chronicles of Prydain by Llyod Alexander
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
The Dark Tower I-III by Stephen King
The Elenium by David Eddings
The Godspeaker Trilogy - Karen Miller
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Mallorean by David Eddings
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Tamuli by David Eddings
The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

Betelgeuze
November 2nd, 2009, 03:52 AM
Ok, i'll start:

1.Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop
2.Cold Fire by C.S. Friedman
3.Drizzt series by R.A. Salvatore
4.Elantra chonicles by Michelle Sagara
5.Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb
6.Rai Kirah by Carol Berg
7.The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Everlovin
November 11th, 2009, 03:51 PM
Does this include series of books? For example, The Belgariad by David Eddings is actually 5 books. Fans generally refer to the series not the individual book.

DigiFluid
November 11th, 2009, 04:44 PM
I'll give it a shot, and name the obvious contenders:

The Silmarillion (JRRT)
The Hobbit (JRRT)
The Lord of the Rings (JRRT)
The Chronicles of Narnia (CS Lewis) -- in particular, the Pevensie stories
Star Wars IV-VI (George Lucas)
The Dark Tower I-III (Stephen King)
The Stand (Stephen King) -- not sure if this counts, but it is a good vs. evil fantasy
?
?
?


Sorry, I'm a little choosy when it comes to heroic fantasy :)

Skydiver
November 11th, 2009, 06:28 PM
All I could add is the Mallorian

and second the Belgariad and Chronicles of Narnia :)

Betelgeuze
November 11th, 2009, 09:29 PM
Nice i thought this thread had died.


Does this include series of books? For example, The Belgariad by David Eddings is actually 5 books. Fans generally refer to the series not the individual book.

O.k we can do series. I first thought the individual books, because in some series the books can be of different quality. But maybe series is better.


and second the Belgariad and Chronicles of Narnia

No seconding is required:)

Skydiver
November 12th, 2009, 06:58 AM
the thing about the belgariad and mallorian, they're so tightly written that it's really hard to read one without the others.

for example, i tried to read book 1 of the mallorian, and just couldn't get into it, until i read teh belgariad first.

I think it'd be like reading return of the king without reading the first book.

Betelgeuze
November 14th, 2009, 10:24 PM
O.k. so far we have:

Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Cold Fire by C.S. Friedman
Drizzt series by R.A. Salvatore
Elantra chonicles by Michelle Sagara
Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb
Rai Kirah by Carol Berg
The Belgariad by David Eddings
The Dark Tower I-III by Stephen King
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Mallorean by David Eddings
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien


The Stand (Stephen King) -- not sure if this counts, but it is a good vs. evil fantasy

Don't know either. High fantasy should take place in an secondary world. The Stand is is set in the primary world right? If the others think it should be in, than i'll put it in.


Star Wars IV-VI (George Lucas)

Star Wars is awesome:), but it's science fiction not fantasy i think.

Iffy
November 15th, 2009, 09:48 AM
1. Kushiel's Legacy Trilogy - Jacqueline Carie
2: Black Jewels Trilogy - Anne Bishop
3: The Dark is Rising series - Susan Cooper
4: The Chronicles of Prydain - Llyod Alexander
5: Lord of the Rings - Tolkien
6:
7:
8:
9:
10:

still thinking and have to go to work soon.

Betelgeuze
November 15th, 2009, 09:39 PM
Black Jewels trilogy & LOTR are already in. No seconding is requierd:)

Krichton
November 16th, 2009, 04:10 AM
Ten is too many.

The Prophet
November 16th, 2009, 04:16 AM
1. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
2. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling? (:P Just to throw it in there)

I can't think of anymore, other than those that've been already suggested...

Betelgeuze
November 16th, 2009, 05:49 AM
Ten is too many


You can nominate less.

Iffy
November 16th, 2009, 06:26 AM
Black Jewels trilogy & LOTR are already in. No seconding is requierd:)

Oh I get it now. :lol:

Amalthea
November 17th, 2009, 09:46 PM
Aside from what's there, I guess I could add The Elenium and Tamuli series by David Eddings. Like the Belgariad and Malloreon they go together.

Betelgeuze
November 18th, 2009, 09:46 PM
Already in:

Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Cold Fire by C.S. Friedman
Drizzt series by R.A. Salvatore
Elantra chonicles by Michelle Sagara
Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Kushiel's Legacy Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey
Rai Kirah by Carol Berg
The Belgariad by David Eddings
The Chronicles of Prydain by Llyod Alexander
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
The Dark Tower I-III by Stephen King
The Elenium by David Eddings
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Mallorean by David Eddings
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Tamuli by David Eddings
The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan

Mr. Hook
November 19th, 2009, 09:42 AM
I'm suprised no one has mentioned Brian Sanderson's work yet. I'm not a huge fantasy fan (I'm really more of a sci-fi guy), but I was totally taken in by Sanderson's Elantris, so I checked out his Mistborn Trilogy and was NOT disappointed. My H/H Fantasy list looks something like this:

Elantris by Brian Sanderson
Mistborn Trilogy by Brian Sanderson (The Final Empire, Well of Ascension, Hero of Ages)
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind
Legend by David Gemmell
Hour of the Dragon by Robert E. Howard
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Heirs of Ash Trilogy by Rich Wulf (Voyage of the Mourning Dawn, Flight of the Dying Sun, Rise of the Seventh Moon)
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

I know that’s only nine, but the only other name that immediately spang to mind was Simon Hawke’s Reluctant Sorcerer trilogy, which is much more parody than HF. ;)

I also recommend David Gemmell’s Troy Series (Lord of the Silver Bow, Shield of Thunder, Fall of Kings) but I’d classify that as quasi-historical fiction and not really HF per se.

Iffy
November 20th, 2009, 02:31 PM
The Godspeaker Trilogy - Karen Miller

Betelgeuze
November 20th, 2009, 10:49 PM
Elantris by Brian Sanderson
Mistborn Trilogy by Brian Sanderson (The Final Empire, Well of Ascension, Hero of Ages)
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind
Legend by David Gemmell
Hour of the Dragon by Robert E. Howard
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Heirs of Ash Trilogy by Rich Wulf (Voyage of the Mourning Dawn, Flight of the Dying Sun, Rise of the Seventh Moon)
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Chronicles of Narnia, Name of the Wind and The Hobbit were already in. I shall put the already in list also in the first post to make it more clear.

Betegeuze's nominations continued:

8. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
9. First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson

Already in:

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop
Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Cold Fire by C.S. Friedman
Drizzt series by R.A. Salvatore
Elantra chonicles by Michelle Sagara
Elantris by Brian Sanderson
Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb
First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Heirs of Ash Trilogy by Rich Wulf
Hour of the Dragon by Robert E. Howard
Kushiel's Legacy Trilogy by Jacqueline Carey
Legend by David Gemmell
Mistborn Trilogy by Brian Sanderson
Rai Kirah by Carol Berg
The Belgariad by David Eddings
The Chronicles of Prydain by Llyod Alexander
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
The Dark Tower I-III by Stephen King
The Elenium by David Eddings
The Godspeaker Trilogy - Karen Miller
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Mallorean by David Eddings
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Tamuli by David Eddings
The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind