Very cute story about what happens to tree nymphs when they get relocated out of the woods. I enjoyed the story very much.
The above linked article talks about fantasy series that are worth starting. I have several of the books in many of these series. Some are on my TBR list, some have been started. One of these days I’ll get to them.
ACACIA BY DAVID ANTHONY DURHAM
Where to Start? Acacia: The War with the Mein
AEGIS OF THE GODS BY TERRY C. SIMPSON
Where to Start? Etchings of Power
ARTHURIAN SAGA BY MARY STEWART
Where to Start? The Crystal Cave
AVALON BY MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY
Where to Start? Mists of Avalon
THE BOOK OF THE NEW SUN BY GENE WOLFE
Where to Start? The Shadow of the Torturer
THE BROKEN EARTH TRILOGY BY N.K. JEMISIN
Where to Start? The Fifth Season
THE BROKEN EMPIRE BY MARK LAWRENCE
Where to Start? Prince of Thorns
THE CASTES AND THE OUTCASTES BY DAVIS ASHURA
Where to Start? A Warrior’s Path
CHRONICLES OF ELANTRA BY MICHELLE SAGARA
Where to Start? Cast in Shadow (there are several prequels, but this is book 1)
Finished? No, but 12 are published, so plenty to read!
CROWN OF STARS BY KATE ELLIOTT
Where to Start? King’s Dragon
THE DANDELION DYNASTY BY KEN LIU
Where to Start? The Grace of Kings
Finished? No. First 2 published.
THE DARK TOWER BY STEPHEN KING
Where to Start? The Gunslinger
DEVERRY BY KATHARINE KERR
Where to Start? Daggerspell
DISCWORLD BY TERRY PRATCHETT
DRAGONLANCE BY MARGARET WEIS AND TRACY HICKMAN
Where to Start? Lots of places to begin. I started with Dragons of Autumn Twilight, which is also the first the pair wrote.
Finished? Yes and no. Weis and Hickman still publish books in this universe, but there are PLENTY of completed trilogies within the universe.
EARTHSEA CYCLE BY URSULA K. LE GUIN
Where to Start? A Wizard of Earthsea
EARTHSINGER CHRONICLES BY L. PENELOPE
Where to start? Song of Blood & Stone
Finished? No. First 2 complete.
ELRIC BY MICHAEL MOORCOCK
Where to Start? Elric of Melnibone
ETERNAL SKY BY ELIZABETH BEAR
Where to Start? Range of Ghosts
FARSEER TRILOGY BY ROBIN HOBB
Where to Start? Assassin’s Apprentice
THE FIRST LAW BY JOE ABERCROMBIE
Where to Start? The Blade Itself
GENTLEMAN BASTARDS BY SCOTT LYNCH
Where to Start? The Lies of Locke Lamora
Finished? No. First 3 published.
GORMENGHAST BY MERVYN PEAKE
HERALDS OF VALDEMAR BY MERCEDES LACKEY
Where to Start? Lots of entry points. Chronological: Arrows of the Queen. My favorite trilogy in this universe begins with Magic’s Pawn. If you want a stand-alone in this series to see if you want to continue, read By the Sword.
KINGDOMS OF THORN AND BONE BY GREG KEYES
Where to Start? The Briar King
THE KINGKILLER CHRONICLE BY PATRICK ROTHFUSS
Where to Start? The Name of the Wind
Finished? No. First 2 published.
KUSHIEL’S LEGACY BY JACQUELINE CAREY
Where to Start? Kushiel’s Dart
LONG PRICE QUARTET BY DANIEL ABRAHAM
Where to Start? A Shadow in Summer
THE LORD OF THE RINGS BY J.R.R. TOLKIEN
LYONESSE BY JACK VANCE
Where to Start? Suldrun’s Garden
MILLENNIUM’S RULE BY TRUDI CANAVAN
Where to Start? Thief’s Magic
Finished? No. First 3 complete.
NEW CROBUZON BY CHINA MIÉVILLE
Where to Start? Perdido Street Station (though I actually read these completely out of order the first time and had no problem).
OBSIDIAN AND BLOOD BY ALIETTE DE BODARD
Where to start? Servant of the Underworld (there are several prequels, but this is book 1)
OLONDRIA BY SOFIA SAMATAR
Where to Start? A Stranger in Olondria
Finished? Probably (only 2 books in the series, and both are stand-alone)
PAKSENARRION BY ELIZABETH MOON
Where to Start? Sheepfarmer’s Daughter
Finished? Yes, though she continues to write in this world on a regular basis.
RETURN TO NEVÈRŸON BY SAMUEL R. DELANY
Where to Start? Tales of Nevèrÿon
RIDDLE-MASTER BY PATRICIA MCKILLIP
Where to Start? The Riddle-Master of Hed
SEVENWATERS BY JULIET MARILLIER
Where to Start? Daughter of the Forest
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE BY GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
Where to Start? A Game of Thrones
Finished? Notoriously no, but the first 5 are completed.
THE SORCERER OF WILDEEPS BY KAI ASHANTE WILSON
Where to Start? The Sorcerer of Wildeeps
Finished? Maybe. Two so far, both stand-alone novellas in the same universe. Will there be more? We can only hope.
THE STORMLIGHT ARCHIVE BY BRANDON SANDERSON
Where to Start? The Way of Kings
Finished? No. First 2 published, 3rd coming in November (it’s currently listed as a 10 book series on Goodreads).
THE SUNBOLT CHRONICLES BY INTISAR KHANANI
Where to Start? Sunbolt
Finished? No. 2 published so far.
SWORD OF TRUTH BY TERRY GOODKIND
Where to Start? Wizard’s First Rule
Finished? I think he plans to continuously add books to this series forever. For. Ever.
TAMÍR TRIAD BY LYNN FLEWELLING
Where to Start? The Bone Doll’s Twin
TENSORATE BY J.Y. YANG
Finished? No. First 2 novellas published.
TEMERAIRE BY NAOMI NOVIK
Where to Start? His Majesty’s Dragon
THE WHEEL OF TIME BY ROBERT JORDAN AND BRANDON SANDERSON
Where to Start? The Eye of the World
Finished? Yes. Finished posthumously by Brandon Sanderson
WORLDBREAKER SAGA BY KAMERON HURLEY
Where to Start? The Mirror Empire
Finished? No. Final book in the trilogy comes out next year.
THE WORLD OF RIVERSIDE/TREMONTAINE BY ELLEN KUSHNER AND MANY OTHER AUTHORS
Finished? Kind of. The original The World of Riverside series is complete, but Tremontaine is still going!
WORLD OF THE FIVE GODS BY LOIS MCMASTER BUJOLD
Where to Start? The Curse of Chalion
Finished? Kind of. The first 3 can work together as a trilogy, and are completed. She’s been adding novellas to the series with Penric’s story.
The above linked article talks about fantasy books that are along the lines of Wheel of Time. I have had Wheel of Time on my TBR list for a long time, and now I suppose I will have to add some of these, too. I’ve heard of several of them, but haven’t read them yet.
THE WAY OF KINGS BY BRANDON SANDERSON
THE SHADOW OF WHAT WAS LOST BY JAMES ISLINGTON
SORCERER TO THE CROWN BY ZEN CHO
THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE BY SAMANTHA SHANNON
BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF BY MARLON JAMES
THE POPPY WAR BY R.F. KUANG
GARDENS OF THE MOON BY STEVEN ERIKSON
AGE OF MYTH BY MICHAEL J. SULLIVAN
THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON BY SALADIN AHMED
THE FIFTH SEASON BY N.K. JEMISIN
There are quite a few new fantasy books coming out this month. I probably won’t get to most of them, but they are still fun to look at and think about what I might want to read.
WEEK ONE (August 6)
Blood of an Exile—Brian Naslund
Kingmaker (The Dragon Corsairs #3)—Margaret Weis & Robert Krammes
Death Goddess Dance (The Mythos War #3)—Levi Black
The Gossamer Mage—Julie E. Czerneda
Witchy Kingdom—D.J. Butler
Monster Hunter Guardian—Larry Correia & Sarah A. Hoyt
The Dragon Republic (Poppy War #2)—R. F. Kuang
WEEK TWO (August 13)
The Mage-Fire War (Recluce Saga #21)—L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday—Saad Z. Hossain
Pale Kings—Micah Yongo
Heart of the Circle—Keren Landsman
The House of Sacrifice (Empires of Dust #3)—Anna Smith Spark
WEEK THREE (August 20)
Turning Darkness Into Light—Marie Brennan
Lies of Descent (Fallen Gods War #1)—Troy Carrol Bucher
WEEK FOUR (August 27)
The Fifth Ward: Good Company—Dale Lucas
Wild Savage Stars (Sweet Black Waves Trilogy #2)—Kristina Perez
The above linked article talks about fantasy books. Some of these books I know. Some of them I don’t. Someday, I’ll get to them. Maybe. Some of these HAVE been made into movies, but the story was changed. They all sound interesting.
10 THE NEVERENDING STORY, BY MICHAEL ENDE
9 THE SILMARILLION, BY J.R.R. TOLKIEN
8 THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS, BY URSULA LEGUIN
7 ‘TILL WE HAVE FACES, A MYTH RETOLD, BY C.S. LEWIS
6 SHARDIK, BY RICHARD ADAMS
5 DANTE’S INFERNO
4 JLA: TOWER OF BABEL, BY MARK WAID
3 DRAGONS OF WINTER NIGHT, BY MARGARET WEIS AND TRACY HICKMAN
2 BOCCACCIO’S DECAMERON
1 JABBERWOCKY, BY LEWIS CARROLL
The above linked article talks about fantasy books that were made into movies. Some of the movies actually were better than the book, but some did the books a great disservice. I loved the movie, The Princess Bride, for example. The book was not as good. The book seemed to drag along and never really get anywhere.
Some of these, I saw the movie, but didn’t read the book. The Wizard of Oz. The Lord of the Rings.
The article explains each of the movies vs books better, but I agree with the ones that I know.
10 BETTER: THE HOBBIT
9 WORSE: THE LORD OF THE RINGS
8 BETTER: ERAGON
7 WORSE: THE WIZARD OF OZ
6 BETTER: THE GOLDEN COMPASS
5 WORSE: THE PRINCESS BRIDE
4 BETTER: THE LIGHTNING THIEF
3 WORSE: STARDUST
2 BETTER: INKHEART
1 WORSE: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
This is a wonderful poem about how reading can change you. I loved it and felt that I had to share. It is along the lines of this post, but says nothing about knowledge. Just that books can change you.
I have read some books that stick with me for a long time. I will randomly think of certain passages in a book and be reminded of how it made me feel. Occasionally I’ll change the way I think about things.
Even when I reflect on how bad a book was, it makes me think. I think about what could have been better. I think about what went wrong. I think about the good parts of the story.
Each book has something for me to think about and each book changes me. I welcome the changes.