This book is amazing and anyone that hasen't read it should:) It is filled with fantasy, action, suspence and humor. The ending is sad though.+1. THIS SERIES PLUS THE HOBBIT IS THE BEST!new Funny, it was on the top ten boring books as well. who da hell writes these lists? - shadesofcoolbluenew. V 2 Comments VoteE. 4 1984 - George Orwell It emotionally consumed me throughout and how! One of the best reads of all time.new. VoteE. 12 The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck VoteE.
This is a list of 15 great must-read fantasy books of all time. 295 people have suggested and upvoted their favorite books, so have a look at how The Hobbit, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia), Graceling (Graceling Realm) -and more- are ranking and find the best solution for you. Remember you can also: • Upvote and review a solution you like • Suggest a new solution • Filter by price and solution type "This book along with the other lotr books raised my expectations for future books I read.
I decided to read the book after I watched the movie of the same name. I have never read a book with better world building. Everything in the book served a purpose and the main and side characters all got their time to shine.
Since the book is so big it took me a couple of weeks to finish it, even though I read several pages a day." High priest, emperor, powerful, charming... Guile has everything a man could ever wish, and in addition to that, he is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. But everything changes when he discovers that he has a son, born in the war that allowed him to rule everyone, so he must decide what's more important. The Selection is the process where 35 girls compete against each other for a chance to seduce Prince Maxon.
Every girl dreams about this opportunity, everyone but America Singer, who is already and love with another man. It will all change as soon as she meets Prince, who could very well be the man of her life. Summary Best must-read fantasy books of all time Rank Solutions Type Votes Price 1 Books 34 Paid 2 Books 31 Paid 3 Books 29 Paid 4 Books 28 Paid 5 Books 26 Paid 6 Books 25 Paid 7 Books 23 Paid 8 Books 21 Paid 9 Books 17 Paid 10 Books 17 Paid The name and logo of Softonic are registered trademarks of SOFTONIC INTERNATIONAL S.A.
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It has been suggested that Alice’s trippy experiences are Carroll’s comment on his contemporary mathematical theory: that all the growing and shrinking is about Euclidean geometry and that episodes such as the caterpillar and the hookah are a send-up of symbolic algebra.
Whatever the explanation, it endures. H G Wells (1898) Does the county of Surrey make quite enough of the fact that Wells’s malevolent Martians first landed in Woking? Or that the hideous creatures in their tripods laid waste to Walton-on-Thames?
Like all immortal science fiction, this is rooted in more earthly anxieties – here, belligerent European rival nations. Bram Stoker (1897) Best enjoyed not as Gothic horror, but as a blazing late Victorian imperial adventure. Jonathan Harker may initially travel to the Count’s eerie fastness in Transylvania, but the Count is intent on some reverse colonisation, coming to London and spreading his undead activities into the very heart of bourgeois English society.
Mervyn Peake (1946) What must post-war readers have made of the denizens of Gormenghast? Of Lord Sepulchrave, Dr Prunesquallor, Nanny Slagg, and Steerpike? What did all that rich and mad Gothic detailing portend? The imagery remains unforgettable, not least Swelter’s infernal kitchens, and Flay hurling a white cat at Steerpike. Aldous Huxley (1932) Initially intended as a gentle send-up of H G Wells’s utopian “things to come” visions, Huxley instead conjured a nightmare 26th-century society of babies grown in “hatcheries”, promiscuous casual sex (marriage and families are obsolete) and hallucinogenic drugs.
It is frequently pointed out that all such things have come to pass. George Orwell (1948) Had Orwell written this one year earlier, we would have associated complete totalitarianism with the year 1974. As it is, Double-Think, Room 101 and the utterly harrowing betrayal of love are attached eternally to every oppressive state regime.
Orwell’s warning is undying. Isaac Asimov (1950) A series of spacey stories chronicling the evolution of man’s relationship with robots, and famous for establishing the law that they cannot harm us. What they can do, however, is create tense philosophical and ethical debates about the chasm between mind and machine, intention and consequence. John Wyndham (1951) A few years before Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, this vivid horror story about a monstrous plant species with lethal stingers played on our ecological fears.
Wyndham was writing as postwar agriculture was becoming a vast chemical-led industrial concern, and the Triffids were payback. William Golding (1954) A boat-load of English boys are washed up on a desert island and have to create a self-governing society, which starts off with the best of intentions but, as ever, human nature will out, and pretty soon they have turned heaven into hell.
A human version of Animal Farm. Frank Herbert (1965) A saga of off-world dynasties, harsh alien deserts, giant sandworms and an intricately worked-out ecosystem, this sprawling work of imagination made sci-fi mainstream and inspired much environmental thought. J G Ballard (1975) In arguably his most resonant work, Ballard postulated a tower block that contained everything its residents needed, from shops to pools to offices.
They need never leave. And they don’t. The internal society begins to fragment, form classes, and savage civil war breaks out. It is a brilliantly unheimlich urban parable. Terry Pratchett (1983) The first Discworld novel introduces us to a universe populated by wizards, witches and Death himself. To have these comic stories and gentle pastiches of Tolkien, and everymyth and fairy tale, lapped up by 70 million readers is a spectacular achievement.
Angela Carter (1984) An extraordinarily vivid and sensual journey following the circus through 19th-century London and Russia, which brilliantly – and movingly – blurs the lines between acute psychological drama, fairy tale and ancient myth.
Margaret Atwood (1985) Offred is a concubine in a future America where “handmaids” are used to provide children for sterile upper-class women.
A tale of institutionalised misogyny and biological tyranny that Atwood explained was not exactly science fiction. Mother London Michael Moorcock (1988) The heroes of this novel have emerged from mental institutions; but do they have special powers? In a narrative that sweeps from the Blitz to modern day, we encounter mindreading, preternatural empathy, and fascinating theories about the people who live under the streets. Neil Gaiman (2001) America is now teeming with gods that have been brought over with each successive wave of immigrants – from Odin to Thor.
But can these old gods do battle with the new gods spawned by technology? David Mitchell (2004) Six narrators, six interlocking stories – ranging from a future dystopia to Seventies nuclear thriller, to 19th-century medical drama – Mitchell forces the reader to make the connections across time and space; how can interrupted stories still live on?
Nicola Barker (2007) An M C Escher tapestry of history, time, language, legend – and all against the backdrop of Ashford in Kent.
Here, history is as much absurd linguistic comedy as it is nightmare. THE BEST OF THE REST Thomas More (1516) Jonathan Swift (1726) Edgar Allan Poe (1840) Lewis Carroll (1871) Hermann Hesse (1943) George Orwell (1945) Arthur C Clarke (1953) Philip K Dick (1962) Carl Sagan (1985) Neal Stephenson (1992) China Mieville (2002) Cormac McCarthy (2006) J R R Tolkien (1954-55) H G Wells (1895) Oscar Wilde (1890) IN PICTURES:
Fantasy fiction is a literary genre, where magic, myth and supernatural beings, dominate in story and setting. That's a very dry explanation of what fantasy fiction really is. Fantasy novels takes the reader, into worlds, the like of which have never been seen before.
Meet dragons, trolls, wizards and the like, some pure evil, others good. Fantasy novels are the best novels to read, as they inspire us in some unique ways. In the Lord of the Rings, Aragorn puts aside his doubts and fear, to become a king and lead his people to victory.
Harry Potter fights an invincible enemy, to keep love and peace alive. Nobleness, bravery and a strong will to fight against the odds, that's the stuff fantasy characters are made of. So read on to see a collection of the best fantasy books of all time, and see if your favorite has made the list. The lord of all fantasy novels, LOTR is Tolkien's magnum opus.
Set in Middle Earth, rings of power were created to be given to all races, as a symbol of true leadership and power. But the dark Lord Sauron created a master ring, filled with his evil will and hate, to rule all the rings and take over Middle Earth. The trilogy starts with the hobbit Frodo, who is left the ring. The first book deals with his journey to the City of Elves, accompanied by fellow Hobbit Samwise and wizard Gandalf. There, the task of destroying the ring is undertaken by the Fellowship, with Frodo becoming the ring keeper.
The storyline then divides into 2 main plots. One is the story of Sam and Frodo, as they journey to Mordor to destroy the ring. An unlikely aide in their quest, is the odd Gollum, who is not what he seems. The other plot involves the kingdoms of men, elves and dwarfs, uniting together to face Sauron's mighty army. An animal world, set in ancient Britain, this series describes the struggles of one species against their enemies.
Each book in the Redwall series has a different timeline and animal class. For example, Mattimeo is the adventure of young mouse, Mattimeo, as he seeks to defend his beloved Redwall Abbey, against the evil machinations of Slagar the Fox. All the Redwall novels are noted for their rich and detailed prose and characters, interesting and vivid backgrounds and the underlying inspiring messages.
Alone in her magical forest, a unicorn learns she is the last of her kind. So she sets out on her own to find out what happened to the rest of the unicorns. On the way, she meets a bumbling but friendly magician and Molly Grue, a lonely outlaw's wife. Together, they journey to the dark, empty castle of King Haggard, evil master of the infamous beast, the Red Bull. The unicorn slowly unravels the truth about her kin's disappearance and also experiences the emotion of love.
In the land of Westeros, the seasons of winter and summer last for years. Seven mighty houses reside in the land, ruled by one king, who sits on a throne made of swords, the Iron Throne. But the right to rule is never easily obtained.
The powerful House Lannister is behind all intrigues and deceit. Members of the House Baratheon feel they have the right to rule, as the last king was from their house. The loyal and honor-bound House Stark family do not want to get involved in the game of thrones but are forced to.
Lesser houses such as Greyjoy and Martell are starting to assert their stand for the throne. Across the ocean, the sole member of the forgotten and fallen house of Targaryen, is struggling to adapt to a new land and a new destiny. How these families come together in an epic war for Westeros, makes for a captivating fantasy read.
The magical realm Discworld is home to many fascinating creatures, of fantasy and myth. Mort is an average but very clumsy teenager, who cannot seem to do anything right. In an effort to straighten him out, his father leaves Mort at a hiring fair. Mort lands up as an assistant to the most unlikely of all employers, Death. Now deciding who gets to die and who doesn't, isn't really Mort's job.
But when a princess is Death's next target, chivalrous Mort comes to the rescue and causes unseen and interesting consequences for everyone involved. The life of a teenage wizard isn't easy. Just ask Harry Potter, who is in his third year at Hogwarts. A vicious mass murderer, Sirius Black, famed servant of Lord Voldemort, has escaped from Azkaban. And he is heading straight to Hogwarts to take down his lord's enemy. Worse, someone close to Harry is helping Sirius. Harry also has to deal with Hagrid's dangerous teaching methods, dementors chasing him around the corner and difficult third-year subjects.
Things are never tame at Hogwarts. Once upon a time, man lived with dragons. The way of the Dragon Riders was a sacred magical bond between man and beast, both working together to destroy evil. But the evil desires of one man destroyed that bond and banished the dragons.
Until fifteen-year-old Eragorn discovers a mysterious rock in the mountains of Spine. This rock turns out to be the last dragon egg in known existence.
Eragon and his new dragon companion, Saphira, learn that they are the last hope against a great tide of evil. In their first adventure together, they learn the art of dragon fighting and set out to discover their true destiny.
Watership Down By Richard Adams Stand-alone book "All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies. And whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first, they must catch you, digger, listener, runner. Prince with a swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed." This fantasy novel involves the most unlikely of creatures, a warren of rabbits, in a thrilling journey across the English countryside.
When Fiver, a member of the Sandleford warren, receives a vision of his warren being destroyed, he and his brother, Hazel, try to warn their leaders of the danger.
But their warnings go unheeded. So the brothers set off on their own, along with a small band of followers. Their goal: to find a safe place to found a fair and free society for the rabbits to live in peace. The road to a new home is filled with predators, the deadliest of them all, being man.
And even though they reach a perfect new place to establish a home, they face a new threat in the form of an evil warren, led by vicious General Woundwort. A spunky young heroine, a beautiful but crazy land and the most unique and interesting characters ever, Alice in Wonderland is the original, one-of-a-kind fantasy novel.
One afternoon, Alice notices a white talking rabbit and follows it down a hole, to find herself alone in Wonderland. At first, she meets a number of talking strange animals, like the Dodo and the White Rabbit, who are equally astonished at her appearance. Then she stumbles from one crazy encounter to the other, from meeting the grinning curious Cheshire Cat to answering the Hatter's riddles at a mad tea party. Finally she has to deal with mad monarchy in the form of the Queen of Hearts court.
To add to her dilemma, how does Alice get home? The Princess Bride By William Goldman Stand-alone novel "While he was watching the ships, Buttercup shoved him with all her strength remaining...down went the man in black..."You can die too for all I care," she said, and then she turned away.
Words followed her. Whispered from afar, weak and warm and familiar. As...you...wish..." In the desolate but beautiful countryside of Florin, love blossoms between a young man and a woman on a farm. Westley and Buttercup are meant to be together, but the path of true love never runs smooth.
Westley sails across the ocean to seek his fortune. But he is killed at sea. So Buttercup is forcibly engaged to a cruel prince. But a surprising turn of adventurous events follows, involving pirates, outlaws, a mysterious masked man in black and evil counts with torture machines.
The Princess Bride is a fantasy classic with its elements of adventure and intrigue, a swashbuckling hero and a spirited heroine.
Fantasy allows our imagination to sprout wings and fly away, while we stay on the ground. The creatures in the dark, under your bed, they all came from a novel, where they were vividly detailed.
Visions of charging upon a dragon, on a white horse, blame the novel again. The best fantasy books keep the reader occupied and enthralled, till the very last page and often yearning for more!
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