Here is a (somewhat decent) picture of a sampling of the books in my constantly growing “to be read” pile. These are primarily fantasy novels, and also mostly the first of a longer series.
Right off the bat, I know Frank Herbert’s Dune is science fiction, but I decided to include that here being as I’ve been working on putting together his entire original run of Dune books before his son took things over. I believe I’ll revisit that in a future post. Additionally, I know A Knight of the Word isn’t the first book in that Terry Brooks series, but it’s all I have currently. I’m actually really interested to see how those books work into his Shanarra series.
As you can see, I also have a couple of Brandon Sanderson firsts in the pile (and arguably a third with the first Wheel of Time book present). I also have a few other bits of required reading for fantasy fans here: Donaldson, Eddings, Weis & Hickman, Goodkind, and Rothfuss. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit I have not already read some of these, but things are what they are.
Admittedly, I don’t know much about some of these books–The Briar King and Acacia both cropped up in the same bout of research that exposed me to Glen Cook’s Black Company books, so I’m remaining hopeful those may be equally enjoyable for me. I also don’t know much about A Song for Arbonne or The Wayfarer Redemption, but I stumbled across them both at reduced prices (the former marked down at a book store and the latter for sale at a combination coffee shop/used book shop). I trust I’ll also derive enjoyment from them. And I’m also looking forward to getting into that Warhammer collection that my lady snagged for me awhile back.
Here’s what I have for now. What do you all think of my growing pile of fantasy novels? I’m a big fan of The Black Company and A Song of Ice and Fire, and I’m not ashamed to admit I was a huge fan of R. A. Salvatore when I was younger. What are some of your favorite fantasy books? And which ones have you yet to read but mean to? Are any of them also in that picture above? Let me know in the comments below. Tweet me @quaintjeremy.