By: Dan Oanta

Feb 07 2015

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Top 25 Fantasy Books

This is a list of books that are the crème de la crème of the fantasy genre. I’ve carefully chosen the top 25 fantasy books from among hundreds of series and thousands of books.

In my 20 or so years of devouring fantasy books, certain fantasy books have really stood out far above the rest. This is a list of those books.The Top 25 Fantasy Books list selects from among a wide range of fantasy, from epic fantasy to detective fantasy, from well-known fantasy to obscure fantasy, and from old “classic” fantasy books to the best of later year’s (2014) fantasy releases.

The goal of this list is to present as broad a selection of the best fantasy literature from different fantasy subgenres — cult hits, best sellers, critically acclaimed, and classics. This is the web’s number one fantasy list, visited by millions of readers over the seven years it’s been kicking around.

To include is to exclude, and alas, this list is short, and the number of fantasy books out there is huge. If my omission of your favorite author offends, my apologies, but you can’t please everyone. For each fantasy book recommendation given, I try to give some compelling reasons why the book stands out as one of the best fantasy books in the genre, rather than just saying “this is one of the best fantasy books ever.” I acknowledge that judging books is like judging beauty: it’s in the eye of the beholder. Some people may like a book, while others do not.

Discworld, a long running 40 series long sharp biting satire on the human condition couched as fantastical hilarious and downright ridiculous fantasy romp. I have not yet included Pratchett on the Top 25 list so this makes his first entrance. Pratchett, because his stuff is so different, may not be on the radar of the ordinary fantasy fan. But it’s a mistake to ignore his works. This man is great a pillar iment through his works is that technology and social order are highly connected and to have one you must have the other.Then again,there is also Prachett’s satire on the entire fantasy genre, from Dragons,Drafts, Demons, Witches and Wizards to social issues such as the role of women,feminism, racism, and religious tolerance (or intolerance).And despite Prachett’s use of satire and comedy to elucidate on the human condition and his conversation on how technology can push civilization into more enlightened social reform, the man also is able to tell a pretty damn entertaining tale.Many great humorists who use the tale as a medium to express deep thoughts about the human condition get so caught up in the subtext of what they are trying to say that the narrative itself falls flat. Not so with Terry Pratchett.

The man knows how to ride a rip-roaring read funny and at times dark, but still brimming with hope. And yes, he knows how to tell a god dammed good tale; not just a funny tale, but a funny tale with some real substance beneath the humor.Pratchett is one author where after you read one of his Discworld books, you are a better, more developed person after the reading of it. And that my friends is why Pratchett is one of the best fantasy authors in the genre.

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