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  • Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

    8 72.73%
  • Riftwar Saga - Raymond Feist

    4 36.36%
  • Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan

    1 9.09%
  • Discworld - Terry Pratchett

    3 27.27%
  • The Belgariad - David Eddings

    0 0%
  • Shannara Series - Terry Brooks

    0 0%
  • Dragonlance series - Weis and Hickman

    2 18.18%
  • Chronicles of Thomas Covenant - Stephen Donaldson

    1 9.09%
  • Thrawn trilogy - Timothy Zahn

    1 9.09%
  • The Farseer and Liveship Traders trilogies - Robin Hobb

    2 18.18%
  • The Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

    0 0%
  • The Dark is Rising - Susan Cooper

    0 0%
  • Saga of the Exiles - Julian May

    1 9.09%
  • Gormenghast - Peake

    2 18.18%
  • Eternal Champion chronicles - Michael Moorcock

    0 0%
  • Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories - Fritz Leiber

    1 9.09%
  • Original Conan Stories - Robert E Howard

    1 9.09%
  • Books of the Cataclysm - Sean Williams

    0 0%
  • Song of Ice and Fire - George RR Martin

    3 27.27%
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    Greatest Fantasy Series of All Time [SPOILERS]

    OK the nominations have all been accepted with one wild card entry by me (Robert E Howard's original Conan stories - no imitations please). Let the voting begin. Multiple voting allowed. Votes are public and polling closes in 14 days.
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    Dragonlance

    My favourite passage comes from War of the Twins. I had it memorised for many years, but I admit that time has dimmed my memory and I had to look it up to be sure.

    The passage is an exchange between the two twins, Caramon and Raistlin Majere. Caramon is trying to bring his brother back from the brink of evil.

    "I could learn to live with knowledge of what you are and what you have become." Looking intently into his brother's eyes, Caramon said softly, "But you have to live with yourself, Raistlin. And there are times in the night when that must be damn near unbearable."

    Raistlin did not respond. His face was a mask, impenetrable, unreadable.

    Caramon swallowed a huskiness in his throat. His grip on his brother's arm tightened. "Think of this though. You have done good in your life, Raistlin - maybe better than most of us. Oh, I've helped people. It's easy to help someone when the help is appreciated. But you helped those who threw it back in your face. You helped those who didn't deserve it. You helped even when you knew it was hopeless, thankless." Caramon's hand trembled. "There's still good you could do...to make up for the evil. Leave this. Come home."

    Come home. Come home.

    Raistlin closed his eyes, the ache in his heart almost unendurable. His left hand stirred, lifted. Its delicate fingers hovered near his brother's hand, touching it for an instant with a touch as soft as the feet of a spider.
    ...
    When Raistlin spoke next, his voice was as soft as his touch.

    "The dark crimes that stain my soul, brother, you cannot begin to imagine. If you knew, you would turn from me in horror and in loathing." He sighed, shivering slightly. "And, you are right. Sometimes, in the night, even I turn from myself."
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    Donaldson is probably my favourite, but as it is still going, it could all go downhill yet. I had to acknowledge LOTR....I've read it too many times not to. And I love Raymond Feist.....I think Magician is probably the best single volume of fantasy that I've read.

    Of course, all in my opinion....
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    Tolkien's saga is my favorite

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    To the people who voted for LOTR, how many time have you read the trilogy from start to end?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    To the people who voted for LOTR, how many time have you read the trilogy from start to end?
    13
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    To the people who voted for LOTR, how many time have you read the trilogy from start to end?
    7 times
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    Fair enough. The reason I ask is that I read it once or twice as a child and loved it. Read it again before the movies were released. While it is certainly a "must read" for any lovers on the genre, I couldn't really put it in my top 3 of all time.
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    It seems that LOTR is the clear leader, and not suprisingly so.

    One thing that does surprise me is that Eddings has not registered a single vote so far.
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    I'd be interested to know how familiar those voting only for one series are with any of the others listed. There are some on the list that I have never read but suspect I would enjoy if I did (this usually being based on people whose tastes or writing I appreciate rating them highly.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    I'd be interested to know how familiar those voting only for one series are with any of the others listed. There are some on the list that I have never read but suspect I would enjoy if I did (this usually being based on people whose tastes or writing I appreciate rating them highly.)
    I have read 10 of those listed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    I'd be interested to know how familiar those voting only for one series are with any of the others listed. There are some on the list that I have never read but suspect I would enjoy if I did (this usually being based on people whose tastes or writing I appreciate rating them highly.)
    I've read only one more than those I have voted for. Thomas Covenant, which I didn't enjoy (and didn't finish). I also quite enjoyed the Fiest - Wurts collaboration "Empire Series". However I think the Riftwar saga is Fiest's best and I didn;t want to put up too many "multiple nominations".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris
    It seems that LOTR is the clear leader, and not suprisingly so.

    One thing that does surprise me is that Eddings has not registered a single vote so far.
    I'm also a bit surpirsed Jordan didn't get many votes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rincewind
    I'm also a bit surpirsed Jordan didn't get many votes.
    I think most people who ever read a WOT book gave up at some point in the series when it became apparent that it is *never* going to end. That's one wheel that's going to just keep right on turning... It should have stopped at five at the most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pax
    I think most people who ever read a WOT book gave up at some point in the series when it became apparent that it is *never* going to end. That's one wheel that's going to just keep right on turning... It should have stopped at five at the most.
    Correct - book 9 was my last. If he ever finishes it, I might go back and re-visit the ones I have abandoned. Then again, I might not.
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