I confess I have not read one single fantasy novel, ever
I once tried reading The Hobbit
, after a really, really enthusiastic recommendation, but gave up. I'm not sure why now, but I did. That was ages ago.
But I notice on the book thread here that so many of you are hugely enthusiastic fantasy fans. So I'm wondering if maybe I'm missing out on something? (You never know!)
So, OK, you are speaking to a person who is completely unfamiliar with this genre. (& there may be others, for all I know.)
Could you explain (in lay-person terms) what it is which appeals to you about fantasy novels? Does it help if you're into science fiction, too?
If you were going to recommend just one
novel to a complete fantasy ignoramus, what would it be & why would you say it's a great read?
Thank you in advance, anyone who contributes information & advice.
Based on your recommendations, I will check out my local library & see what's available.
I think it might be time to take the plunge!
If and once you read The Lord of The Rings, you will come back to The Hobbit, hungry.
LOTR is at the top of the pile.
You may need to push through a few chapters of Fellowship of The Ring, but once you come to Bree or Rivendell, you should be hooked.
I have read the trilogy more times than I can count and I always come away with something new.
Other works you may consider - In no particular order however the more accessible are in bold
The King of Elfland's Daughter - Lord Dunsany
Perdidio Street Station - China Mieville (King Rat by him as well)
The Gormenghast Trilogy - Mervyn Peake
The Broken Sword - Poul Anderson
Rhinegold - Stephan Grundy
Neverwhere - Neil Gaman (and just about anything else he has written)Tales of The Otori - Lian Hearn
Zothique - Clark Ashton Smith
Book of The New Sun - Gene Wolfe
A Song of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin
Dune - Frank Herbert (Could be considered Sci-Fi)
The Prince of Nothing Trilogy - R. Scott Bakker
His Dark Materials Trilogy - Phillip Pullman
The Once and Future King - T.H. White
The Mabinogian Tetraology - Evangeline Walton
The Somnambulist - Jonathan Barnes
The Night Watch Tetraology - Sergei Lukyaneko
Lord of Light - Roger Zelazny (sci-fi undertones)
Riddle-Master - Patricia A. McKillip
The Amber Chronicles (at least the first few books) - Roger Zelazny
I'm sure there are other which are slipping my mind.
Now for the ones I strongly suggest you avoid (at least until you are so hooked with fantasy that you will read any hack piece). No doubt this list will generate disagreement:
The Wheel of Time Series - Robert Jordan
The Shannara Series - Terry Brooks
The Sword of Truth Series - Terry Goodkind
And I know there are many others but I have, thankfully, put them out of my mind.