I’m going to do something different today and just give a list of books I think should be required reading for a fantasy buff or a fantasy author. I’ll also give a few brief reasons why I believe such books belong on the list.
- J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit (children’s) and The Lord of the Rings (adult) – come on, it’s Tolkien.
- C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia (children’s) – another famous author. Christian literature that provides an example of how a religion or specific philosophy can influence a piece of literature.
- Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows (children’s) – talking animals. Haven’t read it in a while, but it’s a classic.
- 4. Richard Adams’ Watership Down (children’s) – talking animals (rabbits) perfected. The first real book I ever read.
- Patricia A. McKillip’s The Riddlemaster of Hed – another childhood favorite. Not sure why I put this on the list, though.
- Margaret Weiss and Tracey Hickman’s Dragonlance Chronicles – classic AD&D style adventure featuring a bad guy everyone loves (Raistlin Majere).
- Robert Jordan’s (and Brandon Sanderson’s) Wheel of Time – okay, only the first book should be required because the series is too long to demand of anyone, but it provides a good example of a giant series that I personally found rewarding.
- Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Series – provides insights on how to make a distinctive magic system.
Well, that’s eight. I think they are all deserving. Anyone have any they would like to add?