Since starting this blog in late 2006, each year I've run a reading challenge - read one book per month to a theme, and blog the results. In 2007, it was my favourite sf novels. In 2008, it was twelve classic authors I'd not read before. This year, it's a dozen sf novels I remember fondly from my teen years.
I've been thinking about what I should read next year.
And I had a jolly good idea. I'm going to read a fantasy novel each month. Specifically, I'm going to read the first novel in a fantasy series. And then I'm going to write about it, about what I thought to the book, about whether or not the book is good enough to make me want continue to read the series. However...
I don't know which books to read. So I'm looking for suggestions. I'd like people to recommend the titles of epic fantasy novels, the first books in series. There are a few caveats - well, one caveat: there must be at least three books in the series currently available. I don't want to read a book, only to discover I've got wait a few years until I can read the next one.
When I say "series", I'm also including trilogies. Anything more than two, in other words. Er, that's another caveat.
And before you start banging out suggestions, the following series are out because I've already read, or am reading, them: The Lord of the Rings, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, Steven Erikson's Malazan Books of the Fallen, Paul Park's A Princess of Roumania, Samuel R Delany's Nevèrÿon, anything by Michael Moorcock, George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, Ricardo Pinto's Stone Dance of the Chameleon, Mike Cobley's Shadowkings, Roger Zelazny's Amber Chronicles, Ursula LeGuin's Earthsea , Stephen Donaldson's Thomas Covenant or Mordant's Need, M John Harrison's Viriconium...
So, to summarise:
- epic fantasy
- three books or more in the series
- three books or more of the series published
- not one of the above-named series
All suggestions welcomed - just leave me a comment. You've got nearly three months to persuade me which titles to read.