Date: 2017-04-06 01:33 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I would have put Cherryh's Fortress in the Eye of Time on the list. It starts off slow, but that shouldn't be a barrier to a classic epic fantasy.

Date: 2017-04-06 01:49 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-04-06 02:37 pm (UTC)
affreca: Cat Under Blankets (Default)
From: [personal profile] affreca
Read 11, own 8. I own Riddle-Master of Hed as both individual paperbacks and omnibus hardcover. It was one of the first series I specifically hunted down the last book of, and so I make sure I will never have to again.

Date: 2017-04-06 06:14 pm (UTC)
wendelah1: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wendelah1
I don't read or like fantasy. Should I no longer consider myself a True SF Fan?

Date: 2017-04-06 07:25 pm (UTC)
nelc: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nelc
You are if you want to be.

Date: 2017-04-06 07:24 pm (UTC)
nelc: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nelc
I've read two of those, Well, I started to read The Riddlemaster of Hed but I got irritated by having to stop and solve the riddles (and not at all by being unable to solve the riddles, no, no, no, no,... yes).

Date: 2017-04-06 07:49 pm (UTC)
graydon: (Default)
From: [personal profile] graydon
You can't possibly solve the riddles on first reading; the local use of riddle is way closer to "koan about magical history" than it is to "clever word puzzle".

Date: 2017-04-07 01:05 am (UTC)
nelc: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nelc
Well, that's even more irritating, and explains why I was unable to solve them.

Date: 2017-04-07 02:10 am (UTC)
graydon: (Default)
From: [personal profile] graydon
Well, yes. But the process by which the protagonists solve them strikes me has having something worthwhile to it.

Date: 2017-04-07 10:22 am (UTC)
nelc: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nelc
To be honest, my attempt to read the book was forty years ago (Forty years? Huh, how did that happen?) and my frustration is all I recall. I don't have the book anymore to try again.

Date: 2017-04-07 03:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] graydon
Time passes.

Those three books collectively entirely melted my brain when I was twelve or so; McKillip's work went on to be a major formative influence. So I am perhaps not a good person to provide reasons why it's worth obtaining a copy.

Date: 2017-04-06 07:40 pm (UTC)
radiantfracture: (Default)
From: [personal profile] radiantfracture
I love these lists.

Date: 2017-04-06 08:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] movingfinger
I thought before clicking and expected Joy Chant to show on that, and possibly Evangeline Walton (quintessentially epic and fantastic, yes?), but on looking at your choices, it occurs to me that I haven't reread Red Moon and Black Mountain in a very long time, and I have no idea how well it's held up.

Date: 2017-04-07 07:06 pm (UTC)
al_zorra: (Default)
From: [personal profile] al_zorra
Chant's books hold up very well.

Date: 2017-04-07 08:58 pm (UTC)
movingfinger: (Default)
From: [personal profile] movingfinger
I seem to remember nothing about When Voiha Wakes, except that it was hard to find a copy. And the cover. I guess I should set up a reread stack.

Date: 2017-04-07 10:28 pm (UTC)
al_zorra: (Default)
From: [personal profile] al_zorra

It's Grey Mane of Morning in particular, though, that is so good. Red Moon and Black Mountains is very good too. But for whatever reason I could never warm up to When Voiha Wakes, despite it being set in the same Kendreth universe. In my opinion of course, which is not gospel, at least in this area! :)

Date: 2017-04-08 01:26 am (UTC)
stoutfellow: Joker (Joker)
From: [personal profile] stoutfellow
I'm inclined to agree; When Voiha Wakes is the weakest of the three books. It does have some interesting things to say about art and about letting go, but it really doesn't compare to the other two.

Grey Mane of Morning is less concentrated than the first book, but it has more meat to it.

Date: 2017-04-06 08:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] heron61
A list that clearly proves that I both consume and know of more SF than fantasy and am not particularly into epic fantasy. I'd heard of everything on the similar SF lists and read most of them, here, I've read 7 of 20, and hadn't even heard of almost half.

Also, for ease of use, you should likely go back and tag the previous entries core also.

Date: 2017-04-06 08:56 pm (UTC)
julian: Picture of Julian Street. (Default)
From: [personal profile] julian
Just because I fixate on details, who's the artist? (Painter.)


Date: 2017-04-07 12:10 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The artist is Arthur Rackham: it's an edited version of his painting "The Valkyrie", one of his Ring Cycle illustrations.

Re: Artist

Date: 2017-04-07 02:11 am (UTC)
julian: Picture of Julian Street. (Default)
From: [personal profile] julian
Thank you, Mr./Ms. anonymous person!

Really, I should've just done an image search, but I also like communicating with people in comments, so laziness prevailed.

Date: 2017-04-06 10:43 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] oh6
I've heard of 12 out of the 20 authors listed, and I'm pretty sure I've read The Door into Fire.

Date: 2017-04-06 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I can't believe Jo Walton's "The King's Peace" isn't on the list! I was so sure it was there I didn't notice its absence on my first reading of the list.


Date: 2017-04-07 12:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kgbooklog
Finally a list I've read more than 3 books from.

Interesting choice for Elliott; I would have chosen King's Dragon as the more epic series. And why chose Jemisin's science fiction series instead of one of her fantasy ones?

Some books that would be on my list:
Robin Hobb, Ships of Magic
Martha Wells, The Wizard Hunters
Laura Resnick, In Legend Born
Michelle Sagara, Cast in Shadow (arguably less epic than her other series)
Laurie J. Marks, Fire Logic
P.C. Hodgell, God Stalk

Date: 2017-04-07 01:44 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hey, how'd a male author get in there? (Nix)

I've only read eight of these, but most of those I've read many, many times.

- Seth Ellis, out in the wilderness beyond OpenID

Date: 2017-04-07 06:32 am (UTC)
julian: Picture of Julian Street. (Default)
From: [personal profile] julian
<3 <3 <3.

Off topic note about a broken link

Date: 2017-04-07 06:34 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The link on the left with the text "My Website" does not work. It has something extra before the characters http:// . A comment seems the most direct way to bring this to your attention.

Date: 2017-04-07 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] krisiti
Does anyone know what happened to Elizabeth Willey? She published three rather excellent fantasies starting with The Well-Favored Man back in the 90's - they were part of the "Fantasy of Manners" thing going on then - and she had an online presence. Since then she hasn't published anything that I can tell, and seems to have vanished, at least as a public persona.

Date: 2017-04-07 07:08 pm (UTC)
al_zorra: (Default)
From: [personal profile] al_zorra
Katherine Kerr's Deverry should be on any core epic fantasy list.

Date: 2017-04-07 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
So Kushiel's Dart is worth reading then? I had it pigeonholed as mildly pervy, s&m flavoured epic fantasy brick, but if it's on a Nicoll list...

Did you ever review it?

Date: 2017-04-07 09:57 pm (UTC)
martin_wisse: (Default)
From: [personal profile] martin_wisse
So Kushiel's Dart is worth reading then? I had it pigeonholed as mildly pervy, s&m flavoured epic fantasy brick, but if it's on a Nicoll list...

Did you ever review it?

Date: 2017-04-08 01:53 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Next week it's my turn to pick the book for my book club (non-genre specific). I was trying to decide between "The Hero and the Crown" and "Curse of Chalion". As they're both on the list, my decision is still not made.


Date: 2017-04-06 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
hmm...only four of them. I gots some readin' to do!

Date: 2017-04-06 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
and I have read all but two...

Date: 2017-04-07 07:20 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Nine read - there's work to do.


Date: 2017-04-08 01:56 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
12 for me.

Date: 2017-04-09 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have to wonder what the definition of "epic" fantasy is.


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