I posted a similar thread on the old ZSG forums and it seemed to get a decent response.
I just started in on the first volume of 'The Third Chronicles of Thomas Covenant' by Stephen R. Donaldson.
I stand by the statement that Donaldson's 'Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever' are the summit of fantasy literature so far achieved on this planet (sorry, J.R.R. Tolkien).
I read the six volumes (plus) of the first two trilogies in the early 1980s and found them to be mind-blowingly brilliant, and an education to boot (Donaldson is a MA in English - that is MASTER of Arts, and master he is).
The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever:-
Lord Foul's Bane
The Illearth War (plus 'Gildenfire')
The Power that Preserves
The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever:-
The Wounded Land
The One Tree
White Gold Wielder
The Third Chronicles of Thomas Covenant:-
The Runes of the Earth
Against All Things Ending (due Oct. '10)
No Idea (the series is expected to run to four volumes)
From books, now I'm reading a Sergey Nedorub - Clock of Sands (Сергей Недоруб - Песочные Часы). Interesting book.
Before this I started another, but don't know why started new. So now I'm sticking to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. books.
My all time favorite is The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan.
Unfortunately he died in September 2007 before he could finish his work.
It's now continued by Brandon Sanderson, who is an outstanding author himself. Reading his Mistborn trilogy atm.
He did a really good Job on the 12th book of Wheel of Time and I hope he keeps that up for the next two Volumes.
Other series I can recommend is The Dwarves by Markus Heitz
There are no such things as wrong or right, good or evil.
There are only decisions
There is a beauty in death - the beauty of finality , the beauty of completion.
For nothing is truly complete until the day it is finally destroyed.
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