Andy Gavin's List of the Very, Very Best Fantasy

The True Game

The True Game

by Sheri S. Tepper

I love this world in which "powers" come in systematic flavors which combine into unique specialties of super power.

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Wild Seed

Wild Seed

by Octavia E. Butler

History, two kinds of immortals, themes of slavery and freedom, breeding of genetic powers. How can you beat that?

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Carrion Comfort

Carrion Comfort

by Dan Simmons

A horrific journey into the depths and nature of evil. One of the most chilling books I have ever read.

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Master of the Five Magics

Master of the Five Magics

by Lyndon Hardy

Pure fun fantasy, but I love solid attempts to systematize and render magic into a real and "believable" system.

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The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10

The Great Book of Amber: The Complete Amber Chronicles, 1-10

by Roger Zelazny

Hokey at times, but I just love the concept and feel of this reality bender. The pattern has haunted me for decades.

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Wizard and Glass

Wizard and Glass

by Stephen King

Stephen King's best. Almost pure fantasy, told with his knack for making even the weirdest situations and dialog believable.

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The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind

by Patrick Rothfuss

Really great first novel. Fantasy told with a startling immediacy.

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A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones

by George R.R. Martin

Simply the best modern fantasy work. The scope is huge, the characters intensely real, and the medieval-ness (as in "go all medieval on his ass") is incredible.

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The Anubis Gates

The Anubis Gates

by Tim Powers

Time travel, crazy 4,000 year old Egyptian sorcerers, romantic poets, and Victorian England. Oh, and it all works brilliantly.

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