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Hobbs 4/10/2009 9:26:21 PM

I'm guessing daforce is a youngster.  You do realize that Tolkien was a professor at Oxford?  So just a recommendation...when you are out in public and if this ever comes up, speak with more intelligence or your peers are going to think you are an idiot.   Look at LittleNells comments, she isn't a fan of Tolkien but she criticed him with an understanding of the man.  

Okay Tim, I'll give you a pass on the fact you didn't pick this list based on who is the best writer.  I understand that would be an endless argument but still going to fight you on the Salvatore one.  I don't think he's influenced anyone unless you use his books as a way to show new writers what not to do.    We will have to agree to disagree on him.  I still think McCaffrey should be mentioned because if you are going to talk about influence then what she did for women in writing fantasy was huge.  She won a Nebula and Hugo for her Dragonriders of Pern, actually lots of awards for her books.  Just my two cents.

samson 4/10/2009 9:32:38 PM

No Orson Scott Card?



tarven 4/10/2009 9:48:13 PM

I like your list.  One of my favorite authors, who for some unknown reason seems to get buried under others, is Joel Rosenberg.  His Guardian of the Flame series has some of the best written characters that I have ever read.  Plus he's pretty fearless about taking a story where it needs to go.  If a character needs to die, he goes.  I would recommend these books to anyone and is also a great bridge for younger readers.

Did I also mention he's on the most he's one of the most accessible.  I've personally had numerous conversations with him online, and he participates with other fan websites, going so far as to having a cookout at his place for a group of them.

sociopathos 4/11/2009 6:15:27 AM

First off credit where credit is due for putting Kurtz, Lee, Leiber and Dunsany is on.  All hidden gems.

Not crazy about Bradley myself but I can see where a lot of people would put her on the list so no real problem there and Moorcock, Tolkien and Howard are gimmes.

But Terry Brooks is on and C.S. Lewis isn't?  :P

todd890 4/11/2009 8:18:33 AM

At least Eddings is in the list along with Terry Brooks and R.A Salvatore. Disprite what some of you say I like these authors,Rowlings is one of them.

Basically they inspired me to write my own fantasy series. How about a list of unknown authors like my self? I would love to see that list on this sight but no. Mania ignors the lesser authors or first timers, which is totally a dumb thing to do. It hurts us unknows not to be mentioned.

Do us unknown authors a favour and pick up our books. Mine is at Amazon with the rest of us, try it out, I don't care what people think of it. Just enjoy the books that you read,by  the way Stephen Donaldson is one of the worst authors out on the market. I read half a chapter and it stank.

DaForce1 4/11/2009 10:05:23 AM

Hobbs, I'm older (and wiser) than you. Tolkien's books are horribly put together grammatically. You can write it off as "he was developing a new language" or you can see it for what it truly is; a bad writer trying to foist a mediocre story (with severe plot holes) on the public. But the blind fanboys will never see that.

ashamel 4/11/2009 3:53:29 PM

I think I commented on Stephen Donaldson when you talked about him before, but I would certainly put him higher. I would also put Guy Gavriel Kay in the main list -- he's extraordinarily good.

tjanson 4/11/2009 3:57:35 PM sound like the guy who wants to show how smart and cool he is by knocking Tolkien. Fan Boys???? The LOTRs has sold over 150,000 million copies....It's the second highest number in terms of fiction books of all time as I pointed out. I guess that's a lot of fan boys?

Ellison made the list, and the top 5 I believe in terms of Sci-Fi writers. As i said, for a writer to be considered for the list, their work had to be PRIMARILY in the fantasy field, and Ellison's work isn't.

Todd...I understand what you're saying and I cover a lot of small press publishers in the Book Buzz column such as Dilirium, Cemetery Dance, Permuted Press, Golden Gryphon, and many others. You simply can't cover everything.

darkheart00 4/11/2009 6:43:36 PM

Great article, great list, great writing Tim.

Original content trumps copied "sister site" content anyday.

laforcer69@yahoo.com_home 4/11/2009 9:29:25 PM

Daforce...LMAO@You..."Hobbs, I'm older (and wiser) than you"  lol some more...

Of course this is coming from you, the guy who was friends with one of the biggest dip shits this site has ever seen, KJSucks...The guy you could hold hands with while skipping around the park together singing Lord of the Rings Sucks lol...

I find it funny when a minority group of people such as the one you are in think you have some kind of greater insite than the rest of us, that you are some how special and can dictate what is good and what is not because of this fact...Trust me, your no more special than the rest of us lol...My Father, who by the way has read every fantasy writer there ever was up till now loves J.R. Tolkien and guess what, he was a math professor so by your very own reasoning, that you are older and wiser and thus know better than the rest of us was just shot out of the water...It's about personal tastes...I for one could not read Tolkien but that does not mean I think he sucks, it just means I had a hard time reading his stuff, that's all...

I'm glad Terry Brooks made the list, ya granted the Sword of Shannara followed the lines of the Lord of the Rings to closesly does not mean it was a bad story...We have all seen stories rehashed time and time again, some were good and some were bad, Sword of Shannara was good plus every book that followed after that was pure genious in story telling so he can't be judged by Sword of Shannara alone, I think his whole body of work needs to be judged as a whole and only then can you understand the greatness and his place in fantasy writing history...

In short, I agree with most of this list...Then again you can take away a few and add a few or leave it as it is but it is a good list all the same, you can't satisfy everyone I guess...

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