Andy's Top Five Works of Fantasy

#1

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J. K. Rowling

J. K. Rowling has created a beloved story of friendship, adventure, coming-of-age, good and evil, and above all the triumph of sacrificial love. I'll never read it enough.

#2

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J. R. R. Tolkien

Tolkien's classic casts a shadow over the whole fantasy genre. The Lord of the Rings is full of redemptive themes in the midst of a harrowing quest. I've never felt more happy or more sad at the end of a book than seeing Frodo sail off into the west in the final chapters.

#3

Jim Butcher

Weighing in at 15 books and counting, the Dresden Files tells the story of Harry Dresden, a wizard cum private detective in modern-day Chicago. Butcher enemies pulls from every mythology under the sun and throws them at Harry and, gosh darn it, somehow that Harry Dresden still comes out on top. 

#4

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Robin Hobb

This is epic fantasy at its finest. Hobb has created a world filled with compelling, complex characters who you watch grow as the (also long) series unfolds. My wife and I fell into this 16 book series during our son's first year of life and one of his first words was "Buckkeep." We've never been prouder.

#5

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Stephen King

It is a proper horror novel, but is full of fantasy elements. It tells the story of seven misfit children who join forces to battle a supernatural evil preying on children beneath their town. It is the story of the troll under the bridge as only Stephen King can tell it. If you're wondering how there can be anything redemptive about such a disturbing premise, listen to my lecture on Stephen King, It, and the horror genre in general.