Top Fives: Part 1 (libri)

I thought about doing a list of top 10 books but decided against it. In its place I’m going to try for a list of top fives from a number of different media. At the very list you’ll get a list of my top five books (today) and top five albums. I may decide to do movies, comics, and video games later, we’ll see.

5. Reaper’s Gale by: Steven Erikson
In terms of sheer consistent awesome few authors can even touch Erikson. Interesting characters, action, violence, and magic on an epic scale. Probably my third favorite in the series (after Deadhouse Gates and The Bonehunters) Reaper’s Gale is a worthy addition to the Malazan Book of the Fallen series.

4. The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
Old school pulp action in the truest sense. A great action fantasy yarn with interesting characters. Robert E. Howard meets Robert Jordan. Britain always gets the best first.

3. Acacia: the War With the Meain by David Anthony Durham
A dark fantasy in a realistic setting by author known for his historical fiction. Low magic, evocative descriptions, fascinating family dynamics and a dash of mystery add up to make an interesting, exciting first fantasy.

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Classic end to a classic series. An obvious pick I know but a worthy read for child in all of us.

1. Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfus
BEST. FANTASY. IN. YEARS. Seriously, one is hard pressed to find a veteran author with a book this good let alone a debut novel. Must read fantasy of the year.

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