Since part of what goes on at this website is discussions of Fantasy (and my attempts to write it), I figured it wouldn’t be too presumptuous of me to present a recommended reading list covering my favorite Fantasy novels and stories. (This list originally appeared, in a slightly different form, in the Bibliography of my book Fantasy Hero, available from Hero Games.) The list itself is too long to post here, so I’ve made it a PDF you can download. I’ll update and repost the list as I discover new books that I think are worth recommending.
This list isn’t an attempt to cover the entire Fantasy genre — there are entire books devoted to that, and none of them succeed, for obvious reasons. It’s simply a list of books I recommend, to show the influences over my approach to the genre and, hopefully, to introduce other lovers of Fantasy to some works they haven’t had the pleasure of encountering yet. There are a lot of very successful Fantasy novels and series that aren’t listed here because I just plain don’t like ’em (art, subjective, etc.). As always, if you have a question or comment, this sort of discussion is great for the Message Boards here on the site!
I often describe the stories in this list here as belonging to some category (such as “Epic Fantasy” or “Swords And Sorcery”). For information on how I define these categories, please refer to my essay Defining Fantasy, available in the Articles section of this website.