Fantasy Finder's Top 5

It's always hard to make a list of the very best books/series, for many different reasons, but anyway, here is my try (as for January 1999):

1. J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings
2. Sean Stewart: Nobody's Son
3. Robin Hobb: The Farseer Saga
4. George R. R. Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire
5. Tad Williams: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn

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Fantasy Finder's Democratic Top List

1. J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings 1056
2. Robert Jordan: The Wheel of Time 834
3. Raymond E. Feist: The Riftwar Saga 406
4. Tad Williams: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn 290
5. David Eddings: The Belgariad 261
6. Terry Goodkind: The Sword of Truth 248
7. Robin Hobb: The Farseer Saga 201
8. Stephen Donaldson: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant 167
9. George R.R. Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire 163
10. Terry Brooks: Shannara series 125
11. Dragonlance: Chronicles 111
12. Roger Zelazny: Amber series 96
13. Anne McCaffrey: Pern series
14. Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman: The Death Gate Cycle

Janny Wurts & Raymond E. Feist: Empire series

16. Guy Gavriel Kay: The Fionavar Tapestry
17. J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit 79
18. Katherine Kerr: Deverry series 77
19. Terry Pratchett: Discworld series 76
20. Guy Gavriel Kay: Tigana 75
21. C.S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia 71
22. Ursula K. LeGuin: The Earthsea Trilogy 68
23. Melanie Rawn: Dragon Prince/Dragon Star
24. David Eddings: The Malloreon
25. J.V. Jones: The Book of Words
26. R.A. Salvatore: The Dark Elf Trilogy
C.S. Friedman: The Coldfire Trilogy
28. David Eddings: The Elenium 42
29. Raymond E. Feist: The Serpentwar Saga
Stephen Donaldson: Mordant's Need
31. Jack Vance: Lyonesse series
Andrzej Sapkowski: Saga o Wiedzminie ("The Witcher Saga")
Mercedes Lackey: Last Herald-Mage Trilogy
34. Elizabeth Moon: The Deed of Paksenarrion
35. L.E. Modesitt, Jr: The Recluce series
Katherine Kurtz: Deryni series
37. Stephen Lawhead: The Pendragon Cycle
Stephen Lawhead: The Song of Albion
39. R.A. Salvatore: Icewind Dale Saga 33
40. David Gemmell: The Drenai Saga 32
41. Stephen King: The Dark Tower Series
Gene Wolfe: The Book of the New Sun
43. Michael Moorcock: The Elric Saga 29
44. Glen Cook: The Black Company 26
45. J.R.R. Tolkien: The Silmarillion
Mervyn Peake: The Gormenghast Novels
Fritz Leiber: Lankhmar series
48. Patricia McKillip: Hed series
Marion Zimmer Bradley: The Mists of Avalon
50. John Crowley: Little, Big
51. Dragonlance: Legends
Janny Wurts: The Wars of Light and Shadow
Robert E. Howard: The Conan series
54. Piers Anthony: Xanth series
Piers Anthony: Incarnations of Immortality
56. Sean Stewart: Nobody's Son
Dan Simmons: Hyperion
Dennis McKiernan: Iron Tower Trilogy
Orson Scott Card: The Tales of Alvin Maker
60. Steven Brust: The Vlad Taltos series
Guy Gavriel Kay: The Lions of Al'Rassan
Robin Hobb: The Liveship Traders
Karl Edward Wagner: Kane series
64. Robin McKinley: The Damar Novels
David Eddings: Polgara the Sorceress
Guy Gavriel Kay: A Song for Arbonne
T.H. White: The Once and Future King
68. Maggie Furey: Aurian Saga
Nick Perumov: The Ring of Darkness
70. E.R.R. Eddison: The Worm Oroborus
Mary Stewart: The Merlin Trilogy

Jack Vance: Dying Earth-series
73. David Eddings: The Tamuli
Simon R. Green: Blood and Honor
Roger Taylor: The Chronicles of Hawklan
Anne Rice: Vampire Chronicles
Margit Sandemo: The Ice Folk Saga
Lloyd Alexander: The Chronicles of Prydain
79. Mercedes Lackey: Valdemar series
Mark Helprin: Winter's Tale
Brian Jacques: Redwall
Julian May: Saga of the Exiles
Roger Zelazny: Lord of Light
J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter series
85. Richard Adams: Watership Down
Kristine Kathryn Rusch: The Fey

87. Robert Silverberg: The Majipoor Trilogy
Judith Tarr: The Hound and the Falcon
T.A. Barron: The Lost Years of Merlin
Anne Bishop: The Dark Jewels
C.S. Lewis: Till We Have Faces
Michael Scott Rohan: The Winter of the World
Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita
Robert Holdstock: Mythago Wood
Michael Moorcock: The Chronicles of Corum
96. Patricia McKillip: The Book of Atrix Wolfe
Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman: Darksword Trilogy
Barry Hughart: The Bridge of Birds (trilogy)
99. Simon R. Green: Blue Moon Rising
Harry Harrison: Hammer and the Cross Trilogy
R. A. Salvatore: Drizzt series
Tamora Pierce: The Song of the Lioness Series
Mercedes Lackey: Storm Warning
David Eddings: Belgarath the Sorcerer
David Farland: The Runelords
Eve Forward: Villains of Necessity
Philip Pullman: His Dark Materials
David Duncan: A Man of His Word
109. Mickey Zucker Reichert: The Last of the Renshai
Gayle Greeno: The Ghatti's Tale
Poul and Karen Anderson: The King of Ys Saga
Eric van Lustbader: Ninja
Hope Mireless: Lud-in-the-Mist
Mary Gentle: Rats and Gargoyles
Michael Swanwick: Iron Dragon's Daughter
Tamora Pierce: The Immortals Series
Diana Wynne Jones: The Dalemark Quartet
Elizabeth Chadwick: The Wild Hunt
Terry Brooks: Landover series
Hans Benmann: Stone and Flute
Kate Eliott: Crown of Stars
David Lindsay: A Voyage to Arcturus
Sara Douglas: Wayfarer Redemption
Lord Dunsany: The Charwoman's Shadow
James MacPherson: The Poems of Ossian
Geraldine Harris: The Seven Citadels
Tamora Pierce: Power in the Storm
Jennifer Roberson: The Chronicles of the Cheysuli
Patricia Keneally-Morrison: Copper Crown/Throne of Scone
Guy Gavriel Kay: The Sarantine Mosaic
The Mabinogion
Theodore Sturgeon: More than Human
Connie Willis: Doomsday Book
Sara Douglass: The Axis Trilogy
Paula Volsky: The Wolf of Winter
136. Barbara Hambly: Dragonsbane
Neil Gaiman: The Sandman
C.J. Cherryh: The Chronicles of Morgaine
Dave Duncan: Handful of Men Tetralogy
Raymond E. Feist: Prince of the Blood
David Gemmell: Morningstar
Fred Saberhagen: The Books of Swords
Christopher Stasheff: A Wizard of Rhyme
Joy Chant: Red Moon and Black Mountain
Lynn Flewelling: Nightrunner series
Charles De Lint: The Little Country
Paticia C. Wrede: Lyra books
R.A. Salvatore: Legacy series
Pamela Dean: Tam Lin
George MacDonald: Lilith
Jonathan Wylie: Servants of Ark
David Gemmell: Stones of Power
Harry Turtledove: Chronicles of the Lost Legion
Talbot Mundy: Tros of Samothrake series
Sheri S. Tepper: The True Game series
Mercedes Lackey: Vows and Honor
Nick Perumov: The Birth of the Wizard
Madeleine l'Engle: A Wrinkle in Time
Kate Jacoby: Elita series
George MacDonald: Phantastes
Andre Norton: Witch World Series
Nick Perumov: The Chronicles of Hiervard
Diana Wynne Jones: The Chrestomanci Novels
H. P. Lovecraft: The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
Terry Brooks: The Magic Kingdom
Alan Garner: The Moon of Gomrath
Elizabeth Haydon: The Rhapsody Trilogy
Sadegh Hedeyat: The Blind Owl
Michael Scott Rohan: The Spiral
Jack Vance: The Eyes of the Overworld
Susan Cooper: 'The Dark is Rising' series
Tove Jansson: Moomintroll series
173. Melanie Rawn: Exiles
J. Gregory Keyes: Chosen of the Changeling
Hohlbein: The Enwor Saga
After the King: Stories in Honor of J.R.R. Tolkien
William Hope Hodgson: The Boats of the Glen Carrig
Jerry Pournelle: King David's Spaceship
Diana Paxson: Westria
Charles De Lint: Memory and Dream
Mercedes Lackey et al: Tiger Burning Bright
Thorne Smith: Topper
Anne McCaffrey: Talent series
Ernest Bramah: Kai Lung series
Terry Brooks: Running with the Demon
Tim Powers: Last Call
G.L. Oldi: The Sword Way
Roger Zelazny: Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming!
John Crowley: Engine Summer
David Gemmell: The Jon Shannow novels
Nancy Kress: Beggars in Spain
Dave Sim: Cerebus
E.T.A. Hoffman: The Golden Pot
David Wingrove: The Middle Kingdom
Tony Shillitoe: Joy Ride
O.L. Horwood: The Duncton Trilogy
Morgan Llywelyn: The Druids
Harry Harrison: Death World
Maurice Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are
Anne McCaffrey: Crystal Singer series
Philip Jose Farmer: Riverworld
Robert Asprin: Myth series
Steven Brust: To Reign in Hell
Mike Jefferies: Loremasters of Elundium
Michael Shea: Nifft the Lean
Joel Rosenberg: Guardians of the Flame Series
Peter J. Taylor: Darkness and Light
Jack Yeovil et al: Red Thirst
209. Raymond E. Feist: The King's Buccaneer
Sasha Miller: Ladylord
Dave Duncan: Seventh Sword Trilogy
Caroline Severance: The Island Warrior Trilogy
Lawrence Watt-Evans: The Misenchanted Sword
William Morris: The Sundering Flood
Louise Cooper: Indigo
John Varley: Titan, Wizard, Demon
C. L. Moore: Jirel of Joirey
Craig Shaw Gardner: The Dragon Circle
Mercedes Lackey: Free Bards Trilogy
Stephen R. Donaldson: Daughter of Regals and Other Stories
Jane Yolen: Briar Rose
Gail Carson Levine: Ella Enchanted
Marion Zimmer Bradley: The Forest House
Shirley Murphy: The Catwold Portal
Rand & Robyn Miller: Myst trilogy
John Myer Myers: Silverlock
Patricia McKillip: Winter Rose
Michael Moorcock: Dancers at the End of Time
Morgan Llewellyn: Lion of Ireland
Charles De Lint: The Tamlin House trilogy
Gerard de Nerval: Aurelia
Margaret Weis: Star of the Guardians
Michael Ende: The Neverending Story
David North: Time Warriors
Lisanne Norman: The Sholan Alliance Chronicles
Nick Perumov: W&D Wizard
Glen Cook: Garrett, P.I.
Patricia Wrede: The Enchanted Forest
David Gemmell: Knights of Dark Renown
Graham Greene: Under the Garden
Terry Windling: The Wood Wife
Bridget Wood: Wolfking
Mary Brown: The Unlikely Ones
244. Christopher Stasheff: Warlock Inspight of Himself
Allen Varney: Cast of Fate
Bertil Mårtensson: Maktens Vägar ("The Roads of Power")
Jack Chalker: The Four Lords of the Diamond
Lawrence Watt-Evans: With a Single Spell
David Brin: The Practice Effect
Evangeline Walton: The Mabinogi
Poul Anderson: Three Hearts and Three Lions
Piers Anthony & Robert E. Margroff: Gold Dragon (trilogy)
Lorrah & Lichtenberg: Sime/Gen
Edgar Rice Burroughs: Tarzan series
Sharon Shinn: Archangel
Clive Barker: Weaveworld
Elfquest comic books
James Blaylock: The Last Coin
Orson Scott Card: Hart's Hope
Janny Wurts: Cycle of Fire
Anne McCaffrey: Ship series
Mercedes Lackey: Elvenbane
R.A. Salvatore: The Cleric Quintet
Fred Saberhagen: Berserker Wars
Dennis L. McKiernan: The Eye of the Hunter
Susan Fletcher: Dragon's Milk (trilogy)
Fritz Leiber: Conjure Wife
Gabriel Garcia Marquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gene Wolfe: Soldier in the Mist
Patricia McKillip: The Changeling
Patrick Suskind: Perfume
Gordon R. Dickson: The Dragon Knight
Paul O. Williams: The Pelbar Cycle
William Hope Hodgson: The House on the Borderland
Morgan Llywellyn: Bard
Finder's Stone Trilogy
Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman: Rose of the Prophet
David Gemmell: Druss the Legend
C.J. Cherryh: Cyteen
William Morris: The Wood Beyond the World
A. A. Attanasio: The Dragon and the Unicorn
Steven Brust: The Phoenix Guards
Stephen Lawhead: Avalon
Moi: Summer in the Storm
Roger Zelazny: Creatures of Light and Darkness
Glen Cook: Tower of Fear
Dragonlance: Dwarven Nation Trilogy
Nancy Farmer: The Ear, the Eye and the Arm
Tanya Huff: Summon the Keeper
Barry Hughart: The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox
J. V. Jones: The Sword of Shadows
Mercedes Lackey & Larry Dixon: Born to Run
Melanie Rawn et al: The Golden Key
Lord Dunsany: The King of Elfland's Daughter
Ed Greenwood: Spellfire
No. 1 gets 5 points, No. 5 1 point. A list of the contributors so far can be found here. Last updated July 31, 2001.

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