The time has come.
This is the hardest prompt for the Buccaneer Blogfest …
What are your top five favourite books of all time?
Five? FIVE? How I am supposed to pick five books from six hundred? I could pick by authors and still not get them all in. So here are the novels that started various points of my reading obsession …
1. Dragonflight – This was the the first fantasy/science-fiction novel I’d ever read. This novel started my love for the genre of fantasy (I consider it fantasy though it is sci-fi in origin) and my obsession with Anne McCaffrey’s world of Pern. They’ve got dragons. DRAGONS! Big, fire-breathing, golden-scaled dragons! Need I say more?
2. The Diamond Throne – David Eddings introduced me to the wonderful Sparhawk, a knight with more than a few rough edges. Young teen me was besotted, both by the quest to save the young queen, stop an evil god from taking over the world and the knights on this quest. This led me to the Belgariad series, where they were also trying to stop an evil god. I didn’t care the premise was the same, the stories were completely different.
3. Gryphon’s Eyrie & The Year of the Unicorn – Two novels, both by Andre Norton. I was entranced by her style of writing as well as Kerovan’s plight of being different. It led me to consider The Year of the Unicorn, which gave me Gillan and Herrel to obsess over and fully committed me to the Witch World series.
4. Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit – You didn’t think these wouldn’t get a passing glance, did you? Since I’ve read both numerous times, I cannot recall which one came first. Most likely Lord of the Rings as I read it before the films came out. But they were both equally good.
5. The Sea and Little Fishes (Legends: Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy) – What? A short story in my ocean of series-long works? Well, this was the one that opened me to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. After suffering years of hearing my other half harp on about this and that in various Pratchett works, I finally bowed and read this short piece. I went on to read Strata, then The Colour of Magic. I’ve now officially read more Pratchett novels than him and can fling back what he used to give. ^_^
There you have it. Five points, with seven stories that affected me and my reading tastes. You know the sobering thought? All but one of those authors have passed away …