Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list related to books and reading. This time the topic is Top Ten “Older” books you don’t want people to forget about – everything from real oldies to books that aren’t really old, just… not new anymore.
1. Elizabeth Moon: The Deed of Paksenarrion. This series is kind of cheating, since she, after a very, very long break, now has started to write another series that kind of continues where Deed of Paksenarrion left off. It’s one of the first fantasy series that I read, and it’s still one of my favourites.
2. Katharine Kerr: Deverry. This is an either-you-like-it-or-you-really-don’t type of series. The plot takes place in several different temporal levels, but for me it definitely worked. Back when I discovered fantasy, a Norwegian publishing house had a few years where they translated the big series into Norwegian. Over time it wasn’t as profitable as they wished, so they quit, but this was one of the series that made the cut.
3. David Eddings: The Belgariad. OK, it’s full of cliches. But the characters are compelling, and cliches weren’t really cliches when the books were written. It was perhaps one of the series that started the “innocent farm boy is really king/sorcerer/the saviour of the world” trope, but it’s also a wonderful comfort read and highly entertaining.
4. Peter V. Brett: The Painted Man. It’s a while since book 2 came out, and there’s no release date as of yet for book 3, but this book can’t really be mentioned too many times. It’s awesome. It’s original, well-written and proves that a medieval fantasy setting can be done in a fresh and completely new way.
5. Sergei Lukyanenko: Night Watch. Some years ago, when the Russian movie came out, this series was quite popular, I think – but now the attention seems to have died down. These books should not be forgotten. They are dark and gloomy but very, very good.
6. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett: Good Omens. I think I’ve said it for every book on this list, but it’s awesome, hilarious and, well, very, very entertaining.
I couldn’t come up with more than 6. There are probably more, but those that I most of all don’t want people to forget aren’t really in any danger of being forgotten at all, so there’s no point in mentioning them.
What’s your list?