Top 5 Wednesday: Must Read Sci-fi and Fantasy Series

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We all have series that are dear to our heart, below are some of the ones that introduced me to the scifi and fantasy genres, and forever endeared them to me. Just click on the links to be taken to the Goodreads pages for a better intro to the series than I can ever possibly give!

Top 5 Must Read Sci-fi and Fantasy Series

1. The Xanth Series by Piers Anthony

A Spell for Chameleon
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Piers Anthony

Almost too many books to count, the Xanth series is a book that it seems like no one but serious bookworms know about, and its a bloody shame. The first book (A Spell for Chameleon) was published in 1974, and even in 2015 its an entertaining read. I love this series, and already have several books in the series waiting for when my kid is old enough to enjoy them.

In the world of Xanth, puns come true. I mean that. Literally. A football is a ball of feet that rolls around. Money grows on trees. Centipedes don’t exist, but nicklepedes do! Cottages are made of cheese (but not cottage cheese. More like or swiss or cheddar.) Everyone must have a magic talent, or they get exiled to the dreaded land of Mundania.

The first book (A Spell for Chameleon) was published in 1974, and even in 2015 its an entertaining read. I love this series, and already have several books in the series waiting for when my kid is old enough to enjoy them.

2.  The Ender Series by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game
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Orson Scott Card

A quintet, with the first book (Ender’s Game) published in 1985, The Ender Series is one of the best science fiction series in existence. Very well written, following characters you can’t help but care about, you don’t know what you’re missing out on if you don’t read this series.

3. The Ringworld Series by Larry Niven

Ringworld
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Larry Niven

Another quintet, with the first book being published in 1970 (Ringworld), the Ringworld Series by Larry Niven is a highly entertaining read that will keep you entranced for hours. I mean, it won Nebula, Hugo, AND Locus. Give it a try! Its even available as a graphic novel!

4. Hitchhiker’s Guide series by Douglas Adams

Hitchhiker’s Guide
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Douglas Adams

The first book (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) was published in 1979, and I’m pretty sure people have been giggling since then.  I think if you have anyone slightly geeky in your family that supposedly doesn’t like to read, they just haven’t been introduced to The Hitchhiker’s Guide series.

5. The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett

The Color of Magic
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Terry Pratchett

First published in 1983 (The Color of Magic), The Discworld series contains over 40 books, and is almost universally well-loved. I, personally, was spoiled by Ringworld before I read Discworld, so I prefer Niven’s universe, but I cannot deny the allure this series has to the masses, and while I may not get through every book, I intend on working my way through at least the first 5 books.

….So, are there any you feel are missing? What are they?

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2 Responses to Top 5 Wednesday: Must Read Sci-fi and Fantasy Series

  1. tag422 says:

    Not read the first three (though I probably should have !), but have a special place in my heart for Hitchhikers, a friend and I can quote whole chapters of dialogue to one another ! The magic of Pratchett is truly worth reading, there’s such a broad scope with the differing strands of storyline and character. Death, ironically, is hilarious ! I’d have the Martian Chronicles in my top 5, and probably the Asimov Robot series, but I’ll definitely add your top 3 to my queue !

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