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NEW: Viking Books and Series
I have a new section on the website that is all about viking books both historical viking and norse fantasy.

NEW HBO Series: A Game of Thrones
HBO is producing a series based on the George RR Martin A Song of Ice and fire series of books. To be released early next spring and starring Lena Headey and Sean Bean.

The Massive list of Fantasy Series
Looking for a series to read? Here is the biggest list of fantasy series on the web.

Award Winning Children's fantasy books
Awards are a sure fire way to find the best books in Childrens Fantasy.

The Heroes of Fantasy
Learn about some of the top heroes in fantasy also find one by theme such as assassin, wizard, anti-hero or orphan turned hero.

The Top 50 Science Fiction and Fantasy books of the Century
As judged by the Science Fiction Book Club. Nice explanation and list of the books. Good Guide for the best reading in SF&F.

The Top Selling Fantasy books at Amazon.com
Take clues from what others in the fantas community are reading and buying

Fantasy For Tough Guys!

It almost seems to be a contradition to have the word "Fantasy" in the same sentence as "Tough Guys". Maybe because tough guys don't read fantasy right? They play football right? Maybe I should rename this article "Fantasy with tough guys"? hmmm.... no, that doesn't work either. Makes me think about websites with lots of pop ups! lol

Ok, maybe I can't find a good title for this article but I think you know what I mean here. This is a guide to some great fantasy books that have big and tough main characters! You know the type. The type that grabs a sword and hacks his way through throngs of orcs, ogres, goblins and what not in order to rescue the woman! Oh yes!

This is the kind of guy who doesn't say "Let's sit down and discuss this". This is the kind of guy who says "We will discuss this with the ringing of steel". Now that's what I am talking about. So enjoy this list and article and if you have any books/series you think should go here then send me an email! I will answer. Now that football season is over I am spending a lot more time at the computer :). But not on websites with popups!

 

The Early Heroes

This guide is mostly about the modern day epic heroes, and there are lots of them but we really can't take a look at this subject without paying homage to some of the greats from the past.

Gilgamesh A Rare and priceless story - The Story of Gilgamesh is about 4, 000 years old (at least) and most of it comes to us through a series of cunieform tablets that are 3,000 years old. And of course the story of Gilgamesh is one a monster slaying king, an epic hero that is 2/3 god and 1/3 human. The fact that the story has survived this long is testament to its place as a rare gem and gift. So, by this guide Gilgamesh was the first epic hero tough guy. Gilgamesh: A New English Version

 

 

Beowulf (Signet Classics)

I generally recommend beowulf but it being a poem it can be a bit of a challenge. Nonetheless he was quite the tough guy :)

Beowulf is the earliest extant poem in a modern European language- reflecting a feudal, newly Christian world of heroes and monsters, blood and victory, life and death. Its beauty, power, and artistry have kept it alive for more than thirteen centuries.

 

Now we absolutely have to take a look at the Classical Greek heroes. Maybe you didn't know about Gilgamesh (and that's ok, sword wielding leaves little time for reading) but you sure have heard of the greek heroes like Persues, Odysseus, and Hercules!

Perseus

Perseus: You probably know his story because of the Clash of the Titans Movies - How do you slay a monster that is unslayable? Well, first you have to slay a monster whos very gaze turns you to stone! Great story, epic hero!

Perseus

 

Odysseus: It is the Odyssey, Homer's epic quest of a man trying to return home. And the hero is Odysseus. Odysseus (Heroes)

 

 

 

Hercules (Heroes)

Well, who hasn't heard of Hercules?

 

 

 

 

 


Now let's move on to some of the most important and famous Epic Fantasy Tough Guy heroes and characters. And of course we have to start this list out with none other than Conan!

There is a lot of Conan stuff out there in a lot of different forms and the creator Robert E. Howard did a lot of his writing in short story form which means there are also a lot of compilations. And, there are approved writers who have finished some of the unfinished tales and even written totally new tales about Conan. So the big issue with reading some of it is where do you start?

Here is my recommendation: It is written by Robert E. Howard and it is great! Plus you get the bonus of a second book to continue on the adventure. And the second book stays very true to Howard in that it is a compilation of three of his stories.

The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian: The Original Adventures of the Greatest Sword and Sorcery Hero of All Time!

The Bloody Crown of Conan (Conan of Cimmeria, Book 2)

The people of the Black Circle - The Hour of the Dragon - A Witch Shall be Born

 

David Gemmell

He wrote some great tough guy epic fantasy novels and series. His most famous of which is probably his very first one (Legend). His writing is a great modern version of Robert E. Howard.

Legend (Drenai Tales, Book 1)

Druss, Captain of the Axe, was the stuff of legends. But even as the stories grew in the telling, Druss himself grew older. He turned his back on his own legend and retreated to a mountain lair to await his old enemy, death. Meanwhile, barbarian hordes were on the march. Nothing could stand in their way. Druss reluctantly agreed to come out of retirement. But could even Druss live up to his own legends?

Sword in the Storm (The Rigante Series, Book 1)

Fierce and proud, the Rigante dwell deep in the green mountain lands, worshiping the gods of air and water, and the spirits of the earth. Among them lives a warrior who bears the mark of fate. Born of the storm that slew his father, he is Connavar, and tales of his courage spread like wildfire.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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