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  •  "I don't really think Tolkien has much of anything (7+ / 0-)

    in common with all the mega-fantasy series that came after him"

    Most of the authors in the poll wrote very different series. What I think Tolkien does have in common with them is the world-building. Each author had a rich imagination, and created an extensive and varied land on which to paint all the aspects of fantasy and realism that intrigued them most.

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    by Brecht on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 11:16:42 PM PDT

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    •  It was less the idea that they share a lot with (3+ / 0-)
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      Tolkien as the huge influence that LOTR has had on fantasy publishing.  It seems almost impossible for an author to publish a fantasy novel unless it is part of a series based on some elaborate imagined world.

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      by matching mole on Sat Apr 05, 2014 at 06:06:19 AM PDT

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    •  I'd have to say there are great world-builders (2+ / 0-)
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      still working.

      David Weber's one.
      Eric Flint's another.

      I voted for McCaffrey.

      But where's the love for Lois Mcmaster Bujold, either for the Vorkosigan adventures or The Sharing Knife chronicles?

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      by BlackSheep1 on Sat Apr 05, 2014 at 09:41:45 PM PDT

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      •  There's more Fantasy and SF than I've kept up with (1+ / 0-)
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        so by the time I got to my poll, I was relying partly on lists and articles to get a sense of books I didn't know.

        I read one Lois Mcmaster Bujold and was disappointed, partly because it'd been overhyped to me, and also I didn't realize it was the second in a series. I'll try her again, but haven't yet.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 03:44:34 AM PDT

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