|Gigantic flow chart is gigantic|
NPR solicited feedback on the top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy novels. The full list is here:
And these people decided that it would be easier if it was a gigantic flow chart:
I think LOTR is overrated, never more so than when it appears at the top of this list. While middle earth is wonderfully imagined and the story well told, the characters are flat and one-dimensional. That's fine when you're in fifth grade but as an adult one (hopefully) prefers something more sophisticated. (A lot of people like Twilight, but that doesn't mean it's good. I don't mean that LOTR is awful like Twilight is; I mean that popularity does not necessarily equal quality.) Also, just because it's the first great fantasy series doesn't mean it's the best; I thought The Once and Future King was better. And easier to finish.
The number 2 and 3 books on the list are two of my all-time favorites.
Anyway, check out the list for and/or flow chart for some reading suggestions.