So I've got a dead link over at fantasticfictions supposedly leading to a "top ten best" list of fantasy novels for the discerning reader. I think I could probably come up with a list of ten greats, but I fear I'd be missing some really good ones without testing and cross-referencing a bit with some other interested folks. Besides, I want to hear other people's opinions of stuff I need to read next...
So for all of you out there that read this stuff, here's what I need from you. In the comments, put a prioritized list of ten novels (and novels in a series count only as one; sorry, no listing all of Jordan's or Rowling's latest) in there. "Best" is a subjective term, I realize; I'm asking for your list in terms of ones you liked, that you think are "good", and that you think are "artistically worthy", whatever that means.
And as far as what falls into the fantasy category, let's stretch that to its limits. Herbert's Dune counts, Asimov's Foundation doesn't. If it depends on science or technology for its core story, it doesn't count; otherwise, futuristic "fantasy" counts. Star Wars would count if it were a novel, but it ain't. And just because Timothy Zahn wrote a bunch of Star Wars novels still don't qualify. Movie rippoffs, gaming world ripoffs, comic book conversions don't count. Real, honest-to-goodness novels. Fantasy, fantastic, fairy-tale, science-fantasy, space opera, whatever. Just remember to prioritize as best as you can.
And lastly, try to give me your complete list before you read other people's comments. Cross-pollination won't help my cause of widening my net to make sure I didn't miss any real beauties out there.
Thanks for your help!