Ranting Dragon’s Favorite… Old Book!

Ah, old books! Don’t you just love the smell of them? And searching through stacks upon stacks of second-hand books to find that one rare gem you had always been looking for? I sure do, and most of the team of Ranting Dragon writers and editors do as well. Thus, it is high time we talk about old books!

Here are our favorite old books, in no particular order:


The Odyssey by Homer
By Ashik
To me, this marks—a mark, not an actual origin—the beginning of storytelling and fantasy. It’s the quintessential adventure tale, full of intrigue, monsters, gods and gorgeous women. Odysseus was the grand hero—brave and clever, bold and proud. He was the adventurer, the tactician, the fighter and the politician.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
By Julia
Yeah, I know it’s three books, but I like to live on the edge! Really though, what is there to say about this series that hasn’t already been said? Its the one that started it all. Thank you, Mr. Tolkien, for making the world a better, more imaginative place.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
By Stephan
This was actually the first fantasy I ever read, even though I didn’t recognize it as fantasy back then. I’ve always been a huge fan of Lewis’ Narnia series. The fact that the film adaption was great only makes the book better. For me, Lewis was a master of fantasy and literature. And he has great morals, too.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
By Michael
It’s very hard to look beyond the book that brought me into the world of fantasy. It’s been a while since I last read it, but I will always love The Hobbit and read it with immense bias and nostalgia; me reviewing it would be pointless. My fingers are crossed for the film adaptation.
The Bacchae by Euripides
By Michelle
Yes, I know that technically it’s a play, but it’s suitably old and suitably awesome. Dionysus is the ultimate party boy-come-badass.
What’s that? You don’t want to worship me? I guess I’ll just take my wine and orgies elsewhere! I’ll also be taking your women. Thanks!
What is it this time? Don’t like me partying with your mum? No problem. I’ll have her rip you to shreds instead!


What’s your favorite old book? Let us know in the comments below, or on the forums!

About Stephan van Velzen

Stephan van Velzen
A 31 year-old Communications student, Stephan loves publicity and design, particularly web design. When he’s not designing websites, he can be found in a comfy chair reading a fantasy book. In The Ranting Dragon, he has found a way to combine these passions and discover a new love for writing to boot. Stephan lives in a small town in The Netherlands with his wife Rebecca, an editor for The Ranting Dragon, and their two cats.

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