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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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!