Originally Posted by munchausen
I haven't read a lot of fantasy really. Most of what I've tried I blew off pretty quickly. I really liked Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun, American Gods and Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, Perdido Street Station and The Scar by China Mielville, and Titus Groan and Gormenghast by Mervyn Peake. And I read Tolkien when I was a kid of course.
This is a great list. Wolfe, Gaiman and Peake are among my favorite writers.
Peake isn't well known on this side of the pond but was very influential, and Mielville's work has at times reminded me of him. I'm most of the way through "Embassytown". It's not at the level of Perdido Street Station, but it's still interesting. At times it's made me think of Octavia Butler and Ursula LeGuin (as well as Peake), which is about the highest compliment that I can offer a science fiction or fantasy writer.
There's an oddly obtrusive and awkward reference to George Romero's movies, as if CM decided that we needed a hint that he is telling a zombie story.