Sunday, May 17

Well, fuck me like a virgin goat.

There's a site apparently devoted to ranking SF and fantasy novels, where some insightful soul of impeccable taste stuck Heroes Die on their list of Top 25 Fantasy Novels of All Time.

I don't know who compiled that list, but may the gods shower blessing upon them and their house unto the seventh generation.

19 comments:

WarlordGrego said...

Awesome!
Seriously, congrats.

Hopefully people actually read the site.

Archseraphim said...

You beat Stephen King... I mean, in a way, you already had, but multiple congratulations. Here's to there being dividends.

Ben said...

Haha, glad you found yourself on my list.

You're a great author -- it's too bad that you may be writing under a new name soon :(

Best of Luck and here's to hoping for some more "Caine" love in the future!

Ben,
www.bestfantasybooks.com

noaxark said...

That's the list that got me to read Heroes Die. I was googling specifically for fantasy with some goddamned action and that site's description of Heroes Die made the book seem to dwarf all others in that regard. I wasn't disappointed.

Charlesmaverick said...

Hello, Mr. Matthew Stover. I'm a Chinese Fan of yours, so glad to read your art of work Star War: Revenge of The Sith fiction. And I've translated it into Chinese with the efford of 4 months. I guess this work would be welcomed among the Chinese young generation. So maybe we can talk about the publish of the translated version of it, and I thought that it would also be a pleasant thing for more the Chinese readers. My Mail is charlesmaverick@hotmail.com. I'm looking forward to your reply, Sir.

Alex said...

That's great, sir. Glad to see someone with a decent list finally.

Enchante said...

Ben has a pretty good mind when it comes to fantasy books. A great write up for your book and definitely has got me enticed!

Congrats

Eric said...

Ranking Pullman above Stover will never make sense to me, but so it goes. Sir, you single-handedly changed the way I thought about writing - I won't inflate your ego more than you need, ahaha, but you are one of the finest writers I know, living or dead. Never stop telling stories; you were born to.

Chris said...

Great news. Anyone who comes to you from Farseer will be a bit surprised, though!

(I like both, but geez - similar?)

macgyvershe said...

I just completed "Traitor" your STAR WARS novel. I don't usually read the ST novels as I don't find them engaging enough. This book gets 15 out of 10 possible stars. I was unable to put it down. Teaching on an existential level within a very powerful story...I take my hat off to you Sir. I'm looking for more of your books as we speak. Write ON! Star

Jared said...

It was on my "books to read" list anyway, but your opening line to this post bumped it up to be the next thing I read after I finish The First Law.

Curt Long said...

Not surprising one bit ! Heroes Die is should be on everyone's top 25 list... Congrats

gamecreator said...

So, between our list and Ben's list, what have you been reading?

Libbet said...

Congrats! I'm not surprised.

I just finished Shadows of Mindor and loved it. After Chewie's death and Mara Jade, I had almost given up on EU. Thanks for bringing it back! And I think I speak for all the Han and Leia fans when I say thanks for giving them a plot and a relationship!

Bret said...

My only confusion about this list is that in #2's description, it talks about how #2 is "A refreshing change from the Robert Jordan-esque fantasy clones that pop up like weeds these days.", but then Robert Jordan is listed as #7.

Also, I finished Mindor recently, and as usual, I liked pretty much everything about it. But particularly, I liked how the whole thing was sprinkled with an ounce of doubt as to if any of it was really true by the final chapter. It gave a wonderful sense like the heroes we know aren't the people they really are... but that it's more important that they be known as heroes than be known as people.

I hope even if you can't keep publishing your own original IP under your name, you can keep writing Star Wars books as Matthew Stover.

Salt-Man Z said...

I think as long as LFL keeps paying Matt to write Star Wars books, he'll do it. At least, I certainly hope so. I just finished reading Revenge of the Sith for the first time last night, and I've got to say it's the best Star Wars novel ever written, hands down. Yeah, the story is George's, but it was written so stylishly. Amazing work, Matt. Now I need to read the Barra books (I've had the omnibus sitting on my shelf for like a year and a half) and I'll have read everything you've published.

tgibbs said...

Bought some books off the list (of the few that I hadn't already read), on the theory that anybody who recognizes the quality of "Heroes Die" must have pretty good taste.

Although he missed PC Hodgell's "Godstalk" which tops my list of "brilliant fantasy novels almost nobody knows about" next to "Heroes Die" and "Jericho Moon"

Anja said...

Kind of funny - I don't like most of the series on that list, but I really like your books.
I read Caine Black Knife first after seeing it on Scalzi's Big Idea feature, then Heroes Die and now I've ordered Blade of Thyshalle :)

Anonymous said...

Your books are better than half of today's so called action movies. I would be forever grateful for an email with the new name to look for. Your writing is likened to damn good drink....something to look forward to and hard to put down. Thanks

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