Fantasy Reading(I link to Amazon for user reviews and reference - I make no commission.)
If you've already read The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, and you enjoyed the books in spite of tracking the lengthy lineages, then there's more out there.
Elric of Melnibone SeriesDonnan turned me on to:
And if you like Elric, fortunately he's part of an extensive series of Moorcock's "Eternal Champions." Go ahead and enjoy Corum, Hawkmoon, Count Brass.
Dragons of Autumn Twilight (First in the DragonLance Series)Working at Software Etc. put me in the basement of a B.Dalton booksellers. One of my coworkers, can't remember his name, he set me on the path of fantasy literature. These were the book series I read:
by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
From the DragonLance series, which seems cheap if you look at the dozens of books that have been milked from an only semi-substantial mythology. Still the first three to six books are nicely epic. Especially when you're in fifth grade.
I'm going to recommend a few different books - the first of some fantasy series. So if you like the first book, you can get the others.
Pawn of Prophecy (The Belgariad, Book 1)Later I would meet many blokes of like mind who had enjoyed this series:
by David Eddings
Archetypical boilerplate fantasy. Fun magic.
Artfully wraught Catholic-inflected fantasy. In a world with a fear of magic, and where incestual family politics rule, there are some memorable characters.
The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1)
by Robert Jordan
Thick fantasy from a military mind. It comes to sprawl nine thick volumes, with no-signs of letting up. See if you can track all the treads through the books - some say Jordan can't.