So in the comments to this post, I received a lot of reading suggestions for good fantasy. They are listed below with updates to follow…
- Steven Erickson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen Series
- China Mieville – “Perdido Street Station” “The Scar” and “Iron Council”
- The entire oeuvre of Diana Wynne Jones. Start with Witch Week, or perhaps Dogsbody.
- Elizabeth Hayden’s trilogy
- Glen Cook’s Black Company
- Dan Simmon’s The Terror and Ilium/Olympos
- Guy Gavriel Kay’s “Fionavar Tapestry” novels
- Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun.
- Stephen R Donaldson’s Mordant’s Need.
- “The Enchanted Forest Chronicles” by Patricia C. Wrede
- Richard K. Morgan’s “The Steel Remains” and his Takeshi Kovacs books
- The Dresden Files books (by Jim Butcher)
- ER Edding’s The Worm Ouroboros books
- the writings of Lord Dunsany
- Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast trilogy
- The Bartimeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
- Kage Baker’s The Anvil of the World
- Sarah Micklem’s book Firethorn
- R. Scott Baker’s ‘The Prince of Nothing’ series
- Garth Nix’s Abhorsen Trilogy
- Patricia McKillip’s Od Magic, The Alphabet of Thorn, and The Beach at Sealy Head, and the Riddle Master trilogy
- Robin McKinley’s Sunshine
- Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens
- Melanie Rawn’s two Sunrunner trilogies
- T.H. White’s “The Once And Future King”
- And of course George R.R. Martin’s books
- Madeleine L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time series
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
- A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (who you should see live and bring your kids!)
Now to read all this via the Kindle you’d have to spend $299.99 on the device, and between $5 and $10 per book. So what’s that? A few hundred more easily. That’s close to a grand. You could, however, opt for the dreaded public service that is a library (I know, I know, socialism!!!) and only spend a paltry amount of local taxes – largely city sales taxes. In fact, you could buy some of these books at a local used bookstore, thus keeping all that money in town and helping to pay some city sales tax to fund your local library.
That sounds like a better deal to me….
Updates to come (and post more recommendations here, too if you like!)
- Stephen King’s Dark Tower books; The Eyes of the Dragon; and The Stand
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
- Neil Gaiman’s Sandman graphic novels
- Apparently, all of Richard Morgan’s books
- Susan Cooper’s Dark is Rising series
- And I would add the Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander
- Also, the Stephen Lawhead Arthurian novels