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Tag: fantasy

What I’m Reading: The Way of Kings

My brother sent me Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings a couple years ago with his highest recommendations, but I’ve been put off until now by the sheer length of the book. It’s a bit more than a thousand pages, and I just don’t… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: The Way of Kings”

Top Five Songs to Inspire Fantasy Writers

In an earlier post, I suggested Five Songs to Inspire Writers, but as a fantasy writer, you might need something a bit different. That’s why I’ve assembled here the top five songs to inspire scenes of mist-shrouded landscapes, noble quests, and mind-bending magic. Read… Continue Reading “Top Five Songs to Inspire Fantasy Writers”

What I’m Reading: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I haven’t read Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream since I was a freshman in college, and when my father recently told me he was re-reading it, I decided to follow suit. It’s a short play, but packs a lot of plot and characters into… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

What I’m Reading: Perdido Street Station

Perdido Street Station is a book by China Mieville sent to me last Christmas by my brother, who’s getting his Master’s in English literature and recommended this highly. (I have previously, and quite positively, covered a comic series China Mieville wrote, here.) It’s a… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Perdido Street Station”

What I’m Reading: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

My wife read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children when it came out in 2011 and thought I’d like it. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten to it on my reading stack until now. Apparently it was released as a movie a couple months ago; I’m… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”

What I’m Reading: Sabriel

Sabriel by Garth Nix is a YA fantasy novel with epic sweep, an intriguing setting, and great characters. Nevertheless, I found it a bit disappointing–but that’s based almost solely on my own expectations. Garth Nix is one of my wife’s favorite authors, and I… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: Sabriel”

What I’m Reading: The Courts of Chaos

The Courts of Chaos is the fifth book in Roger Zelazny’s Amber series of fantasy novels (see here, here and here for write-ups on previous novels in the series). I’ve previously described these as grown-up fantasy without the usual cliches, and that continues to hold true for this volume.

What I’m Reading: The Hand of Oberon

I recently finished The Hand of Oberon by Roger Zelazny, the fourth in the series of Amber novels (see here and here for write-ups on previous novels in the series). Last month I also read the third book in the series, Sign of the Unicorn,… Continue Reading “What I’m Reading: The Hand of Oberon”