Saturday, September 5, 2009


The theme for this month is Fantasy. Fantasy is a huge genre at the moment. It is the ultimate escape genre, where you can immerse yourself in other worlds and magic. With Twilight-mania still thriving, the vampire novel is more popular than ever, and there are plenty of them. Magical realism is an amazing sub genre that often gets overlooked. Popular amongst Latin American authors, it blends magical elements into the real world of the novel. So this month, escape into a world of fantasy, and let us know what happens when you do!

Reading suggestions:

Staff suggest:
* Annette and Rina recommend Twilight by Stephanie Meyer- Rina says it's a fantasy with a twist!
* Sarah recommends the Night Watch trilogy by Serge Lukyanenko
* Paloma recommends the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K Hamilton and the Sookie Stackhouse Vampire Mystery series (True Blood) by Charlaine Harris

Fantasy authors:
* Iain Banks
* Terry Brooks
* Philip K. Dick
* David Eddings
* Raymond E. Feist
* David Gemmel
* Robin Hobb
* Terry Pratchett
* Marion Zimmer-Bradley

Magic Realism:
* The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
* Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquival
* 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
* Life of Pi by Yann Martel
* The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
* The Passion by Jeanette Winterson

Fairy Tales and Magic:
* Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
* The Princess Bride by William Goldman
* Wicked, A Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

Youth Fiction:
* Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
* Eragon series by Christopher Paolini
* His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
* Harry Potter series by J K Rowling


Starfire said...

I love fantasy! It's one of my favourite genres. I'm a huge Twilight fan too. One of my favourite books is Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It's funny and different and thoroughly enjoyable. It's about the coming of Armageddon between the angels and demons with a love story twist. It's hilarious as a Pratchett book is and weird like a Gaiman book. It's great!!
Another great writer is Raymond E. Feist. Magician is fantastic and the Daughter of the Empire series is brilliant. We should all get a little magic into our lives.

Pixie2 said...

Fantasy is my favourite genre as well. Life's real enough..why not live in a different universe if you can? I have recently been reading all the vampire fiction and think the twilight books are great and the vampire academy books as well. The p.c cast books (House of Night) are wonderful as well but I wouldn't recommend these to anyone under 16/17...bit racy!

Another series which I adore is the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra good!! For pure fantasy...less demons and vampires... Fiona McIntosh's book are very enjoyable and hard to put down. The Eragon books are great as well. Please don't let the dreadful movie put you off...the books are so much more multi faceted.

For the person who wants a quick simple read and likes their fantasy mixed in with some romance why not try Nora Roberts. Her series usually come in three parts (be careful that they are read in order) and are addictive.

My favourite series for quite a few years though was the Diana Gabaldon "Crosstitch" books. (Also titled "Outlander") Fantasy mixed with romance and scottish history.

Readergirl said...

Coraline is fantastic book, recently released as a movie and graphic novel, the original novel by Neil Gaiman is scary and creepy. Coraline finds her way through the wall of her house to a parallel world where her "other mother" has black buttons for eyes. Of course, for fantasy you really can't go past the master - Tolkien. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings would have to be the best fantasy books of all time!!! Id love to know everyone's favourites!

Snowdy said...

I grew up reading Tolkien and plenty of science fiction. Discovered Orson Scott Card, Pratchett, Terry Goodkind and Stephen Donaldson.
My favourite author at the moment is Robin Hobb. I love her Farseer books and the Live Ships. This set of 9 books is quite exceptional in my opinion. I see she has something new out.

Amo said...

My all time favourite fantasy series is by George RR Martin called "A song of ice and fire". The first book is "A game of thrones".

Each chapter is written from the perspective of each of the main characters (good and bad).

The characters are all so well developed and interesting that you just can't get enough! If you like books with strong characters you will love these!

tinman said...

There are many different views on fantasy, from magic and wizardy like the Harry Potter series to the Eragon series about dragons and castles but my fantasy books were about vampires, although yes Starfire Twilight is a well known vampire book today as popularty hits all time high with movies and merchandising, I believe that Anne Rice will be my all time favourite author whne it comes to vampires.

I started with Interview with a Vampire (yes after the movie came out) and discovered that Anne has a special type of writing that draws you in to her world (like most fantasies do) and took the scary side of vampires away and replaced it with compassion for these "bloodsuckers".

The Vampire Chronicles beginning with Interview with a Vampire and following on with The Vampire Lestat, Queen of the Damned right up to Blood Cantile, each providing different views through different eyes.

Anne Rice also wrote The Mayfair Witches series and these too were well written.

I recommend any Twilight reader to take a read of Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles and tell me which they prefer. Check out the old school vampires before the modern day vampire love story began....