Fantasy Books, a random selection

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 We’d be really interested to hear your suggestions of good reads in the  fantasy genre. These ‘stand alone reads’ are taken from the Best fantasy books website and are ones we already have in stock in Leeds Libraries. Not in any order of popularity and not new stock ……  J.R.R. Tolkien  The Hobbit top’s a lot of lists. In case anyone doesn’t know (unlikely!)  it’s a tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves in search of dragon-guarded gold. A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving, unambitious hobbit

Joe Abercrombie  The heroes Black Dow’s killed more men than winter, and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. However, the King of the Union is not about to stand smiling by while Black Dow claws his way any higher. The orders have been given and the armies are now toiling through the northern mud. Also recommended is  Best served cold  

 Susanna Clarke  Jonathan Strange  Long ago when magic still existed in England, the greatest magician of all was the Raven King. Now at the start of the 19th century, the Raven King is only a myth and England no longer believes in magicians. But then Mr Norrell makes his incredible talents known

John Connolly The Book of Lost Things 12-year-old David takes refuge from his grief in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, then finds the real world and fantasy world begin to blend. Bad things start to happen, and David is propelled into a land populated by heroes, wolves and monsters in his quest to find the legendary ‘Book of Lost Things’

Mark J. Ferrari The Book of Joby is an epic fantasy. Lucifer and God have entered, yet again, into a wager they’ve made before, but this time, the existence of creation itself is balanced on the outcome

 Neil Gaiman  American Gods Two days before Shadow is released from prison, his wife, Laura dies in a car crash. On his release he encounters Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a former god and king of America. Together they embark on a strange journey through the USA. Also recommended-  Good Omens  

Stephen King  11/22/63  What happens when a young teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, gets the chance to stop Lee Harvey Oswald from shooting JFK in November 1963?

George R.R. Martin Fevre Dream   The Fevre Dream, high & proud, dwarfing almost every other craft on the Mississippi, was one of the best steamboats ever made. But when the rumours began & dark deeds along the river became attributed to the wake of the boat, all turned sour

China Miéville Perdido Street Station The metropolis of New Crobuzon sprawls at the centre of its own bewildering world. Humans, mutants and arcane races throng in the gloom beneath its chimneys. A stranger has come, with an impossible demand, and soon the city is to be gripped by terror

Erin Morgenstern The Night Circus In 1886 a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black & white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths. But behind the scenes a dangerous game is being played out by two young magicians, who are forced to test the limits of the imagination & love

Douglas Preston Fever Dream   At the old family manse in Louisiana, Special Agent Pendergast is putting to rest possessions reminiscent of his wife Helen’s tragic death, only to make a dreadful-discovery.

Roger Zelazny  Lord Of Light Imagine a distant world where gods, including Kali, Brahma, Krishna and Buddha, walk as men, but wield vast and hidden powers. Here they have made the stage on which they build a subtle pattern of alliance, love, and enmity. Are they truly immortal? Who are these gods who rule the destiny of a teeming world?

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6 thoughts on “Fantasy Books, a random selection

  1. Shame there are some missing authors and classic books:
    Terry Pratchett
    Raymond E Feist
    Harry Harrison
    Frank Herbert
    Ursula Le Guin
    Philip Pullman
    Michael Moorcock
    H G Wells
    Jules Verne
    Greg Bear
    Alex Scanlon
    Adam Blade

    and many many more…
    There are serials, series, sagas and stand alones…

    http://blog.hpb.com/hpb-blog/2012/8/21/100-sci-fifantasy-novels-to-geek-out-over.html
    http://www.npr.org/2011/08/11/139085843/your-picks-top-100-science-fiction-fantasy-books

  2. The only glaring omission has to be Terry Pratchett, most of his books are stand alone reads, although I won’t deny that you do get added value if you’ve read previous ones. I’d probably go with Mort, although Small Gods is also up there for me (but then everyone has their own favourites).

    I’d also suggest that KJ Parker is worth a mention, Sharps is the latest stand alone book and follows a fencing team on a mission of diplomatic importance. Not your usual fantasy fare…

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