Thursday, May 29, 2008

Favorite Fantasy Stories

We were all so busy reading, we almost forgot to post a Thursday 13 ! And then there was a lot of arguing about what is fantasy versus urban fantasy versus paranormal. Nope, couldn't come to any consensus on that, so you may not consider all of these to be fantasy stories.
Favorite Fantasy Stories

1. Almost Human, by Cat Marsters
2. Black Jewels trilogy by Anne Bishop
3. Darkangel Trilogy by Meredith Ann Pierce
4. Fairy Dust by Tielle St. Clare
5. Kedrigern Chronicles series by John Morressy
6. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
7. Nightseer by Laurel K Hamilton
8. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
9. Tailspin by Denise Rossetti
10. Tales of the Order series by Candace Sams
11. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
12. The Seeker Chronicles by Betsy James
13. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay


Denise Rossetti said...

Um, er, I'm a bit bemused. You've got me in the same list as TOLKIEN?? And LKH??? Good grief! Thank you.

Barbara Hambly is my favourite fantasy writer of all time, though she's writing historicals now. Intelligent, literary, lyrical. Intense. And what about Mercedes Lackey, hmm?

I'm off now to lie down with a wet cloth on my head. And a big grin on my face. :-)

Anonymous said...

Nightseer and the Darkangel trilogy I definitely second! They are all on my inspiration shelf. Actually, the Darkangel was the first novel I ever read. I was in the 5th grade. Until then I'd read what they now call chapter books.

Great list. :)

ECPI Editors said...

Well, see, we're trying to come across as both erudite and fun. We want to impress with the classics (Tolkien) and then there are those of us who admit to liking the light and short and sexy - e.g., Fairy Dust.


Anne Calhoun said...

Still think you can't go wrong with Sharon Shinn's Novels of the Twelve Houses, starting with Mystic and Rider...

Cat Marsters/Kate Johnson said...

I LOVE seeing my name on the same list as Tolkien and Neil Gaiman. Although it looks like another fantasy to me...

Rowan West said...

OMG - I *adore* the Black Jewels books by Anne Bishop. I found them by accident while browsing Barnes and Noble (I always gravitate toward women authors) and completely fell in love with the characters, story, and world. Now I've read almost everything she has in print (not her newest).

One of the great things she does in the Black Jewels trilogy that, as a writer, I admire greatly, is that she has no scenes written from the point of view of her heroine, Jaenelle. How gutsy is that! We see her only though other people. It's a daring device that she pulls off beautifully.

Aah, the joys of falling into another writer's vividly crafted world!

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