I thought so, yes.
*cackles threateningly while stroking white cat with bejewelled fingers and glancing at the torture chamber*
Well, I thought we might chat about fantasy.
Okay dokay. Well then, I have returned today with all my wits about me so I can do just that.
I spent too many hours downloading fantasy books last night and I think it's your fault. You at least started it.
Jemisin is someone on my to be read list.
There's an epic fantasy author you might not have read. I bought her hardbacks back when hardbacks were a big deal and it mattered more that an author was published in hardback rather than only paperback. Her name is Melanie Rawn. I think she's published some some urban fantasy books recently that didn't do very well. Since Jacqueline Carey did the same thing, I can't help wondering if epic fantasy writers are hearing something like the following, "1400 page epic fantasies aren't doing well in the market, why don't you try your hand at an urban fantasy with a kickass heroine." Anyway, here's some info on the series:
Dragon Prince and Dragon Star
If I recall, there's very little dragon stuff going on which was initially disappointing given the name. But I forgave her because I loved the world and the relationships.
The Golden Key
is also good and is another book I'm guilty of originally purchasing in hardback. It's a collaboration between three female fantasy authors but is even more unique in terms of collaborations because each author was responsible for their own section. I remember it was very interesting.
I love this author: Maria V Snyder
. Although, poor woman, her page looks like a phishing page. Maybe she has her step-sister or second cousin working on it for her. But it means she's writing rather than browsing the internet:
Maria V Snyder's Amazon Page
There might be a theme to the fantasy novels I've read. They're mostly written by women. It started with Anne McCaffrey. I read Terry Goodkind and Robert Jordan obsessively at one point but it's fair to say that I thought Terry Goodkind was a woman for longer than I'd care to admit and Robert Jordan caught me unawares. There are metaphysical themes in his books and a lot of discussion about balance which I found intriguing. I was never okay with Brandon Sanderson finishing off that series.
I loathe Salvatore something fierce.
Dune -- How I love Dune. But I always assume every breathing fantasy fan has read Dune. I might be wrong. I was not happy with his son writing books in the series. That wasn't necessary. I also found Dune metaphysical.
Recently I read this book which has gotten mixed reviews. I liked it:
The Sin Eaters Daughter
I also read Chuck Wendig's Blightborn Series
....and Anne Bishop
. Her vampires are different.
What to say about Laurell K Hamilton
? I suggest maybe reading a few in her fairy/faerie series if you don't like vampires. I think she and maybe Sherrilyn Kenyon
could be said to be responsible for urban fantasy. I don't mean there aren't others because of course there are. But they're the ones I think of.
Laurell K Hamilton is a great writer who's written entire books consisting primarily of metaphysical sex. These books are like heroin so maybe she's made a deal with the devil, if you believe in that sort of thing. The original covers of the books in both of her series were works of art. But they changed them.
Speaking of Sherrilyn Kenyon... Yes, she does have a lot of shirtless men on the covers of her books and they are romances. But I loved Acheron
. I'm guilty of buying her books more than reading them. I saw her speak at a conference once and I never forgot the things she said. But that's a different post.
Also, Anne Rice. She's considered a horror author but I wasn't scared for a second. I think we forget how laughable the idea of a vampire who didn't tear out a victim's throat in the typical B movie fashion before Anne Rice. She did/does extensive historical research for all of her books and a lot of them aren't about vampires at all. Her witch series is about a family of witches. Of course there's more to it. But it's worth reading. One of my favorites is a book about a castrati, which...perhaps didn't do well for all of the obvious reasons. It's called Cry to Heaven
. It's not fantasy at all I suppose. It's a surprisingly sensual book.
Marion Zimmer Bradley
's Darkover series and Avalon series are very good. There's a standalone called: The Firebrand
which retells the story of The Iliad and The Odyssey from the point of view of Cassandra. Well, at least the Trojan War -- if i recall. It does continue after... ANYWAY,
I'm in the middle of listening to Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere on audiobook. I like it. It will take a while for me to finish because I listen to it in my car.
Maggie Stiefvater and lots of others that I'd like to read but haven't yet.