Friday, May 26, 2006
Best Fantasy Novel
See, other than a "brain-machine interface [that comes] with an optional invisibility array, four speaker sound system and 2.9% financing", I'll probably be getting some gift certificates and after satisfying my pressing needs: Teva sandals, and my girly needs: a skirt, I hope to have enough left over for about 3-5 books.
Yesterday, then, I did some preliminary research at our local Book City (something in between indie and super-book-store, re my post about bookstores. As usual, I skipped the popular fiction table, looked at the literary aisle, skipped mysteries, took my time at the SF section and was about to continue to the non-fiction science books before I stopped myself. Why, of why do I skip fantasy? I don't know.
Here, my secret is out. Other than reading LOTR, I've hardly read any fantasy books. Ever. I tried Neil Gaiman (if he's considered 100% fantasy, I don't know), but it didn't do anything for me.
After spending half an hour in front of the fantasy books and having no idea what to buy, I walked home really annoyed. I mean, know some names - Goodkind, Pratchet, LeGuin, Jordan etc. - but I still don't know what to get.
The first thing I did when I got home then was to look at some Best Fantasy Lists, which with the exception of LOTR and Harry Potter (oh, yeah, I've read that one too), they were all over the place:
World Fantasy Awards
Locus Poll: All Time Best Fantasy Novel - I actually read a few books from this list.
LOCUS AWARD FOR BEST FANTASY NOVEL 1978-2002
So I'm asking for help. If there are any avid fantasy readers out there please tell me which books you think are best and why. (If you post about it, I'll link to it here of course).
Just for reference, I don't like fluff and much prefer disturbing.
Jack actually wrote about this in April:My Favourite Books
Cavan also directed me to a list: EXHAUSTIVE ESSENTIAL FANTASY READING LISTS - I think he meant exhausting...
Categories: books, fantasy, genre
Posted by Melly at 10:44 AM