Just back from a convention In this case the New England Writers' Conference, also called Camp Necon. Necon is a delightfully mellow convention where I always manage to get work done. I love that combination
Jeffe write about a recommended list of romantic fantasies. I don't do those, so here's my compromise.
A list of Fantasy novels
First, for dark and grim and gritty, you don't get much better than Joe Abercrombie. His trilogy THE FIRST LAW is powerful stuff and I recommend it.
Obviously no fantasy list is complete without J.R.R. Tolkien's THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy.
Just as fine in my eyes are the CHRONICLES OF PRYDAIN, by Lloyd Alexander.
Gather up your original Robert E. Howard CONAN books. Learn why the character remains so popular after closing in on a century in print.
Fritz Leiber's FAFHRD AND THE GREY MOUSER series is wonderful fun and hold in the collected volumes a great deal of the powerful prose that was often imitated as Sword and Sorcery fiction took off.
Jirel of Joirie by C.L. Moore is another treasure trove of almost forgotten fiction that is readily available and should be savored.
The CHRONICLES OF NARNIA by C.S. Lewis. Enough said.
The CHRONICLES OF AMBER by Roger Zelazny.
The THIEVES WORLD anthologies edited by Robert Aspirin and written by a plethora of talents.
All great for very different reasons, and all recommended.
Give them a try for a slightly different take on fantasy.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Fantasy Books I'd recommend
I write fiction, a little of everything and a lot of horror. I've written novels, comic books, roleplaying game supplements, short stories, novellas and oodles of essays on whatever strikes my fancy. That might change depending on my mood and the publishing industry. Things are getting stranger and stranger in the wonderful world of publishing and that means I get to have fun sorting through the chaos (with all the other writer-types). I have a website. This isn't it. This is where you can likely expect me to talk about upcoming projects and occasionally expect a rant or two. Not too many rants. Those take a lot of energy. In addition to writing I work as a barista, because I still haven't decided to quit my day job. Opinions are always welcome.