Fantasy Reads: The Incompleat Enchanter

This week I’m recommending “The Incompleat Enchanter”, a light-hearted Fantasy Classic which makes ideal holiday reading. It consists of two novellas co-written by a pair of well-known American SF/Fantasy authors: Lyon Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt. Both novellas recount “the Magical Misadventures of Harold Shea”. “The Roaring Trumpet” sends him to the world of… Continue reading

Fantasy Reads – `The Sleeping Army’

This week I’m recommending `The Sleeping Army’ – a children’s story which contains more interesting ideas than many Fantasy novels published for adults. In 2011 British author Francesca Simon took a well-earned break from her wildly popular Horrid Henry series to write a story inspired by a famous hoard of 12th century walrus-ivory chess pieces… Continue reading

Fantasy Reads – Egil’s Saga

Are you feeling that you might have seen too much of your relatives during the holiday season? Then let me recommend a bracing Icelandic saga. Reading `Egil’s Saga’ is almost certain to make you think your own family isn’t that bad after all. Take this example of Viking family life – Skallagrim loses his temper… Continue reading

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