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Fantasy Reads – Elementals: Water

I have a love/hate relationship with my Kindle but there is no denying that e-readers have made a wider range of Fantasy fiction readily available. This week’s choice – `Elementals: Water’ by Peter Dickinson and Robin McKinley – is a case in point. Until recently you would have had to search hard for second-hand printed… Continue reading

Fantasy Reads – `Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange’

This week I’m recommending – with some reservations – a collection of  fantastical stories from the Near East which may be even older than the famous `Arabian Nights’. `Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange’ more than lives up to its title. The collection survives in a single damaged manuscript found in Istanbul,… Continue reading

Fantasy Reads – The Silver Bough

Last week the Scotts voted to stay in the United Kingdom (I’m a quarter Scottish but I didn’t get a quarter of a vote). To honour their decision I’m recommending a Fantasy novel set in Scotland, or at least in a place that is usually part of Scotland. `The Silver Bough’ by American writer Lisa… Continue reading

Fantasy Reads – The Broken Kingdoms

One of  the aims of this blog is to challenge the idea that women don’t like Fantasy fiction. There are masses of keen and knowledgeable female readers of SF and Fantasy and some of the best adult Fantasy novels of recent years have been written by women. This week’s recommendation – `The Broken Kingdoms’ by… Continue reading

Fantasy Reads – The Golem and the Djinni

This week I’m recommending `The Golem and the Djinni’, a  warm-hearted first novel by Helene Wecker. The title makes this sound like some awful mash-up Horror movie along the lines of `Godzilla versus Mothra’ or `Frankenstein meets the Wolf Man’. In fact, it’s a sensitive story about an impossible friendship between a creature of earth… Continue reading

Fantasy Reads – The Brides of Rollrock Island

This week I’m recommending a novel by Australian author, Margo Lanagan. Don’t be put off by the fact that much of her work has been marketed as Young Adult fiction. I believe that Lanagan is one of the most interesting  voices in contemporary Fantasy. `The Brides of Rollrock Island’ came out in 2012 but it… Continue reading

Fantasy Reads – King’s Dragon

Autumn has just arrived in my garden but I’m already thinking ahead to the long winter evenings. So this week I’m recommending a big read – `King’s Dragon’ by American author, Kate Elliot. This is Volume One in her `Crown of Stars’ series and it’s available in paperback or on Kindle. `Crown of Stars’ is… Continue reading

Fantasy Reads – The Princess Bride

Nearly everyone I know has seen and enjoyed the film version of `The Princess Bride’ , written by William Goldman and directed by Rob Reiner. Far fewer people seem to have read Goldman’s original novel,  which came out around fifteen years before the film. So this week I am recommending the novel, which is available… Continue reading

Fantasy Reads – The Prince of Morning Bells

This week I’m recommending `The Prince of Morning Bells’ by Nancy Kress, which was first published in 1981. Over the years I’ve seen  many dedicated Fantasy readers go misty-eyed when they mentioned this out of print novel. None of them would lend me their own cherished copies and I never came across one for sale.… Continue reading

Fantasy Reads – The School For Good And Evil

This week I’m recommending a recently published Young Adult novel – Soman Chainani’s `The School for Good and Evil’, which is announced as the first volume of a trilogy.  In some countries it is only available in hardback or as a rather expensive audio download. In others, such as Britain, you can already get it… Continue reading

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