I fell in love with fantasy with the Red Fairy Book and all the others like it. To this day I remember the Dewey call number for fairy tales is 398. My favorite Christmas present when I was 9 or so was the book Fifty Famous Fairy Stories. The cover had a lush picture of a knight holding back a drape of rose vines. Gorgeous book and my favorite for years.
When I was 11 or 12 my brother got the Heinlein book Have Spacesuit Will Travel out from the library. The title seemed funny so I read it. And was then hooked on science fiction.
For years it seemed science fiction – good, enjoyable science fiction – was readily available and fantasy was limited to dreary Tolkein wannabes plus the few authors like Roger Zelazny. I’m not sure when it happened, but I started noticing entrancing fantasy popping up in the late 1970s. The quality of the fiction, the writing skills, character development and world building have improved and I now find many excellent fantasy books.
So, should you bother to read this blog? Will my tastes match yours in any way? I don’t know. What I can do is tell you what I like and don’t like and you can decide from there. Deal?
I like books that are well written, or at least competently written. Please, use spell checker; use grammar checker. Long-winded, flowery sentences filled with adjectives turn me off. That said, I will read mediocre writing if everything else is good.
Writing that evokes imagination and emotion always gets a plus.
Plot is important. So are characters, settings and dialogue. Please no rent-a-villian or sappy heroes. People should have motives for what they do, even if the motives don’t make sense to anyone except themselves. Random behavior is annoying.
Magic and technology don’t have to make a ton of sense outside the novel, but they should be internally consistent.
I read for fun but a few thought-provoking points along the way are fine. Modesitt does this well in many of his books.
And for the practical matters, I’m female and probably older than you. I am Catholic and cringe at some novels that include pantheons, but can still enjoy them as fiction.
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Welcome to my world and remember, there are so many books and so little time. Let’s read the good ones, shall we?