Tuesday, September 8, 2009


My sisters and I grew up on a diet of Fantasy and Science Fiction novels, courtesy of my Father's collection. I probably read them most in middle school, around the time I discovered Stephen King. They were the first "adult" novels I read and many of them were series. The most memorable to me were:

Piers Anthony- The "Xanth" series (I remember that books 1-7 or 9 were pretty good and then I lost interest) and the Incarnations of Immortality series

David Eddings- The Belgariad (series of 3)

Orson Scott Card- Ender's Game (at the time only the first two books were available, or maybe that's all Dad had) and the Tales of Alvin Maker series

Robert A. Heinlein- Stranger in a Strange Land (probably pretty obvious why that one appealed to a teen or pre-teen)

Dad has since moved on to other preferred reading material. World history mostly, which is not so big of a leap when you consider that most Fantasy and Sci-Fi has elaborate historical backgrounds that they use to create their worlds. I did too. Lots of biographies, "straight" fiction of all kinds, mysteries and suspense...

At our last bookclub, our newest member mentioned that she had hoped that joining the club would expose her to types of books she hadn't read before, such as Fantasy. It made me think HOW LONG it's been since I've read any (Harry Potter excepted). So I went on an internet search for fantasy books that would appeal to non-fantasy readers. (Bookclub did have a bad experience when we ventured into the horror category. We read I am Legend by Richard Matheson , a book considered to be superlative in the genre, and we all hated it. My literary tastes may have changed since I was 12...) I found a couple I am working my way through. The very first being The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.


It has been a long time since I couldn't put a book down like this! Like to the point where i was neglecting my motherly duties. ("Play by yourself honey, Mommy's reading") Now I'm not going to say it is the best written book in the world. But the characters are well drawn, the world is fascinating and you can tell that there is a lot of set up going on for future books.

Which brings me to the sadness. When I picked this book I didn't realize it was part of a series. I'd forgotten how enjoyable it is to read a fictional series. (Series not serial) Where you are racing through one book and it is so absorbing that you can't wait to get to the next one. The sadness is that the other two books HAVEN'T BEEN WRITTEN YET. Boo!

The fact that it's a series means it's inappropriate for bookclub, it's rather long for bookclub too so I'll keep looking. But I'm curious as to whether anyone has any good recommendations for Fantasy or Sci-Fi series for my own personal use? Book club recs would be great too!


Shawn said...

Great taste in books.

I loved the Xanth series, and have read the incarnations of immortality series twice, very good books.

And Enders Game is my favorite book of all time, I think I have read it about 15 times. There are about 6 other books in the Enders series and they are all pretty good. You should check them out at some point.

I'll have to check out the book you just read, although I may wait until the next two come out so I can read them all together. :)

alexis said...

stef, I am just rereading a lot of those series! I wanted something fluffy and I found for me a lot of them are still page turners. Like you said there are a lot of holes in plot but they are very good reads.

One recommendation for you is: The Gone Away World. Couldn't put it down and the ending would TOTALLY make an awesome film if they ever could master it.

Lakeview Coffee Joe said...

Sorry girl, not a big reader to begin with unfortunately. Potter is about as "read-y" as I get.

Dad said...

This is so funny. I picked up one of my fantasy books for the first time in ages and ages for the same desire of having something NOT serious. I chose the first of Terry Prachett's Discworld series.

I am ready to re-immerse myself. And I so glad you like this new author as I need some one new to get into.