fantasy

Sunshine

Thumbs up for Sunshine by Robin McKinley. Fantasy.

This was recommended to me by someone whose taste I trust, as, firstly, a vampire book for someone who didn’t like vampire books, and, secondly, a Robin McKinley book for someone who didn’t like Robin McKinley (I’d read one of her books once and hated it. And no, it was not Deerskin).… >> Read more

The Last Unicorn

Thumbs up for The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. Fantasy.

This is a book that raises a quandary. It is one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read. Each line is like poetry and there are a dozen passages I want to copy out to savor again and again. But it is also one of the most heartbreaking books I’ve ever read.… >> Read more

White Cat (Curse Workers)

Thumbs up for White Cat by Holly Black. Young adult fantasy.

Holly Black’s Tithe and Ironside are two of my favorite fantasies, which outweighed my hatred of novels written in the present tense just enough that I thought I would give White Cat at the very least a half-assed try. Well, on p45, after a slightly slow start, things started taking off and I whizzed through the rest.… >> Read more

Riddle-Master

Thumbs up for Riddle-Master: The Complete Trilogy (containing The Riddle-Master of Hed, Heir of the Sea and Fire, and Harpist in the Wind) by Patricia A. McKillip. Fantasy.

The classic “heroic” fantasy style, with wizards, kings, battles, et al, is by far my least favorite, so a book has got to be pretty fabulous to keep me reading. This is, and it did, and if you have any vague interest in fantasy at all, you should read it.… >> Read more

Promethea (Book 2)

  

Thumbs up for Promethea II, III, IV and V by Alan Moore. Graphic novels/fantasy.

Bless my boyfriend for giving me the first volume (my review) and my friend Charles for loaning me the rest. Promethea was not only an engrossing story but it also included the best popular explanation of ceremonial magic symbology/tarot/kabbalism I’ve ever seen. Not what I’d expect to stumble across in a graphic novel, no, but it worked!… >> Read more