Thursday, 3 October 2013

Laura's Latest Fantasy Finds

The Darkness That Comes Before - R Scott Bakker
I've never read anything written by this author, but if it's good enough for Steven Erikson it's good enough for me.

The Innocent Mage - Karen Miller
Sarah at Bookworm Blues pointed out recently that she didn't seem to have seen/read much by female authors that wasn't specifically urban fantasy. I realised that the same can be said for me. With the exception of Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy and Janny Wurts' Empire collaboration with Feist, the fantasy I read is almost exclusively written by men. While I don't think of this as a problem, it did factor into my decision to buy this book, as well as . . .

The Deed of Paksenarrion - Elizabeth Moon
The idea of a strong female protagonist appealed to me here, and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Empire in Black and Gold/Empire Falling - Adrian Tchaikovsky
Here's a testimony to the power of social networking: I'd never heard of this author before joining Twitter. Shadows of the Apt  seems to have a bit of a unique take on fantasy and 'special powers', and I'm interested to see how the author pulls this off since it appears slightly ridiculous at first glance. (I'm expecting to enjoy it, though - why else would I have bought book 2 as well as book 1?)

The Elder Gods - David and Leigh Eddings
As a huge fan of the fantasy genre I felt a little ashamed at not having read anything by Eddings. I don't know if this was the best book to choose - I've read mixed reviews since buying it - but I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

So there you have it: my latest fantasy finds. The great thing about being a relatively young person is that the fantasy genre has reached new heights of popularity. There's so much to choose from, and there's so much I haven't read yet; a lot of books that are new to me are actually old to other people.

The best part is: I'll never run out of things to read!

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