Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Two more done. . . slowly

Well more than two done. I've read six of the Sookie Stackhouse series (and looking forward to the other three) and have just finished Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked this way comes.

First Dead Until Dark, is the first in the series of Charlaine Harris' Vampire series. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading these books, - paranormal urban fantasy at its best. Although as the series progresses the storyline becomes repetitive - its still really fun to read - which sums up this series. These books are entertaining and escapist fantasy, not serious 'literary' reading. Personally from a writer's perspective an entertaining book which is light and fun to read is much harder than writing a 'masterpiece' - Bravo to Charlaine Harris!

The next book i read off my basics list was 'Something Wicked this way comes' by Ray Bradbury. It took me the same time to read six of Sookie books as reading Something Wicked. The time taken to read this book wasn't due to 'making myself' read it but mostly due to the complexity and layers of the book which is reflected in Ray Bradbury's unusual (but amazing) writing.

Definitely a book i'll need to reread to comprehend more fully, as i think it has more to reveal.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Shellie’s List for The Basics Challenge – Exploring Speculative Fiction

My Goal:
To attempt to read 100 books within a 5 year span, less 25% forgiveness rate, which is a total of 75 books. Divided down it’s 15 books per year. Which ultimately translates to a little over 1 book per month.
This challenge will be an overlap with The Fill in the Gaps Challenge listed here.
I have chosen to use a “reading pool” method. All the books are within the Speculative Fiction Genre – Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.
Overlapping Challenge Books
Science Fiction:
  1. Dune - Frank Herbert
  2. Children of Dune - Frank Herbert
  3. Dune Messiah - Frank Herbert
  4. Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
  5. Foundation - Isaac Asimov
  6. Foundation Empire - Isaac Asimov
  7. Second Foundation - Isaac Asimov
  8. Do Androids Dream of Sleep - Phillip K. Dick
  9. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
  10. 1984 - George Orwell
  11. Animal Farm - George Orwell
  12. Rendezvous with Rama - Arthur C. Clark
  13. Ringworld - Harry Niven
  14. Time Machine - H. G. Wells
  15. The War of the Worlds - H. G. Wells
  16. The Island of Doctor Moreau - H. G Wells
  17. The World Treasury of Science Fiction - David G. Hartwell
  18. The Day After Tomorrow - Robert Heinlein
  19. Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
  20. Midwich Cuckoos - John Wyndham
  21. Trouble with Lichen - John Wyndham
  22. Chrysalids - John Wyndham
  23. The Godmakers - Don Pendleton
  24. I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream - Harllan Ellison
Feminist Science Fiction:
  1. Herland - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  2. New Eves - ed Janrae Frank
  3. The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
  4. The Robber Bride - Margaret Atwood
  1. Interview with a Vampire - Anne Rice
  2. The Vampire Lestat - Anne Rice
  3. The Queen of the Damned - Anne Rice
  4. Cry to Heaven - Anne Rice
  5. The Locus Awards - ed Charles N. Brown - should be included in all catagories
  6. Great Tales of Horror - Edgar Allen Poe
  7. The Hunter of the Dark - H. P. Lovecraft
  8. Dracula - Bram Stoker (read but need review)
  9. The Inferno - Dante
  10. The Metamorphosis - Frank Kafka (read)
  11. The Historian - Elizabeth Kostava
  1. The Middle Window - Elizabeth Goudge
  2. The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
  3. Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring - J. R. R. Tolkien
  4. Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers - J. R. R. Tolkien
  5. Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King - J. R. R. Tolkien
  6. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
  7. Dragon Flight - Anne McCaffrey
  8. The Crystal Cave - Mary Stewart
  9. The Last Enchantment - Mary Stewart
  10. The Hollow Hills - Mary Stewart
  11. Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury
  12. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone - J. K. Rowling
  13. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J. K. Rowling
  14. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Ascaban - J. K. Rowling
  15. Green Mansions - William Henry Hudson
Reviews link to Layers of Thought:
  1. The Things That Keep Us Here - Carla Buckley (adult apocalyptic)
  2. The Magic Warble – Victoria Simcox (children’s fantasy)
  3. RELEASE by Nicole Hadaway – (horror, vampire)
  4. Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan – (dark fantasy, fairytale retelling )
  5. Soulless by Gail Carrigan – (urban fantasy, steam punk, vampire, werewolf)
  6. The Metamorphosis by Frank Kafka (horror, classic, literature)
  7. - needs to be posted.
  8. Life As We Knew It
  9. The Dead and The Gone
  10. This World We Live In (all linked here in one post) – (apocalyptic, young adult)
  11. Inside Out by Maria Snyder (young adult – girls science fiction)
  12. Cursed by Jeremy Shipp (horror- bizarro)
12 completed, 63 more to go.

First book done: The Earthsea Quartet, Ursula leGuin

Do you ever get that feeling that you're the dunce of the class?

Well, thats how i felt when i finally finished the Earthsea Quartet by Ursula Le Guin. This series and its author have had a huge impact on the world of fiction, especially fantasy! One of my all time favourite fantasy series, the book of Pellinor is a nod to this series, so you can imagine what i was expecting!


God, i really wanted to love these books as they've inspired so many of my favourite writers and i had really high hopes for enjoying them (maybe that was part of the problem). Although i can appreciate the plot and story arc of the Earthsea Cycle (i had four books in one), i just didn't connect with the characters or story at all.

I was completely indifferent to SparrowHawk and his journey! I just seemed to disconnect while reading, if that makes sense.

Strangely, i feel slightly disappointed in myself for not appreciating/connecting with these books more , especially when i love reading/writing fantasy - I feel like i've now lost my membership card lol.

I guess i'll just have to put this series to one side and reread at a later date and see how i go.

I'd love to know what other people thought of this series? and if you liked/loved it, what was it about it that appealed?

or if there are other works by Ursula Le Guin which i might redeem myself with? lol.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Sorry about the slight inactivity of this blog (mainly due to myself) - Real life has taken over, but am at least reading (slowly) one of my basics books (hope to have a review of it soon).

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Karen's Fantasy List

Thanks to the eternal hostess, Emily, for creating this blog. I think the design on this one is especially purty!

I'm cross-referencing my FITG list, because in addition to my "lists" I also like to read on a whim; I also review books for a DC website, and need to have some time for that, as those books tend to be a bit more current. If you're interested: Critiquette.

My wider list of books I really ought to have read:

1. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain
2. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. LeGuin (and other LeGuin, hopefully. I read Changing Planes and loved every story in it)
3. Dune, Frank Herbert (yes, technically SciFi, I'm told, but whatever, it's long and I haven't read it).
4. Hyperion Cantos, Dan Simmons
5. The Call of Cthulhu, HP Lovecraft
6. The Once and Future King, T.H. White
7. The Screwtape Letters, CS Lewis
8. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne
9. Watership Down, Richard Adams
10. Seed to Harvest, Octavia E. Butler (compilation)
11. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, Patricia A. McKillip
12. Mistress of Mistresses, E.R. Eddison
13. Gloriana, Michael Moorcock

My narrower list of books that I want to read in order to not reinvent the wheel when I write my own fantasy novel: to be determined. Suggestions are welcome. I like mermaids, women's issues (think Marion Zimmer Bradley, but I've read most of her relevant stuff), parenting, fertility, origin myths, and stories about being lonely.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Beths Fantasy Basics List

I have found this list really hard to put together, so, at the moment there is just 55 books on my list, but more will probably be added as I go. I was a hard choice to choose between Historical fiction ( which is a genre that I really haven't read a lot), Crime & Thriller ( for the same reason that I haven't really read this genre a lot) . But fantasy is a genre that what little I have read, I have loved reading! Here's my list:

  1. Deepgate Codex Series - Alan Campbell.
  2. Faeries Series - Melissa Marr.
  3. The Inheritance Trilogy - Christopher Paolini.
  4. The Servants - Micheal Marshall Smith.
  5. The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde.
  6. The Song of Albion Trilogy - Stephen Lawhead.
  7. The Cronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis.
  8. Eric - Terry Pratchett.
  9. The Sord of the Truth Series - Terry Goodkind.
  10. Whitechapel Gods - S.M peters.
  11. The Princess Bride - William Goldman.
  12. Moving Pictures - Terry Pratchett.
  13. The Court of the Air - Stephen Hunt.
  14. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Series - Douglas Adams.
  15. Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett.
  16. The Time Travellers Wife - Audrey Niffenegger.
  17. Soul Music - Terry Pratchett.
  18. The God of Times - Lord Dursany.
  19. Interesting Times - Terry pratchett.
  20. Ghost Ocean - S.M Peters.
  21. Feet of Clay - Terry pratchett.
  22. His dark Materials - Phillip Pullman.
  23. Jingo - Terry Pratchett.
  24. The Looking Glass wars - Frank Beddor.
  25. Seeing Red - Frank Beddor.
  26. The Alchemyst - Micheal Scott.
  27. The Magician - Micheal Scott.
  28. The Last Hero - Terry pratchett.
  29. American Gods - Neil Gaiman.
  30. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman.
  31. A Darkness forged in Fire - Chris Evans.
  32. Interworld - Neil Gaiman & Micheal Reaves.
  33. Frankenstein - Mary Shelly.
  34. Anubis Gates - Tim Powers.
  35. Memory, Sorrow & Thorn Trilogy - Tad Williams.
  36. Cronicles of Raven Trilogy - James Barclay.
  37. The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley.
  38. The Last Unicorn - Peter S Beagle.
  39. Midsummers Night Dream - William Shakespeare.
  40. The Cronicles of Thomas Covenant, The unbeliever Trilogy - Stephen Donaldson.
  41. Life of PI - Yann Martel.
  42. The Screwtape Letters - C.S Lewis.
  43. Animal farm - George Orwell.
  44. Inkworld Series - Cornelia Funke.
  45. Earthsea Series - Ursula . K . Le Guin.
  46. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens.
  47. Riftwar Saga Series - Raymond. E. Feist.
  48. Dracula - Bram stoker.
  49. The wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame.
  50. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R Tolkien.
  51. Twilight Series - Stephenie Meyers.
  52. The King of Elflands Daughter - Lord Dursany.
  53. Lud in the Mist - Hope Mirrless.
  54. The Picture of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde.
  55. Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Rules of the Challenge

So, i thought clarification about the rules of this challenge would be useful. Remember these are just guidelines so you can play around with the challenge yourself. Personally i've more than 100 books because i wanted to include as much as possible.

so heres some guidelines:

#1: Each list should be focused towards a genre (or two) and consist of books which you belief form the canon of that genre. Try and have as many unread books as possible but feel free to include read books which you might want/need to reread. So for me, my basics list is focused on 'fantasy' and does include 2-3 books i read when i was a teenager which i want to read now as an adult.

#2: Give yourself 25% lee way for your list, in other words if you complete 75% or more of your list, then you've definitely succeeded in this challenge!

#3 Similar to the FITG challenge, we'll allow 5 years to complete the challenge. Starting from when you post your list up here on the blog

#4: The basics challenge is all about reading your genre so you can improve your writing (or reading! its not just for writers) through knowing a genre inside and out, so if you have 20 or 200 books for a list, which you want to complete in 2 years - feel free!

This challenge is all about improving yourself not racing to a finishing line - so feel free to mix it up if you like!

YaY, can't wait to see some more of these lists



Friday, August 28, 2009

Steven's List

I struggled a bit over this list because I don't focus on a particular genre of literature. So I consulted various sources for those works that are most basic to world literature as a whole. My Fill-in-the-Gaps list consisted exclusively of prose fiction, included no re-reads, and was limited to one work per author. It included many works that would be considered "basic," but many modern ones as well. This list does not duplicate any of the FITG entries, but focuses on older works that have had an indelible impact on modern literature. I've included some works that I read in college or earlier that need to be revisited. The chances are slim to none that I will ever finish this list, but even just sampling some of the collections should be worthwhile.

Epic Verse to Re-Read

1 Beowulf
2 Homer - The Iliad
3 Homer - The Odyssey
4 Virgil - The Aeneid

Major Works in Verse

5 Byron, George Gordon, Lord - Don Juan
6 Camoes, Luis Vaz de - Lusiads
7 Chaucer, Geoffrey - Canterbury Tales
8 Ovid - Metamorphoses
9 Pushkin, Alexander - Eugene Onegin
10 The Bhagavad Gita
11 The Bible
12 The Niebelunenlied
13 The Quran
14 The Poem of the Cid
15 The Song of Roland
16 Valmiki - The Ramayana

Poetry Collections

17 Blake, William - Complete Poetry
18 Coleridge, Samuel Taylor - Complete Poems
19 Dickinson, Emily - Collected Poems
20 Donne, John - Complete Poems
21 Frost, Robert - The Poetry of Robert Frost
22 Horace - Odes
23 Keats, John - Poems
24 Ovid - The Arts of Love
25 Pindar - Odes
26 Rilke, Rainer Maria - Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus
27 Sappho - Poems
28 Shelley, Percy Bysshe - Poetical Works of Shelley
29 Stevens, Wallace - Collected Poems
30 Tennyson, Alfred, Lord - Idylls of the King
31 Whitman, Walt - Leaves of Grass
32 Yeats, William Butler - Collected Poems

Shakespeare to Re-Read

33 Shakespeare, William - Hamlet
34 Shakespeare, William - King Lear
35 Shakespeare, William - Macbeth


36 Aeschylus - Complete Tragedies
37 Beckett, Samuel - Krapp's Last Tape
38 Calderon de la Barca, Pedro - Life is a Dream
39 Corneille, Pierre - Cid, The
40 Euripides - Complete Tragedies
41 Ibsen, Henrik - Hedda Gabler
42 Ibsen, Henrik - The Master Builder
43 Ibsen, Henrik - Peer Gynt
44 Ibsen, Henrik - When We Dead Awaken
45 Jonson, Ben - Volpone
46 Marlowe, Christopher - Doctor Faustus
47 Miller, Arthur - Death of a Salesman
48 Moliere - Don Juan
49 Moliere - Imaginary Invalid
50 Moliere - The Miser
51 Moliere - School for Wives
52 O'Neill, Eugene - Long Day's Journey into Night
53 O'Neill, Eugene - The Iceman Cometh
54 Pirandello, Luigi - Six Characters in Search of an Author
55 Racine, Jean Baptiste - Phedre
56 Rostand, Edmond - Cyrano de Bergerac
57 Shaw, George Bernard - Back to Methuselah
58 Shaw, George Bernard - Heartbreak House
59 Shaw, George Bernard - Major Barbara
60 Sophocles - Complete Tragedies
61 Strindberg, August - Miss Julie
62 Wilde, Oscar - The Importance of Being Earnest
63 Williams, Tennessee - The Glass Menagerie
64 Williams, Tennessee - A Streetcar Named Desire


65 Adams, Henry - Education of Henry Adams, The
66 Augustine, Saint - Confessions
67 Beauvoir, Simone de - The Second Sex
68 Boswell, James - The Life of Samuel Johnson
69 Confucius - The Analects
70 Darwin, Charles - The Origin of the Species
71 Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Essential Writings
72 Freud, Sigmund - Interpretation of Dreams, The
73 Gibbon, Edward - Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
74 Hobbes, Thomas - Leviathan
75 James, William - The Varieties of Religious Experience
76 Lucretius - On the Nature of Things
77 Milton, John - Areopagitica
78 Montaigne, Michel de - Essays
79 Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm - Basic Writings
80 Pascal, Blaise - Pensees
81 Paz, Octavio - Labyrinth of Solitude
82 Plato - Symposium and Phaedo
83 Plutarch - Parallel Lives
84 Rousseau, Jean-Jacques - Confessions
85 Sun-Tzu - The Art of War
86 Tacitus - The Annals

Novels to Re-Read

87 Hawthorne, Nathaniel - The Scarlet Letter
88 Hemingway, Ernest - A Farewell to Arms
89 Melville, Herman - Moby Dick
90 Twain, Mark - Huckleberry Finn
91 Voltaire - Candide


92 Balzac, Honore de - Cousin Bette
93 Balzac, Honore de - A Harlot High and Low
94 Conrad, Joseph - Under Western Eyes
95 Dickens, Charles - Hard Times
96 Dickens, Charles - Little Dorrit
97 Diderot, Denis - Rameau's Nephew
98 Dostoevsky, Fyodor - Possessed, The
99 Gide, Andre - Immoralist, The
100 Hardy, Thomas - Far from the Madding Crowd
101 Malory, Thomas - Le Morte d'Arthur
102 Woolf, Virginia - Waves, The
103 Zola, Emile - L'Assommoir
104 Zola, Emile - Nana
105 Zola, Emile - Thérèse Raquin

Short Story Collections

106 Borges, Jorge Luis - Ficciones
107 Cheever, John - The Stories of John Cheever
108 Chekhov, Anton - Stories and Short Novels (trans Pevear & Volokhonsky)
109 Faulkner, William - Collected Stories
110 Hawthorne, Nathaniel - Twice-Told Tales
111 Hemingway, Ernest - Complete Short Stories
112 James, Henry - Collected Stories and Short Novels
113 Kafka, Franz - Complete Short Stories
114 Mann, Thomas - Collected Stories
115 Maupassant, Guy de - Short Stories
116 Melville, Hermann - Complete Short Fiction
117 O'Connor, Flannery - Complete Stories
118 Poe, Edgar Allan - Complete Tales
119 Porter, Katherine Anne - Collected Stories
120 Pushkin, Alexander - Complete Stories
121 Thousand and One Nights - Thousand and One Nights
122 Tolstoy, Leo - The Collected Short Fiction
123 Turgenev, Ivan - A Sportsman's Notebook
124 Welty, Eudora - Collected Stories

Thursday, August 27, 2009

iasa's list

I guess the ideal novel, that i've yet to write, would be I Moved to the Caribbean and Found Someone Had Killed P.G. Wodehouse in My Kitchen.  So for the basics challenge, i've focused on mysteries, making sure i've included internationally written and set novels,  and comedic novels, along with a Groucho autobiography.  After all who can resist Groucho? 
  1. The Leavenworth Case                            Anna Katharine Green
  2. The Scarlet Pimpernell                            Baroness Orczy
  3. The Man Who Was Thursday                  C.K. Chesterton
  4. The Innocence of Father Brown              C.K. Chesterton
  5. The Haunted Bookshop                           Christopher Morley
  6. The Great Impersonation                         E. Phillip Oppenheimer
  7. Meet Mr. Mulliner                                   P.G. Wodehouse
  8. The Footsteps at the Lock                       Ronald A. Knox
  9. Red Harvest                                            Dashiell Hammet
  10. Malice Aforethought                              Francis Iles
  11. Keeper of the Keys                                 Earl Derr Biggers
  12. Death Under Sail                                    C.P. Snow
  13. Darkness at Pemberly                             T.H. White
  14. Was It Murder                                         James Hilton
  15. An Oxford Tragedy                                J.C. Masterman
  16. The Mystery of Cape Cod Tavern           Phoebe Atwood Taylor
  17. The Chinese Orange Mystery                 Ellery Queen
  18. Wax                                                       Ethel Lina White
  19. Death from a Top Hat                            Clayton Rawson
  20. No Orchids for Miss Blandish                James Hadley Chase
  21. The Mysterious Mickey Finn                  Eliot Paul
  22. Footprints on the Ceiling                        Clayton Rawson
  23. A Pinch of Poison                                  Richard & Francis Lockridge
  24. The Ministry of Fear                             Graham Greene
  25. Holy Disorders                                     Edmund Crispin
  26. The Red Right Hand                             Joel Townley Rogers
  27. The Double Take                                   Roy Huggins
  28. The Daughter of Time                          Josephine Tey
  29. The Ivory Green                                   Rocc Macdonald
  30. Watcher in the Shadows                      Geoffrey Household
  31. The Rose of Tibet                                Lionel Davidson
  32. The Zebra Striped Hearse                    Ross Macdonald
  33. The Night of the Generals                   Hans Helmut Kirst
  34. This Rough Magic                              Mary Stewart
  35. The Death of the Detective                 Mark Smith
  36. The Plot Against Roger Ryder            Julian Symons
  37. The Mobius Strip                               William Gardner
  38. Shibumi                                                Trevanian
  39. A Woman Called Scylla                      David Gurr
  40. Dolly and the Bird of Paradise            Dorothy Dunnet
  41. Yellowthread Street                             William Marshall
  42. The Fire Engine That Disappeared      Sjowall & Wahloo
  43. Still Life                                               Louise Penny
  44. Jar City                                                 Arnaldur Indriðason
  45. The Faceless Killers                            Henning Mankell
  46. Whatever i can find by                         Janwillem L. van de Wetering
  47. The Saturday Morning Murder            Batya Gur
  48. The Silence of the Rain                        Luiz Alfredo Garcia-Roza
  49. Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow          Peter Hoeg
  50. Raven Black                                        Ann Cleeves
  51. Water-Blue Eyes                                  Domingo Villar
  52. Blood on the Saddle                             Rafael Reig
  53. One Helluva Mess                                Jean-Claude Izzo
  54. Sergeant Studer series                          Friedrich Glauser
  55. A Florentine Death                              Michele Giuttari
  56. The Shape of the Water                        Andrea Camilleri
  57. Zone Defence                                       Petros Markaris
  58. The Widow Killer                               Pavel Kohout
  59. Happy Birthday Turk                          Jakob Arjouni
  60. Death in Breslau                                 Marek Krajewski
  61. Blackwater                                           Kerstin Ekman
  62. Havana Blue                                         Leonardo Padura
  63. The Shadow of the Shadow                Paco Ignacio Taibo IIis
  64. Tattoo                                                  Manuel Vazquez Montalban
  65. The Final Bet                                      Abdelilah Hamdouchi
  66. Double Blank                                       Yasmina Khadra
  67. Sacred Games                                      Vikram Chandra
  68. The Eye of Jade                                   Diane Wei Lang
  69. The Coroner’s Lunch                          Colin Cotterill
  70. The Broken Shore                                 Peter Temple
  71. Devil’s Peak                                           Deon Meyer
  72. A Lonely Place to Die                         Wessel Ebersohn
  73. Memoirs of a Mangy Lover                 Groucho Marx
  74. Elementary, My Dear Groucho             Ron Goulart
  75. The Time Machine Did It                     John Swartzwelder
  76. The Dog of the South                           Charlie Portis
  77. Infinite Jest                                            David Foster Wallace
  78. Nobody Move                                        Denis Johnson
  79. Adolf Hitler:My Part in His Downfall   Spike Milligan
  80. Three Men in a Boat                              Jerome K. Jerome
  81. The Gun Seller                                      Hugh Laurie
  82. Cold Comfort Farm                                Stella Gibbons
  83. Lake Wobegon Days                              Garrison Keillor
  84. The Queen and I                                    Sue Townsend
  85. Scoop                                                     Evelyn Waugh
  86. A Scanner Darkly                                  Phillip K. Dick
  87. Colony                                                    Rob Grant
  88. An Evening of Long Goodbyes            Paul Murray
  89. The Crying of Lot 49                            Thomas Pynchon
  90. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman     Laurence Sterne
  91. The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove      Christopher Moore
  92. Sweet Silver Blues                                  Glen Cook
  93. Straight Man                                             Richard Russo
  94. Nice Work                                                 David Lodge
  95. Deal Breaker                                         Harlan Coben
  96. Malice in Maggody                                   Joan Hess
  97. The Bottle Factory Outing                       Beryl Bainbidge
  98. Zuleika Dobson                                    Max Beerbohm
  99. A Good Man in Africa                          William Boyd
  100. Death and the Penguin                            Andrey Kurkov
  101. The Restraint of Beasts                             Magnus Mills
  102. The Sacred Book of the Werewolf            Victor Pelevin

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

My Fantasy Basics List

Ok So here is my fantasy basic list - a combination of recomendations and the 'best of' lists. Most of these are part of a series - (which i'll also read). Some of those listed i've read before when i was much younger so i plan to reread them.

SF and historical fiction list to come soon (I'm a masochist i know)

  1. The Swan's War, Sean Russell
  2. Elantris, Brandon Sanderson
  3. Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
  4. Earthsea Series, Ursula Le Guin
  5. Wheel of Time Series, Robert Jordan
  6. A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
  7. Acacia, David Durhams
  8. The Briar King, Greg Keyes
  9. The Darkness that comes before, R. Scott Bakers
  10. Shadowmarch, Tad Williams
  11. The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Steven Erickson
  12. The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
  13. The Farseer Trilogy, Robin Hobbs
  14. Tigana, Guy Gaveriel Kay
  15. The Summer Tress, "
  16. The first Law Trilogy, Joe Abercrombie
  17. The Sun Sword, Michelle West
  18. The Death Gate Cycle, Tracy Hickman & Margaret Weiss
  19. Magician, Raymond E. Feist
  20. Codex Alera, Jim Butcher
  21. The Runelords, Dave Farlands
  22. The Way of Shadows, Brent Weeks
  23. Mythago Wood, Robert Holdstock
  24. American Gods, Neil Gaimen
  25. The Stolen Child, Keith Donohue
  26. Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke
  27. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
  28. The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
  29. The Abhoreson Trilogy, Garth Nix
  30. The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Jonathon Stroud
  31. Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
  32. Lies of Lock Lamora, Scott Lynch
  33. Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Stephen R Donaldson,
  34. The Sword of Shadows, J.V. Jones
  35. Memory, Sorrow, Thorn, Tad Williams
  36. The Dragon CrownWar Cycle, Micheal A. Stackpole
  37. ShadowMarch, "
  38. Empire Trilogy, Feist & Janny Wurts
  39. The DarkTower, Stephen King
  40. Dresden Files, Jim Butcher
  41. Amber Chronicles, Roger Zelazny
  42. The cold Fire Trilogy, C.S. Friedman
  43. Riddle of Stars, Patricia A. McKillip
  44. Godless World Trilogy, Brian Ruckley,
  45. Boreal Moon Trilogy, Julia May
  46. Crown of Stars Trilogy, Kate Elliot
  47. Oath of Empire Saga, Thomas Harlan
  48. Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson
  49. Furies of Calderon, Jim Butcher
  50. Liveship Traders, Robin Hobb
  51. The Sevenwater Trilogy, Juliet Marillier
  52. Kushiels Dart, Jacqueline Carey
  53. The Lions of al Rassan, Guy G Kay
  54. Archangel, Sharon Shinn
  55. Exiles, Melini Rawn
  56. Dragon and the phoenix, Joanne Bertin
  57. Dragon Prince Trilogy, Melini Rawn
  58. Rhapsody, Elizabeth Haydon
  59. The Second Sons, Jennifer Fallon
  60. Tales of the Otori, Lian Hearn
  61. A Song for Abalion, Steven Lawhead
  62. Rise of Moontide & Magic, Sean Russell
  63. The Light Age, Ian McDonald
  64. The Amtrack Wars, Patrick Tilley
  65. Sword-Dancer, Jennifer Roberson
  66. The Sword, Ring & Chalice, Deborah Chester
  67. The Initiate Brother, Sean Russell
  68. Talion, Revenant, Micheal A. Stackpole
  69. A Curse of Chalion, Lois BuJold
  70. The light ages, Ian R. MacLeod
  71. Vampire Earth, EE Knight
  72. Ascendents of Astoria, James Barclay
  73. Black Jewel, Anne Bishop
  74. God's Demon, Wayne Barlow
  75. Legend, David Gemmell
  76. Nation, Terry Pratchet
  77. The Magicians, Lev Grossman
  78. Obernewtyn Chronicles, Isobelle Carmody
  79. The Disc World Series, Terry Pratchet
  80. The Dark is Rising, Susan Cooper
  81. Incarnations of immortality, Piers Anthony
  82. The Axis Ttrilogy, Sara Douglass
  83. The Never ending story, Micheal Ende
  84. Magic Kingdom of Landover, Terry Brooks
  85. Dead Until Dark, Charlainne Harris
  86. The Belgaird Series, David Eddings
  87. The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind
  88. Dracula, Bram Stoker
  89. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
  90. The Princess Bride, William Goldman
  91. Sophies World, Jostein Gaarder
  92. Shannara Trilogy, Terry Brooks
  93. InkHeart, Cornelia Funke,
  94. Interview with a Vampire, Anne Rice
  95. Animal Farm, George Orwell
  96. Ella Enchanted, Gail Levine
  97. Life of Pi, Yann Martel
  98. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
  99. The last unicorn, Peter S. Beagle
  100. Something wicked this way comes, Ray Bradbury
  101. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Bradley
  102. Chronicle of Raven, James Barclay
  103. DragonRiders of Pern, Anne McCaffrey
  104. The Song of the Lioness, tamora Pierce
  105. The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde

Complied from : 100 best fantasy book list and this excellent website The Best fantasy Books

Welcome to the Basics!

According to Brenton Tomlinson at Fantasty Fiction Factor, many SFF circles use a term called 'reinventing the wheel' to describe newbie fantasy and SF writers who labour over the creation of their worlds, only to find that its all 'been done before'.

According to SF Writers of America, 'reinventing the wheel' is where :

A novice author goes to enormous lengths to create a science-fictional situation already tiresomely familiar to the experienced reader. Reinventing the Wheel was traditionally typical of mainstream writers venturing into SF. It is now often seen in writers who lack experience in genre history because they were attracted to written SF via SF movies, SF television series, SF role-playing games, SF comics or SF computer gaming.

Like any genre you want to write in, it is essential to be vastly read in both that genre and others! Essentially you should have 'The Basics'.

So ladies and Gents, i'm starting 'The Basics' Challenge which is similar to the Fill-in-the-Gaps-Project except this will specifically refer to 'a genre'. In my case Fantasy with a dash of Science Fiction. BUT REMEMBER IT CAN BE ANY GENRE!

Here are some helpful links to get you started:

Absolute Write List of SFF basic books

Fantasy MasterWork Series

SF MasterWork Series

I'm currently going to post my progress/list etc. here soon! Email me if your interested in Joining!!

Here are some Badges to add to your blog!

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