Fantasy You Can Believe In?

I’ve been trying to find more fantasy to read. I enjoy fantasy, I’m always looking to learn from other writers, and I want to review more fantasy on this site.

So I went up and down the shelves in the library and the supermarket, and came up empty. Sure, I saw a passel of fantasy titles–but not one that I wanted to bring home and read.

As odd as this might sound, I was looking for a fantasy I could believe in.

There’s plenty of stuff I don’t want to believe in–stories about teenage girls acquiring these fantastic boyfriends who are immortal, or vampires, or from another planet, whatever. I like teenagers. That’s why I detest those books.

And there’s a lot of fantasy I can’t believe in, the books with cover copy that buries you under an avalanche of silly names: “In the heart of the Zoob Empire, Bloggo Fimbo-face rebels against Count Dribble-Bibble and the evil House of Slawkenburg. But time is running out for Princess Laloola of the White Pillock,” and so on–complete with lusty wenches, noble thieves, all-powerful mages, street-smart nuns… It’s Punch & Judy without the punch.

So, readers… Know of any nice fantasy novels you think I might like?



2 comments on “Fantasy You Can Believe In?

  1. I thought I might pass on a recommendation. The series is called “The Peleg Chronicles” and “Foundlings” is the first of the three books. This is author Matthew Christian Harding’s first go at fiction, so there are some rough parts, but the series is fun and inventive. It’s set in the time just after the flood, when Dragons (dinosaurs) and Giants still lived and where a race of Dwarves were created by a king who kidnapped short folk to work his mines.

    I review books, and this one sat on my shelf for months because a glance at the back had me dismiss it. The series was touting what it didn’t include: “No Magic – No Evolution – No Humanism.” That is all fine and good – I’m not a big fan of any of those – but when the bragging points are about what it is not, that makes me skeptical (“You’ll love her, trust me. She’s not hideous, not argumentative without reason, and not dumb as a rock”).

    But in this case I was very wrong. Harding has a great hero – someone who is unabashedly awkward around the ladies (no that is not a contradiction) and a force in battle – and when his characters refer to the Bible (they have but one book at the time – Job) one of them talks really as we should. It is realistic dialogue in the sense that it is not stilted or false, but astonishing in that, while this is how we should encourage one another, I’ve not run across many who manage to do it this way.

    So, highly recommended (but yes, it does have rough spots of writing).

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