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?