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Listening to: I’m Reading a Book – Julian Smith
I read a lot of books. Like, a lot. That said, it should come as no surprise to anyone that I enjoy many of the books that I read, and would like nothing more than to share that joy with others. Throughout my journey through the world of fantasy and sci-fi novels, I’ve encountered a multitude of authors whose works I frequently return two. Here are seven of them.
7. John Flanagan
Noted for: Ranger’s Apprentice
Okay, so Ranger’s Apprentice is basically fantasy lite. It’s YA fiction and makes no effort of hiding that, but it also does a great job of telling a story. The characters are likable, the plots are interesting, and the hero fights with his wits more often than he does with his weapons. The conflicts aren’t typical fantasy fare either, tending more towards small personal struggles rather than epic battles. As YA novels often are, they’re quite easy to read through in one sitting. On a good day, I could get through two or three.
6. Mercedes Lackey
Noted for: The Heralds of Valdemar
Lackey’s pacing seems slow from an outside perspective, but when you’ve buried yourself in one of her novels it’s hard to notice. She’s very good at gradually developing the characters and plots until you’re totally immersed. It’s sort of like being sucked into quicksand, but much more soothing and less potentially deadly. Her world-building is also incredibly entertaining–everything from protocol-obsessed, tea-drinking elven knights (The Obsidian Trilogy) to a fantasy-genre reconstruction of the wars between Egypt’s Upper and Lower Kingdoms (The Dragon Jousters). She’s also incredibly prolific, so finding one of her many trilogies shouldn’t pose too much of a problem. Continue reading