I am going to work very hard and try to not write a three hour read about how much I enjoy fantasy as a genre. I could. To be honest, I could almost write a book about my love affair with unicorns, fauns, magic, centaurs, curses, lions, etc. I just may do that, but not today. I don't want to get too much Geek on you so early in our relationship.
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I suppose fantasy is so appealing to me because when I read a book, I enter that world completely. The noise drifts away, and my setting fades around me. It is queasy-free traveling for me, and I love visiting various book locations. I have missed out on so many new books because I keep going back to my old favorites again. And again. And again.
Before I get to my list, I'm going to admit right here and now (so you can go ahead with your getting mad at me and leaving) that I have not read any books in The Wheel of Time yet. Yes, I own all of the ones published up to this point. It's just that every time I think about starting The Eye of the World, I tell myself that I only have to wait a little bit longer for all of the books to be published. I hate waiting.
Fine, I'll go ahead and give up any cool points that I may have before I start. I haven't read anything in A Song of Ice and Fire either. Yes, there's plenty to tide me over for the time being if I would start. But I hate waiting. And cliffhangers! Ugh! Can I get points back for owning the books though? (Hello? Bibliophile here! I own ALL THE BOOKS!)
Oh, you wanted a list didn't you? *hears crickets* *sighs* Since I've already come up with it, I'll suppose I'll post it for the kindly crickets who aren't gnashing their teeth at my terrible reading behavior. They span across high fantasy, historical fantasy and whatever others there are that do not fall under Urban fantasy, Science fiction, or Juvenile. (Pay no attention to the capitalized letters - no spoilers allowed.)
Book of Words trilogy by J.V. Jones
The Saga of Recluce by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Xanth by Piers Anthony
The Runelords by David Farland
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
The Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Arafel series by C.J. Cherryh
Kushiel's Legacy by Jacqueline Carey
Tales of Alvin Maker by Orson Scott Card
I realize there is one HUGELY GINORMOUS biggie that I did not put down. What does his name start with again? *ponders*
Which of your favorites did I miss?