F101: Intro to Fantasy

Some time ago I wrote my “gate way to the fantasy genre list”. Here is another such list from an author who’s debut novel I’ve almost finished (more about this in a future blog post). I dare not tell you how many of the books on this list I’ve not read lest Nicholas sends the denizens of the Heartwyld after me – and I have no skyship to escape in!

The Heartwyld

Good morning, class.  My name’s Nicholas Eames, but don’t call me Mr. Eames–that’s my father’s name!

*Crickets chirping*

Okay.  Moving on.  We’re all here for one reason: we love fantasy books, and it is absolutely imperative to us that others like them too.  You might liken us to a horde of theocratic zombies who won’t rest until everyone we know is, as the saying goes, one of us.

Alas, convincing others that fantasy books are head and shoulders better than books from any other genre (excluding sci-fi, but we’ll get to that later) isn’t always easy.  I mean, you’d think it would be obvious, right?  Writing is, after all, an exercise in creativity, and fantasy books, by their very nature, are more creative than plain old fiction.  Now don’t get me wrong–fiction is great, but except for a few notable exceptions (aka. Salman Rushdie’s magic realism) it remains…

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