Fantasy starter pack
hallieod at indigo.ie
Thu May 13 11:09:44 EDT 2004
On Thursday, May 13, 2004, at 12:03 PM, Rosie Hopkins wrote:
> I have a friend who used to despise fantasy somewhat (apart from
> Tolkien), but someone lent her Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen, and she
> loved them. Now she wants me to find her good modern fantasy. I have
> some ideas, but can anyone suggest things I might have missed? There
> must be one or two DWJs, of course, but which? I thought also one of
> Robin Mckinley's books, and perhaps A Wrinkle in Time. They need to be
> things available in the UK.
I'd definitely put in a vote for Fire and Hemlock, with all others (Deep
Secret, Howl, etc, etc,) engaged in undignified struggles for top
places. Is it particularly YA fantasy? Otherwise Bujold would also be
top of the first-thoughts. Pity about the UK availability, or I'd say
Martha Wells, if not YA. FWIW, I'm not so sure about A Wrinkle in
Time. I read it to the girls, and love L'Engle (in an odd and detached
way), but don't think I'd recommend it to a fantasy newcomer - certainly
seemed dated at the least. How about Amulet of Samarkand? Or Megan
Whalen Turner - The Thief and Queen of Attolia.
Not to forget a book with glowing cover endorsements by none other than
DWJ (and Susan Cooper!) - The Fetch of Mardy Watt, by Charles Butler.
(Name sounds oddly familiar, doesn't it? :) )
In the process of thinking of my 20 favourite book list, so particularly
all over the place atm, but HTH for starters.
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