[DWJ] short complete quest fantasies

Mark Allums mark at allums.com
Sun Jun 21 04:55:26 EDT 2009


Farah Mendlesohn wrote:
> Please not Terry Brooks! The Sword of Shannara is almost as bad as Eragon.
> 
> I'd recommend Prydain even tho it is five books because the first three are
> very slim.
> 
> But otherwise you are going to have to go back to pre-1975 when quest books
> started swelling, and there just aren't that many. They were very popular in
> the 19th century but rather faded from view until Tolkien and Lewis revived
> them (sword-and-sorcery isn't quite the same thing).
> 
> 
> The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the most obvious, but is rather
> cosy. The Wizard of Oz lacks the moral growth trajectory.


I dispute that.  Go ahead and read the book.  Even the movie had Dorothy 
saying, "There's no place like home."  Wish for the wide world, and find 
out at the end that you had what you needed all along.  And that the 
things that are the most valuable are not silver and gold.


> 
> Maybe Robin McKinley's The Blue Sword?
> 
> Farah

Mark Allums




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