The Fantasy Reading List (and a call for recommendations)

January 4th, 2004  |  Published in Uncategorized

Just wrapped up a reading of George R.R. Martin’s “A Storm of Swords,”

the third book in his “Song of Ice and Fire” series. Looking down the

reading list, it’s pretty easy to tell the release of “Return of the

King” in the theaters has my fantasy interest up again. I’ll be

starting “The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian” this evening at bedtime

(hat-tip to Jim Henley for


this one). After that it’ll probably be Marion Zimmer Bradley’s

“The Mists of Avalon,” and then there are a few coin tosses involved.

I’ve got a sense that my interest in Arthurian stuff will be running

high, so I might give Parke Godwin’s “Firelord” a spin (it’d be new to

me) or maybe T.H. White’s collection.

After that, I could stand to re-read Godwin’s “Beowulf” retelling

if the Tolkien estate doesn’t get around to releasing


translation this year.

One series I dropped a long time ago is Katherine Kurtz’s Deryni

books. I picked up “King Kelson’s Bride” in a bookstore, didn’t get a

good vibe from it (after waiting for years for the series to pick back

up again), and put it back down. I see a new book is out (“In the

King’s Service”), but I’m not sure whether it’s worth the time.

Anyone know anything about Kurtz’s later Deryni efforts?

I’m sorry to note that the first three Black Company books in my

collection seem to have gone out on permanent loan somewhere. That’s

another bit of light fantasy I wouldn’t mind having on hand in the

next few months.

Decent fantasy recommendations are welcome, too. I’m pretty much

going over previously explored territory with all this. I’ve put my

hand on some of Robert Jordan’s stuff, but haven’t bothered to bring

any home. People tell me Stephen R. Donaldson is a quality read (I

did a few of the Thomas Covenant books in junior high, but they never

grabbed me), and I’ve got one very fervent recommendation for

Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” books as The Smarter Harry Potter.

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