Tag Archives: Fantasy

Le Morte d’Arthur
Thomas Malory

Le Morte d’Arthur is not actually one long epic about the life and death of King Arthur, but rather a collection of stories of the knights of the Round Table fused by Malory into a somewhat coherent tale…

Orlando Furioso
Ludovico Ariosto

Without a doubt, Orlando Furioso is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever read. From start to finish, it’s all action, and all awesome…

Journey to the West
Wu Cheng'en

The impact that Journey to the West has had on the world since its publication is…staggering. I don’t think I would be overstating things to say that most (if not all) modern manga/anime have been directly influenced by Journey to the West

The Neverending Story
Michael Ende

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard of The Neverending Story, and have heard of it because of the movie. The movie, in its own way, is a classic of the fantasy film genre of the 1980s (whose king, of course, is Labyrinth), and is quite enjoyable, but it differs in a couple key ways…

Prince Caspian
C. S. Lewis

In Prince Caspian, Peter et al. return to Narnia after a year’s absence to cause more mischief. They’ve been called by Prince Caspian, who’s fleeing for his life. His uncle, who, unbeknownst to him, killed his father to ascend the throne, has just had a son, so he no longer has a need for a nephew, and so he decides to kill him…

Revenge of the Rainbow Dragons
Rose Estes

If you’re like me, you hear the name “Rose Estes” and wonder, “Who?” It amazes me, to be honest, that someone like Estes could have been so thoroughly forgotten by the pages of history while second-rate authors like Michael Crichton, John Grisham, and Ernest Hemingway remain in the public consciousness…

The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear
Walter Moers

At the outset, we’re told that Bluebear lives 27 lives, and that in this book we get to hear about 13.5 of them (“a bear must have his secrets, after all”, he says). Bluebear is, indeed, a blue bear that lives on the mythical continent of Zamonia, which existed at one time somewhere in the Atlantic (west of Africa and Europe, east of the Americas, and south of Greenland). His earliest memory is of being adrift on a walnut shell in a vast ocean…

Shapechangers
Jennifer Roberson

There’s no need to read this book…

Frankenstein
Mary Shelley

Frankenstein is a far cry from the Franken Berry we’ve come to know and love, but he still has much to teach us…

Lolita
Vladimir Nabokov

Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way first. Yes, Lolita is a novel about child exploitation. That’s one of the reasons why I vowed I’d never read it, or anything else by Nabokov—and I probably never would have, had it not been assigned by my first English professor in my first English class at Berkeley