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This week’s topic allows you to pick a genre to list your favorite authors in, and it was difficult for me to decide whether I wanted to do sci-fi or fantasy, but I’ve been in quite a fantasy mood lately, so it just sounded like more fun :D. Also the covers are sometimes prettier, haha.
- Brandon Sanderson – author of Mistborn, Elantris and Warbreaker, as well as many others, Sanderson is definitely my all around favorite fantasy author. Every book I read of his is original, compelling and fulfilling. The only reason that I read books by other authors is because I know I need to spread his books over the years so that I don’t run out!
- Patrick Rothfuss – a new author, but wow did he prove his stuff! The Kingkiller Chronicle is only two-thirds done, but Rothfuss proved that even traditional fantasy ideas could be reworked with a mystical new voice for a completely fresh feel. The way his books make my brain feel is just completely different than any other fantasy I’ve read, and they are freaking awesome.
- Jim C. Hines – Hines is a Michigan author, and I haven’t actually read all that many of his books, but what I have read of his I’ve loved, and I love his blog. In addition to being an author, he is also a huge women’s rights activist and is involved in rape and abuse counseling if I’m not mistaken. He’s just such a freaking great guy, in addition to being a fantastic (haha) writer with strong female characters and vibrant fantasy worlds. If you haven’t heard of him, please please please check him out, and his Princess series!
- Anne McCaffrey – Being one of the first fantasy authors that I read voraciously, McCaffrey obviously had a huge impact on my life. When I was younger, I was in fact determined to go on vacation to Ireland to meet her, and I was really sad when I read that she died. There will always be a part of me that flies with the dragons in Pern, and I am guaranteed to buy any book of her’s that I haven’t read if I find it at a book sale.
- J. K. Rowling – While we’re talking about authors that heavily influenced my childhood ;-). I’m not sure what’s up with Casual Vacancy, but I loved Harry Potter, and really look forward to more Rowling fantasy in the future!
- Margaret Weis – Co-author of the awesome Dragonlance Chronicles (and many other Dragonlance books), I’ve only read 4 of her books, but the final Dragonlance Chronicle book moved me with character depth and connection that I literally have never seen matched. In a lot of ways love between lifelong friends can be more touching than romantic love because it takes so much longer to develop…. Those books are awesome.
- Tracy Hickman – The other Dragonlance author! I find his photo and Goodreads profile amusing, it looks like he doesn’t care much what is on it ;-). In any case, Dragonlance books, they are awesome fantasy.
- Ilona Andrews – Technically they are a husband and wife team, but one author? It’s confusing! Anyway, the Kate Daniels and Edge series are some rocking urban fantasy. They do a wonderful job of keeping a very congested genre fresh and compelling.
- Patricia Briggs – On the subject of rocking urban fantasy, I love the Mercedes Thompson series so much, so so much. When is the next one coming out????
- Phillip Pullman – His Dark Materials was a fantabulous trilogy, and props to Pullman for doing something rare and making us think with a fantasy story! It’s not just for sci-fi any more :D. Also I commented in a previous post that I haven’t heard anything from him recently, which is still true, but he has an old series called Sally Lockhart that has some pretty good ratings >.>.
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