Book Genre: Fantasy

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Lev Grossman
Melody
2

When I heard this book described as an adult Harry Potter, I immediately snatched it up. I can understand the comparison, and the author makes a few allusions to the Harry Potter universe, though it turns into more of a sinister Narnia. Quentin arrives at his alumni interview for Princeton to...

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Michael Ende
Michael
3

Momo is an earlier book by Michael Ende, author of The Neverending Story. Published first in German in 1973, Momo is a fantasy novel aimed at teens.

Momo, an illiterate orphaned girl who lives alone at the amphitheater ruins, becomes a kind of sage to the...

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Helene Wecker
KristinR
4

The Golem and the Jinni is a tale of two mystical creatures, one made of earth and the other made of fire, who find each other in the unlikely setting of New York City, 1899. The Golem, created by a Kabbalistic priest with twisted motivations and experience with dark magic, finds...

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Molly Harper
Emily
3

Jane Jameson is not having a great week, she just got fired from her job as the local children's librarian and all she got for her severance was a gift certificate to the only chain restaurant in town. So here she is drinking away her pain with electric lemonades, but she meets a great guy, but...

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Neil Gaiman
Nancy
4

I don't read horror - I'm a chicken and I have a very vivid imagination, particularly associated with the written word.  However, Gaiman balances the young narrator horrible, fearful experiences with the wonder and wisdom of three women who befriend and protect him.  The women are the...

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Alan Moore
Nancy
3

Graphic novels are not among my usual reading choices.  So, as part of the reading challenge, I thought I'd try a "classic" graphic novel.  Watchmen was fairly interesting - written/drawn so that the main characters were distinct enough to keep track of,  fascinating interweaving...

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Robin McKinley
Janet Q
5

This teen fantasy novel was such a pleasure to read. It is set in an ambiguous, possibly future time setting. Magic has been banned from the Newworld, where our heroine Maggie lives. One of the things I liked about the way this novel is written is the matter of fact tone, which ...

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Andy Diggle
Ken
3

Silent Dragon takes place in a future Japanese police state. It focuses on Renjiro a Yakuza lieutenant who is betrayed by the head of the organization, and goes out for revenge. The story is cool, it moves quickly, and the artwork is interesting and dynamic. The only problem I have is the story...

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Corwin Ericson
Charles
4

In Swell, Corwin Ericson takes the reader on a journey through the eyes of George Whippey, a man with no drive nor ambition to do anything more in life than float through it.  Whippey is a 30-something slacker living on the fictional island of Bismuth in the northern Atlantic.  He...

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Marie Brennan
Hope H
5

Against all admonitions not to it was the cover of Marie Brennan's A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent which first made me judge the book worth reading. Just look at all those tiny numbers pointing to the different parts of the dragon as though they correspond...

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Helene Wecker
Hope
5

This book was an incredibly interesting take on the immigrant experience in New York, 1899. While many immigrant stories include bits of folklore that people bring with them, this book treats two characters of folktales as immigrants themselves. The story explores two ethnic immigrant...

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Neil Gaiman
Becker
4

Dad goes out for milk so his kids can have breakfast (and, more importantly, so he can have his tea). He's gone for longer than he should be. His story involves dinosaurs, pirates, wumpires, a volcano, a hot air balloon, a time machine, and some aliens...Fortunately, he never lets go of the milk...

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J. K Rowling
Mary P
4

Harry Potter and his friends return for their second year of school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in this second novel in J.K. Rowling's beloved series.  Before they even arrive, Ron and Harry go on an exciting (and illegal) adventure, which sets the stage for the events in...

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Sarah J Maas
CarolE
2

Celaena Sardothien, the King’s Assassin has a mysterious background, but her romantic entanglements with the Captain of the Guard and the Prince are just as important to untangling the plots against the evil king of Adarlan who wants unlimited power in Erilea and seems to be using her to achieve...

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Pamela Mingle
Janet Q
5

Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle is a delightful novel for young adults that combines fantasy, romance and historical fiction. The aptly named Miranda is in the dressing room after a performance in her high school play when she is whisked back in time to...

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Kiersten White
Brianna
4

Endlessly is author Kiersten White's final book in the Paranormalcy Series about Evie, part-time stereotypical girl teen, part-time paranormal super girl. It's the story of a teenage girl with who likes cute boys, the color pink, and TV dramas like anyone else, but she's set apart by her ability...

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Stephen King
Jennifer D
2

The Gunslinger, aka Roland Deschain, has long been the brooding hero among fans of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. The Gunslinger, first in the 8 book series, finds Roland in the desert of the mysterious Mid-World, pursuing “the man in black.” The narrative jumps between Roland’s quest,...

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Ridley Pearson
lcole
4

Five teens, including Finn Whitman, are hired by Disney World to be Disney hosts.  Holographic images of the teens wander Disney World interacting with park visitors.  Everything seems fine until Finn and the others start having strange, very realistic dreams of Disney World after...

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Neil Gaiman
Tara
4

Akin to the original Grimm fairytales, within this haunting and lyrical tale lurk terrifying monsters ripped from your worst nightmares. Sharp and quick, like a pin prick, I will likely spend an exponentially longer time thinking about the book than I spent reading it. I cried near the end of...

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Jamie Delano
Ken
3

The biggest problem with this graphic novel is it's unevenness. The first story arc is good with John Constantine gaining the help of Papa Midnight to stop a hunger demon that possesses people and causes them to gorge themselves while still starving to death. Then there is a stand alone issue...

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Edited by Dave Eggers
ShellyB
4

A mix of short stories, essays, magazine articles, and online resources, the 2012 edition also includes meeting minutes from various Occupy movements across the country.  Some of the more familiar authors in this edition are Sherman Alexie, Junot Díaz, Louise Erdrich, Jon Ronson, and Jess...

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Laurie.
4

I haven't read much fantasy and this collection of short stories introduced me to new writers like Nina Kiriki Hoffman. The eerie bookstores and complicated people who frequent them are usually assisted by equally strange staff. Not all stories are dark. Some readers find what they have always...

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M. K. Hobson
Emily
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Emily Edwards is a single women living in 1876 California, she is trying to take care of her father the only way she knows how, with witchcraft. Spells and potions that she sells to her neighbors, but the problem is, there’s a big wig wizard from the east coast (Dreadnought Stanton, isn't that...

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Steven (Steven Piziks) Harper
Emily
3

This is a fun steampunk romp through Victorian England, though one that is filled with shambling zombies, mad genius scientists, and automata of all sorts. Gavin Ennock only ever wanted to be a sailor of the skies, and he was, until the sky pirates came and well now Gavin is stuck in...

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Faith Hunter
Emily
3

Meet Jane Yellowrock, a Cherokee girl with amber eyes, who is much more than meets the eye. Jane is a skinwalker, perhaps even the last of her kind, she is also Beast (which is a long story). Right now though? Right now she's a bada$$ vampire hunter, "Have stakes, will travel" is her motto and...