Book Genre: Fantasy

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Edited by Philip Pullman
Shanna
4

Do we need another fairy tale anthology?  Are there any Grimm tales we haven't heard already?  The answer, my friends, is yes on both counts. This book is a great addition to your fairy tale library-take it from someone who has enthusiastically surveyed volume after volume of fairy...

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Kristin Cashore
Joan
4

Graceling is a rich story based on a strong female heroine, Katsa. Katsa is what is referred to as being “graced” which means gifted in some way. Katsa is graced with the swift ability to kill. In the eyes of her uncle, King Randa, she is a very useful tool in controlling his subjects. Katsa is...

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Holly Black
Emily
4

Holly Black has done the impossible: imagined a new way for vampires to live in our world. This unique, compelling and provoking novel really tackles vampires in a whole new way. Vampires have been around forever but due to an uncontrolled new vampire their presence has been revealed to the...

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Rachel Hartman
Rebecca
4

Here's the thing about fantasy: It is so dominated by JRR Tolkien (who, in turn, was heavily influenced by European mythology--English, Norse, and Celtic, most notably) that you can sometimes forget that there's space for anything else. Dwarves and orcs and elves and men. Dragons and...

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Kate Atkinson
Adelina
3

1910, England on a snowy night Ursula Todd is born and dies before taking her first breath. Ursula is born on a snowy night in 1910 England and she lives. As Ursula grows up, she also dies repeatedly in a variety of ways. She lives again and again trying to apply vague memories of former lives...

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Joe R. Lansdale
Ken
3

This book is pretty good. It's a novella with four short stories about Reverend Jebidiah Mercer a hardened man of God, whose purpose is to wipe out evil where ever he finds it. It has a lot of horror elements, zombie, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, demons, and kobolds. Other than the story with...

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John Connolly
Hope
3

David loses a lot of things during the course of this novel. His mother to a horrible disease, the relationship with his father as he remarries and has another child, his home, as his father relocates them to be closer to his war job, and his sense of belonging in the world. David copes with all...

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Maggie Stiefvater
Becker
5

This is the story of Sean, and Puck, and the capaill uisce (a breed of vicious water horses), and Dove (Puck's normal horse), and the island of Thisby. Thisby is a place seemingly out of time, an important character in this book, with its history, traditions, and characters who know each other...

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Nicole Peeler
Adelina
4

This is the first book that I have read by Peeler. It’s also the first book in the series of fast-paced funny paranormal romances.

This series was recommended to me because of my fondness for the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Both series have strong female characters that grew up and live in...

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Brandon Sanderson
Ryan
2

Brandon Sanderson will not be converting many reluctant fantasy readers with The Rithmatist. Here's the setup: Joel is a lowly chalk maker at Armedius Academy in the magic-infused American Isles where murderous chalk figures, aka chalklings, are stealing kids, while Rithmatists (...

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Patrick Rothfuss
seanamo
3

I grew up on high fantasy, but lately every time I see a 600+ page sci-fi or fantasy book, I just think "ain't nobody got time for that!" That may be why it took a while to get into this book (it took a few hours of listening before I fully engaged with the story), but eventually I did get...

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Samantha Shannon
ShellyB
3

Paige is a gifted clairvoyant living in a future London where clairvoyants are hunted down and executed.  Seeking a way to protect herself she joined a criminal gang who become her teachers, co-conspirators, and de facto family.  She is captured, surprised not to be killed but instead...

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Maggie Stiefvater
Kahla
4

Every November on the isolated island of Thisby is the same: the carnivorous water horses, or capaill uisce, emerge from the wintry waters off the coast and are captured by locals hoping to win the annual Scorpio Races. Seventeen-year-old Sean Kendrick has won the last four races, and...

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Kevin Hearne
seanamo
5

This first volume of the Iron Druid Chronicles introduces us to the world's last surviving druid, 2100 year-old Atticus O'Sullivan and his faithful companion, Oberon (an Irish wolfhound that can talk to Atticus telepathically). Atticus has been peacefully hiding from the forces of faerie for...

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Tamora Pierce
Rebecca
4

From the book jacket: "Beka Cooper is a rookie with the law-enforcing Provost's Guard, and she's been assigned to the Lower City. It's a tough beat that's about to get tougher, as Beka's limited ability to communicate with the dead clues her in to an underworld conspiracy. Someone close to Beka...

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Allyson Braithwaite Condie
Mary P
4

I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly this book drew me into its spell--even after the first few pages, I didn't want to put it down!  I finished it in a day and started on the second in the series.

This is the story of a girl who lives in a distant future America where...

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Philip Reeve
Ken
3

Goblins was a fun read. Nothing spectacular as far as fantasy books go, but it is well written and has some pretty funny bits.

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Jim Butcher
Rebecca
3

Storm Front is one of those novels that navigates a couple of genres at once, namely, fantasy (Harry Dresden, the main character, is a wizard) and crime noir (he's also a private investigator who contracts sometimes with the Chicago PD). This is not, however, a slightly-parallel world...

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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 ...