Sunday, April 19, 2009

Fantasy Novels anyone?

I've had this idea for a series (possibly) of fantasy novels for awhile but it's kind of lain dormant till yesterday when I saw this picture by the amazing Emmy Cicierega and it re-ignited (is that the right word?) my desire to write a long fantasy narrative with a strong female protagonist.
The only problem is that I haven't read that many fantasy novels. I was into this series when I was in high school about these magic swords, which I can't even remember the name of, and it looked like I was going to stay on that path but then I veered into sci-fi and never looked back.
So....the question is...does anyone have any suggestions for good fantasy novels? I suppose I should start with Robert E. Howard's Conan series since those were the books that pretty much started the whole genre off but what else is there worth reading among the stacks of dreck?


Anonymous said...

You can't go wrong with the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Or you could read the Bible for great fantasy! Whichever you chose, man.

Kurdt said...

Arrrgh, how could I forget J.R.R? I read The Hobbit and the rings books in high school.
You know what? I think I'm just going to hit up the library and grab the first random fantasy novel on the shelf.
The Bible is a great peace of literature, lots of nasty sex and violence in that one! (I'm not kidding either, The Bible is full of twisted sex and blood by the bucket.)

Anonymous said...

Glad I could be of service, Kurdt. After all, according to the Shakespearean Insulter, I'm a puking rump-fed baggage. I may be against the puking and baggage part, but the second one?