A Useful Website: Best Fantasy Books

Yesterday, I shared my opinions here about The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende. Upon reflection, I realised that it could seem as if I am a hater of fantasy writing. Not so. I am, however, a somewhat picky reader of fantasy. I did some Googling, and I found a useful website, called Best Fantasy Books, which has this to say about the genre:

Take a stroll through any mega bookstore, and you will be inundated with countless fantasy fiction books. A few will be great fantasy books, some will be good fantasy books, and most will be bad fantasy books. Finding a good fantasy novel is difficult, like sifting for gold among sand. But occasionally, just occasionally, you’ll find that rare nugget, that grain of gold to forever treasure.

Some have a negative perception of fantasy literature (especially those who read only “mainstream” literature) as being cheesy, badly written, and cliche. Yet, rest assured there are some very well written fantasy books out there — books that can compete arm to arm with “literature”. You just have to know where to look.

And Best Fantasy Books is, in fact, a very good place to look. They have a “Top 25” books list (yes, Tolkien’s on the list, but so are many you may have not heard of). They also have lists according to sub-genre, some fairly closely associated with fantasy, and some not. For example, the stewards of that website have assembled a collection of what they deem to be the best of the Tolkien Clones, as well as Asian-themed fantasy.

So, hopefully that does something to dispel any false impressions that I am a fantasy hater. Hope it also gives you some fresh suggestions for reading material.

Kindle E-Book now available: No Short Roads to Flin Flon

Looking for a fun read on your Kindle?  Check out my collection of short stories, newly released on Amazon.  It’s titled No Short Roads to Flin Flon: Only Short Stories for the Journey.

Here’s the description from the website:
A zookeeper forms a bond of hope with an elephant in a city devoid of people. Alec Baldwin seeks advice on a movie script in orbit. Soviet zombies infest the frigid waters beneath the polar ice cap. A failed dictator and his cronies face off with croquet mallets in exile. A young acupuncturist is confronted by his father’s dead cat.

No Short Roads to Flin Flon draws the reader through the humorous and the bizarre, the poignant and the soulful, the broken down and the uplifting. And like the long road itself, it won’t be soon forgotten.

The collection includes 23 short stories and 7 poems (about 60,000 words or 200 pages in total).

Check it out on Amazon here.