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100 Must-Read Fantasy Novels by Nick Rennison, Stephen E. Andrews

By Nick Rennison, Stephen E. Andrews

Myth is without doubt one of the so much seen genres in pop culture - we see the production of magical and imagined worlds and characters in all kinds of media, with very powerful fan bases in tow. This most up-to-date advisor within the profitable Bloomsbury Must-Read sequence covers paintings from a variety of authors: Tolkien, Philip Pullman, Terry Pratchett, Michael Moorcock, Rudyard Kipling and C.S Lewis to very modern writers similar to Garth Nix and Steven Erikson. so that it will extend your diversity of examining or deepen your realizing of this style, this is often the easiest position to begin.

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As he walks through the lands of men like some holy pilgrim, from hale village to rude 19 100 MUST-READ FANTASY NOVELS hamlet, enigmatic and dignified, the Traveller dispenses hexes in a stately battle against the forces of chaos that blacken men’s lives. Only the Traveller can win this war and usher in a new era, for his sole nature frees him from the restrictions that bind others. But can even his wisdom, judgement and power thwart the Lords of entropy? John Brunner’s Traveller in Black stories are told in a voice as measured and distinctive as the unforgettable character himself.

One of the more unsuccessful fantasy movies of recent times was The Dark is Rising, which failed to capture the tone and complexities of what is possibly the finest British fantasy series for children of the 1960s and 1970s. Over Sea, Under Stone is the prelude to the series, which slips into high gear in the second volume, The Dark is Rising. The book begins traditionally enough in its depiction of the typically English and wholesome Drew family as they arrive at the seaside home of Great Uncle Merriman but the lightness of this tale of hidden stairwells, a cryptic map and a quest for treasure during school summer holidays conceals layers of symbolism that become more explicit as the series progresses.

The Traveller remains one of his most memorable characters. E. Modesitt, The Magic of Recluce; >> Michael Moorcock, Stormbringer; Susan Shwartz, Grail of Hearts; Cherry Wilder, A Princess of the Chameln 20 MIKHAIL BULGAKOV MIKHAIL BULGAKOV (1891–1940) RUSSIA THE MASTER AND MARGARITA (1967) Mikhail Bulgakov’s life and work were shaped by the Russian Revolution and by the society which emerged from it. He was born and brought up in Kiev in the Ukraine, then part of the Tsarist Russian Empire. As a young and newly qualified doctor he served in field hospitals during the civil war that followed the 1917 Bolshevik seizure of power and, when he gave up medicine for literature, his writing reflected his deep ambivalence about the brave new world into which his fellow citizens were being led.

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