Quick Fire Fantasy (Tag)

Bookstooge IS the Fire!

Joelendil tagged me with this and since it was his first time doing a tag on his blog, I wanted to make sure to actually do this instead of letting it languish in my “saved drafts” like the 3 other tags I currently have sitting in there.  I guess the point of this tag is to just react quickly to the questions with fantasy titles and not think, like a flame of fire racing along dried wood, devouring everything in its path.

Hope you have your s’mores ready!




The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen. One of the few times that the art overpowered me & one of the few graphic novels that impressed the ever-living daylights out of me.




Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher.  This is the first book in the Codex Alera series and the whole series is just fantastic.  Never could get into Dresden and almost gave up on Butcher, until I tried this. Now I am a fan of the author, just not Dresden.




The Warlock Holmes books (to date). I’m saving them to read until the series finishes. That is how I roll, yo, power to the people! #englishlivesmatter




Eye of the World by Robert Jordan. Not only WOULD I read this book again, but I WILL be reading this book, and series, again. Hopefully by the end of year if not a little sooner.




While MOST fantasy does take place on another world already, the book that sprang to mind was Magic Kingdom for Sale – Sold! by Terry Brooks. Ben buys a magic kingdom in a cataloge, thinking it’s a joke. Only to have it turn out to be a Real Magic Kingdom in another world and he is king indeed.




The Thirteenth Child by Patricia Wrede.  The Frontier Magic trilogy by Wrede takes place in an Alternate American West.  Wrede is one those female writers who doesn’t write warrior women grrrl power books and hence seems to not have caught the wave of social pukeitude sweeping the world. This is middle grade, so while it isn’t deeply complex, neither is it simplistic. Wrede is too good a writer for that!


I don’t tag people, just in case you didn’t know. But if you want something quick and easy, this definitely fits the category.  I will leave you now with the words from a song that are very apropos, even if I have nothing good whatsoever to say about the band.

Come on baby, light my fire
Come on baby, light my fire
Try to set the night on fire


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24 thoughts on “Quick Fire Fantasy (Tag)

    1. Cook is not an author that springs to mind for the most part. He is a solid workman but he also introduces things, usually right at the end of a a series, that turns me off.
      As for McKillip, I recommend her stuff all the time, so figured I’d try to think of somebody else for once 🙂

      As for Dickens, I wouldn’t think of him and fantasy together. Even a Christmas Carol is more “supernatural” than Fantasy. If that makes sense.

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    1. Yeah, I’ve heard very conflicting reports and it seems to hinge on whether you like the type of humor. So I’m hoping I’ll like the first book and then the series 🙂
      Humor is SO subjective, sigh…


    1. It is an old 60’s song, so depending on what you listen to, you could very easily never have heard it. I like the music even while not particularly liking the message of the song.

      One of the few “things” about having read so many books is that as long as I’m keeping a record, I can pull some little known ones out of a hat. It is fun! 🙂

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    1. Oh, you definitely should read the rest of the trilogy by Wrede. Mrs B AND I read and enjoyed the whole thing. Not perfect mind you, but it was not time or money wasted in our opinion.

      And I love Alera, a lot. If I didn’t know, and I wasn’t looking for it, I’m not really sure I could have told you that they and Dresden were by the same author. Alera is probably due a re-read in a couple of years by now 🙂


    2. For me, a fairly rabid Butcher fanboy, it took me a while to get into the first Alera book. But once I did…I really got into it. It feels very different from Dresden to me, too (ditto for The Cinder Spires).

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    1. Eh, I really enjoyed it, so beyond the frustration of reading repeated smoothing, pulling, tugging, etc, I should be good to go 🙂

      Plus, I’m pretty sure I already did a re-read of everything Jordan in preparation for the sanderson trilogy conclusion. So back in ’11 and ’12.

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