An oldie but goodie. Maybe minus the goodie.
Just a friendly addendum to a list of rookie speculative fiction novels worthy of merit. Some of these belong on best of all time lists period.
Some guy named Neil Gaiman once said Jonathan Carroll was, “A cult waiting to happen”. That’s Frankly better than I can put it so don’t read the rest of my thoughts and just buy all Jonathan Carroll books.
I love his Joe Pitt books and because I started a reread I’m re-presenting this interview I conducted with him.
Matthew Stover’s Blade of Tyshalle is one of the best pieces of speculative fiction that can be found in a novel and perhaps the most underrated of all time.
Because friendship is magic.
I wish a letter was all it took to get me Winds of Winter already.
For his second novel Mieville takes us to the high seas while dual-wielding horror and fantasy.
My take on the first 3 Gentleman Bastard books by Scott Lynch. Why isn’t this on FX or HBO right now?
…because size matters. Especially by the pool.
… a union of the best and pure sword and sorcery epic campaign and the first post-modern epic fantasy.
… the groundbreaking groundwork that led us to Forgotten Realms.
… one of the great childhood fantasy stories of my life.
… the first book in the greatest epic fantasy series of all time.
… the latest claimant to the epic fantasy throne?
Before Annihilation and Southern Reach there was Ambergis, Grey Caps, cities, saints, and madmen perculating from the fertile mind of Jeff VanderMeer.
The creators of my favorite book-thing ever in the house.
Also we talk Star Wars, Gene Wolfe, and Rozer Zelazny. You know, about everything important, including his Blade of Tyshalle, which in my mind is in the running for best science fiction/fantasy novel of the century and possibly my favorite.
Before he co-created The Expanse he had a pretty awesome and underrated fantasy series.
Really good and well thoughts answers from the author of the Demon Cycle about his new fantasy series, terror, the changing nature of epic fantasy, and Shogun?