Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Fantasy Authors

Top Ten Tuesday
Top 10 Favorite Fantasy Authors
I readily admit that I'm taking an easy-out here.  I love fantasy.  It's my go-to genre, and I completely own up to the fact that nearly every single one of my lists have at least 4-5 fantasy related titles/authors/characters.  So I'm not going to include the obvious.  J.K., C.S., J.R.R, you know I love you.  I have sung my affection loudly and proudly.  You will remain, forever and always in my heart.  But for the purposes of this here list, here are 10 of my other favorites.

1) Rick Riordan - "You had me at hello..."  As if Greek Gods in modern times with the Underworld located in L.A. wasn't enough to get my literary heart racing, you go and have a chapter called "Auntie Em's Garden Gnome Emporium."

2) John Connolly - Completed adore The Book of Lost Things and The Gates.  He has such a unique voice, and the two I've read started out all fun and roses and then turned super creepy.  Love it!  Can't wait to read more!!

3) Rachel Hawkins / Kiersten White - Yeah, I know they don't write together, but being relative newcomers, I thought I'd lump them together.  They both have a unique writing style, strong, fierce female characters, and some incredible wit that adds to the fun of the unbelievable.  Keep it up ladies!

4) Jim Butcher - Harry Dresden might be my favorite warlock detective.  Ok.  He's the only warlock detective that I know, but I thoroughly enjoy him.  The poor guy can't catch a break, but he has a great heart.  And all of the magic?  Yeah...awesome.

5) Jasper Fforde - I had to slip in one repeat offender.  I've never read anything like the works of Jasper Fforde.  His worlds are so complex, yet so real.  And he brings the world of books alive, literally, with so much sarcasm that I just can't seem to get enough.

6) E.D. Baker - A pleasant surprise.  I devoured her Frog Princess series.  There is an innocence to her writing and characters, but she writes with so much emotion that she sucks you into every book.

7) Patricia Wrede - I really liked her Enchanted Forest Chronicles series when I read it, but I loved it when I listened to the full cast audiobook.  Witches, princesses, dragons, magic carpets...the books have it all.

8) Neil Gaiman - GENIUS. 

9) Maggie Stiefvater - I hate werewolves, but she made me love werewolves.  I hate stories with horses, but she made me love stories with horses.  She is turning my reading world upside down.

10) Libba Bray - While I love her realistic fiction (which isn't really realistic fiction, is it?  They all seem to have some fantastical elements...) she shines at making you believe anything.  From magical worlds to prohibition ghosts, she is the incomparable, Libba Bray.

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