Book reviews, musings and waffle from a British lit addict

Fantasy: Where to go from here?

During one of my more-regular-than-they-should-be browsings of the Waterstone’s website, I found this guide:

www.waterstones.com/wat/images/special/promo/sci_fi_guide_09.pdf

Although science fiction isn’t really my thing, I am very weak when it comes to fantasy, much to my other half’s amusement, and this ‘guide’ is brilliant!

It’s designed for people who are new to the genre, people who have never tried it before or even people who have got stuck in a fantasy rut and gives a brief description of each sub-genre (I know, who knew there were so many?!) before recommending books to start off with. The best bit for me is the ‘If you like this, you’ll love..’ which kindly recommends new authors to try in genres you’ve discovered that you like.

My favourites are, as I now know, ‘urban fantasy’ and ‘heroic, epic and high fantasy fiction’ – cool, eh?

The down side being, I really didn’t need anybody to give me any more books to lust after…



  • Red

    I like this guide, especially the recommendations in the back. I love Douglas Adams and Christopher Moore, so I'll probably check out a few of the other comedy sci fi and fantasy books. Thanks for posting this!

  • You're welcome! 🙂

    I've never read anything by Christopher Moore although I do remember enjoying Douglas Adams in my teens.

    Is there anything in particular by him that I should try reading first?

  • Red

    My favorite book/Christopher Moore book is Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal but A Dirty Job (about death) and Fool (King Lear from the fool's PoV) are also great. I've yet to read one of his books that I haven't liked.