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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Fantasy Worth Reading


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Are you one of those people who has seen the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter movies but never reads fantasy literature? Maybe you liked fantasy as a young teenager, but became disappointed with the quality of fantasy books being written in the last 20 years.

Well, this column is for you. I am a very, very picky reader. I love fantasy, but also love literature, leaning towards Dickens, the Brontes, Jane Austen, Poe, and Hawthorne. Here’s a recommendation for you:

Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy, consisting of Ship of Magic, Mad Ship and Ship of Destiny, has everything many fantasy series lack. The characters are believable and multi-dimensional, the basic situation is original and provocative, and the plot is a page-turner.

In her world, certain special ships come to life and steer themselves, talking to their owners through their figureheads (the carved wooden figures at the bows of the ships.) Just imagine if such a ship, owned over generations by a trading family, fell into the wrong hands–say those of a pirate?

I put this question to you: did you enjoy Peter Pan, the Oz books, and the Princess Bride? Well, put a few weekends aside and prepare to enjoy this wonderful trilogy.

For more information visit Robin Hobb’s own spare, but informative website at http://www.robinhobb.com

Right now I’m salivating over the first book of her new trilogy, Fool’s Errand. I’m saving it for a rainy day, because I know from experience that once I get sucked in, it’s going to be days before I surface. .