For literature, the sky is the limit, and there’s hardly a more ambitious work than that of the high fantasy writer, busy creating worlds and universes that scape from the rigors of our everyday lives. Epic sagas like the Lord of the Rings, the Chronicles of Narnia and A Song of Ice and Fire (developed for TV as Game of Thrones) may be the most famous examples of the genre. Do you enjoy reading these massive works of fiction?
I do! and lately my favorite is Nine Princes in Amber, by Roger Zelazny, of which I'm about to start the 5th book in the 10 volume series. It got me out of my post A-Song-of-Ice-and-Fire-blues, and back on track on an epic adventure. I recommend them thoroughly, fantastic novels. So far, one better than the next, and the stakes keep on getting higher. Read them, and you'll see what I mean.
I have to admit that I have enjoyed shorter works of high fantasy, like Neil Gaiman's Stardust, a cute little book full of wonderful surprises, and one of the best prose I have ever read. Neil Gaiman is a fine weaver, his texts the finest filigree. Fantasy and fiction are very close to my heart, loyal companions and delightful creatures, they never disappoint. As I explore the realms of unbound imagination I feel that I engage both in conversations with great minds and in deep and very personal dives into the unknown.
If you enjoy it as much as I do, or want to travel to new and remote territories to be amazed and marveled, join us this week to discuss high fantasy, and low fantasy, or any sort of fantasy you like.