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Feb 12, 2010 10:32 PM CST
Name: Laura
Olympia, WA
I am an unrepentant bibliophile. I own approximately 800 books, fiction and non-fiction, I had to index them and box them up because I don't have room for enough book shelves. I'd say a good 1/3 of them are sci-fi or fantasy of one type or another. I also easily go through over 100 library books a year, almost all sci-fi or fantasy of one type or another. This was one of the main reasons I started this cubit. There are other book sites, but they don't seem to come close to my interests most of the time. I hope to talk about those books I already know as well as being introduced to ones I've missed.

Charles DeLint stories/world is what I was thinking of when I framed this cubit. He takes ancient myths, European, Native American, etc... and sticks them into a modern world, and does it seamlessly and believably. To quote the Wikipedia "Along with writers like Terri Windling and John Crowley, de Lint popularized the genres of urban fantasy and mythic fiction which fall somewhere between classical fantasy literature, and mainstream fiction with a magical realist bent." Though I don't want to leave out true fantasy or sci-fi, as well as modern mythology like zombies, vampires, etc.. or anything else that people feel fits here.

I apologize that this post is so long, but I couldn't manage to cut it down.

Some of my other favorite authors:
John Bellairs - writing between 1966 and 1992 he created wonderful children's stories that I would classify as urban fantasies. He was one of my favorite authors as a child, and they stand up as an adult.
Holly Black - best known for Spiderwick, which are good, the first books I read to my step-daughter and her favorite for many years, I prefer her fantasy targeted at an older audience.
Lillian Jackson Braun - though technically mysteries, Koko seems to have special powers which places it in fantasy to me.
Neil Gaiman - especially Neverwhere, American Gods, and Anansi Boys.
David Gerrold - His Chtorr, post apocalyptic stories are perfectly within the genre and yet unique. .
Tony Hillerman - another author who is technically a mystery writer, but whose stories come so close to the edge of fantasy that I include them here.
Katherine Kurtz - a great urban fantasy writer.
Mercedes Lackey - a guilty pleasure. She's not the best writer, but she is a good story teller.
C.S. Lewis - I only read the Chronicles of Narnia recently, but I think they are correctly placed as modern classics.
Naomi Novik - her Temerarie series is on of the best depictions of dragons I've ever read and it's set in Napoleonic era.
Tamora Pierce - one of my first favorite writers when I came back to reading in middle school, and I still wait eagerly for each of her new books. She is a great young adult fantasy writer.
Mike Resnick - one of the best Space Opera writers out there. He is also a great editor, creating some of the best short story books I've read.
J. K. Rowling - I'm sure everyone knows the writer of the Harry Potter books. Everyone I know who has read them loves them, including my grandmother. J. K. Rowling has done more to get children to want to read than anyone in history and has convinced publishers that children will read books larger than 150 pages.
Madori Snyder - she has written straight fantasy, creating a wonderful world and magic system, as well as urban fantasy set in the old west. All of her stories I've read were well worth it.
Neil Stephenson - As well as his historic fiction stories, which he may be best known for, he writes wonderful sci-fi stories with a unique view.
J. R. R. Tolkien - of course...
Tad Williams - from Tale chaser's song, in the same genre as watership down, to Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, traditional fantasy, to The war of the Flowers, a modern fairy tell with a messed up fairyland, all of his books I've read are different and wonderful.

and single books or series:
Apprentice Adept series and Incarnations of Immortality series - Piers Anthony - though I have grown out of most of Piers Anthony's books, these series I think he hit the right note on and I still think are great series.
The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury - even after we have seen the surface of Mars, these books still spark the wonder of space for me.
The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov - the devil in Moscow, but not a horror story and I think it transcends a fiction novel.
Ender's Game sequels - Orson Scott Card - a great sci-fi world, which deals with many serious issues.
Coldfire Trilogy - C. S. Friedman - A great fantasy in space world where fears become real and those with enough will can do magic.
Outlander - Diana Gabaldon - another guilty pleasure, but I really like the stories and she deals well with time travel.
Redwall - Brian Jaques - a children's book, though it holds up as an adult, he creates a wonderful world of talking animals. Redwall is great, but the later novels are hit and miss.
Contact - Carl Sagan - a classic and incredible sci-fi novel that blew me away with the, for lack of a better word, philosophy contained within it.
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