Thursday, August 27, 2009

Basic Challenge: Fantasy List

Ok So here is my fantasy basic list - a combination of recomendations and the 'best of' lists. Most of these are part of a series - (which i'll also read). Some of those listed i've read before when i was much younger so i plan to reread them.

SF and historical fiction list to come soon (I'm a masochist i know)

  1. The Swan's War, Sean Russell
  2. Elantris, Brandon Sanderson
  3. Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
  4. Earthsea Series, Ursula Le Guin
  5. Wheel of Time Series, Robert Jordan
  6. A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin
  7. Acacia, David Durhams
  8. The Briar King, Greg Keyes
  9. The Darkness that comes before, R. Scott Bakers
  10. Shadowmarch, Tad Williams
  11. The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Steven Erickson
  12. The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
  13. The Farseer Trilogy, Robin Hobbs
  14. Tigana, Guy Gaveriel Kay
  15. The Summer Tress, "
  16. The first Law Trilogy, Joe Abercrombie
  17. The Sun Sword, Michelle West
  18. The Death Gate Cycle, Tracy Hickman & Margaret Weiss
  19. Magician, Raymond E. Feist
  20. Codex Alera, Jim Butcher
  21. The Runelords, Dave Farlands
  22. The Way of Shadows, Brent Weeks
  23. Mythago Wood, Robert Holdstock
  24. American Gods, Neil Gaimen
  25. The Stolen Child, Keith Donohue
  26. Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke
  27. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
  28. The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
  29. The Abhoreson Trilogy, Garth Nix
  30. The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Jonathon Stroud
  31. Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
  32. Lies of Lock Lamora, Scott Lynch
  33. Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Stephen R Donaldson,
  34. The Sword of Shadows, J.V. Jones
  35. Memory, Sorrow, Thorn, Tad Williams
  36. The Dragon CrownWar Cycle, Micheal A. Stackpole
  37. ShadowMarch, "
  38. Empire Trilogy, Feist & Janny Wurts
  39. The DarkTower, Stephen King
  40. Dresden Files, Jim Butcher
  41. Amber Chronicles, Roger Zelazny
  42. The cold Fire Trilogy, C.S. Friedman
  43. Riddle of Stars, Patricia A. McKillip
  44. Godless World Trilogy, Brian Ruckley,
  45. Boreal Moon Trilogy, Julia May
  46. Crown of Stars Trilogy, Kate Elliot
  47. Oath of Empire Saga, Thomas Harlan
  48. Mistborn, Brandon Sanderson
  49. Furies of Calderon, Jim Butcher
  50. Liveship Traders, Robin Hobb
  51. The Sevenwater Trilogy, Juliet Marillier
  52. Kushiels Dart, Jacqueline Carey
  53. The Lions of al Rassan, Guy G Kay
  54. Archangel, Sharon Shinn
  55. Exiles, Melini Rawn
  56. Dragon and the phoenix, Joanne Bertin
  57. Dragon Prince Trilogy, Melini Rawn
  58. Rhapsody, Elizabeth Haydon
  59. The Second Sons, Jennifer Fallon
  60. Tales of the Otori, Lian Hearn
  61. A Song for Abalion, Steven Lawhead
  62. Rise of Moontide & Magic, Sean Russell
  63. The Light Age, Ian McDonald
  64. The Amtrack Wars, Patrick Tilley
  65. Sword-Dancer, Jennifer Roberson
  66. The Sword, Ring & Chalice, Deborah Chester
  67. The Initiate Brother, Sean Russell
  68. Talion, Revenant, Micheal A. Stackpole
  69. A Curse of Chalion, Lois BuJold
  70. The light ages, Ian R. MacLeod
  71. Vampire Earth, EE Knight
  72. Ascendents of Astoria, James Barclay
  73. Black Jewel, Anne Bishop
  74. God's Demon, Wayne Barlow
  75. Legend, David Gemmell
  76. Nation, Terry Pratchet
  77. The Magicians, Lev Grossman
  78. Obernewtyn Chronicles, Isobelle Carmody
  79. The Disc World Series, Terry Pratchet
  80. The Dark is Rising, Susan Cooper
  81. Incarnations of immortality, Piers Anthony
  82. The Axis Ttrilogy, Sara Douglass
  83. The Never ending story, Micheal Ende
  84. Magic Kingdom of Landover, Terry Brooks
  85. Dead Until Dark, Charlainne Harris
  86. The Belgaird Series, David Eddings
  87. The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind
  88. Dracula, Bram Stoker
  89. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
  90. The Princess Bride, William Goldman
  91. Sophies World, Jostein Gaarder
  92. Shannara Trilogy, Terry Brooks
  93. InkHeart, Cornelia Funke,
  94. Interview with a Vampire, Anne Rice
  95. Animal Farm, George Orwell
  96. Ella Enchanted, Gail Levine
  97. Life of Pi, Yann Martel
  98. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
  99. The last unicorn, Peter S. Beagle
  100. Something wicked this way comes, Ray Bradbury
  101. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Bradley
  102. Chronicle of Raven, James Barclay
  103. DragonRiders of Pern, Anne McCaffrey
  104. The Song of the Lioness, tamora Pierce
  105. The Eyre Affair, Jasper Fforde

Complied from : 100 best fantasy book list and this excellent website The Best fantasy Books

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Basics Challenge Update

So there has been a bit of interest about the basics challenge so i've set up the blog. Please drop by! If you want to join the challenge email me at

I'm still working on my list but i've made some badges/logos if people would like to use them

I'm currently going to post my progress/list etc. here soon! Email me if your interested in Joining!!

Here are some Badges to add to your blog!

185 x 150

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Basics Challenge

According to Brenton Tomlinson at Fantasty Fiction Factor, many SFF circles use a term called 'reinventing the wheel' to describe newbie fantasy and SF writers who labour over the creation of their worlds, only to find that its all 'been done before'.

According to SF Writers of America, 'reinventing the wheel' is where :

A novice author goes to enormous lengths to create a science-fictional situation already tiresomely familiar to the experienced reader. Reinventing the Wheel was traditionally typical of mainstream writers venturing into SF. It is now often seen in writers who lack experience in genre history because they were attracted to written SF via SF movies, SF television series, SF role-playing games, SF comics or SF computer gaming.

Like any genre you want to write in, it is essential to be vastly read in both that genre and others! Essentially you should have 'The Basics'.

So ladies and Gents, i'm starting 'The Basics' Challenge which is similar to the Fill-in-the-Gaps-Project except this will specifically refer to 'a genre'. In my case Fantasy with a dash of Science Fiction.

Here are some helpful links to get you started:

Absolute Write List of SFF basic books

Fantasy MasterWork Series

SF MasterWork Series

I'm currently going to post my progress/list etc. here, but if anyone else is interested - let me know and i'll set up a blog :)

The Dark Divine - i'm in love lol

Its funny how things work out. I was going to blog about how crazy i am for 'the dark divine' book cover - black and purple are my favourite colours afterall. I want my book cover to look like this!! Anyhoo, just as i was about to type this post up, i notice that there is a competition running on Bree's Blog.

So I'm telling everyone to head on over and have a gander. Here are the amazing prizes

Qualified participants will be entered into a drawing to win one of three prizes:

1. A pedicure kit complete with my new THE DARK DIVINE nail polish! + An autographed ARC of THE DARK DIVINE + $15 gift card to Barnes & Noble.

2. Signed copy of MY BIG NOSE AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS by Sydney Salter + Signed copy of LIFE IN THE PIT by Kristen Landon

3. A $30 gift card to Barnes & Noble

*le Sigh* that cover is amazing!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Book Blogger Appreciation Week Award

So i was pleasantly surprised when i opened my email box and got two emails about Book Blogger Awards for Best challenge (FITG) and for Best General Book Reviews (book Bundle).

At this point, the email was just to notify me of the entry of my blogs for these prizes (huge thank you to the person/people who nominated the blogs!!) Now they evaluate the blogs for their category and then if suitable they will be nominated and judged on.

If they are nominated i'll post about them on the blogs etc. but for now i'm just thrilled that they were entered!! :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

27 Viruses Later . . .

Yes my laptop had 27 viruses, 16 of which were trojans. My uncle (IT man) said he never ever saw a laptop more riddled. . . .


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Muse - Uprising

Ok I'm a HUGE MUSE fan, so i'm thrilled that last night (uk time), the first song off the resistance album, uprising got its first ever play! WAHOO! Can't wait to see them again in NOV!

Heres a snippet of the new song

Sunday, August 2, 2009



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