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Myth is among the so much seen genres in pop culture - we see the construction of magical and imagined worlds and characters in all sorts of media, with very powerful fan bases in tow. This most up-to-date consultant within the profitable Bloomsbury Must-Read sequence covers paintings from a variety of authors: Tolkien, Philip Pullman, Terry Pratchett, Michael Moorcock, Rudyard Kipling and C.S Lewis to very modern writers reminiscent of Garth Nix and Steven Erikson. as a way to extend your variety of analyzing or deepen your knowing of this style, this is often the simplest position to begin.

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Weaveworld is both painstakingly crafted and astonishingly original. After this triumph, Barker’s prose took on more of the hollow sheen of the transatlantic blockbuster, as he aimed for mass sales in the USA, and he lost some of his peculiarly English (yet never parochial) lyricism. Weaveworld was a major factor in propelling Barker to international fame, but he has never topped its awesome tapestry of invention and adventure. It is a work that never seems shallow and is consistently diverting across seven hundred pages which flicker through a spectrum of emotions and concepts to put many other so-called Fantasy writers to shame.

Urged to find the fabled sword of Shannara by the druid Allanon, a somewhat unreliable narrator whose talent for misdirection is balanced by his generally benign nature, Shea must undertake a perilous quest to defeat the malign Warlock Lord, all the time evading the demonic Skull Bearers, the be-winged nemesis of Shea and his bold companions. Why was Shannara so successful, when beforehand S&S was a minor interest genre? Was it merely because no publisher before Del Rey (see the introduction for the story behind the book’s publication) had realised readers were eager for more Tolkien-sized trilogies?

W. J. Cherryh, Rusalka Avram Davidson, The Phoenix and the Mirror Nigel Frith, Olympiad >> David Gemmell, Lord of the Silver Bow >> Guy Gavriel Kay, The Lions of Al-Rassan Jasper Kent, Twelve Juliet Marillier, Wolfskin Delia Sherman, The Porcelain Dove >> Gene Wolfe, Soldier of the Mist 33 100 MUST-READ FANTASY NOVELS SUSAN COOPER (b. K. Rowling appeared, with publishers falling over themselves to find new authors and film-makers jumping on the bandwagon by finally adapting for the big screen books they have optioned many times over the years.

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