Monday, February 27, 2006

Enough With the Elves

As much as I like the Fantasy genre, I -- like most people -- tend to immediately think "Tolkien rip-off" whenever it's brought up. There are some talented writers who do a pretty good rip-off, but that perception that it's all more or less the same stuff makes me timid of searching out new fantasy.

Enter fantasy-author Marie Brennan with a great list-in-progress of what she calls "multicultural fantasy," i.e. fantasy novels that draw on other sources of inspiration than Tolkien's Celtic-Norse-medieval stuff. It's full of great stuff to try.

Top of my list are:

Crystal Rain by Tobias S. Bucknell
On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers
The Silken Magic series by ElizaBeth Gilligan

(Thanks to Symphony for a Devil for the link.)

2 comments:

--Shara said...

You rock, Michael May! I seriously think you're going to love this book when you get the chance to read it. :) I'm still waiting for my copy in the mail. :)

Annette said...

I've been looking for something like this list for about two years now.

I'll have to go to the library and check out some of the titles - surely there will be something on that list that I'll enjoy.

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