Posted On: Nov 10, 2017 In: In the Spotlight
Magician, wizard, practicer of magic, whatever you want to call that person, I bet some of the first examples that pop into your head are male: Harry Potter, Merlin, Gandalf. The greats of the fantasy genre are usually males with women in support roles. They are the wife, jealous lover, or know-it-all, and sometimes in a world full of men practicing magic, they have no magical ability at all; they are a foil for their wizard counterpart.
Growing up enamored with the fantasy genre and novels filled with magic, I found my favorites: Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness Quartet, Garth Nix’s Abhorsen series and of course the biggie, J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books. But for every Alanna and Sabriel there were dozens of Harrys and Eragons. YA and Juvenile fiction have been quick to turn around, but it can be pretty difficult when browsing the Adult Fantasy shelves to find a novel centered on a well rounded female character. Fantasy has long been reigned over by male protagonists, but there are female writers like Ami McKay and Kat Howard who are daring to go where only Robert Jordan and J. R. R. Tolkien had gone before. Let me talk to you about witches in America. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Read More..
Posted On: Mar 29, 2016 In: In the Spotlight
There are only a few days left in Women’s History Month, and what better way to celebrate than to discuss one of my favorite authors of all time?
Juliet Marillier primarily writes adult fantasy, though she has also published two young adult fantasy series. Her work often combines fantasy with historical fiction, folklore, romance, and mystery in her most recent series. A New Zealander by birth, Marillier now lives in Western Australia, where, when she isn’t writing, she likes to spend her free time fostering elderly dogs for her local animal rescue group. This is a woman after my own heart. Read More..
Posted On: Mar 4, 2015 In: If You Like..., In the Spotlight
Last week, we shared some suggested pairings for fans of urban fantasy, where the magical or supernatural elements exist in a world similar to that of our own. This week, we’ve got suggestions for epic fantasy! Read More..
Posted On: Feb 25, 2015 In: If You Like..., In the Spotlight
While fantasy is often thought of as high or epic, like wizards and orcs and elves and hobbits having an “epic” battle, there’s a lot more variety within various subgenres. The largest fantasy sub-genre is urban fantasy, which has its own section in the fiction loop at Lawrence Public Library.
Urban fantasy is just that, a blend of the magic and the mundane, where the reader encounters the supernatural in a real-world (usually) urban setting. The line between fantasy and urban fantasy is not always black and white, and some readers will enjoy books from both.
While all fantasy titles have some element of magic or the supernatural, they can fall all over the map otherwise, with some highly literary titles and others that are just fast-paced fun. Some have heavy romance subplots, some are all action and adventure. It’s an eclectic genre worth dipping your toes into if you’ve never tried it! Whether a dedicated fan or an urban fantasy newbie, one of these titles might interest you.
Posted On: Mar 22, 2013 In: Book Lists, Teen Zone
Nominations for the Nebula awards in the category of Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy have been announced! Which of these have you read? Which one should win? Have you read last year’s winner, The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman?
The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. at the awards banquet held this year on May 16-19th. Check back here in May to find out who won! Read More..