BTT: Fantasy and Sci-Fi

Booking Through Thursday

This week’s question from Debbie: One of my favorite sci-fi authors (Sharon Lee) has declared June 23rd Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers Day. What might you do on the 23rd to celebrate? Do you even read fantasy/sci-fi? Why? Why not?

I think that everybody has read at least one sci-fi and fantasy book once in their lifetime, sometimes not even knowing that they did. Look back into your childhood reads and the familiar stories of Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan would count as fantasy works. As for sci-fi, well, that may be a little hard to think of haha.

I definitely read fantasy. I read sci-fi too but I’m more into the realm of the magical and mystical than the technical and industrial (although there are many books that wonderfully combine the two).

Among my favorite fantasy writers are *drumroll please!* Neil Gaiman (Stardust, The Graveyard Book, Coraline), Diana Wynne Jones (Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle in the Air, The Magicians of Caprona), J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter series), David and Leigh Eddings (The Belgariad, The Mallorean, The Elenium), Jostein Gaarder (The Solitaire Mystery, Sophie’s World) and even Isabel Allende (City of the Beasts, Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, The Forest of the Pygmies).

I suppose my sci-fi readings belong mostly to the manga and comic book section. Somehow, I never really enjoyed reading those kinds of stories but if its accompanied by illustrations, I’m more liable to read it. One of my favorite manga is Moto Hagio’s They Were Eleven. My favorite mangaka Rumiko Takahashi also delves into the world of sci-fi and fantasy with many of her works.

And that has yet to include the paranormal and sci-fi themed works that the other authors I read write. Nora Roberts for one, and Sherrilyn Kenyon.

What sci-fi and fantasy works do you read?

12 comments

  1. I forgot about manga!! yup manga can be considered as fantasy…there are a lot of them.I love Tolhien for fantasy and Crichton for sci-fi

  2. I hadn't really thought about how much fantasy exists in children's literature, especially the "classic" children's tales. I love authors that can write a fairytale that appeals to adults as well, so really enjoyed the Solitaire Mystery. Have you tried Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell? I loved it.

  3. Hi everyone, thanks for dropping by. Hope your day is going great. :)violetcrush – I pretty much think that the Oz series do strongly qualify as fantasy. It has all the elements of one, so it fits. Nora Roberts does have plenty of fantasy elements in her works like magic, the supernatural and all that.Novroz – glad to know that there's plenty of manga readers in BTT hehe. Tolkien is great too. Haven't read Crichton much.Schatzi – it's surprising that many people overlook children's lit as, well, for children. I have read many wonderful books from this section and enjoyed them more than the ones geared for adult minds (many of which have too much sex & violence and not so much substance). I don't think I'll ever outgrow reading children's stories. :DJess – You can't go wrong there. It's got everything! Shari – I have been seeing that around in every bookstore I go to, so the next time I do, I'll get it 😀 Fantasy exists so much in many children's literature. I guess we're just so used to it, it's been overlooked. Try browsing through that section sometime. You might discover something new. 😀

  4. Ladybug – I'm not sure, but her trilogy with Alex Cold and Nadia Santos as lead characters pretty much look like fantasy to me 🙂 Those three books I mentioned can be found in the children/young adult section of the bookstore or library, methinks.

  5. I also mentioned J.K Rowling in my BTT. I've seen a couple mentions of Neil Gaiman this morning. I'll have to check him out.

  6. Bah – I didn't include Wizard of Oz, or Peter Pan, or for that matter, The Little Mermaid. Did mention fairy tales though 🙂 Now that you mention it, Sophie's World is fantasy! I always shelved it with philosophy, because, well… you know! I absolutely loved the book. I really should read some Neil Gaiman. Been wanting to read Coraline for a long time, but just never got down to it. I mentioned Philip Pullman, and some of the dystopian/post-apocalyptic books. Of course, Harry Potter's name came up…..

  7. Kerri – You can't go wrong with Gaiman. I'm not saying that all his books are awesome (there are some I didn't like) but generally, they're great reads.anothercookiecrumbles – I love Pullman's His Dark Materials. Didn't expect to, but I did! I also like his Sally Lockhart series.

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