Posts tagged with fantasy

Mar 21 2006

Gery Greer

Gery Greer and Bob Ruddick are the authors of Max and Me and the Time Machine and its sequel, Max and Me and the Wild West. Greer and Ruddick’s hero is a cheerful, act-in-haste, regret-at-leisure...

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Mar 12 2006

Allen Kurzweil

A former teacher and freelance journalist, Allen Kurzweil is the author of two books for children, Leon and the Spitting Image and Leon and the Champion Chip, as well as two books for adults, The ...

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Mar 12 2006

Tim Powers

Awarding-winning sci-fi/fantasy writer Tim Powers is the author of The Anubis Gates, one of the few time travel stories that I can honestly say didn’t make my head hurt. The Anubis Gates is a “se...

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Feb 18 2006

Megan Whalen Turner

Megan Whalen Turner is the author of the excellent (possibly ongoing?) children’s fantasy series featuring The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, and The King of Attolia. Borrowing freely from Greek my...

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Feb 18 2006

Mervyn Peake

The works of Mervyn Peake, poet, illustrator, and author of the children’s story Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor and the fantasy/horror Gormenghast trilogy, fall somewhere between Edward Gorey...

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Feb 18 2006

Michael Buckley

Michael Buckley is the author of the Sisters Grimm books, a highly enjoyable series that has some striking similarities to Bill Willingham’s Fables series. So if you’re not old enough for Willing...

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Jan 28 2006

Christina Rossetti

More than one critic has compared the English poet Christina Rossetti to Dorothea Brooke, the heroine of George Eliot’s Middlemarch. (A character, by the way, that I have always longed to kick in...

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Jan 28 2006

Obert Skye

Obert Skye is the author of the very entertaining Harry Potter-esque YA fantasy Leven Thumps and the Gateway to Foo. I wouldn't recommend going to great lengths to hunt this book down, but if you...

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Jan 11 2006

Diana Gabaldon

Diana Gabaldon wrote one truly remarkable book, followed by many inferior sequels. (Shades of Frank Herbert.) Read the wonderful romance/suspense/sci-fi novel Outlander and marvel at how intelli...

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Dec 26 2005

Holly Black

Holly Black is the author of a series of excellent YA horror/fantasy novels: Valiant, Tithe, and Ironside, one of our Featured Book picks. Ms. Black is also one of the authors (along with Tony Di...

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Nov 26 2005

Christopher Paolini

I have to admit it--I really wanted to hate Christopher Paolini's Eragon. C’mon, who can blame me? Paolini is an eighteen-year-old kid from Nowheresville, Montana who produced a best-selling chi...

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Nov 25 2005

Diane Duane

Diane Duane is the author of the Young Wizards books, a series that has been in print for more than twenty years and, like most YA fantasy, has recently seen a Harry Potter-inspired upsurge in sal...

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Nov 25 2005

Anne McCaffrey

Born in 1926, Anne McCaffrey attended Radcliffe, got a degree in Slavic languages and literature, trained as a singer, and appeared in an Orff opretta. Clearly, this woman's brain is nothing to s...

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Nov 25 2005

David and Leigh Eddings

Epic fantasy authors David and Leigh Eddings are the authors of four massively entertaining series: The Belgariad, The Malloreon, The Elenium, and The Tamuli. Absolutely nothing about these books...

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Oct 25 2005

So-Hee Park

So-Hee Park is the author of the excellent Korean manhwa Goong. Goong is an alternate universe story about an ordinary high school girl forced to marry into the Korean royal family. (In Park’s w...

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Aug 25 2005

Andrew Clements

Andrew Clements has written a series of pleasantly earnest, thoughtful children’s books, including the excellent YA sci-fi/fantasy Things Not Seen. Clements spent several years as a teacher, and ...

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Aug 25 2005

Lewis Trondheim

Frenchman Lewis Trondheim is the author of about fifty bazillion comic books, the majority of which are being (slowly) translated into English. His series Dungeon, co-written with Joann Sfar, is ...

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Jul 11 2005

Debi Gliori

Debi Gliori's Pure Dead... series is like an amalgamation of the Artemis Fowl stories, the Addams Family cartoons, and the Series of Unfortunate Events books. Nothing about these books is particu...

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Jun 24 2005

George MacDonald

Scottish novelist, poet, and clergyman George MacDonald is the author of a pair of pleasantly Victorian children's classics: The Princess and the Goblin and The Princess and Curdie. While these g...

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Jun 24 2005

Margery Sharp

If the children's books of George MacDonald have "fallen out of fashion", then the books of Margery Sharp are the literary equivalent of the bustle... and I really have no idea why. What happened...

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Apr 24 2005

Eloise Jarvis McGraw

(Information complied with the assistance of Colleen, an University of Oregon reference librarian, and Eric Gjovaag, webmaster of the The Wizard of Oz Info website. Many thanks to both of them!) ...

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Mar 29 2005

Mary Norton

English author Mary Norton was the author of two children's literature classics: the Borrowers series and Bed Knob and Broomstick, which inspired the (...sigh) Disney film of the same name. Norto...

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Mar 2 2005

The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet, by Eleanor Cameron

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I enjoy books about home restoration. I once wrote a term paper passionately defending Martha Stewart's status as an American icon. I have a serious crush on Alton Brown and an even more serious one on Red Green. And while I am rarely tempted to actually attempt any of the projects that I read about or see on television, I always find the sight of other people creating stuff to be tremendously satisfying...

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Feb 28 2005

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Pilot, poet, and novelist Antoine de Saint-Exupéry had one of those adventurous, emotionally messy lives that produce remarkable art but always seem to end badly. (And early.) Sure, he wrote and...

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Feb 28 2005

Eleanor Cameron

Born in 1912, writer and critic Eleanor Cameron is best remembered as the author of the charmingly bizarre Mushroom Planet books. The first book in this imaginative, entertaining series, 1954’s T...

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Feb 13 2005

Bill Willingham

Comic book writer and artist Bill Willingham has achieved Wordcandy-status based on the sheer awesomeness of Fables: Legends in Exile, his current series for Vertigo. In Willingham's Fabletown, a...

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Jan 26 2005

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, by Joan Aiken

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From fairy tales to Edward Gorey, we here at Wordcandy have long enjoyed stories about bad things happening to good children. British author Joan Aiken has been a steady contributor to this fine literary subgenre, from the 1962 publication of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase to the recent (posthumous) publication of the last book in her Wolves Chronicles, The Witch of Clatteringshaws...

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Jan 24 2005

J. M. Barrie

Like A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh series, Scottish author Sir J. M. Barrie's most famous work walks a fine line between preciousness and genuine fun--and manages, most of the time, to keep its ba...

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Jan 24 2005

Mike Carey

Mike Carey is the author of a four-issue comic book miniseries from Vertigo entitled My Faith in Frankie. While this book won’t be the title that converts the English-speaking world into comic b...

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Jan 24 2005

Herbie Brennan

As with pretty much all fantasy stories published in the past decade, Herbie Brennan’s Faerie Wars series is routinely compared to Harry Potter, although the two series have almost nothing in comm...

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