Posted by Jen B.
The 2014 Spring/Summer edition of Staff Favorites is now available! Here, in their own words, Library staff members share some great fantasy fiction for your summer reading list.
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker
A doctoral candidate on the verge of ditching her thesis takes a weekend trip to attend a wedding. After losing her way in the woods, she finds herself in an alternate world governed by shape-shifters and magic-wielders. What ensues is a surprising adventure—a blend of the Harry Potter series and Pride and Prejudice. –Sarah, Lake City
The Necromancer’s House by Christopher Buehlman
A handsome, roguish wizard, Andrew Ranulf Blankenship spends his days looking for his next sexual conquest, or attending an occasional AA meeting. However, after he inadvertently kills the wrong man, Andrew finds himself stalked by an unrelenting horror that won’t stop until everything and everyone he loves is dead. Andrew must confront his past alcoholic mistakes if he plans to stay alive–but in many ways, he’s already too late. –Jared, Montlake
A Wild Ride Through the Night by Walter Moers
A boy named Gustave encounters Death on the high seas and is challenged to go on a quest to defeat him. At the heart of this delightful tale is a set of illustrations by 19th-century French artist Gustave Doré, with which Moers transforms what easily could have been a creative writing assignment flop into one of the zaniest, and, surprisingly enlightening, fantasy adventures ever imagined. For lovers of Harry Potter, Neil Gaiman and Pratchett’s Discworld.
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
Moist von Lipwig hangs today. He is destined to meet an “angel” afterward who offers him a second chance as Postmaster General, a dangerous job where predecessors have ended up dead. Really dead. Lipwig will use all his confidence-man charisma to save his skin. For someone who doesn’t typically like fantasy, I’m addicted to Sir Terry’s satirical storytelling and heroic, yet human, characters. If you like Going Postal, follow Moist’s story in Making Money.
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