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  •  Great diary and questions! (12+ / 0-)

    I esp. like this:

    Middle Earth is close to eternity; those who plant their whole selves there, come home again with larger imaginations.
    I know why people complain about my polls, now.  I love 12 of your 15 choices.  I did vote, but it was agonizing. :)

    As with Harry Potter which showed that children would indeed read big books, so Tolkien showed that fantasy was not just junk.

    I would also mention Saberhagen's Sword books, White's Tales of Sector General, all of McKillip's, all of C. J. Cherryh's, Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, Chronicles of Prydain by Alexander...just to name a few.  :)

    So many wonderful worlds...so little time.

    I would like to mention some newer authors that I follow:  Kelly McCullough's Blade series and Courtney Schafer's The Whitefire Crossing and sequel, The Tainted City.  It is hard to come up with something new in the field and they managed to do it.

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    by cfk on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 06:47:12 PM PDT

    •  Robin Hobb!!!!!!! (7+ / 0-)

      Robin Hobb!!!!!!

      (jumping up and down) ROBIN HOBB!!!!!

      English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

      by Youffraita on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 07:13:44 PM PDT

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    •  Oh, and yeah, for sheer (6+ / 0-)

      literary splendor, anything by Paula Volsky, although her The Grand Ellipse is a personal favorite.

      She's a brilliant writer. Brilliant. No hyperbole.

      English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

      by Youffraita on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 07:16:55 PM PDT

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    •  "So many wonderful worlds...so little time." (2+ / 0-)
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      Youffraita, RiveroftheWest

      I haven't read half the series in that poll, and there's so much appealing new SF and Fantasy that's come out in this century. Clearly, I am slacking, and need to read more SF and Fantasy. So many chores, so little time.

      As with Harry Potter which showed that children would indeed read big books, so Tolkien showed that fantasy was not just junk.
      If a book feels fascinating, it's always readable. But if you look at the density of LotR, the vocabulary, the amount of information to keep track of - it's pretty amazing that pre-teens read these tomes from end to end. As with Harry Potter, I'm a strong supporter of books that make children read beyond their comfort zone without even realizing it.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sat Apr 05, 2014 at 09:53:02 PM PDT

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      •  Brecht, for you I highly, highly (2+ / 0-)
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        rec Paula Volsky. She's an extremely talented writer who can do anything, and she's far more literary than a lot of writers working in the genre.

        The Grand Ellipse is a fantasy-world take on Around the World in 80 Days, but she's written a bunch of other things too, including at least one fantasy that was so dark I had trouble finishing it.

        You'll love her.

        English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

        by Youffraita on Sat Apr 05, 2014 at 11:37:30 PM PDT

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