I stopped by Barnes & Noble this weekend as I was out of books. Barnes & Noble is one of my favorite places. I could spend hours in that store perusing the shelves finding a comfortable chair and sipping some coffee, reading a book I may or may not purchase. I read a book a week, most of the time it’s fantasy. Not too long ago I would be embarrassed to talk about my fascination with fantasy, thinking that I should read books with more substance. Instead I would make small talk about mysteries, war novels, or whatever else the masses read. I got over this reltively quickly. I enjoy books on fantasy it is definitely my genre and prefer it, why hide it. It only takes a few minutes to understand I'm a huge nerd anyway. I read other categories occasionally too, but I would say 90 percent fall into fantasy. Something about dragons, knights and wizards peak my imagination.
When I was growing up the Arthurian legends were always my favorite, most likely due to my last name’s origin, McArthur. When I found out as a kid my named meant Son of Arthur I was mesmerized with the tales. I hated Lancelot and loathed Guinevere, unlike most my favorite knight was always Gawain. The largest of the knights and loyalist knight I was able to identify with his size being bigger then all the other kids myself. Growing up other books only increased my love for fantasy. Books like Narnia, A Wrinkle in Time, and Lord of the Rings only cemented my love for this genre. Fantasy popularity has dramatically increased in recent years with Hollywood’s help and the LOTR movies. Imaginative new worlds like JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials is not only bringing in a new generation of fantasy readers, but sparking the imagination of older readers. For us seasoned readers of fantasy the Song of Fire and Ice series by George RR Martin is revitalizing the shelves full of Tolkien ripoffs. It’s a great time to love this genre and a good time to start if you don’t already.
A lot of blogs review books, I occasionally write a review on my Amazon account. So I may start to bring some of that here. It will give me something to post about anyway. Here is a list of the books I bought this weekend.
I guess it’s about time I see what the hype is about.
This is an alternate history book where George Washington commands Daniel Boone to train some dragons to help defeat the British army. I got this book mainly for Crazy Dan. He likes Daniel Boone, actually he likes anyone named Daniel.
I’ve read the Conclave of Shadows series so I thought I’d purchase this worlds beginnings. Krondor the Betrayal is the first book in a three part series.
The secret society of the Free Masons in a dummy book, How could I resist?