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Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Schmantastic List of Fantasy: Fantastic-Schmantastic Birthdays!

Happy birthday, Me!

That's right -- your totally amazing, perfect and not-old Blog-Lady just celebrated her birthday. As such, I'm going to put aside all the griping about bad weather and winter time and bring a little joy into your life like only a birthday can. This month's Schmantastic List of Fantasy features books that are celebrating their 26th birthday with me! So join me in congratulating them, and add this treasures to your reading list!

The Schmantastic List of 5 Fantastic Novels Turning 26 Years Old

Prelude to Foundation, Isaac Asimov

The Foundation Series by Asimov is one of my favorite sci-fi series ever. Prelude to Foundation gives you the background, the history as to how the Foundation project began, but it's a great, page-turning read in it's own right. Learn about the creation of psychohistory, and about the superpower that is Trantor and the political turmoil and societal subsects that informed the future Foundation.

Mossflower, Brian Jacques

The Redwall series by Brian Jacques is now twenty-two books deep, and one of my favorite series growing up -- and one that I'm eager to revisit. Mossflower is the second book of the series, and a prequel to the first novel Redwall. This expansive series follows the lives of anthropomorphic woodland creatures, with plenty of adventure, humor and life lessons. The series is great for kids, but developed enough for adults to love, too.

The Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman

Sandman is a graphic novel series that, in many ways, redefined graphic novels. Gaiman was one of the leaders of reforming and updating the genre, bringing back a grittier world to comic books. Preludes and Nocturnes is what kicks it all off,  beginning with a world plagued by a mysterious sleep sickness set off by capture of Dream. His escape and subsequent journey to regain his artifacts and power is chronicled, setting up the world for the comics to come. This entire series is complete gold, and in the category of infinitely re-readable.

Talking to Dragons
, Patricia C. Wrede

Princess Cimorene is all grown up and now it's time for her son, Daystar, to go out there and make his way in the world. Armed with a magic sword, for some reason, Daystar heads out on a journey (or is it a quest?) and slowly learns more about his mother and his history along the way. Cimorene was on of the original kickass princesses, and it's exciting to follow her son on his adventure. This is definitely a young read ( YA, sure, but also middle grade appropriate), but I personally didn't pick up any Wrede novels until college and still loved them.

, Roald Dahl

Okay, I admit it. I'm a kid at heart. But Roald Dahl got me through some difficulty times in elementary school and everyone owes it to themselves to read his work. Matilda is hands down fantastic. It's hard to know what to say about it or how to talk it up enough. Every little girl can relate to Matilda, and anyone who's ever felt like an outsider can appreciate her. Dahl's writing is a rare combination of accessible and beautiful. His ability to convey beautiful and complex images and ideas in the simplest terms is astounding. Once you finish up Matilda, go grab The BFG.

Happy 26th birthday, Novels! And many more!

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