An Englishman and his alien friend survive the annihilation of Earth and they embark on a quest for a legendary planet and to Question the Ultimate Answer (“Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams). A 12-year-old criminal mastermind kidnaps a fairy for a huge pot of gold (“Artemis Fowl” by Eon Colfer). The ancient gods of mythology duke it out with the western gods of technology (“American Gods” by Neil Gaiman). Some of the world’s best fantasy books illustrate some of the world’s best (and weirdest) minds.
Fantasy books, for people who tend to have a short attention span, can pose a challenge to read. But the stories are so insanely intriguing that it’s completely normal to want to read a fantasy book. When you eventually enter its world and go beyond five pages, you’ll realize it’s one tough story to follow. Most first time readers of fantasy books find the need to make notes in order to keep track of all the comings and goings of all the characters. Take for example the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. You can get lost in the complex worlds, the numerous characters, and the esoteric language.
Books from Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Terry Pratchett, Tolkien, Gaiman, and other brilliant writers like them create worlds beyond anything. They come up with stories from the most implausible scenarios, definitively embodying the genre of fantasy and science fiction books. A collection that includes one or two titles from these revered writers would be an envious collection.
More recent titles to add to your collection would be the Game of Thrones books by George R.R. Martin. Published in August 1996, the epic fantasy novel has since become a cult favorite and won several literary prizes including the World Fantasy Award in 1997. The beloved series tells the saga of noble houses of Westeros, the Wall, and the Tangaryen. The book has been adapted for a ten-part HBO series to critical acclaim, bringing “Game of Thrones” to the mainstream market.
Aside from the popularity of epic medieval stories, the loves and lives of vampires have also been getting their fair share of popularity. Anyone who hasn’t heard of the “Twilight” series is either lying or has lived like a hermit for several years. But “Twilight” isn’t the only vampire title getting attention. A band of Southern belles and bloodthirsty rogues from “True Blood” are becoming household names, too. People who have watched True Blood online and on HBO may not be aware that the well-known TV series is actually based on “The Southern Vampire Mysteries” written by Charlaine Harris.
When you read books, you expect to be transported to a different world. When you read fantasy books, you will be transported to another world where vampires work as waitresses, kings and lords battle it out and strange women give birth to dragons, and journeys among lifelong friends are taken to ditch one nefarious ring.