Author of the brilliant science-fiction parody series
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the
Galaxy and several strange-but-funny books about
"holistic detective" Dirk Gently.
His Chronicles of
Prydain were some of the first fantasy novels I ever
read. If you're looking for a Celtic-flavored, non-preachy
alternative to CS Lewis's Chronicles
of Narnia, try this gentleman--you'll like him. (Oh, and
for those of you who've seen the animated Disney film of
The Book of Three,
trust me, the book is FAR superior to the movie.)
If it's high philosophy you're after, you won't find it here,
but if all you're after is a bit of fun to fill a slow
afternoon, his 'Mancer
series and Dragon books
fit the bill nicely.
Guy Gavriel Kay
This man is like an addiction. I have never had an author
disturb me, infuriate me, and captivate me so much, all in the
space of one book. Highly recommended.
Misty Lackey is my hero. Seriously. It's one of my goals in life
to be able to write as well as she does, because everything
about her books--the worlds, the characters, the plots, the
romances--is almost invariably top-notch. There are a few things
of hers that I haven't read because the themes seemed a bit too
dark for pleasure-reading, but everything that I have read has
been fabulous. If you're a fan of character-driven fantasy, go
check her out--you won't regret it!
You knew this lady had to be on the list somewhere, right? I
wanted to be a dragonrider when I was about 13--and I
still want a
fire-lizard for a pet!
A friend turned me on to her Alanna books, and I've never looked
back. They may be classed as "young adult" fiction, but they're
still well worth reading.
Absolutely one of the funniest authors I have ever read. His
Discworld novels take potshots at every fantasy cliche in
existence, not to mention all sorts of aspects of pop culture.
I've gotten a bit behind on the most recent titles he's put out, but
everything I've read, I've enjoyed to the hilt.
I happened upon this lady's books quite by accident when I was
in high school--I saw one on a book store shelf one day and
picked it up to see if that really was a Michael Whelan painting
on the cover. (It was.) I personally prefer the
Dragon Prince and
Dragon Star trilogies
to the Ruins of Ambrai
one, but regardless, she's an excellent author.
J. K. Rowling
Three words: Harry Potter rocks!
I love her Enchanted Forest
Chronicles just to death. Geeky magicians, allergic
dragons, independent-minded princesses who put up signs to try
and dissuade legions of would-be rescuers, wizards who melt in
soapy water and lemon juice--these books are just a hoot. We
have all four in a Sci-Fi Book Club omnibus edition, and I go
back and reread them every so often just for the fun of it.