Today’s Wyrd and Wonder prompt is Five Star Fantasy Reads. I’m a notoriously hard grader when it comes to giving out 5 stars for a read. I went back and looked at my Goodreads to see where I have given 5 stars.
Most of my 5 star reads are major genre favorites. Neverwhere and American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Alice in Wonderland, The Hobbit, and assorted Terry Pratchett books. I figure everyone knows about them.
I decided to highlight some books that maybe aren’t as well known.
Zizi is from a powerful magical family but has very little ability herself. When the city of Oakland achieves sentience it bonds with her as its caretaker. Now she is responsible for everything and she really doesn’t want to be.
I loved this book and I want a sequel. There is no sequel and I am very sad.
You could argue about whether or not this falls into the realm of fantasy. She would likely describe it more as horror but there are definite supernatural elements like ghosts so I’m putting it here. More people need to read this short story collection.
I’m not a huge short story fan but I loved this book.
Sure I just said that I don’t like short stories and here I am adding another one. Some of the stories in this book have stuck with me. There is magic in a lot of them so I’m counting it as fantasy.
I talked about this one in my first post this month. It is the story of a man who takes a job as a butler. He’s told that he’ll be working with an elderly man with dementia. The man thinks he is a wizard. Turns out that he really is a wizard and Roger gets pulled into a magical world that he didn’t know existed. I recommend this on audio because the narrator’s voice is so soothing.
I quite enjoy Jemisin’s work so I really need to read How Long Till Black Future Month.
I actually haven’t been a big fan of her novels but I love her short story collection.