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I Love Reading Fantasy!

Updated on November 16, 2015

What is Your Favourite Book Genre?

I absolutely LOVE reading and ever since I was introduced to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, I have loved the Fantasy Genre. I have a very specific taste and like reading stories based in Medieval type settings with Magic, Dragons and so on.

I have recently been lucky enough to shift to an e-book reader and now that I don't have to struggle with carrying heavy books around, I am really enjoying the experience. Don't get me wrong, I love the feel of a book, but trust me, Robert Jordan's books can get quite heavy on the hands and bag and as I've recently been re-reading the Wheel of Time series, I've really appreciated the fact that I only have to carry a thin tablet around!

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I Read Fiction

to Take my Mind Away to Faraway Fantasy Worlds

Preferably populated by magic wielding sorcerors, dragons and elves and the people that keep company with such an illustrious line-up. This happens every time I take a Coffee Break. I love coffee...cappucinos especially!

...'scuze me I'll be back now, just grabbing a cuppa...

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I've just finished reading this: - Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time Series

I've recently reread the WHOLE series after getting it as e-books...whew!!!

Our library where I started reading the books, has over the years had to ditch some of the titles that got worn out, so there were serious gaps here and there. So I got hold of the whole series as e-books so I could re-read them from the start rather than just read the one's I missed! What an endeavor! It took me almost a year to read the 14 long, very long(!) novels, but I'm finally DONE!

I hadn't previously read the last final one so it was the perfect ending to my long association with all my favourite characters...and that kept me up later at night than planned!

Wow! What an amazing effort of both Jordan and Anderson who had to follow up and complete the series after Jordan's untimely death. A very well created fantasy world with unique concepts and ideas.

I for one would like to have the abilities of the Aes Sedai, especially the instant Healing. Imagine just fixing wounds and broken bones in an instant?! That would be absolutely awesome...sigh.

A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time)
A Memory of Light (Wheel of Time)

The rivetting conclusion to an amazing series of wonderful and awe inspiring abilities, agony and the courage to face it all.

 

But Most of All

I LOVE DRAGONS

Did I mention...I LOVE Dragons! - Some Amazing Dragon Wallpapers

can be found HERE!
can be found HERE!

Dragons of Pern - My first real taste of Dragons

The first three books of this series was a gift from a friend and with them, I fell in love with Dragons! Anne McCaffrey created a most amazing world of dragons and their riders that are telepathically linked to them. It inspired me immensely and my love of this type of dragon stems totally from this very talented author's imagination.

I've now discovered that there are more books in the series that I haven't read yet, so I got hold of them and have caught up!

Her son Tod continued in her footsteps and wrote a whole lot of books as well. I'm glad he did, they were awesome too!

The Skies Of Pern (The Dragon Books)
The Skies Of Pern (The Dragon Books)

I've recently finished reading just about the whole series of Pern novels and really enjoyed re-connecting with old friends!

I also thoroughly enjoyed the new perspective of Anne McCaffrey's son Todd in all the books that he wrote. I think it's great that he could continue in the world his mother created with his take on it. It's refreshing to explore it from another viewpoint.

 

Is there a Dragon in Your life?

Do you like Dragons?

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Lord of the Rings - The book that started my Fantasy Journey

The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition
The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition

Tolkien started the whole Elves, Trolls, Goblins and Magic thing...and did for fantasy what Frank Herbert did for Science Fiction with Dune.

 

If Fantasy

is not your thing...

Do you like Goblins, Elves, Blood and Guts, Ghosts, Clever Detective work...

Come on, spit it out! We'd love to know.

And if you read Manga...please let me know what the heck it is?!

Fiction or Non-Fiction? - Do you read both? Or prefer one?

I love reading fiction, but I'm also a student of a lot of things in my professional life, so I read a lot of non-fiction as well. I also like to improve myself, so Self-Development books are on my reading list too.

Our local library is great, but I've found so many great free e-books online, that this is now my greatest source of help-yourself books!

Make Believe? Or Real?

Websites for Book Lovers - Virtual Library Sites for Sharing, Discussing and Reviewing your Reading Experience

According to the Reader's Digest there are several places online that book lovers can utilise to share their love of books with likeminded people.

These are the top 3 sites where you can keep tabs on your books in your own virtual library.

I personally use GoodReads. Of these three Goodreads have an author program which I like as I'm planning on publishing my own books soon! They make it easy to interact with authors, just up my street.

LibraryThing has an Early Reviewers section that gives out free pre-publication copies of books in exchange for your reviews.

Do you have a Virtual Bookshelf? - Do you keep tabs?

Do you share your love of books?

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I love the smell and feel of a real book and I will always have books on my numerous shelves. But after being given a Kindle by a friend, I have grown to love the freedom of not having to carry heavy books around. (I'm always busy with more than one...)

My Kindle sadly suffered from a frozen screen last year, in the middle of a book...aggggghhhh...

but then I won a tablet at the end of the year and haven't looked back since. I now read in colour thank you very much and am enjoying the variety of Apps for reading and finding ebooks immensely.

What's your favourite way of reading? Would love to hear about your experiences!

What's your favourite Type of Fiction? - Blare out your favourite Sub-Genre!

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      MarleMac 3 years ago from South Africa

      @Rhonda Lytle: Hi poetvix. Love all Lackey's books, especially the Gryphon ones! Don't like horror though...why on earth would you like to p in your pants whilst reading LOL?

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      MarleMac 3 years ago from South Africa

      @tazzytamar: Oh cool, another dragon fan! Thanks for popping in Anna. I agree, books are the perfect way to shut out things for a while and disappear, I LOVE doing that, it's a great stress reliever!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I love most fantasy. Mythical creature types however always find a special place in my heart. Love dragons, especially from Lackey's Joust series, but gryphons are kewl too. I enjoy a good horror read too.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      I love all kinds of books, but fantasy truly is very special to me. When I was going through some tough times, books were one of my best ways of shutting the world out and sitting in pure bliss for a few hours. Fantasy has to be a favourite genre of mine and I'm with you on the dragons! They're always great characters!

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      MarleMac 3 years ago from South Africa

      @Andromachi: Oh Ditto! I also don't like terror or horror! Can't imagine people like being terrified out of their wits... Thanks for popping in!

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      Andromachi 3 years ago

      I can't really say whether i belong only in one genre...

      i enjoy a good story wherever i find it. Inspirational Christian Fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, history, detective, you name it.

      i can tell you what i don't like though; terror.

      When I read a book I want to travel in other worlds, meet the unexpected but i hate being frightened.

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      MarleMac 3 years ago from South Africa

      @boneworld: Awesome, Bone! Thanks for beaming in!

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      Jackson Thom 3 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

      I like fantasy, but I'm sci-fi all the way! I just love it.

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      MarleMac 3 years ago from South Africa

      @CubScouter94: Hi CubSchouter, nice to meet you! Inspirational anything is always great to read, thanks for sharing!

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      MarleMac 3 years ago from South Africa

      @yoursfoolie: Great! Thanks for popping in. I loved Jean M. Auel's prehistoric series. She did a stunning research effort!

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      Lionrhod 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I adore fantasy, and that seems to be what I write, when I'm writing fiction. Just published the book in my avatar this year. As for Dragons, the path I follow is based on them, well one - it's complicated, we use the word Dragon as a metaphor for the All That Is

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      yoursfoolie 3 years ago

      Gimme that well-researched historical (and prehistorical) fiction

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      Tasha Marie 3 years ago from Mahomet, Illinois

      Inspirational Christian Fiction...something that usually tells a story that has a learning/grow closer to God feel. That is up my alley.

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      MarleMac 3 years ago from South Africa

      @MarathonRunning: Oh wow, Thanks for enlightening me Martina! Was wondering, but didn't have the courage to go look, 'cause I usually end up following bread crumbs all over the internet and look up 4 hours later wondering why the sun is already setting!

      I think I know the type. I love animation movies, but haven't seen these cartoons. They sound great! I grew up on comics and that's where my reading passion started. Spooky the Ghost, Polka Dot and Richie Rich...oops, that was a LOOOOOONG time ago...Superman, Spiderman and so on also featured I think!

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      Martina 3 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Manga is a comic fiction based on drawn (usually fictional) beings. It has its origin in typical Japanese drawn characters and it is similar to some world famous cartoons. I like cartoons, especially manga cartoons because their character have big and clear eyes.