Welcome to the first instalment of something I'm going to call "What-Should-I-do Tuesdays."
Over the last several months I've received many e-mails where at some point the person says something very similar to this:
I usually thought of this a just a rhetorical comment until I got this e-mail:
[...] I can't wait for the sequel. Write faster! I don't know what I'm going to do with myself until your next book comes out. [...]
I was catching up on your blog and realized that one thing that would make it even better would be a list of your favorite authors, movies, games, etc... Clearly, you are a Joss Weedon fan, adore Orson Scott Card, and so on. It's likely you could turn us, your humble audience, on to some other great stuff you like. I'd love to read your recommendations.
So I thought, why kill two birds with one stone. I turn you on to some good authors AND keep you from wasting away while you wait for book two.
Since this is the first week, let's start at the top.
If you like good fantasy, you have to read Neil Gaiman.
If you're into novels, I suggest starting with Neverwhere or Stardust. If you like comics, I suggest reading his Sandman series. Read it in the proper order too, or the continuity gods will strike you down.
Another of the best and brightest in the fantasy Genre is Terry Pratchett. He has written a metric ton of novels over the years. A few of them are merely great, but most of them are hands-down excellent. It isn't that vital that you read them all in order, but I still recommend trying to start with some of the earlier books first, as there are continuing characters and plot lines.
And finally, a webcomic that I'm guessing many of you have never heard of. It's not fantasy, but it is one of my favorites. It's funny, clever, and has healthy doses of social satire. Other comics out there might be funnier, or have more stylish art. But Cat and Girl is possibly the smartest comic I've ever read. And it does it without getting snobby or preachy, and it makes me laugh too. It may not be for all of you, but I'm guessing that some of you will really dig it. Browse the archives and find out.
In other news, I'm going to be down at a new convention in Madison this weekend - Geek Kon.
Details are on the tour schedule page, but here are some of the panels I'll be doing....
4pm - Lord of the Rings
6pm - Defining the Genres
12 noon - SF/F Roundtable
1pm - The 36-Hour Day in Flatland
On Sunday I'm also have a reading/booksigning at Room of One's Own just off State Street. It's at 3:00.
Note: Those of you sending books out to me to get them signed, please remember to pack them carefully. One showed up today that had just been dropped in a box with no padding at all. It was banged up pretty badly and the dustjacket was in shreds. If you want specific advice about packaging, check out the details at the end of the blog I wrote on the subject.
posted by Pat at 11:15 PM