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Hippogriff likes books (an introduction of sorts)

Who am I?

It’s a question that shows up in Fantasy Fiction abundantly, as heroes and heroines try to find out how they fit into the world, what their role is, and discover abilities they didn’t know they had. I’m starting Yet Another Fantasy Fiction Blog ™. So how do I fit in amongst the other bloggers?

My goal is to read and review books in a non-traditional manner. Most other reviewers will rate a book on a scale of 1 to 10, or on 0 to 5 stars. How useful is this to a blog reader? The scale is an arbitrary measurement that a reviewer makes based on other books he or she has read. Unless the blog reader has read those other books, that scale means zilch.

I plan on reviewing books based on how the author accomplishes benchmarks I’ve set. I have a list of those benchmarks, which I will share in an upcoming post. Think of it as a to do list for the author. Did he or she get everything done on the list?

What perspectives do I have in reviewing books? I’ve read well over 250 fantasy fiction books, which I will list below. I’ve been told I’m a decent writer, and I’m working on my own series. Life experiences also have a bearing on my approach to reviewing. I’ve grown up poor, I’ve suffered at the hands of an alcoholic stepparent, and have battled health issues all my life. I’ve seen the internet go from a small number of colleges using 2400 baud modems and ftp sites, to become a high-speed, business-driven, graphic community for everyone. I’ve been in foreign countries while in the military, in ruined temples and dark alleys, in soggy rice fields and bustling cities, in grand castles and tiny villages. I’ve marched in a uniform and used a weapon. I’ve been to college for seven years. I’ve settled for a steady paycheck rather than risk everything to start my own business or pursue my dream job. I’ve never been married or raised children. I’ve lost grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, friends, and employees, but I’ve also discovered my biological family who I had not met until last year. I’ve built computers, designed role-playing games, worked on jet fighters, and inspected microchips found in your electronic products. I’ve studied computers, mythology, business, and electrical systems. And I’ve been writing creatively for over 30 years.

I live in rainy Washington State, which means I spend a lot of time indoors. I love to sit in front of the dancing flames of a wood stove, book in hand, tea nearby. And when I say book in hand, I’m referring to fantasy fiction. From the summer of 1983 when my uncle introduced to me to the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, I’ve devoured countless books, from Zelazny and Moorcock to Sanderson and Erikson. Many of those books were bought in paperback format because they were cheaper and easier to find. As I grew older, I made the switch to hardbacks. I can afford them now, and as my age advances and my eyesight retreats, the large fonts of a hardback will be easier to see when I go back to re-read them. Hey, I’ll need something to do when I’m retired, right? Hardbacks also feel solid in my hands, like a finely-crafted instrument, and look elegant in the bookcase.

Since I don’t get books from publishers, books I review will be ones that I have purchased. I have to establish monetary boundaries and time limits, and consider my purchases carefully, which means I won’t be as prolific as some other bloggers when it comes to new releases. This also means that to provide you with content, I will be reviewing books as I read them, giving a final review when complete. I’ll also review classics, with possible skimming of said classics to help jog my memory.

Here is a list of all the fantasy fiction books I’ve ever read. It took me a couple of days to compile this, and I’m probably forgetting a few. Many of the books on this list can be considered “classic”, which I will review in upcoming posts. The list is alphabetical by the author’s last name.

Alexander, Lloyd
The Book of Three
The Black Cauldron
The Castle of Llyr
Taran Wanderer
The High King

Anthony, Mark
Beyond the Pale

Anthony, Piers
The Game
A Spell for Chameleon
The Source of Magic
Castle Roogna

Berg, Carol

Betancourt, John Gregory
The Dawn of Amber
Chaos and Amber
To Rule in Amber
Shadows of Amber

Blaylock, James P.
The Elfin Ship
The Disappearing Dwarf

Bowling, Drew C.
The Tower of Shadows

Bradley, Marion Zimmer
Black Trillium

Britain, Kristen
Green Rider

Brooks, Terry
The Sword of Shannara
The Elfstones of Shannara
The Wishsong of Shannara
The Scions of Shannara
The Druid of Shannara
The Elf Queen of Shannara
The Talismans of Shannara
Isle Witch
Jarka Ruus
First King of Shannara
Armageddon’s Children
The Elves of Cintra
The Gypsy Morph

Chester, Deborah
The Sword

Cole, Adrian
A Place Among the Fallen

Colfer, Eoin
Artemis Fowl

Cook, Glen
The Black Company
Shadows Linger
The White Rose
Shadow Games
Dreams of Steel
Bleak Seasons
She is the Darkness
Water Sleeps
Soldiers Live
The Silver Spike
Sweet Silver Blues
Bitter Gold Hearts
Cold Copper Tears
Old Tin Sorrows
Dread Brass Shadows
Red Iron Nights
Deadly Quicksilver Lies
Petty Pewter Gods
Faded Steel Heat

Cooper, Louise
The Initiate
The Outcast
The Master

Delaney, Joseph
Revenge of the Witch
The Curse of the Bane
Night of the Soul Stealer
Attack of the Fiend
Wrath of the Bloodeye
Clash of the Demons

Deitz, Tom
Windmaster’s Bane
Fireshaper’s Doom
Darkthunder’s Way
Sunshaker’s War

Donaldson, Stephen R.
Lord Foul’s Bane
The Illearth War
The Power That Preserves
The Wounded Land
The One Tree
White Gold Wielder
The Runes of the Earth
Fatal Revenant

Douglass, Sara
The Wayfarer Redemption

Eddings, David
Pawn of Prophecy
Queen of Sorcery
Magician’s Gambit
Castle of Wizardry
Enchanters’ End Game
Guardians of the West
King of the Murgos
Demon Lord of Karanda
Sorceress of Darshiva
The Seeress of Kell

Eisenstein, Phyllis
Sorcerer’s Son
The Crystal Palace

Erikson, Steven
Gardens of the Moon

Farland, David
The Runelords (The Sum of All Men)

Feist, Raymond E.
Magician: Apprentice
Magician: Master
A Darkness at Sethanon

Flanagan, John
The Ruins of Gorlan
The Burning Bridge
The Icebound Land
The Battle for Skandia
The Sorcerer of the North
The Siege of Macindaw

Flint, Kenneth C.
The Riders of the Sidhe
Champions of the Sidhe
Master of the Sidhe

Friedman, C.S.
Black Sun Rising
When True Night Falls
Crown of Shadows

Goodkind, Terry
Wizard’s First Rule
Stone of Tears
Blood of the Fold
Temple of the Winds
Soul of the Fire
Faith of the Fallen
The Pillars of Creation
Naked Empire

Hardy, Lindon
Master of the Five Magics
The Secret of the Sixth Magic

Hobb, Robin
Assassin’s Apprentice
Royal Assassin
Assassin’s Quest
Fool’s Errand
Golden Fool
Fool’s Fate

Johnson, Oliver
The Forging of the Shadows
The Nations of the Night
The Last Star at Dawn

Jordan, Robert
The Eye of the World
The Great Hunt
The Dragon Reborn
The Shadow Rising
The Fires of Heaven
Lord of Chaos
A Crown of Swords
The Path of Daggers
Winter’s Heart

Kay, Guy Gavriel
The Summer Tree

Kurtz, Katherine
Camber of Culdi
Saint Camber
Camber the Heretic
The Bishop’s Heir
The King’s Justice
The Quest for Saint Camber

Le Guin, Ursula K.
A Wizard of Earthsea
The Tombs of Atuan
The Farthest Shore

Leiber, Fritz
Swords and Deviltry
Swords Against Death
Swords in the Mist
Swords Against Wizardry
The Swords of Lankhmar
Swords and Ice Magic

Lewis, C.S.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Prince Caspian
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Silver Chair
The Horse and His Boy
The Magician’s Nephew
The Last Battle

McKiernan, Dennis L.
The Dark Tide
Shadows of Doom
The Darkest Day

Modsett Jr., L.E.
The Magic of Recluse
The Tower of Sunset

Moorcock, Michael
Elric of Melnibone
The Sailor on the Seas of Fate
Weird of the White Wolf
The Vanishing Tower
Bane of the Black Sword
Elric at the End of Time
Fortress of the Pearl
Revenge of the Rose
The Eternal Champion
The Dragon in the Sword
The War Hound and the World’s Pain
The City in the Autumn Stars
The Knight of the Swords
The Queen of the Swords
The King of the Swords
The Bull and the Spear
The Oak and the Ram
The Sword and the Stallion
The Jewel in the Skull
The Mad God’s Amulet
The Sword of the Dawn
The Runestaff
Count Brass
The Champion of Garathorm
The Quest for Tanelorn

Mull, Brandon

Niles, Douglas
A Breach in the Watershed
War of Three Waters

Norman, John
Tarnsman of Gor
Outlaw of Gor
Priest Kings of Gor
Nomads of Gor
Assassins of Gor
Raiders of Gor
Captive of Gor

Norton, Andre
Quag Keep

Odom, Mel
The Rover

Pullman, Philip
The Golden Compass

Roberson, Jennifer
The Shapechangers
The Song of Homana
Legacy of the Sword
Track of the White Wolf
A Pride of Princes
Daughter of the Lion
Flight of the Raven
A Tapestry of Lions

Rowling, J.K.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Salvatore, R.A.

Silke, James
Prisoner of the Horned Helmet
Lords of Destruction
Tooth and Claw
Plague of Knives

Silverberg, Robert
Lord Valentine’s Castle
The Kingdom of the Wall

Stewart, Mary
The Crystal Cave
The Hollow Hills
The Last Enchantment
The Wicked Day

Taylor, Keith
Bard II

Tolkien, J.R.R.
The Simarillion
The Hobbit
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King

Watt-Evans, Lawrence
The Wizard Lord

Weis, Margaret and Hickman, Tracy
Dragons of Autumn Twilight
Dragons of Winter Night
Dragons of Spring Dawning
Time of the Twins
War of the Twins
Test of the Twins

Wolfe, Gene
The Shadow of the Torturer
The Claw of the Conciliator
The Sword of the Licter
The Citadel of the Autarch

Zelazny, Roger
Nine Princes in Amber
The Guns of Avalon
Sign of the Unicorn
The Hand of Oberon
The Courts of Chaos
Trumps of Doom
Blood of Amber
Sign of Chaos
Knight of Shadows
Prince of Chaos
Wizard World
The Last Defender of Camelot

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