I am filling in for he who hasn't written anything in a while. Yes, I am The One With The Hump.
I'm a reader , well duh, of course I am. I love books. I will read almost anything, but my go to genre is fantasy. It is my comfort genre. One of the things I love in a book is when it breaks from the usual. When people think of Fantasy, they think of sword and sorcery, the Lord of the Rings, of Orcs and Elves, and Dwarves, OH MY! That said, although I enjoy a good swords and sorcery tale, I really enjoy when the world is different and not a rehash of the same world I have read in a million books (okay, I haven't read quite a million books in my life....I think .)
It is one of the reasons I enjoy books by Brandon Sanderson. His worlds are unique from his the post-apocalyptic world of Steelheart, to the steam punk setting of Mistborn, to the fantasy setting of the Stormlight archives. He has different, interesting forms of magic, from the powers gifted in Steelheart, to the metals that need to be swallowed in Mistborn, to the stormlight powered magic in the Stormlight archives. It is unique and fascinating. Sanderson gives the feel of fantasy without falling back on the tried and true (and tired) tropes that are so common in fantasy.
Another author who also has a different take on traditional fantasy is Neil Gaiman. His stuff can range from pure fantasy to horror fantasy. His stuff can be amusing to deep to fun. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend Good Omens, a joint venture between Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
Speaking of Terry Pratchett, I love his tongue in cheek humor in the Disc World novels. But despite the humor, his depiction of Death is amazing. Most people portray death as cold and emotionless. But his version of Death is deep and compassionate and caring. The man adopts a daughter, keeps the Death of Rats , offers a dying man eternal life, gives poor children gifts as good as wealthy children. He believes in what he does , but each person is an individual that deserves respect.
Another author who I really enjoy because of the uniqueness of her work is , N.K. Jemisin. Her worlds are interesting because they aren't based on Medieval Europe and she brings in different flavors. I love that. I enjoy seeing African mythology brought into the fantasy, and having the characters that aren't white.
I have an enduring love for Anne McCafferey because well, dragons! Also, McCafferey writes strong female characters which for me, in the heavily male dominated world of fantasy, is a pleasure to read, especially when I was a young girl. Lessa from the Dragon Riders of Pern was tough and strong, although she also fell into the troupe that as a strong woman she doesn't get along with other women. Also, dragons! I want my own dragon, but I would settle for fire lizard or two. ;-)
- The One With the Hump.