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August 20th, 2010, 09:50 AM #24
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Though not nearly as popular but still well read and eventually working their way into the popular mainstream are...
His Dark Materials books, by Phillip Pullman
The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson
Abarat; Days of Magic, Nights of War, by Clive Barker
The Yiddish Policemen's Union & Gentlemen of the Road, by Michael Chabon
... some good works do fall through the cracks and become top sellers, or at least develop cultish followings... such as, As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway.
If the Twilight books act as a gateway drug to the really well written stuff, than I'm good with that. But I'm guessing it doesn't happen like that very often.
I had not read one piece of fantasy for near ten years until a friend said his daughter was reading these Harry Potter books and they really are very well done. Well, after breaking down my defenses I finally took him up on the offer and read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I loved it. I accepted the material for what it was and went on to read all seven books... and that got me interested in better written and thematically more sophisticated fantasy like with the books mentioned above.
Last edited by Sparrow; August 20th, 2010 at 10:56 AM.