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Old 05-28-2012, 05:56 PM   #1
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Top 10 Fantasy Novels by Female Authors

A list in Kirkus Reviews of 10 top fantasy novels by female authors:

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What do you think of the list, and what would be your recommendations .
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:42 AM   #2
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A lot of them are recent and I'd probably include some "older" ones like:

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Daughter of the Empire by Janny Wurts
Rhapsody: Child of Blood by Elizabeth Haydon

It's a good list though. Big fan of Carey and Valente.
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:40 AM   #3
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I haven't heard of half of those.
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:53 AM   #4
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But... but... What about Robin McKinley!?
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:14 AM   #5
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I would like to see Connie Willis, Ursula Le Guin and Janny Wurts on that list.

Edit: Hmmm maybe Connie Willis would be considered Sci Fi more than fantasy though.
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:42 AM   #6
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I haven't heard of half of those.
I got you beat - I haven't heard of any of them. Must not be my genre.
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:30 AM   #7
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I got you beat - I haven't heard of any of them. Must not be my genre.
Well, it kind of is my genre, which is what makes it surprising.

I've only read one of them (Hundred Thousand Kingdoms), have two others waiting to be read (Cold Magic and Kushiel's Dart), and have heard of maybe two or three of the other writers.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:23 AM   #8
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I might have to take a look at some of these for future reference.

I've only read some by Catherynne M. Valente and not the one listed. I really like her writing, but it's more folklore fantasy than the rest that is in the list. A very different read than the usual trilogy stuff.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:28 AM   #9
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I tend to avoid female fantasy authors. I do like LeGuin, Andre Norton and some of Marion Zimmer Bradley, but I think of them more as SF writers.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:28 AM   #10
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Robin Hobb and Mercedes Lackey should be on that list.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:50 AM   #11
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What about the top 10 fantasy novels written by ethnic homosexuals living in the greater Seattle area in the past six years? Surely that would be just as relevant?
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:00 PM   #12
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And where is Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke, or the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling? Or classics like Lud in the Mist by Hope Mirlees or Red Moon and Black Mountain by Joy Chant? I also agree that Robin Hobb should be on the list.
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:07 PM   #13
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I've only read some by Catherynne M. Valente and not the one listed. I really like her writing, but it's more folklore fantasy than the rest that is in the list. A very different read than the usual trilogy stuff.
I've only just *discovered* Ms. Valente because I've been going through the Hugo short fiction shortlist. Her Novella Silently and Very Fast was my favorite of the six under consideration. And just because of that I'm now reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, which is a fun little read.

And I agree, the list is missing a lot of very good female authors.
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Old 05-29-2012, 01:36 PM   #14
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C.J. Cherryh, Robin McKinley, Susan Cooper all should be on such a list.
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Old 05-29-2012, 02:21 PM   #15
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I'm glad that I wasn't the only one who thought the list was a little strange . I did notice that the "major stars" (like Robin Hobb) were not on the list.
I think this is not really an all-time best list or even a best of the present day. Its more of a best of novels written by rising stars, IMO.
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