A very good friend of mine recently sent me the entire 6-book series Codex Alera by Jim Butcher. I had recently read Butcher’s newest book The Aeronaut’s Windlass and really enjoyed it, and I’m a long-time fan of his Dresden Files series. Hell, I even follow him on twitter. I say all of that to be up front about the fact that I’m predisposed to liking Butcher’s work. It’s a bit odd that I hadn’t gotten around to reading the Codex Alera series before, actually.
A good friend of mine was recently looking for some recommandations for fantasy books for her husband to read over an upcoming long weekend. I was happy to help and after quite a bit of back and forth (the library she was at was… lacking) she had a few books and was good to go. In the interest of helping out anyone in a similar situation, here’s the list of books that I recommended, along with some short blurbs about each to help you with your summer reading.
It was brought to my attention that I had not formally recommended my favorite book of the last decade, The Name of the Wind, on this blog. There. I’ve now recommended my favorite book of the last decade. The second book of the planned trilogy, The Wise Man’s Fear is already out, and it equally awesome. Both of them reward multiple readings with wow moments and insights, especially when you realize that Patrick Rothfuss actually knows what he’s doing.
Roger Ebert’s blog, then you’re missing some really good writing. His latest is as good a place to start as any.
While most of his work is not for kids (the Sandman books are fairly intense, and American Gods isn’t much better), the books he does do for kids are often fantastic. And this has been further confirmed by the fact that The Graveyard Book has just won the Newbery Medal. Congrats, Neil!