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As I mentioned yesterday I like to read. My favourite genre would be Fantasy.

Unfortunately whilst the number of titles that would fall into this genre is vast, the number that conform to what I consider fantasy novels is pretty small.


“Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common. Fantasy is generally distinguished from the genres of science fiction and horror by the expectation that it steers clear of (pseudo-)scientific and macabre themes, respectively, though there is a great deal of overlap between the three, all of which are subgenres of speculative fiction.”

Fantasy can be split into to two types, High Fantasy, which would be my preference and Low Fantasy.

High fantasy is for want of a better word more “Fantastical,” the stories are often serious in tone and take us on epic journeys, battling against Gods, Daemons and generally the end of civilisation as we know it. High Fantasy is the realm of the Cliché; it’s where an unlikely hero lurks in every woodsman and a mysterious yet friendly hermit stands ready lead him on a journey of discovery, but at the same time it is the height of escapism, a new land where you can truly get immersed and forget about normality.

Low fantasy is generally set in the real world; it can of course still have unlikely heroes, it’s less likely however that they will be wielding swords and sorcery. Books such as the Borrowers, Five Children and It, even the Green Mile would all be good examples, essentially a fantastical situation occurring in the most ordinary of places.

The genre, like most is dominated by a few authors, unfortunately however when it comes to book stores they tend to only stock those authors and it’s not often that someone new breaks through, this means for someone with a book addiction like mine finding new titles in this genre can be challenging.

 My Computer room quite seriously has a better selection than the Waterstones website, which means that when it comes to choosing a new book in this genre, I often feel limited, standing in the store it is often a case that I have every book on offer.

So that is why I was so happy yesterday to stumble upon Goodreads, the original reason for this post, before I went off on a tangent. As an avid reader I’m surprised that this website hasn’t been on my radar before.

Upon signing up it asks you to rate a number of books that you have read, from your choice of genres. The more titles that you rate the more accurate list of suggestions the site will generate. It essentialy creates a “people who liked X also liked Y.” Within a few clicks I had about 50 books in this genre many of which I had heard of neither the author nor the title.

You can even link it to your Blog, Face Book, and Twitter etc and share your reads with your friends and receive recommendations from them.

So if like me you are a bookworm and looking for inspiration I highly recommend taking a look at this site.

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