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6 Best Selling Tales For The Gollums And Goblins Fanatic

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Mark Galieo

Vybeliving #232 Mission Street

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13 Mar 2020

Best Selling Tales

Don't you just love the smell of books? As a kid, I remember spending a lot of time in my room devouring one storybook after another. They provide a wonderful escape into a world completely different from our own; and, let's be honest, getting away from our humdrum routine is an appealing prospect on most days, right?

Looking to escape once again? Here are a few of my favorite fantasy novels that I love to bury my nose in on rainy days and Mondays!

Children of Blood and BonesChildren of Blood and Bones

Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone is honestly one of the best debut fantasy novels I’ve read in a long time. Adeyemi paints a chilling picture of a world with dark magic in this West-African inspired story that storms the boundaries of our imagination while confronting reality as well. The brutally depicted war between the noble, lighter-skinned kosidans and the enslaved, darker-skinned majlis holds up a mirror to our starkly divided society, posing thought-provoking questions about race, class, and authority. Definitely a gripping read that you’ll have trouble putting down once you start turning its pages.

American GodsAmerican Gods

American Gods is a gripping and deeply unsettling tale about the mysterious and taciturn Shadow. The story is a wonderful blend of Americana, fantasy, and mythology. Shadow, along with the enigmatic Mr. Wednesday, embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, while a storm of supernatural proportions threatens to break all around them. Like most Neil Gaiman stories, the devil is in the details. You just have to come along for the ride, or you'll miss out on the magic!

Good OmensGood Omens

A scatterbrained Satanist nun goofs up a baby-switching scheme and delivers the infant Antichrist to the wrong couple. Suffice it to say, the Apocalypse is not off to a good start, and it's just the beginning of a series of comic errors that take place in the divine plan for Armageddon. Written as a collaboration between Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Good Omens is a brilliantly dark and screamingly funny take on mankind's final judgment. 

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective AgencyDirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

What do an Electric Monk who believes the world is pink, a dead cat, a computer whiz-kid, quantum mechanics, a poet, a 200-year-old chronologist, and pizza have in common? That's what self-styled private investigator Dirk Gently sets out to find—the fundamental interconnectedness of all things—by solving a murder and saving the entire human race from extinction, among other things. Douglas Adams fills every page with wonderfully witty wisecracks that will delight and blow most other writing away by their sheer audacity.

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and VirtueThe Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

An 18th-century Grand Tour goes exquisitely wrong. Eighteen-year-old Henry "Monty" Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman but was never one to be tamed. Before his abusive father grooms him to run the estate, he and his best friend, Percy, are sent on a yearlong Grand tour under the condition that Monty remains on the sober straight and narrow, or he risks losing his title. He wastes no time demolishing this agreement and vows to make this year-long escapade one last hedonistic hurrah. I went in expecting a cutesy romance novel, but Mackenzie Lee surprised me with so much more!

The Name of the WindThe Name of the Wind

I gulped down Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind in one weekend and it left me wondering why the hell I hadn't heard of it sooner. It is a riveting first-person narrative of Kvothe, a fiery-haired arcanist, who attempts to understand a tragedy that befalls his family. He grows up to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players to years spent as an orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, Rothfuss chronicles Kvothe's life with searing language and poetry.

Now that you have the list, do with it what you will. It doesn’t matter which book you start off with, all of them are great reads, and will leave you ravenous for more. You can thank me later!

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