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May 13, 2011


Alden Ash

My favorite fantasy ... there is always the Lord of the Rings, the first Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, the first four books of the Runelords series, and the first Chronicles of Amber series. Now, while it is not my favorite the 14 original Oz books god me reading (and you do have Tik-Tok, who could be considered steambunk).

Alden Ash

*steamPUNK, not steambunk - oops.


I haven't read fantasy in years, but I do have a great fondness of the Lord of the Rings Movies. I'm a medievalist, so much of the pseudo-medieval element of fantasy turns me off.

What of real medieval works though? Could Beowulf or the Táin Bó Cúailnge count? I'll go with those.


Hmmm...favorite fantasy...
Book: This one is the hardest to pick. I'm an English major, and I've read a lot of novels. If I had to pick a few ('cause I can't pick just one), I'd pick The Lord of the Rings, His Dark Materials series, and Alice in Wonderland.
Movie: My top favorite is Merlin. :)
Show: I don't know if it's really considered fantasy, but I really like Warehouse 13. If that's not fantasy enough, Arthur is also a great show. I like the retelling of the Arthur legend.


I just have to go and say The Lord Of The Rings. No matter how many times it is mentioned or how topic it becomes when it comes to fantasy, Tolkien's work simply changed my life. So it will always be my all-time favourite.

Page Turner

Take me back-- take me w-a-y back! Steampunk fans with a yen for time travel will enoy Jack Finney's "Time and Again" and "Time after Time," as well as Richard Matheson's "Bid Time Return," all of which use psychological rather than mechanical means to transport the reader into the turbulent world of the 1880s-1890s. Carley Dawson's "Mr. Wicker's Window," "Dragon Run," and "Sign of the Seven Seas" employ a similar method of time travel to convey visitors to Colonial America, as do the novels of Diana Gabaldon's fabulous "Outlander" series. "The Railway Children" is a marvelous film with steampunk overtones, but for musical fantasy time travel, it is hard to beat The Lost Boys, the first rock band-- from 1599! The Lost Boys are an endlessly creative Ren Faire band and their recordings may be purchased online at CD Baby. Steampunk fans, though, may prefer "The Whistler and His dog" by Rick Benjamin's Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, for background music. Rick and his ensemble perform gorgeous instrumental ragtime music from original scores, exactly as it sounded in the age of steam. In concert, they appear in period-correct costume. A nice touch, that!

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