Friday, September 01, 2006

Short Fantasy Novels?

A colleague at work e-mailed me to ask for reading suggestions for a student in an entry-level English course who hasn't read anything for a long time and wants to get back to it. He likes fantasy, but wants to read short books rather than epic multi-book series (my impression was that he was asking for novels, not short stories).

I recommended:

The Last Unicorn and The Innkeeper's Song by Peter S. Beagle
Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
The Book of Knights by Yves Meynard

Can anyone think of others?


  1. How about The Book of Night with Moon by Diane Duane. I found that one impossible to put down.

  2. Anonymous9:11 AM

    War for the Oaks, by Emma Bull.
    These next 2 have sequals, but each also stands on its own.
    The Curse of Chalion, by Lois McMaster Bujold. (The sequal to this is Paladin of Souls.)
    Sister Light, Sister Dark, by Jane Yolen. (And the sequal to this is White Jenna.)

    This is Kristen Durbin again.

  3. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
    Any of the Earthsea books by Ursula le Guin (pretty much de rigeur for anyone interested in fantasy)
    Black Easter by James Blish
    Road Markings by Roger Zelazny

  4. "The Forgotten Beasts of Eld" by Patricia A. McKillip is short and very good. Also, if he doesn't mind a short trilogy, "The Riddle-Master of Hed," "Heir of Sea and Fire," and "Harpist in the Wind" are each pretty short. Also by Patricia A. McKillip.

  5. Jason Burnett5:46 PM

    Smith of Wooten Major/Farmer Giles of Ham by Tolkien.

  6. Thanks for all the terrific suggestions! I should have thought of many of these, but I didn't. So I'm glad all of you did!


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