I’m partly to blame. When the previously scheduled CSFF featured book for August was pulled by the publisher, I agreed with the suggestion that we turn this month into a Your Favorite feature. A great idea, really, and I’m so looking forward to reading everyone else’s posts. But writing my own … now that’s not so easy.
I mean, how do you narrow down what you’ve read to “Your Favorite”? Of course for me “favorite” means fantasy, but are we talking about favorite of all time (a toss up between Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and Watership Down by Richard Adams), my favorite for this year (Wayfarer by R. J. Anderson), my favorite of the Clive Staples Award nominations (I’m not saying 😉 ), my favorite YA (North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson), my favorite middle grade (The Bark of the Bog Owl by Jonathan Rogers), or my favorite adult fantasy (toss up between By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson and Blaggard’s Moon by George Bryan Polivka).
You can see my dilemma.
Add in the authors whose books I really like (Sharon Hinck, Karen Hancock, Christopher and Allan Miller, D. Barkley Briggs) and the authors who have changed the landscape of Christian fantasy (Donita Paul, Wayne Thomas Batson, and Bryan Davis), and it’s getting to be a nearly impossible assignment.
So let me tell you instead what comprises my favorite book. It would have an engaging protagonist and a medium-paced story. The world would be dense without being confusing.
The story would feel fresh without being off-the-wall. There would be lots of tension from the start and surprises and twists.
The plot would not be hard to follow, but it wouldn’t be simplistic. There would be romance, though it wouldn’t dominate the story. There would be battles, too, and running-for-your-lives scenes. So lots of action broken up by some quiet moments that spotlight internal tension rather than external.
In the end the character will be changed and the reader will be moved. And as I near that end, I slow my reading down because I don’t want to leave this world that seems so real it feels like I will find it when I peek around the corner.
Yes, that‘s the book I want to
writ, er, read. OK, it’s also the book I want to write, too. 😀
Your turn. What is your favorite? After you’ve left a comment, check out what the other CSFF participants are saying about their favorites:
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