Living in a Fantasy World ~ My Favorite Reading Genre

Sharon Lathan

Sharon Lathan is the best-selling author of The Darcy Saga, a ten-volume sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

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Kathy Berlin

Also by David Eddings are the Sparhawk series: The Elenium and the Tamuli. Love those, too. And within Feist’s Riftwar series are Daughter of the Empire, Servant of the Empire, and Mistress of the Empire. And the Mercedes Lackey’s books on the Heralds and her books about the Hawkbrothers are great fantasy, too.


Since I became involved in the world of JAFF, I’ve been surprised by how much of a crossover there is with those of us who read sci fi/fantasy as well.

Sharon, your blog post and the comments have given me several new authors to have a look at. Tolkien and Anne McCaffrey I know back-to-front, inside-out and all the rest. I think Todd McCaffrey is doing a pretty good job of carrying on the torch for his Mum. Of the others, I’ve read works of some of them but don’t know them well, and the rest are new to me. Lots more reading to do!

No-one has mentioned George R.R. Martin, which surprises me. Obviously, he’s best known for his A Song of Ice and Fire series, currently on TV as Game of Thrones, but he’s also involved in writing and editing other things. Just Google “Wild Cards”.

It’s interesting that junewilliams7 mentions the connection between Darcy and Spock. We were watching Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (my favourite of the original series films) the other night. Suddenly it struck me how similar, in many ways, the two characters are (if you discount the ears and green blood!); showing little emotion, especially to those they don’t know well, uncomfortable amongst strangers, loyal to a fault…I could go on for a while.

Stephanie L

I have to admit that I love fantasy and sci-fi and I love the romance and paranormal as well. Whilst not fantasy, I love Susanna Kearsley’s timeslip books. C. S. Lewis and Narnia and Tolkien of course, love Star Trek…Mary Stewart also a favorite. Other than that, a good bit of your list is unknown to me. Research time!! LOL I can’t do vampires, werewolves, mummies and zombies. Those whole genres are completely lost on me. Even the Darcy crossovers leave me cold. Time travel, history, wars, magic, good vs. evil, romance…all those things (or a pick 3) wrapped up into one book makes me a happy girl!


Star Trek! And, of course, the very Darcy-like Mr. Spock. <3 <3


Like Barbary Hambly too.
Love Marion Zimmer Bradley and her Darkover world for 30 years now.
Also love Robert Jordan’s The Wheel Of Time. Liked Tolkien as a child but haven’t read him since then. Always wanted to read Terry Pratchett – will keep it on my must-read list. 😉 Became interested in David Eddings now. Thank you for that! 🙂


Ah, yes, I loved MZB’s Avalon also, but her Darkover world is one of my book loves continuing for such a long time. She wrote some interesting parapsychological books too. A lot to explore! 😉
Robert Jordan is really worth a go! I completely fell in love with his characters and how he built the story up. And I also love that you can read it like one big book!
It’s fascinating – if you stick to the story of course – when you get some things revealed many, many chapters/books later. Very well done IMO.

Wendy Roberts

I grew up on fantasy and science fiction, and swore that I would never read “sappy romance” as a kid! Some of my favorites are: C.S. Lewis, Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Ursula LeGuin, David Eddings, Barbara Hambly, Piers Anthony, JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, to name just a small few!!


As you know Sharon my favourite will always be Darcy and romance 😉 But you and your author friends have introduced me to so many new books that I am excited I will never ever run out of wonderful reading material. I would most definitely be interested in reading a sci/fi fantasy written by you though because I love your writing style 🙂


Haha yes they’re the sort sci/fi fantasy books I would choose to read first. Ones that are heavy in the romance dept! LOL
So what are you waiting for Sharon? I want to read yours first! xx


I love sci/fi fantasy as well. Anne McCaffrey & J.R.R. Tolkien also top my list. I have all McCaffrey’s dragon series & have read &reread the books. Also many versions of King Arthur & Merlin…just can’t remember all the authors…Sir Thomas Mallory, Mary Stuart. Robin McKinley’s stories…The Blue Sword, The Hero & the Crown, Beauty, Dragonhaven, and Rose Daughter with Beauty and The Blue Sword at the top. Absolutely loved her retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I think that is where the Disney version came from. There are many parallels. Isaac Asimov an Ray Bradbury are some other authors too.

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