On January 8th, 2013 the final book in The Wheel of Time series, A Memory of Light, was released to a very hungry legion of fans who have waited for this story for two years since the last book was published. Weighing in at 912 pages and 2.5 pounds, it took me six days to read the entirety of the final story.
Kevin Arms Author Archive
Kevin Arms holds a bachelor of art's degree in Anthropology and a master of art's degree in Library and Information Sciences with a focus on special and archival librarianship. Currently he is the Access Services Librarian for a small college in central Florida, and in his off time is an avid reader and writer of fantasy fiction, Kevin is working on his first novel in dark fantasy which he hopes to complete by the end of 2014. Kevin is currently reading Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire.
I have been in love with fairy tales ever since I was a child. These magical stories filled my childhood with imagination and wonder, and it is no surprise that as an adult I have sought out fairy tale-inspired fiction in troubled times. For me, there is something innately comforting about these stories. Modern authors, such as Mercedes Lackey, Pamela Dean, and Neil Gaiman, have provided me with hours of reading pleasure and new takes on some of the favorite stories from my youth.
Historical fantasy (the fanciful take on real people, events and times) can subtly lure readers of other types of fiction into its comforting embrace. Historical fantasy has something for every library patron: from readers of classics like Jane Austen to the Napoleonic Wars, from ancient Greece to modern times. Historical fantasy writers take great pains to be time-appropriate, with some writers even going so far as to use only words that would have been in use within the common vernacular of the time. Authors Mary Robinette Kowal and Susan Cooper are excellent examples of historical fantasy that all libraries should consider.
When it comes to Epic Fantasy, some series stand out above the others. These series have spawned huge readership, movies, games and fan fiction, and are always in demand among Epic Fantasy readers. J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings, Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time, and Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series should all grace the […]
The world of fantasy fiction is immense, complicated, and contains something for most every reader. However, many library-users do not know where to start when considering tackling this genre. For those unfamiliar with this type of literature, it can seem unwieldy and obtuse. That’s where I come in. As an avid reader of the genre, […]