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Princess bride

Hello!  These fantasy titles have interesting characters and keep you guessing as to what will happen next:

The Princess Bride
by William Goldman
The classic story of true love, sword-fights, revenge, death and miracles.

by Emma Bull
“Tombstone, Arizona, in 1881 is the site of one of the richest mineral strikes in American history, where veins of silver run like ley lines under the earth, a network of power that belongs to anyone who knows how to claim and defend it.  Above the ground, power is also about allegiances. A magician can drain his friends' strength to strengthen himself, and can place his friends between himself and danger. The one with the most friends stands to win the territory.  Jesse Fox left his Eastern college to travel West, where he's made some decidedly odd friends, like the physician Chow Lung who insists that Jesse has a talent for magic. In Tombstone, Jesse meets the tubercular Doc Holliday, whose magic is as suppressed as his own, and attracts the sorcerous attention of Wyatt Earp.  Mildred Benjamin is a young widow making her living as a newspaper typesetter, and - unbeknownst to the other ladies of Tombstone - selling tales of Western derring-do to the magazines back East.  Like Jesse, Mildred has episodes of seeing things that can't possibly be there.  When a failed stagecoach holdup results in two dead, Tombstone explodes with speculation about who attempted the robbery. The truth could destroy Earp's plans for wealth and glory, and he'll do anything to bury it. Meanwhile, outlaw leader John Ringo wants the same turf as Earp. Each man courts Jesse as an ally as they struggle for control of the territory."—book jacket summary

 Little, Big
by John Crowley
One of my all-time favorite books - big, romantic; with plotlines following many characters:
"Edgewood is many houses, all put inside each other, or across each other. It's filled with and surrounded by mystery and enchantment: the further in you go, the bigger it gets. Smoky Barnable, who has fallen in love with Daily Alice Drinkwater, comes to Edgewood, her family home, where he finds himself drawn into a world of magical strangeness."—from the catalog

The Once & Future King
by T.H. White
Rarely does one book capture the complete story of King Arthur, but White pulls it off beautifully. This is without a doubt one of the best tellings of the King Arthur legend. White magically brings draws you into the intimate lives of Merlyn, Guinevere, Arthur and the world of Camelot. This epic story is a page-turner from start to finish!

The Eyre Affair
by Jasper Fforde
"Great Britain circa 1985: time travel is routine, cloning is a reality (dodos are the resurrected pet of choice), and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in Wordsworth poems, militant Baconians roam freely spreading the gospel that Bacon, not Shakespeare, penned those immortal works. And forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. This is all business as usual for brainy, bookish (and heat-packing) Thursday Next, a renowned Special  Operative in literary detection -- that is, until someone begins murdering characters from works of literature. When this madman plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte's novel Thursday faces the challenge of her career. Aided and abetted by characters that include her time-traveling father, an executive of the all-powerful Goliath Corporation, and Edward Rochester himself, Thursday must track down the world's Third Most Wanted criminal and enter the novel herself to avert a heinous act of literary homicide."
(from the Book jacket)

For more good reads, take a look at this list of humorous fantasy -- http://www.answerpoint.org/reading_room/book_list.asp?sort=101&list=2033

I hope that you like these titles. If you need more suggestions, or if these are just not a good match for you, please contact us again.

Thanks again for using the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. Happy reading!

Mary M. Buck
Reference Librarian
Porter Branch