Massive Blog-LinkUp & 101 Best Fantasy Books!

03 Sep

“It’s about damn time!” I hear you shouting. πŸ™‚ Yep, that it most definitely is! πŸ™‚ A round of applause for John over at Grasping for the Wind please! For those of you who have absolutely no idea who I’m talking about, here’s the low-down:

A while ago, while this very blog you’re reading looked a bit (okay, a lot) different and the brunt of the world-wide recession had not yet hit, John created a review-blogger link-up meme that took the blogosphere by storm. This meme raged through blogs that reviewed Speculative Fiction (yes, the range was that wide), and pretty soon, the list had gotten so big that you would need to take a few days off work to go through them. πŸ™‚ I was lucky enough to have been a part of that meme, and then this meme also became something else – a song, written and performed by another awesome John (follow the link and have a listen, you’ll love it!) that was probably one of the coolest things ever to hit the blogosphere. πŸ™‚

John (Wind-Grasping John) has returned with the second edition of the meme – which I’ve got below this text for your viewing pleasure! πŸ™‚ If you don’t have time to check out all the blogs, make some time! This list represents plenty of the best reviewers and lovers of SpecFic out there. πŸ™‚ Cream of the crop, guys and girls, cream of the crop. πŸ™‚

A B C D E F G H <a I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Romanian French Chinese Danish Portuguese German


7 Foot Shelves
The Accidental Bard
A Boy Goes on a Journey
A Dribble Of Ink
Adventures in Reading
A Fantasy Reader
The Agony Column
A Hoyden’s Look at Literature
A Journey of Books
All Booked Up
Alexia’s Books and Such…
Andromeda Spaceways
The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.
Ask Daphne
ask nicola
Audiobook DJ
Australia Specfic In Focus
Author 2 Author


Barbara Martin
Babbling about Books
Bees (and Books) on the Knob
Best SF
Bewildering Stories
Bibliophile Stalker
Big Dumb Object
The Billion Light-Year Bookshelf
Bitten by Books
The Black Library Blog
Blog, Jvstin Style
Blood of the Muse
Book Love Affair
The Book Bind
Booksies Blog
The Book Smugglers
The Book Swede
Book View Cafe [Authors Group Blog]
Breeni Books


Cheaper Ironies [pro columnist]
Charlotte’s Library
Circlet 2.0
Cheryl’s Musings
Club Jade
Cranking Plot
Critical Mass
The Crotchety Old Fan


Daily Dose – Fantasy and Romance
Damien G. Walter
Danger Gal
It’s Dark in the Dark
Dark Parables
Dark Wolf Fantasy Reviews
Darque Reviews
Dave Brendon’s Fantasy and Sci-Fi Weblog
Dead Book Darling
Dear Author
The Deckled Edge
The Doctor is In…
Dragons, Heroes and Wizards
Drey’s Library
The Discriminating Fangirl
Dusk Before the Dawn


Enter the Octopus
Erotic Horizon
Errant Dreams Reviews
Eve’s Alexandria


Falcata Times
Fan News Denmark [in English]
Fantastic Reviews
Fantastic Reviews Blog
Fantasy Book Banner
Fantasy Book Critic
Fantasy Book News
Fantasy Book Reviews and News
Fantasy By the Tale
Fantasy Cafe
Fantasy Debut
Fantasy Dreamer’s Ramblings
Fantasy Magazine
Fantasy and Sci-fi Lovin’ News and Reviews
Feminist SF – The Blog!
Fiction is so Overrated
The Fix
The Foghorn Review
Follow that Raven
Forbidden Planet
Frances Writes
Free SF Reader
From a Sci-Fi Standpoint
From the Heart of Europe
Fruitless Recursion
Fundamentally Alien
The Future Fire


The Galaxy Express
Game Couch
The Gamer Rat
Garbled Signals
The Geeky Bookworm
Genre Reviews
Got Schephs
Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review
Grasping for the Wind
a GREAT read
The Green Man Review
Gripping Books


Hero Complex
Highlander’s Book Reviews
The Hub Magazine
Hypatia’s Hoard of Reviews
Hyperpat’s Hyper Day


I Hope I Didn’t Just Give Away The Ending
Ink and Keys
Ink and Paper
The Internet Review of Science Fiction


Janicu’s Book Blog
Jenn’s Bookshelf
Jumpdrives and Cantrips


Kat Bryan’s Corner
Keeping the Door
King of the Nerds


La Bloga
Lair of the Undead Rat
Largehearted Boy
Layers of Thought
League of Reluctant Adults
The Lensman’s Children
Library Dad
Libri Touches
Literary Escapism
Literaturely Speaking
ludis inventio
The Luminous Page
Lundblog: Beautiful Letters


Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf and Book Review
Mari’s Midnight Garden
Mark Freeman’s Journal
Mark Lord’s Writing Blog
Marooned: Science Fiction Books on Mars
Martin’s Booklog
Michele Lee’s Book Love
Missions Unknown [Author and Artist Blog Devoted to SF/F/H in San Antonio]
The Mistress of Ancient Revelry
MIT Science Fiction Society
Monster Librarian
More Words, Deeper Hole
Mostly Harmless Books
Multi-Genre Fan
Musings from the Weirdside
My Favourite Books
My Overstuffed Bookshelf


Neth Space
The New Book Review
Not Free SF Reader


OCD, Vampires, and Rants, o my!
OF Blog of the Fallen
The Old Bat’s Belfry
Only The Best SciFi/Fantasy
The Ostentatious Ogre
Outside of a Dog


Paper Spaceships
Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist
Patricia’s Vampire Notes
The Persistence of Vision
Piaw’s Blog
Pizza’s Book Discussion
Poisoned Rationality
Popin’s Lair
Post-Weird Thoughts
Publisher’s Weekly
Pussreboots: A Book Review a Day



Ramblings of a Raconteur
Random Acts of Mediocrity
Ray Gun Revival
Realms of Speculative Fiction
Reading the Leaves
Review From Here
Reviewer X
Revolution SF
Rhiannon Hart
The Road Not Taken
Rob’s Blog o’ Stuff
Robots and Vamps


Sacramento Book Review
Sandstorm Reviews
Satisfying the Need to Read
Science Fiction and Fantasy Ethics
Science Fiction Times
Sci-Fi Blog
Sci-Fi Fan Letter
The Sci-Fi Gene
Sci-Fi Songs [Musical Reviews]
SciFi Squad
Scifi UK Reviews
Sci Fi Wire
Self-Publishing Review
The Sequential Rat
Severian’s Fantastic Worlds
SF Diplomat
SF Gospel
SF Revu
SF Safari
SF Signal
SF Site
SFF World’s Book Reviews
Silver Reviews
Simply Vamptastic
Slice of SciFi
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
Solar Flare
Speculative Fiction
Speculative Fiction Junkie
Speculative Horizons
The Specusphere
Spiral Galaxy Reviews
Spontaneous Derivation
Sporadic Book Reviews
Stainless Steel Droppings
Starting Fresh
Stella Matutina
Stomping on Yeti
Stuff as Dreams are Made on…
The Sudden Curve
The Sword Review


Tangent Online
Tehani Wessely
Temple Library Reviews
Tez Says
things mean a lot [also a publisher]
True Science Fiction


Ubiquitous Absence
Urban Fantasy Land


Vast and Cool and Unsympathetic
Variety SF
Veritas Omnia Vincula


Walker of Worlds
Wands and Worlds
Wendy Palmer: Reading and Writing Genre Books and ebooks
The Weirdside
The Wertzone
With Intent to Commit Horror
The Wizard of Duke Street
WJ Fantasy Reviews
The Word Nest
The World in a Satin Bag
The Written World
The Wry Writer



Young Adult Science Fiction



Cititor SF [with English Translation]



Foundation of Krantas
The SF Commonwealth Office in Taiwan [with some English essays]
Yenchin’s Lair




Fernando Trevisan
Human 2.0
Life and Times of a Talkative Bookworm
Ponto De Convergencia


Fantasy Seiten
Fantasy Buch
Fantasy/SciFi Blog
Welt der fantasy
Bibliotheka Phantastika
SF Basar
Phantastick News
Phantastick Couch
Fantasy News
Fantasy Faszination
Fantasy Guide
Zwergen Reich
Fiction Fantasy

A B C D E F G H <a I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Romanian French Chinese Danish Portuguese German

Now, how’s that?! πŸ™‚ Awesome, John, absolutely awesome! πŸ™‚ So, have you downloaded the song? You have? Cool, start playing it then, and then click this link – it’ll take you to The Crotchety Old Fan, and the Interactive Version. πŸ™‚ So as you listen to the song, you can click through and have a look at the blogs at the same time. But have your fastest finger ready! πŸ™‚

Okay, next up, vote for your favourite Fantasy Books! πŸ™‚ This is an awesome initiative given life by Jo and Bella! Not only will the 101 Fantasy Books be decided by those who read and love them (YOU), but there’s also a chance to WIN! So, head on over and vote!

One last thing (I know this is a huge post, without a doubt the biggest ever on this blog), but this was just too cool to pass up – Jo and Bella have set up a cool meme, so I’m doing my bit to get it spread around:

1. What is your favourite favourite fantasy series?

Yikes – okay, let’s put it this way: Whoever wins the duel between Rand and Quick Ben will decide which series is the best. πŸ™‚

2. What is your favourite fantasy character?

Also a difficult one… I’ll have to settle for a top 3: In no particular order, Anomander Rake, Mat Cauthon, Thomas Cale. πŸ™‚ Anomander is the epitome of absolute badassness, Mat is either the guy with the worst luck or the best luck, and Thomas Cale is absolutely deadly and terrifying, but so sadly clueless (through no fault of his own).

3. What is your favourite fantasy creature?

Probably a Fade (being able to see like a hawk without having to bother with eyes and being able to travel through shadows) but then again, Erikson’s dragons are sooo cool! πŸ™‚

4. What is your favourite fantasy world?

Hands down, this would the world that Steven Erikson and Ian C Esslemont have created – I’ve never gotten such a sense of deep history from any other fiction I’ve ever read, amazing stuff!

5. What is your favourite fantasy β€œmagic” (i.e. The Will and the Word in David Eddings’ Belgariad series)?

Wielding the One Power, Saidin. πŸ™‚ Without the Taint, of course!

There we go – if you want to participate in the meme, follow this link and read the instructions. πŸ™‚

Okay, that’s it for me fore today – I’m struggling to decide between posting my review of Godspeaker Bk 2: The Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller or District 9; what do you think? πŸ™‚


1 Comment

Posted by on September 3, 2009 in Announcements, Blog-Love, Meme


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One response to “Massive Blog-LinkUp & 101 Best Fantasy Books!

  1. Alec

    September 10, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Whoever wins the duel between Rand and Quick Ben will decide which series is the best.

    Lol. Could not have thought of a better answer!


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