What is fantasy, exactly? How is it different from other kinds of fiction? Where does it come from? Much better writers than myself have explored these questions over the decades, but they are still fascinating to pursue.
In a sense, all story-telling derives from the human urge to understand the world around us, and most importantly, our place within it. To understand ourselves and the human condition.
This is the first of a series of posts about the books I read during 2018. Of course, we’re not quite at the end of the year, yet, so there may be a couple of books yet to come, but so far I have read 73 books, which is probably a record for me (though maybe not, I read voraciously in my teens). I expect to make it to 75 books.
Anyway, I thought it might be interesting both for myself and any readers of this blog, to talk about the books I read this year and break them into categories.