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Anne Rice:

Interview with the Vampire:  Paperback $5.59        Hardcover $24.50
The Vampire Lestat:               Paperback $5.59        Hardcover $17.50
The Queen of the Damned:    Paperback $5.59         Hardcover $17.50
Tale of the Body Thief:           Paperback $5.59        Hardcover $16.80
Memnoch the Devil                 Paperback $6.39        Hardcover $17.50
Pandora                                                                      Hardcover $11.97

Anne Rice has become one of my all time favorite authors.  This series of books tells the tales of her particular brand of vampire (slightly different from my own) in a lush, exquisitely told narrative that draws the reader in, and holds them spellbound throughout.  Interview with the Vampire is my favorite of the lot, rivaled closely by The Vampire Lestat.  Both are filled with beautifully crafted characters and visions so vivid one can almost see the world of these creatures come to life.  I have not yet read the last two of these works, but can recommend them on the strength of the first four.  Pandora is the start of a new series, proposed to be individual stories of one vampire per book.  My order is already in.

Katherine Kurtz:

Deryni Rising:                         Paperback $4.79
Deryni Checkmate:                 Paperback $4.79
High Deryni:                            Paperback $4.79

Camber of Culdi:                     Paperback $3.96
Saint Camber:
Camber the Heretic:               Paperback $4.79

The Bishop's Heir:                   Paperback $4.79
The King's Justice:                  Paperback $4.79
The Quest for Saint Camber:  Paperback $4.79

The Harrowing of Gwynedd:   Paperback $4.79
King Javan's Year                    Paperback $4.79
The Bastard Prince                  Paperback $4.79

These twelve books (along with a volume of short stories, a grimoire, and a new volume of research details) comprise the wonderfully rich and detailed world of the Deryni.  Set in a fantasy world very similar to our own Medieval society, and populated by characters to love and hate, each work builds on the one before it weaving a brilliantly conceived history.  I have read each one at least twice, and my favorites several times more than that.  I was first introduced to King Kelson and his friends when I was 14 and it is now like revisiting with old friends when I pick up a Deryni book.

Stephan R. Donaldson:

The Mirror of Her Dreams       Paperback $5.59
A Man Rides Through              Paperback $5.59

These two books are far different from Mr. Donaldson's Thomas Covenant series.  They tell the story of a parallel world where mirrors are objects of magic.  It is a world of vast political intrigue and twists of fate that are wonderous and unexpected.  I read each book in the course of one night.  Be prepared, these books are somewhat long.

J.R.R. Tolkien:

The Hobbit & Fellowship of the Ring Complete Set     $19.17

What fantasy collection is complete without this set?  The wonderful tales of Middle Earth, told in the incomparable voice that so many have come to know and love through the years.  I read the Hobbit when I was all of 10 years old and fell in love with the entire fantasy genre.

Edgar Allan Poe:

The Collected Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe         $14.00

If you want to know Edgar Allan Poe, this is the book for you.  Containing the best and most well-know works of this often overlooked American author, this book is a prize for the price.  His writings have been inspiring, haunting and frightening me since I was twelve.

Mary Stewart:

Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy         $13.97
The Wicked Day                               $10.36

I can't remember when I first read The Crystal Cave, the first in this trilogy, but it made such a grand impression on me that I was swept into The Hollow Hills and The Last Enchantment almost immediately.  This set is listed at as Young Adult fiction, but I believe young and old alike would enjoy the story Mary Stewart presents.  I discovered The Wicked Day while combing's amazing library.  I've never read it, but it supposedly finishes the Arthurian/Merlin tale.

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