Matthew asked Brian Staveley:

What are your favourite fantasy books? (Apart from The Emperors Blades of course!)

Brian Staveley Ursula Le Guin is hands-down my favorite writer of fantasy and SF. One of my favorite writers period, in fact. I've read the various Earthsea novels a whole batch of times, and keep finding something new in them to admire. Of course, they're slower than a lot of fantasy fare being produced now (including my own books), more involved with the interior psychology of the characters than in massive battles and the rest. That slowness, however, is something I've really come to love. She has a somewhat obscure book called Always Coming Home. In some ways it's tremendously boring. In others, it's just stunningly brilliant and gorgeous. The only book by Le Guin that I don't particularly care for is The Word For World is Forest. Just seems very uncharacteristically simplistic. Everything else: brilliant. I particularly love Lavinia...

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