And perhaps most dangerously of all there are several reading lists provided, one for mythic fiction and one for fairy tale fiction. Each article also has a further reading list at the end (like I don’t have enough to read already!).
I see many happy days ahead, poring over the articles on this website.
I’m a big fan of Lev Grossman’s books The Magicians and The Magician King. They’re both really wonderful, dark books and take an adult look at some of children’s fantasy favorite topics (learning magic, traveling to other worlds). As The Magician King ended with somewhat of a cliffhanger (kind of?), I’ve been looking forward to the release of the third book in the trilogy for some time. And I found out recently that it’s coming! The Magician’s Land will be officially released on August 5 and is already available for pre-ordering on Amazon.
In additional really good news related to the Magicians trilogy, the first book, The Magicians, has been picked up by Syfy to make a series. Hooray! Apparently this has happened before with Fox and nothing really came of it but this time it seems pretty serious. So here’s hoping! This could be a great show if done well. Read the article on acquiring the pilot here.
And if you haven’t yet, you might try and get your hands on a copy of Grossman’s short story “The Girl in the Mirror”. I’m sure it won’t be necessary to enjoying the plot of the The Magician’s Land, but extra back story never hurts, right? I know it can be found in the Dangerous Women compilation of stories edited by George R. R. Martin, which is full of stories from other fantastic authors. Check your library for it!
And it never hurts to add: Lev Grossman is very active on twitter and always posts information there for his fans. He’s worth following.