The best books to read by the fireside: let’s talk about our favorites in science fiction and fantasy

The life: I love Prydain’s novels! And since you brought me into childhood fantasy, let me tell you about “The Midnight Folk” (1927) by John Masefield, one of the most magical fantasy novels of all time, in which a young orphan, Kay Harker, tries to recover stolen treasure. before the local witches get there. There are no chapters, magic has the logic of dreams, and while the sequel, “The Box of Delights” (1935), has become a British Christmas classic, my heart belongs to “The Midnight Folk” . It was released just a year after another British classic, ‘Lud-in-the-Mist’, by Hope Mirrlees (an influence on both Neil Gaiman and Susanna Clarke).

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