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Susan Cooper (b. 1935)17 High-Brow, -5 Violent, -21 Experimental and -3 Cynical!
Though born in England, Susan Cooper currently lives in the United States. She is most well-known for her The Dark Is Rising sequence, which has received substantial critical acclaim, the second book (also called The Dark Is Rising) in the series winning a Newbury Honor and the fourth book (The Grey King) being awarded the Newbury Medal, one of the world's most prestigious awards for children's literature. The series is one of the finest examples of contemporary fantasy: the kind of fantasy where magic happens in an actually existing place. The Dark Is Rising is set in Britain, where two common themes of fantasy are combined; that of a magic world parallel to ours, which later became so popular with the Harry Potter books and that of ordinary British school-children playing a role in the struggle between Good and Evil, which had earlier been explored by C S Lewis.
Cooper manages to use the idiom of traditional children books to tell a tale of epic proportions, as evil beings from Celtic legends appear on Earth to do battle with the Old Ones, a secret society of people with magic powers. She is also able to combine this rather romantic vision with important messages, the compassion of one of the children being vital to the cause of Good at one point in the story. In Cooper's world, what you think and do matters on a grand scale, a message children and adults alike should take to their hearts.
If you want some action, try China Miéville.
If you'd like a challenge, try your exact opposite, Lian Hearn.
This really drives home for me that what I like and what I *want* to like in fantasy books are two totally different things.
If you read the more detailed responses under the cut, they're almost spot on. I'm romantic, traditional, peaceful and...well, high-brow. I guess. But when I went to amazon.com to learn more about Susan Cooper's books, I realized I probably wouldn't like them. The fact that she is compared to Tolkien also made me wary, since (sorry, folks) I've never actually made it through LoTR. *hides* And while I am a fan of Narnia, I don't know if that makes me a fan of C.S. Lewis, with whom she is also compared, because that's all I've ever read by him, and I know he's done a LOT more. So, I went to check out my apparent opposite, Lian Hearn, and guess what she wrote: The Tales of the Ootori series, which I've been meaning to pick up for a while now. Of course, this could be simply coincidence and I might not like her style if it wasn't set in Japan, but the fact remains that the plot didn't turn me off.
Despite all this, I want to like traditional high fantasy. I really do. But I've never been able to stomach it for too long. The closest I've gotten was Robert Jordan and The Wheel of Time, but I always get stuck on book seven and that's that. Based on my interests and world view, I should like high fantasy, I really should. I just...don't.
I know, I know. Just more proof that I'm weird >.>
(x-posted to livejournal)