penmage: (fairy tale innocent [art by John Bauer])
On my Thursday commute home, when I reached my stop, I saw a guy in a yarmulke getting off at my stop, and putting away his book: one of the Wheel of Time books. He looked vaguely familiar, and he was reading epic fantasy, so I started a conversaton about Jordan, and then we went our seperate ways.

On Friday, when I put my book away to get off at my stop, I looked up and saw him getting off, too. So this time I started up a conversation with him, introduced myself. Turns out he's friends with N, and married to a friend of my friends.

Anyway, we were waiting for the bus and talking about fantasy, and he was listing fantasy books that I likes, and he said that, aside from Robin Hobb, he doesn't think that fantasy (particularly epic fantasy, but fantasy in general) written by women is as good as fantasy written by men.

So I told him to read Naomi Novick, and now I am wracking my brain to think of more excellent fantasy, both epic and not, written by women. Because obviously as soon as I try to think of some, it all flees.

So help me out, people, because that is an unacceptable prejudice.

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