Are you a fan of fantasy fiction? If you are, you’ll be pleased to know that Andersen Library has 33 books in this genre from the last year alone, either in the stacks or on order. If you like a particular sub-genre you will want to search for that separately, as those tend to use different subject terms. For example, an Advanced Search for werewolves fiction limited to the last year and the Main Collection location (which finds books in the Main, Main Oversize, and Browsing Books collections) found four additonal titles, one for vampires fiction found ten titles, and another for paranormal romance found three titles. Please note that most older fiction titles have not been assigned subject headings in HALcat, so you will need to search for books by author or title if that’s what you want. To find authors and titles of older (and newer!) books in genres that interest you, search NoveList database , Children’s Literature Comprehensive database (CLCD) , Fantastic Fiction out of the UK, or even Amazon (search for a book you like, then at the bottom of the record click on a subject under “Look for Similar Items by Category.”
For newer books, HALcat, the Andersen Library’s catalog, will have subject headings and very occasionally a plot overviews (check the Staff View for these) for fiction books to help you determine whether or not you’d like to read them. More reliable places to find plot overviews for books are NoveList database (brief), Children’s Literature Comprehensive database (CLCD) (brief), Literary Reference Center (long, but mostly for older, more literary books, although books by JK Rowling and Don Delillo, to name a few, are in there), Fantastic Fiction, and authors’ websites. In addition, many authors’ websites have free chapters or excerpts to let you get a flavor for the book. As a bonus, CLDC aggregates book reviews for each title, so it is easy to find and read them.
If you’ve read any of our fantasy fiction, including anything from one of the many the sub-genres, we’d love to hear about it. Just add a comment below.