The best fantasy books that are more fun than they are just dragons and sorcery

Who am I?

Although I write in many genres, fantasy was my first love in reading. I fell in love with the possibilities of a boundless world. And as the years went on, I realized that fantasy could be more than just dragons and sorcery. Fantasy was this big umbrella that housed all the impossible dreams. So, I gravitated toward the genre. I also have an affinity for fun things. I don’t like to be sad, so I prefer movies, music, games, and books that revolve around fun and humor.


I wrote...

The Psi-Chotic Adventures of Drew Darby

By Richard W. Kelly,

Book cover of The Psi-Chotic Adventures of Drew Darby

What is my book about?

Drew Darby was an average high school kid. Well, an average, dorky, loner, high school kid whose parents made him get a part time job. Little did he know, when he stepped into the building for his new job, he was taking the first step on his way to becoming a soldier in the United States Army's Psychic Operations. Before long Drew would be facing an adventure that could change the face of the planet.

A fun young adult fantasy that turns up the fun and keeps the reader guessing as to what will happen next. A page-turner that draws you in before you realize it.

The books I picked & why

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Off to Be the Wizard

By Scott Meyer,

Book cover of Off to Be the Wizard

Why this book?

There is something to be said about Dragons and sorcery. But throw in time travel and a bit of computer wizardry you end up with Off to Be the Wizard. This is one of those books that sticks with you and you end up recommending it to people constantly because it is so original, so witty, so stupidly fun that you end up thinking everyone will like it.

I like this one because it blends a bit of sci-fi into the mix, but you still get the classic Middle Ages adventure. I would be hard-pressed to find something wittier and more fun than this one.

Off to Be the Wizard

By Scott Meyer,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Off to Be the Wizard as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

By William Goldman,

Book cover of The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

Why this book?

Anyone who has seen the movie understands how perfect a story this is. It has everything you could possibly want. It has love, death, torture, sword fighting, sorcery, pirates, giants, thieves, and so much more. Just as the movie is a cult classic that I am always up for a watch-through with a few friends over drinks. The book is just as good.  

In fact it is one of those books that elevates the movies. Knowing the little background pieces that didn’t make the film help flesh out the characters. 

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

By William Goldman,

Why should I read it?

12 authors picked The Princess Bride as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Myth-ion Improbable

By Robert Asprin,

Book cover of Myth-ion Improbable

Why this book?

Although this isn’t the first book in the series, I find it the most fun. I have a deep love for the myth series because it was the first series of books I ever read. They are a very traditional fantasy story about a wizard, his dragon, and a demon he pals around with. But, it is a tongue-in-cheek comedy rather than a serious epic tale.

The series reads fine out of order and you could start anywhere, but this one is my favorite.

Myth-ion Improbable

By Robert Asprin,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Myth-ion Improbable as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Disney After Dark

By Ridley Pearson, David Frankland (illustrator),

Book cover of Disney After Dark

Why this book?

If there is something I love outside of writing it is Disney. I won’t try and convince anyone these are great works of literature, but they do an amazing job of making the Disney magic come to life.  

Ever since I went to Disney World for the first time I imagined what it would be like to work there. To see the park at night with no one in it. To be alone in all that magic. So, when I read Disney After Dark I felt like a little kid having his ideas put to paper.  

Disney After Dark

By Ridley Pearson, David Frankland (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Disney After Dark as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (illustrator),

Book cover of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Why this book?

If there is any book that is the epitome of fantasy. A world where things that couldn’t normally happen come to life. A story that captures the minds of everyone who reads it. An idea so out there, but so attached to our basic psyche that it speaks to our dreams. That book would be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Oddly enough out of all the books on this list it would easily be considered the most kid-oriented, but it also is probably the most fire and brimstone of them all. It is all tongue and cheek to the point that I think we can ignore the inferred violence and dark outcomes in exchange for its childlike humor and optimism.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

By Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A splendiferous new hardback of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, part of a collection of truly delumptious classic Roald Dahl titles with stylish jackets over surprise printed colour cases, and exquisite endpaper designs.

Mr Willy Wonka is the most extraordinary chocolate maker in the world.
And do you know who Charlie is? Charlie Bucket is the hero. The other children in this book are nasty little beasts, called: Augustus Gloop - a great big greedy nincompoop; Veruca Salt - a spoiled brat; Violet Beauregarde - a repulsive little gum-chewer; Mike Teavee - a boy who only watches television.
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