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Author Topic: Good fiction pagan books?  (Read 421 times)

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Good fiction pagan books?
« on: February 07, 2018, 02:49:19 pm »
Does anyone have any recommendations for fiction that has pagan themes? My entire library is non-fiction, and sometimes I need a break from research. Ideally I'd like to read books about modern pagans, but I know there is a lot of fiction that takes place in ancient times, and I'm open to that as well.
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Re: Good fiction pagan books?
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2018, 02:48:41 pm »
Does anyone have any recommendations for fiction that has pagan themes? My entire library is non-fiction, and sometimes I need a break from research. Ideally I'd like to read books about modern pagans, but I know there is a lot of fiction that takes place in ancient times, and I'm open to that as well.

One of my favourites in this genre is Bell, Book, and Murder, the omnibus of the Bast mysteries by Rosemary Edghill. They're exaggerated, but on the 'murder mystery novels are somewhat contrived' rather than the 'the magic part is contrived' - the actual magical depictions are spot on, as is the commentary about the community. (Modified for the fact they were written in the 90s, though there's a short story collection that's more recent.)

While not Pagan, I'm also very fond of Katherine Kurtz's Adept series, which is modern, and is focused on a magical lodge. A few minor characters in the last two books in that series are witches, and there's an interesting compare and contrast. (Her Lammas Night - note there are multiple fictional books of that title out there in the genre - is a fictional take on the Battle of Britain and Margaret Murray's theory of sacred kingship, and has more witches and Pagans.) The Adept series has one of the better depictions of someone coming to grips with psychic gifts and experiences I've seen in fiction.

For classical era stuff, there are tons of lists out there you might find interesting to search through: this one is relatively recently updated, and includes a bunch of the ones I'd otherwise be working on listing...

My actual favourite depiction of deity interactions in a way that is very congruent with my experience as a witch and Pagan, is actually a fantasy series: Lois McMaster Bujold's Curse of Chalion and sequels. (The deities, of course, are different, but the range of interactions depicted, and how those work for people, is very much the way it works for a lot of people I know in some form.)
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Re: Good fiction pagan books?
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2018, 09:35:47 pm »
My actual favourite depiction of deity interactions in a way that is very congruent with my experience as a witch and Pagan, is actually a fantasy series: Lois McMaster Bujold's Curse of Chalion and sequels. (The deities, of course, are different, but the range of interactions depicted, and how those work for people, is very much the way it works for a lot of people I know in some form.)

Thank you for the plethora of suggestions! I will check some of them out!
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Re: Good fiction pagan books?
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2018, 04:17:29 pm »
Does anyone have any recommendations for fiction that has pagan themes? My entire library is non-fiction, and sometimes I need a break from research. Ideally I'd like to read books about modern pagans, but I know there is a lot of fiction that takes place in ancient times, and I'm open to that as well.

Dark Sister by Graham Joyce is a nice read. He does muddle up wicca and witchcraft in one or two places but I can forgive him that as the book is so good!  His "Tooth Fairy" is also nice if you are interested in fae colliding with modern youth.

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Re: Good fiction pagan books?
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2018, 07:09:32 pm »
Does anyone have any recommendations for fiction that has pagan themes? My entire library is non-fiction, and sometimes I need a break from research. Ideally I'd like to read books about modern pagans, but I know there is a lot of fiction that takes place in ancient times, and I'm open to that as well.
Strong recommend for Uprooted by Naomi Novik. It's not pagan per se, but has strong paganish themes and the magical system gave me a lot to think about in my own magical practice even though it's obviously fictional and I'm not going to, like, make trees grow instantly or anything. Also hooray for a strong female protagonist.

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