Mothers’ Day is in three days, at least here in the states. I bring that to your attention since fantasy novels tend to do a horrible job with mothers. Rarely does our fair hero have a happy homelife. Usually (s)he sets out on a journey because either (s)he is terribly abused and misunderstood or orphaned (e.g. every Disney movie ever.) Consider this your reminder to call your mother now, for no reason, to tell her how much you love her. And then call again on Sunday.

As for me, my mommy is coming to town today! And my sister! And my dad and two brothers and a brother-in-law. This weekend shall be of epic proportions. I bought a new firepit, so that’s going to be exciting. The possibility of making smores without camping may not be good for my backside. So you’ll excuse me if this post is so short because I need to go do the dishes and scrub the toilet. Have a wonderful Mothers Day weekend from all of us at FanLit — and remember, your mother raised you to be smart enough not to read bad books.fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviews

And since now you’re thinking about mothers, who do you think is the best mother in fantasy literature? State your case below and you’ll be entered to win a book from our stacks. Also, be sure to check the box for following the comments because I’ll announce the winner in the comments.


  • Ruth Arnell

    RUTH ARNELL (on FanLit's staff January 2009 — August 2013) earned a Ph.D. in political science and is a college professor in Idaho. From a young age she has maxed out her library card the way some people do credit cards. Ruth started reading fantasy with A Wrinkle in Time and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe — books that still occupy an honored spot on her bookshelf today. Ruth and her husband have a young son, but their house is actually presided over by a flame-point Siamese who answers, sometimes, to the name of Griffon.