I don't post a lot from io9 here, but I thought this was interesting:
10 Books Every Fantasy Author Should Read
I haven't talked about this much, I think, but I'm always interested in the classics of fantasy. Of course Tolkien has had enormous influence on the genre, and Gene Wolfe is the idol of many in the New Weird movement (he's not my favorite, but I have read The Book of the New Sun, at least).
This is not really what that list is about, though, for the most part. This list appears to be made up of recommendations by fantasy authors, many of whom I've actually heard of! And hey, since these people are published, their advice comes with a bit of extra weight. And these really run the gamut from learning about history and mythology to experiencing beautiful language. Maybe some of these would make good candidates for my reading outside of genre project.
I'd love to get some links to other posts like this, you know, required reading for fantasy literature and/or writing classes, lists of classics of fantasy, important things for fantasy authors to consider, etc.
And, an apology if my posts haven't seemed so inspired lately. I figure it's a good idea to keep posts coming so I keep getting indexed by search engines. But I'm having a hell of a time looking for a job, writing my PhD dissertation, and caring for a very sick cat (medication 5 times today, and tomorrow...egads...I have to give her an injection).
Upcoming posts include a belated reading outside of genre post for March, a review of Echoes of Betrayal by Elizabeth Moon, and probably a "reviewing the reviewers" post for Echoes of Betrayal. (And I apologize in advance for the review because it'll be like a week after I finished the book that I actually write the review. That's what my life has been like, lately.)