After trying to read some of the classics (Moby Dick, Dickens, Joyce) and getting bored out of my freaken mind I decided to try reading something “fun” again. I’ve never read any mystery novels but I want to check out The Big Sleep and The Maltese Falcon along with some Graham Greene works. After that I want to try reading fantasy again but I’m afraid the formulaic plots and archetypal characters are gonna put me to sleep. Defeating the Dark Lord with the help of the wise old sage while winning heart of the princess can only be done so many times.
I’m stuck between wanting to read something well-written but also fun and entertaining. The “classics” are definitely well written but their plots, characters and pace are super tedious.
So can anyone recommend some well-written non-cliched mystery or fantasy?