The Colour of Magic- Terry Prachett
A Voyage to Acturus - David Lindsay
The Once & future King - T H White
Please advise if any of these are "boys fantasy" (as described by k. I doubt if I'd go for those, either.)
Lindsay's and White's are not. I can't comment on Prachett's because after I read one of his books (could have been The Colour of Magic
) I had no desire to read others.
I'm not a big fan of the fantasy-humor
(One exception - The Compleat Enchanter: The Magical Misadventures of Harold Shea
written by Fletcher Pratt and L Sprague de Camp.)
I think what you may mean by "boys fantasy" is the sub-genre commonly known as Sword & Sorcery.
The best example of the sub-genre, in my opinion, is Robert E. Howard's Conan series. (Don't judge it by the movies), and if someone new to fantasy is on this thread and cares to explore S&S further, I can recommend:
- Particularly the Elric series
- The Fafhrd and Gray Mouser series (which has just the right amount or humor baked in).
I suppose that if you are so repelled by "boy's fantasy" that you might find refuge in "girl's fantasy," examples would be
Ursula K. Le Guin:
The Earthsea series. The Lefthand of Darkness
, previously recommended, is sci-fi, not fantasy.
Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley
: The Avalon series.
Patricia A. McKillip
: The Riddle Master and Beasts of Eld
: The Temeraire series
Some desribe these authors as writers of feminist fantasy
, but with the possible exception of Bradley (and I think she is more pagan than feminist), I disagree.