Phantasmagorical and Strange Happenings
- The Redwall series by Brain Jacques:
anthropomorphic animals, swords and protecting their castle from the enemy are the main points of this series. Do I sense an RTS?
- Diana Wynne Jones' novels:
Did you know Howl's Moving Castle had a sequel? Or you could try the Chrestomanci series featuring a enchanter with nine lives.
- The works of Raymond E. Feist:
Try to to focus on one book or one of the smaller series. Yes, there have been some games but you could make Magician: The Game or how about political intrigue Tsurani style in Daughter of the Empire.
- Arcorna by Anne McCaffrey
- Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea's series
- The Black Jewels by Anne Bishop:
'Bad fantasy' but does have some elements appropriate for games that have units or characters that level up via hierarchy.
- David Eddings:
Perhaps try The Elenium or The Tamuli.
- Promethea by Alan Moore (Alan Moore may screw your head in this one. Copies of this comic are floating around in the Brisbane City Council library system)
- Novels by Haruki Murakami (Challenging and intense reading)
- Tomorrow series by John Marsden (Die hard fans may kill you for destroying the spirit of the book
- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (intense reading, if you're female you might think it's shit)
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer:
Contains a child who's an evil genius, fairy police force with lasers and a ninja butler.
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
- Thursday Next by Jasper Fforde
- Abarat series by Clive Baker:
If you're going to tackle this one, perhaps concentrate on the world of Abarat.