I’ve enjoyed both Rothfuss and Martin’s sagas, and will probably buy their next books on their publication date. And there are some other big-ass genre novels that look interesting, like Stephenson’s Seveneves and Ken Liu’s Grace of Kings. But I often miss genre books that don’t try to impress you with their size. That’s why my favorite fantasy from the last couple of years is Saladin Ahmed’s Throne of the Crescent Moon, which clocks in at a very tidy 288 pages in hardcover. Maybe not an epic, but certainly a fun read — and one you can definitely finish before bedtime.