Monday, August 31, 2015

Top 33 Fantasy Novel Classics

Last week I posted a list of my Top 33 Science Fiction Classics.  This week it's time for Fantasy classics to get their time in the limelight.  Some of these are still on my to-read list, like Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.  Others are founding texts of the genre.  As with last week, I didn't put more than one book by the same author on the list.  Following that principle, I also chose just one book from whole series that I adored - and often it wasn't the first book from the series that I picked.  Sometimes I play a little fast and loose with my interpretation of what fantasy really is.  Be sure to let me know what you think in the comments!  What did I miss?  What should I have left out?  I want to hear all about it.

ps - check out this list, too: Top 33 Science Fiction Classics.


The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula K. Le Guin

Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

 Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman

 1001 Arabian Nights - Anonymous

 The Princess Bride - William Goldman

A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin

The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

Watership Down - Richard Adams

 The Hero and the Crown - Robin McKinley

 Dracula - Bram Stoker

 The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

Kindred - Octavia Butler

 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

 Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

 An Acceptable Time - Madeleine L'Engle

 The Bad Beginning - Lemony Snicket

 The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales

The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman

Arthurian Legend

 The Once and Future King - T.H. White

The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley

Roger Lancelyn Green

Magical Realism

Like Water for Chocolate - Laura Esquivel

 The Secret History - Donna Tartt

100 Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 Winter's Tale - Mark Helprin

Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie

 Alias Grace - Margaret Atwood

 Dance, Dance, Dance - Haruki Murakami

Among Others - Jo Walton


Animal Farm - George Orwell

Gulliver's Travels - Jonathan Swift

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