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Fantasy books by authors from classic literature includes works of Johnathan Swift, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, and Franz Kafka.


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Fantasy books by authors from classic literature includes works of Johnathan Swift, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, and Franz Kafka.

30 review for Fantasy: The 100 Best Books

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Nordstrom

    I really enjoyed this book. 100 really interesting titles of fantasy books. Many I have already read- and a lot I have never heard of. And many I will be reading in the future. Major LIKE factor: These books are not arranged in order from greatest to worst, or vice versa. In order of year of publication-most recent is 1987- this book could be updated. And each has a brief-average of two pages-history/review. Enough to tell you about the book, without becoming authoritative and dull. Attached below I really enjoyed this book. 100 really interesting titles of fantasy books. Many I have already read- and a lot I have never heard of. And many I will be reading in the future. Major LIKE factor: These books are not arranged in order from greatest to worst, or vice versa. In order of year of publication-most recent is 1987- this book could be updated. And each has a brief-average of two pages-history/review. Enough to tell you about the book, without becoming authoritative and dull. Attached below here is a total list of all the title mentioned in this book, which I found on ILL, and have posted here for your assistance. Hope this is helps you. Gulliver's travels / by Jonathan Swift (1726) -- The castle of Otranto / by Horace Walpole (1765) -- Vathek / by William Beckford (1786) -- The monk / by Matthew Gregory Lewis (1796) -- Frankenstein / by Mary Shelley (1818) -- Melmoth the wanderer / by Charles Robert Maturin (1820) -- The narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym / by Edgar Allen Poe (1838) -- A Christmas carol / by Charles Dickens (1843) -- Wuthering heights / by Emily Bronte (1847) -- Moby-Dick / by Herman Melville (1851) -- Uncle Silas: a tale of Bartram-Haugh / by J. Sheridan LeFanu (1864) -- Alice's adventures in wonderland (1865) and Through the looking-glass (1871) / by Lewis Carroll -- Flatland / by Edwin A. Abbott (1884) -- She / by Henry Rider Haggard (1886) -- Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / by Robert Louis Stevenson (1886) -- The twilight of the Gods / by Richard Garnett (1888) -- The story of glittering plain / by William Morris (1891) -- The picture of Dorian Gray / by Oscar Wilde (1891) -- Dracula / by Bram Stoker (1897) -- The turn of the screw / by Henry James (1898) -- The man who was Thursday / by G.K. Chesterton (1908) -- The house on the borderland / by William Hope Hodgson (1908) -- Black magic / by Marjorie Bowen (1909) Zuleika Dobson / by Max Beerbohm (1911) -- A princess of mars / by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1911) -- Tarzan of the apes / by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1912) -- The lost world / by Arthur Conan Doyle (1912) -- The night land / by William Hope Hodgson (1912) -- Herland / by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1915) -- The citadel of fear / by Francis Stevens (1918) -- A voyage to Arcturus / by David Lindsay (1920) -- A worm ouroboros / by E.R. Eddison (1922) -- The haunted woman / by David Lindsay (1922) -- Lady into fox (1922) and A man in the zoo (1924) / by David Garnett -- The king of Elfland's daughter / Lord Dunsany (1924) -- The ship of Ishtar / by Abraham Merrittt (1926) -- The trial (1925) and The castle (1926) / by Franz Kafka -- Witch wood / by John Buchan (1927) -- War in heaven / by Charles Williams (1930) Turnabout / by Thorne Smith (1931) -- The night life of the Gods / by Thorne Smith (1931) -- Dwellers in the mirage / by Abraham Merritt (1932) -- Zothique / by Clark Ashton Smith (1932-51) -- The werewolf of Paris / by Guy Endore (1933) -- Lost horizon / by James Hilton (1933) -- Northwest Smith / by Catherine L. Moore (1933-40) -- Jirel of Joiry / Catherine L. Moore (1934-9) -- The circus of Dr. Lao / by Charles G. Finney (1935) -- Land under England / by Joseph O'Neill (1935) -- Conan the conqueror / by Robert E. Howard (1935/6) -- At the mountains of madness / by H.P. Lovecraft (1936) -- To walk the night / by William Sloane (1937) -- Roads / by Seabury Quinn (1938) -- The once and future king / by T.H. White (1939-77) -- Slaves of sleep / by L. Ron Hubbard (1939) -- Caravan for China / by Frank R. Stuart (1939) -- Fear / by L. Ron Hubbard (1940) -- Darker than you think / by Jack Williamson (1940) -- The case of Charles Dexter Ward / by H.P. Lovecraft (1941) -- Land of unreason / by Fletcher Pratt and L. Sprague de Camp (1941) -- Conjure wife / by Fritz Leiber (1943) -- The book of Ptath / by A.E. van Vogt (1943) The dark world and The valley of the flame / by Henry Kuttner (1946) -- Titus Groan (1946), Gormenghast (1950) and Titus alone (1959) / by Mervyn Peake -- The exploits of engelbrecht / by Maurice Richardson (1946) -- Mistress Masham's repose / by T.H. White (1946) -- Adept's gambit / by Fritz Leiber (1947) -- The well of the unicorn / by Fletcher Pratt (1948) -- You're all alone / by Fritz Leiber (1950) -- The dying earth / by Jack Vance (1950) -- The devil in velvet / by John Dickson Carr (1951) -- The tritonian ring / by L. Sprague de Camp (1951) -- Three hearts and three lions / by Poul Anderson (1953) -- The sword of rhiannon / by Leigh Brackett (1953) -- The broken sword / by Poul Anderson (1954) -- The lord of the rings / by J.R.R. Tolkien (1954-5) -- The golden strangers / by Henry Treece (1956) -- The great captains / by Henry Treece (1956) The haunting of hill house / by Shirley Jackson (1959) -- Stormbringer / by Michael Moorcock (1963) -- The serpent (1963), Atlan (1965), The city (1966) and Some summer lands (1977) / by Jane Gaskell -- The crystal world / by J.G. Ballard (1964) -- Black easter (1967) and The day after judgement (1968) / by James Blish -- Rosemary's baby / by Ira Levin (1967) -- A wizard of Earthsea / by Ursula K. Le Guin (1968) -- The green man / by Kingsley Amis (1969) -- Neither the sea nor the sand / by Gordon Honeycombe (1969) -- The philosopher's stone / by Colin Wilson (1969) -- The pastel city / by M. John Harrison (1971) -- The infernal desire machines of Dr. Hoffman / by Angela Carter (1972) -- Red shift / by Alan Garner (1973) -- The compleat enchanter / by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt (1975) -- The alteration / by Kingsley Amis (1976) -- Our lady of darkness / by Fritz Leiber (1976) -- The drawing of the dark / by Tim Powers (1979) -- The sending / by Geoffrey Household (1980) -- The colour of magic and The light fantastic / by Terry Pratchett (1983) -- The businesman: a tale of terror / by Thomas M. Disch (1984) -- Hawksmoor / by Peter Ackroyd (1985) -- Expecting someone taller / by Tom Holt (1987).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Muzzlehatch

    The 1980s saw a profusion of works both scholarly and populist on the history and literature of fantasy and science fition; this work came out at about the same time as David Pringle's similar Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels : An English Language Selection, 1946-1987 which I've also reviewed. The Pringle book restricts itself to the post-World War II era and as such is more concentrated and the author seems to feel less need to try to come across as "definitive"; it's also, I think, bett The 1980s saw a profusion of works both scholarly and populist on the history and literature of fantasy and science fition; this work came out at about the same time as David Pringle's similar Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels : An English Language Selection, 1946-1987 which I've also reviewed. The Pringle book restricts itself to the post-World War II era and as such is more concentrated and the author seems to feel less need to try to come across as "definitive"; it's also, I think, better-written with some valuable introductory material that gives the project more weight and a more "intellectual" feel. This volume begins with Swift's "Gulliver's Travels" (1726) and finishes with Tom Holt's "Expecting Someone Taller" (1987); both books are restricted to English-language works. That's not to say that this volume, co-edited as it is by one of the leading figures in the field, Michael Moorcock (who admits in his modest intro to leaving most of the writing up to James Cawthorn), doesn't have value. It's a reasonably interesting guide to another 100 works in the field, offering little overlap with the Pringle book even over the 40 years of publishing history that the two books share. I like that the authors highlight quite a few fairly obscure books (Richard Garnett's "Twilight of the Gods", William Sloane's "To Walk the Night", two book by Henry Treece, etc) and focus quite a bit on the more "literary" sort of fantasy, though pulp and genre stuff is more in evidence here than in the Pringle book. I do think less space in the short (1-2 page) descriptions needed to be devoted to the plots of the works, and more on the literary qualities; but you can't have it all in such a short representative survey. Still worth hunting down if you can get it cheap and used; between the Pringle book and this one you'd be missing precious little of importance in the English-language fantasy world dating before the mid-1980s.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    Really, interesting read. I've read some of the books and I agree with the reviews. I can't wait to read the rest and see if I agree with those.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Keith Davis

    A wonderful reference book, especially for anyone who thinks fantasy fiction began with Tolkien. Fantasy as a publishing genre may have begun with Tolkien, but not as a form of storytelling.

  5. 5 out of 5

    machinaheart

    Interesting and I loved to sift through it in order to find new authors and books, and the inroduction and glossary are pretty neat, too.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Not every book listed is a winner (in my opinion, of course), but I've derived a lot of reading pleasure from their choices.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katy

  8. 4 out of 5

    David

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nikolaos

  10. 5 out of 5

    Perry Willis

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  12. 4 out of 5

    Matt Bogen

  13. 4 out of 5

    James Adams

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jason

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bob Wilkins

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emperor

  18. 4 out of 5

    Adam Aaron

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Lambert-Maberly

  20. 5 out of 5

    Andy

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marc Pressley

  22. 5 out of 5

    Denny

  23. 4 out of 5

    AT

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eric

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rick

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Smith

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nona

  28. 4 out of 5

    Somewhatbent

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dvdlynch

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

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