Mishalak (mishalak) wrote in rasfw,

Best of Fantasy, A Draft

Back in the middle of November there was a top 50 list that was making its way around LJ. I didn't like the very premise of it, importance meaning the most influential books of the last 50 years. So I got busy writing a list of fantasy works that I think are both enjoyable and very well written.

Now for some definitions. By fantasy I mean the whole range of all science fiction, sci-fi, epic fantasy, magic realism, horror, and any other fantastic sub genre. Enjoyability is a factor in the selection because I want this to be a list that people look forward to trying the works on it rather than a dreaded after school slog through very important, but boring, works of literature. On the other hand I don't want this to be all light fluffy reads so I have left off some of my favorite fun reads and tried to just select those works that are well written, well plotted, with good characterization, and effective use of ideas.

This isn't finished and I hope that it spurs some debate over what is or is not deserving of going on such a list.

In no particular order:
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
Dune by Frank Herbert
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
The Night Inside by Nancy Baker
Fudoki by Kij Johnson
The Dragon Waiting by John M. Ford
Finder by Emma Bull
The House With a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs
The Annotated Alice by Lewis Carrol & Martin Gardner
Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Seven Peaches by Donna Barr
Magic Kingdom for Sale, Sold by Terry Brooks
The Past Through Tomorrow by Robert A. Heinlein
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Watership Down by Richard Adams
2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
Astro City Vol. 4: The Tarnished Angel by Kurt Busiek
From hell : being a melodrama in sixteen parts by Alan Moore
The princess bride : S. Morgenstern's classic tale of true love and high adventure by William Goldman
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Things recommended to me that I have to read:
Blood music by Greg Bear
Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
God Stalk by P. C. Hodgell

Series with a solid first book that the rest aren't quite up to snuff:
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Chung Kuo/The Middle Kingdom by David Wingrove
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