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It must be time for another book meme!

We haven't had one of these in ooh, at least a month. This one is taken from a book I've just bought, by James Cawthorn and Michael Moorcock entitled "Fantasy - The 100 Best Books". It's a little different from most 100 best fantasy books lists for two reasons. One: It dates to 1988, so it obviously misses many of the famous recent works and two: the authors' definition of fantasy is very broad. (I've never read it, but nobody's ever mentioned any dragons, elves or cursed swords in 'Wuthering Heights' to me.)

Anyway, the 100 (in order of date of publication) is behind the cut. Repost and embolden the ones you've read. Feel free to comment.



Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift
The Castle of Otranto, Horace Walpole
Vathek, William Beckford
The Monk, Matthew Gregory Lewis
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Melmoth the Wanderer, Charles Robert Maturin
The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, Edgar Allen Poe
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
Moby Dick, Herman Melville
Uncle Silas: A Tale of Bartram-Haugh, J. Sheridan LeFanu
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Flatland, Edwin A. Abbott
She, Henry Rider Haggard
Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
The Twilight of the Gods, Richard Garnett
The Story of the Glittering Plain, William Morris
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
Dracula, Bram Stoker
The Turn of the Screw, Henry James
The Man Who Was Thursday, G.K. Chesterton
The House on the Borderland, William Hope Hodgson
Black Magic, Marjorie Bowen
Zuleika Dobson, Max Beerbohm
A Princess of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs
Tarzan of the Apes, Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Lost World, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Night Land, William Hope Hodgson
Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Citadel of Fear, Francis Stevens
A Voyage to Arcturus, David Lindsay
The Worm Ourobouros, E.R. Eddison
The Haunted Woman, David Lindsay
Lady into Fox and A Man in the Zoo, David Garnett
The King of Elfland's Daughter, Lord Dunsany
The Ship of Ishtar, Abraham Merritt
The Trial and The Castle, Franz Kafka
Witch Wood, John Buchan
War in Heaven, Charles Williams
Turnabout, Thorne Smith
The Night Life of the Gods, Thorne Smith
Dwellers in the Mirage, Abraham Merritt
Zothique, Clark Ashton Smith
The Werewolf of Paris, Guy Endore
Lost Horizon, James Hilton
Northwest Smith, Catherine L. Moore
Jirel of Joiry, Catherine L. Moore
The Circus of Dr Lao, Charles G. Finney
Land Under England, Joseph O'Neill
Conan the Conqueror, Robert E. Howard
At the Mountains of Madness, H.P. Lovecraft
To Walk the Night, William Sloane
Roads, Seabury Quinn
The Once and Future King, T.H. White
Slaves of Sleep, L. Ron Hubbard
Caravan for China, Frank R. Stuart
Fear, L. Ron Hubbard
Darker Than You Think, Jack Williamson
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, H.P. Lovecraft
Land of Unreason, Fletcher Pratt & L. Sprague de Camp
Conjure Wife, Fritz Leiber
The Book of Ptath, A.E. van Vogt
The Dark World and The Valley of the Flame, Henry Kuttner
Titus Groan, Gormenghast and Titus Alone, Mervyn Peake
The Exploits of Engelbrecht, Maurice Richardson
Mistress Masham's Repose, T.H. White
Adept's Gambit, Fritz Leiber
The Well of the Unicorn, Fletcher Pratt
You're All Alone, Fritz Leiber
The Dying Earth, Jack Vance
The Devil in Velvet, John Dickson Carr
The Tritonian Ring, L. Sprague de Camp
Three Hearts and Three Lions, Poul Anderson
The Sword of Rhiannon, Leigh Brackett
The Broken Sword, Poul Anderson
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
The Golden Strangers, Henry Treece
The Great Captains, Henry Treece
The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
The Serpent, Atlan, The City, Some Summer Lands, Jane Gaskell
The Crystal World, J.G. Ballard
Black Easter and The Day After Judgement, James Blish
Rosemary's Baby, Ira Levin
A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula le Guin
The Green Man, Kingsley Amis
Neither the Sea nor the Sand, Gordon Honeycombe
The Philosopher's Stone, Colin Wilson
The Pastel City, M. John Harrison
The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman, Angela Carter
Red Shift, Alan Garner
The Compleat Enchanter, L. Sprague de Camp & Fletcher Pratt
The Alteration, Kingsley Amis
Our Lady of Darkness, Fritz Leiber
The Drawing of the Dark, Tim Powers
The Sending, Geoffrey Household
The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic, Terry Pratchett
The Businessman: A Tale of Terror, Thomas M. Disch
Hawksmoore, Peter Ackroyd
Expecting Someone Taller, Tom Holt

Comments

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wellinghall
Aug. 9th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Charlotte Bronte does merit an entry in the seminal, and ultra-inclusive, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, but Wuthering Heights does not.
bunn
Aug. 10th, 2012 09:34 am (UTC)
What an odd selection. Good idea for a meme though.
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