This will clearly be controversial and individual, but South African blogger Steve Hayes (of Khana fame) has created his top 100 Fantasy Book list. The list clusters around certain authors, like Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Connolly, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King (and Peter Straub), Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Suzanne Collins, as well as some one-time classics and authors I didn’t know, like Jasper Fforde and Phil Rickman. I have written before about whether we could come up with a “Canon of Fantasy Literature,” and this “My Favourites” list is a great way to approach it. It might even be intriguing to do the list in such a way as each author can only have one book or series on the list. It would, as metaphorical foxholes often do, focus the mind.
You can click through to Steve’s blogs, or follow him on Twitter, @hayesstw.
I saw this list of best fantasy books from Reddit.
This is a list of the best fantasy books. If you want to find good fantasy books to read, this list is a safe bet.
The list was created by parsing comments on the r/books subreddit, and takes into account both number of mentions and the comment scores.
The fantasy genre is the most popular genre in the data we have.
Since the list is created by parsing user comments, it represents the most popular fantasy books, or at least which fantasy books most reddit users have been reading.
The data used in this list is from 2018 and 2019. As we get more data the list may change and will hopefully become a list of the best fantasy books of all time.
I don’t frequent Reddit, and don’t agree with the list. I…
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Jasper Fforde is a delight. I have read three of the Thursday Next series. She works in jurisfiction, hopping from one book to another – fixing things, starting with The Eyre Affair. The Big Over Easy is a detective story (Jack Spratt and Mary Mary) figuring out the mysterious death of Humpty Dumpty. Sorry, I have not read anything from the Dragonslayer series.
Brilliant. It’s on my list, which is admittedly pretty long.
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I’m all over that list, especially because it includes Finn Family Moomintroll! Just awesome! 😀
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Yes! That’s one of the one’s I’ve read, and, with respect to this list, some Moomintroll story is the first I – well, had read to me, for a treat, in grade school.
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Ah, another Moomintroll fan! Moomin Valley is certainly a world I’d like to inhabit!
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