Monday, August 15, 2005

All-Time Favorite Fantasy Books

According to a Locus Poll of All-Time Favorite Fantasy Books (conducted in 1987), these are the readers' choices for fantasy books

1. The Lord of the Rings
2. The Hobbit

3. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula Le Guin
4. The Shadow of the Torturer, Gene Wolfe
5. The Last Unicorn, Peter S. Beagle
6. The Once and Future King, T.H. White
7. Nine Princes in Amber, Roger Zelanzny
8. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson (Gave up early)
9. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey (Read one in the series but never went back)
10. Little, Big, John Crowley
11. Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
12. The Gormenghast Trilogy, Mervyn Peake
13. The Riddlemaster of Hed, Patricia A. McKillip
14. The Incompleat Enchanter, Fletcher Pratt and L. Sprague de Camp
15. Watership Down, Richard Adams
16. The Dying Earth, Jack Vance
17. Glory Road, Robert A. Heinlein
18. A Spell for Chameleon, Piers Anthony
19. Dracula, Bram Stoker
20. The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
21. Silverlock, John Myers Myers

22. Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury (Remember reading it but don't know if I finished)
23 (tie) The Stand, Stephen King and The White Dragon, Anne McCaffrey
25. Lord Valentine's Castle, Robert Silverberg
26. The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
27. The Shining, Stephen King
28. Conjure Wife, Fritz Leiber

29 (tie) Deryni Rising, Katherine Kurtz and The Worm Ouroboros, E.R. Eddison
31. Witch World, Andre Norton (started but lost interest)
32. Salem's Lot, Stephen King
33. Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

I think if the poll were conducted today, there'd be a lot of changes.

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