What Are The Greatest Fantasy Novels Of All Time?

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If you could put together the perfect list of great fantasy novels, what would they be? Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians, put together his list and posted about it over on The Week.


Grossman's list is non-ordered, so these are all ranked as equally awesome:

— The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
— The Once and Future King by T.H. White
— Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories
— The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
— Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
— Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

You can read more about why he chose each one at The Week.

On his blog over at Time, Grossman admitted it was practically impossible to narrow the list down:

All I could do was make sure that there was a mix of newer and older books, and male and female authors, and that every book on there was not only an absolute indisputable classic, that I personally loved, but one that completely changed the game when it was published.

Image by Embley via Deviant Art.


Dr Emilio Lizardo

If you are choosing the greatest of all time, why does it matter if they are old or new or what gender they were written by?

I guess this is better titled "The Politically Correct List of the Greatest Fantasy Novels of All Time."