It seems like everyone is putting together top Science Fiction and Fantasy lists lately, but, since I love SFF and I love lists, I thought I would pass along the link to another one. Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians, named his 10 must-read fantasy novels in a post over at Flavorwire.com and I thought his list was pretty interesting.
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
- The Once and Future King by T.H. White
- Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
- A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
- The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
- A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
- Fafhrd and the Gary Mouser by Fritz Leiber
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny
As you can see, most of his picks had two things in common: they are targeted at a younger audience and they have good magic systems. The only one that really broke the mold was A Game of Thrones.
Overall, I thought those were some interesting choices. I’ve only read half of them myself so I guess I’ve got some more suggestions for the future (like I needed any more after NPR’s poll). It’s too late for me to properly speculate about the list, but you can see Grossman’s rationale for each choice if you visit the original post.