100 Must-Read Fantasy Novels by Nick Rennison, Stephen E. Andrews

By Nick Rennison, Stephen E. Andrews

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Each book represents a season, whose turnings unveil an eternal battle between the archaic forces of good and evil that draws on many fantasy traditions, especially that of Arthurian myth. Time paradoxes, the ever-threatening presence of chaos and a growing sense of unease build steadily throughout this magnificent story, winding the reader’s nerves into tight knots of anticipation as the shadows gradually swell, especially when Will Stanton – the seventh son of a seventh son – joins the cast, and the action shifts from a fabulously eerie Cornwall to an eldritch rural Wales.

But aside from these cryptozoological conundrums, the Africa of Tarzan is an unrealistic one, owing more to Haggard and similar writers than to actual observation. Despite its ambiguous genre status, Tarzan displays vast iconic power that even Burroughs’ sometimes crude writing cannot weaken. As an inspirational work of adventure fiction and a phenomenal bestseller, its influential power over genre writers is unsurpassed. Together with Burroughs’ Mars, Venus and Caprona series, it remains one of the vital motherlodes of escapism and a landmark in publishing history.

He has been dismissed as sentimental by some critics but the fact remains that, in Bradbury’s hands, many readers really have experienced the body electric promised by poets. Ray Bradbury found critical acclaim beyond his pulp magazine origins almost immediately and today he remains revered worldwide as a crown prince of fanciful fiction. Sequel: Farewell Summer Read on >> Angela Carter, The Magic Toyshop; >> Alan Garner, Red Shift; Garry Kilworth, Witchwater Country; >> Ursula K. Le Guin, Tehanu MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY THE MISTS OF AVALON (1930–99) USA (1982) Arthurian mythology has long been an inspiration for fantasy writers and many have chosen to re-tell and re-imagine the tales.

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