Books Fantasy

Brian’s Fantasy List: Part II

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

A great, if sometimes forgotten SF novel. Zelazny’s strongest novel. Also contains what might just be the single worst pun in the history of the novel.
Last Call by Tim Powers

One of my favorite novels. Ever. Period. Tim Powers at his strongest. So complex, so masterfully executed that everything else just pales in comparison. Plus you’ve got Bugsy Seagal as The Fisher King. Followed by Expiration Date & Earthquake Weather
Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirlees

An unclassifiable book. The ending is so delightfully weird that it just takes the story right over the edge and into perfection. I like Catheryne Valiente’s assertion that it is the first slipstream novel.
Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban

The greatest “quest” novel. Don’t let the fact that it is a children’s book fool you, more happens here then in most books. The most allegorical book since Moby Dick.
Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Possibly the greatest fantasy novel of the 20th century. Brilliant. The story of how it came to see publication is interesting in its own right.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao Miyazaki

The classic movie is just the tip of the iceberg of the actual story. A grand epic and as Paul Harvey says “…and now you know the rest of the story.”
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

My favorite Gaiman novel. An exiting and well told adventure.

Riddly Walker by Russell Hoban

No other book does more to totally immerse the reader in a created world. The death of our language and the subsequent creation of a new language from its ashes is amazing. The power of language to direct how we view the world. Tolkien created a new world using language, Hoban does the same thing but vastly different. One of the most challenging books that I have ever read and also one of the most rewarding. Also the greatest post-apocalyptic tale ever written. John Leonard of the New York Times said ”… designed to prevent the modern reader from becoming stupid
Requiem by Graham Joyce

Parts of this book haunt me to this day. Joyce deserves a bigger audience. I don’t know if he has a best but this is my favorite.
The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe

The single greatest SFF group of books period. This is the high water mark for the genre. Infinitely re-readable with more and more being revealed with subsequent readings.