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100 Must-Read Fantasy Novels (Bloomsbury Good Reading Guides)

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Fantasy is one of the most visible genres in popular culture - we see the creation of magical and imagined worlds and characters in every type of media, with very strong fan bases in tow.

This latest guide in the successful "Bloomsbury Must-Read" series covers work from a wide range of authors: Tolkien, Philip Pullman, Terry Pratchett, Michael Moorcock, Rudyard Kipling and
ebook, 139 pages
Published September 28th 2009 by A&C Black (first published September 1st 2009)
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Oct 11, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are so many "top 100..." lists out there - along with the top XYZ to see/read/listen to before you die and so on that you can get pretty jades to them very quickly especially when it appears that they majority of the list seems to be lifted from one list to the next.

So why bother with them - for me well its to do with how they are presented - a dry boring list appeals to no one including me but give an interesting preface - enough to entice and intrigue me and I will race through them - r
Jan 08, 2014 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, non-fiction
This is a pretty good whistle-stop tour of some important, influential, or particularly interesting fantasy novels. I've got two pages in my notebook scrawled full of books to try now, and reminders of stuff I want to go back to. It's a very accessible little book; it begins with an essay about the origins of fantasy, includes a glossary of various terms which can get confusing (the differences between sub-genres, for example) and a lot of extra suggestions after each book for further reading.

Lee Broderick
Jan 21, 2012 Lee Broderick rated it really liked it
Shelves: reference
It's (an irritating) credit to this book that my "to be read" shelf on GoodReads has just grown exponentially. This is not a list of "the best" works of fantasy fiction, such as can be found in many places around the internet and in magazines but is something rather more subtle.

The book begins with an essay defining fantasy fiction and charting its development; in defining the genre a pretext is also given for explaining the rest of the book. This is organised alphabetically (by author) and dedi
Aug 01, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nicely done wee book. Some surprising choice included and quite a few mentions of very hard to find books. Think I liked this one a bit better than the companion SF volume. Over all Micheal Moorcock casts the largest shadow therein, and you'll find familiar entries on Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.
Regina Foo (Queen of Bibliophile)
A nice guide as a fan of Fantasy novels and a bookseller.
Kev Bartlett
Mar 29, 2014 Kev Bartlett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, kindle
An enjoyable gateway to fantasy novels. Some well known choices others less obvious. Read this one sitting and now have a few ideas for future reading
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Nick Rennison is a writer, editor and bookseller. His books include Sherlock Holmes: An Unauthorised Biography, Robin Hood: Myth, History, Culture, The Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide and 100 Must-Read Historical Novels. He is a regular reviewer of historical fiction for both The Sunday Times and BBC History Magazine.
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