Modern Fantasy: The Hundred Best Novels: in English Language Selection, 1946-1987
This collection of 100 brief (2-3 page) essays by British sf magazine editor Pringle offers an informed and admittedly subjective guided tour of a genre that encompasses such widely divergent titles as Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (1954-55), Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman (1967), and Stephen King's Salem's Lot (1975). Following the format of his earlier collection, Sci...more
Paperback, 278 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Peter Bedrick Books
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
(showing 1-30 of 56)
The quality of his selections is top notch, and after flipping through these 100 entries, I must admit that my 'wish list' fattened up a few more pounds. David Pringle has done wonders writing about the classics of genre fiction, some well-known, others nearly forgotten, and here he keeps his analysis minimal, giving the reader brief synopses and brief rhetoric to what makes the novels so important in modern fantasy. However, there's one thing that gnawed on me was his willingness to drop spoile...more
An excellent reference tool for serious fans of fantasy novels. The selection is broader and more apt to overlap with 'literature' than his selection of the 100 best SF novels. A great place to discover lesser-known classics.