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600 Shadow and Bone (The Grisha...
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602 Into the Wild (Into the Wil...
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602 Wild Magic (Immortals, #1)
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604 Song of the Beast
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604 Spider’s Revenge (Elemental...
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604 Quidditch Through the Ages
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604 Emperor of Thorns (The Brok...
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608 Once Upon a Crime (The Sist...
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608 Forest Born (The Books of B...
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608 A Storm of Swords: Steel an...
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608 A Dance Through Time (MacLe...
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612 The Mirador (Doctrine of La...
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612 Tangled Threads (Elemental ...
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614 The Virtu (Doctrine of Laby...
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614 Ghost Town (The Morganville...
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614 Magic and Other Misdemeanor...
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614 A Storm of Swords: Blood an...
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618 The Wide Window (A Series o...
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618 Peter Pan
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620 Tales From the Hood (The Si...
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621 Kiss of Death (The Morganvi...
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622 The Last Light of the Sun
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622 Slathbog's Gold (Adventurer...
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624 The Inside Story (The Siste...
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626 Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)
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627 Reader and Raelynx (Twelve ...
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628 Dark Moon Defender (Twelve ...
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628 Changeless (Parasol Protect...
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630 Lament: The Faerie Queen's ...
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631 Paragon Lost (King's Blades...
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632 Impossible Odds (King's Bla...
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633 The Hollow Chocolate Bunnie...
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634 Naamah's Blessing (Moirin T...
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635 New Spring (Wheel of Time, #0)
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636 Darkness Calls (Hunter Kiss...
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636 Lost in a Good Book (Thursd...
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638 Fortune and Fate (Twelve Ho...
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639 Widdershins (Newford, #16)
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640 The Novus (Chronicles of th...
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640 Littluns' And The Book Of D...
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640 Lords of Rainbow
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640 Weebeasts: Book One: Origins
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640 The Pull of Blood (Book 1)
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640 Darksong (The Legendsong, #2)
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640 The Hunter (Pùqest, #1)
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640 The Portable Door
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640 Best Fantastic Erotica, Vol...
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640 IdMeSuperEgo
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640 Talyn (Korre, #1)
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640 The Horror of Gaad Grey, Th...
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640 Memoirs of a Gothic Soul
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640 Progeny (The Children of th...
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640 Clipped
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640 Betrayal (A Daughter of Kin...
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640 Shelby and Shauna Kitt and ...
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640 The Noble Fool (The Hungeri...
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640 A Noite dos Elfos (A Trilog...
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640 Teller
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640 Temp
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640 Cat's Eye (The Cat's Eye Ch...
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640 Sword of the Archon (Shader...
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640 Mythica: Genesis
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640 The Rise
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640 Insight (Beholders, #1)
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640 Zaftan Entrepreneurs
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640 Wish: Dream's Beginning (Wi...
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640 Brood of Bones
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640 The Blood Orange
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640 F.A.I.R.I.E.S.: Baptism by ...
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640 Voices of Arra
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640 Bees to Benny (Socialite, #1)
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640 The Wiccan Diaries (The Wic...
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640 Neverdark
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640 Sonora and the Eye of the T...
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640 Trollbundet (Sagaen om Isfo...
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640 The Woman Who Loved Reindeer
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640 Dragon Fire
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640 The Great Collapse (Survivo...
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640 Archangels and Demons
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640 Corridor
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640 Pandora's Key (The Key Tril...
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640 Waiting Game
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640 Dirge for a Necromancer
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640 A Sword For Hire (The Silen...
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640 The Fire of Dawn
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640 Neophyte (The Wiccan Diarie...
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640 The Nine Keys of Magic
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640 Land of Nod, The Artifact (...
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640 When Twins War: The First P...
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640 The Black Stone Prophecy (C...
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640 The Twelfth Stone
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640 Inborn (The Sagas of Di'Gho...
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640 Burn in Hades (The Darker S...
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640 The Demon Plague
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640 Gabriel Thorn: A Faerie Tale
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message 1: by Wealhtheow (new)

Wealhtheow I wish I could vote for Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell a million times.


message 2: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Amen.


message 3: by Donald (new)

Donald If it's the best of the 21st century, why is "Lord of the Rings" on here?


message 4: by Greyweather (new)

Greyweather These all were published before the year 2000:

The Lord of the Rings
Neverwhere
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Sandman, The Dream Hunters
Wizard and Glass
The Darkest Road
Support Your Local Wizard
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever
The Eye of the World
The Fionavar tapestry
The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
Tigana
Winter's Tale
Darkfall
Gardens of the Moon
Daughter of the Forest
The Wood Wife

That's 17 out of the currently 84 books, or 1/5th of the books. Try harder people.


message 5: by Wealhtheow (new)

Wealhtheow Beggars in Spain is not fantasy.


message 6: by Stuart (new)

Stuart I'm pretty sure The Host by Stephanie Meyer is sci-fi, not fantasy.



message 7: by Greyweather (last edited Jul 08, 2009 04:54PM) (new)

Greyweather Had to cut A Clash of Kings as it was published in 1997, The Thief as it was published in 1996, The Light Bearer as it was published in 1994, The Dragon Waiting : A Masque of History as it was published in 1983, The Land of Laughs as it was published in 1980, and Wild Seed because it was published in 1980.

I also removed the Viriconium omnibus as not only was it first published in 1988, but the individual novels it consists of were published in 1971, 1980, 1982, and 1984 respectively.

Kalpa Imperial: The Greatest Empire That Never Was by Angélica Gorodischer was originally published in 1983 as Kalpa Imperial - El Imperio Mas Vasto. I haven't removed it yet because it wasn't translated to English until 2003, so I thought I'd ask for some feedback before I cut it.

Same issue for Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko, published as Nochnoi Dozor in 1998 but translated in 2006.


message 8: by Travis (new)

Travis It really amazes me how so many people, particularly on a site dedicated to reading, seem to lack the ability to comprehend what they read. It's like some people just see a list for fantasy and don't bother to read the rest and just throw whatever fantasy book they love on there whether it fits the list or not.


message 9: by Cutebabys (new)

Cutebabys I would like to say something. Some of these books are not fantasy so I have no idea where they came from. No offence though...


message 10: by Greyweather (new)

Greyweather I cleaned out the obvious non-fantasy ones.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The first two volumes of His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife) were both published before 2000.


message 12: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix If it were possible, I would include high on my list Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files taken as a unit. Together, the individual novels are an impressive achievement. Each novel makes up a complete story in itself, but it is also part of an overarching narrative. If Butcher maintains the quality as his project continues, I believe the series is destined to be a perennial classic.


message 13: by Josey (new)

Josey Xenophon wrote: "If it were possible, I would include high on my list Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files taken as a unit. Together, the individual novels are an impressive achievement. Each novel makes up a complete..."

And where is Jim Butcher's Codex Alera??? Butcher is always overlooked in these rankings.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The form to add books is at the right-hand side of the page: "Find/add books to list."


message 15: by Josey (new)

Josey Susanna wrote: "The form to add books is at the right-hand side of the page: "Find/add books to list.""

I figured that out. It was more of a rhetorical question. Thank you though.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Well, I wasn't certain. ;>


message 17: by Minglis (new)

Minglis a storm of swords should be number. easily.


message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

Follow the River isn't fantasy. Its based on a true story.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads What are The Lorax and Charlotte's Web doing on this one?


message 20: by Xenophon (last edited Jun 21, 2010 04:35PM) (new)

Xenophon Hendrix I deleted Good Omens and the The Princess Bride because they both were published before 2000. Edit: Also, Matilda, The BFG, and The Witches by Roald Dahl. C'mon, Dahl died in 1990.


message 21: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix Susanna wrote: "What are The Lorax and Charlotte's Web doing on this one?"

I've deleted those plus Little, Big, Snow Crash, A Wizard of Earthsea, Wizard's First Rule, and Guilty Pleasures. All were published before 2000. Snow Crash, also, is marketed as science fiction, but I wouldn't have deleted it for that reason, for there is room for disagreement, and we are threatened with dire consequences if we delete for non-clear-cut reasons.


message 22: by [deleted user] (new)

Xenophon wrote: "Susanna wrote: "What are The Lorax and Charlotte's Web doing on this one?"

I've deleted those plus Little, Big, Snow Crash, A Wizard of Earthsea, Wizard's First Rule, and Guilty Pleasures. All we..."


Thanks! dire consequences? !


message 23: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix The threat is, "Only delete books from the list that are totally miscategorized. Deleting books that aren't will result in a loss of librarian privileges, and possible deletion of account. We're super serious!"


message 24: by [deleted user] (new)

Those are dire consequences! I am very surprised.


message 25: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix Writing in a style that might have been used during the time period of the novel's setting is part of the fun. Ms. Clarke does it with such panache and wit that I found myself repeatedly cracking up as I read, especially during the novel's first half.


message 26: by Simeon (last edited Jan 28, 2011 08:47AM) (new)

Simeon It felt inauthentic and contrived, at least to me. Everyone likes different things.


Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews) Wealhtheow wrote: "I wish I could vote for Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell a million times."

Is that book good? I keep running across it at thrift stores


message 28: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Mar 17, 2011 09:57AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It's long, and you need to like (or not mind) footnotes. I loved it. The Napoleonic Wars, with magic.


message 29: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix I believe Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is one of the finest fantasies every written, and I've read a lot of fantasy over the years. Be aware that it's told in an old fashioned style reminiscent of Jane Austen. The author even occasionally addresses the reader directly. I thought much of it was funny--it gets darker in the second half--as well as being creative and well written.

My sister, on the other hand, saw not the humor in it, and she didn't like it nearly as much as I did. It might be one of those books that a lot of people just don't get.


Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews) Xenophon wrote: "I believe Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is one of the finest fantasies every written, and I've read a lot of fantasy over the years. Be aware that it's told in an old fashioned style reminiscent o..."

It sounds like something I'd like! I just didn't want to invest my time reading something that long without being sure it's going to be good. Thanks!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads My mother couldn't finish it; but she hates fantasy.


Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship Daughter of the Forest was published in 1999.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Whereabouts on the list did you see it, Emma?


Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship #101.

The Chronicles of Narnia are also on there a few times, on page 2 and 3 I think.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed, for being first published before 2000:

Daughter of the Forest
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Lord of the Rings
The Hobbit
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Return of the King
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Two Towers
Elfstones of Shannara
The Silver Chair
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Horse and His Boy
Prince Caspian
The Magician's Nephew
A Game of Thrones
The Neverending Story
Watership Down
The Sword of Shannara
The Once and Future King
King of the Murgos
Belgarath the Sorcerer
The Last Battle
Sorceress of Darshiva
Seeress of Kell
Polgara the Sorceress
Guardians of the West
Pawn of Prophecy
Queen of Sorcery
Enchanter's End Game
Castle of Wizardry
A Clash of Kings
Magician's Gambit
The Silver Gryphon
The White Gryphon
The Black Gryphon


message 36: by [deleted user] (new)

Why hunger games is in the list? Last time I checked it was science-fiction not fantasy.


message 37: by Eunice (new)

Eunice Biblioceraptor Why is Twilight on here? I didn't realise this was a 'Sexual Fantasy' list...


message 38: by Nathan (last edited Jul 14, 2012 01:02AM) (new)

Nathan Krueger This could be such a great list, but needs a more consistent moderator.


message 39: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix Finding books outside the parameters is a constant game of whack a mole. Add in that it's volunteer work. Add in that each book has to be deleted individually; there is no mass delete function. Add in that each book has to be looked up to make sure that the deletion is justified. Add in that some lists require a lot of judgment to moderate and that the owners of the site clearly want the moderators to use a light hand.

That people volunteer to look after the lists at all is a wonder.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Listopia lists don't have "moderators"; some of us step in sometimes to try to herd cats, on a volunteer basis. And some lists are easier to "keep" than others (like ones for winners of particular prizes).


message 41: by Julien (new)

Julien V Paranormal is not fantasy... I wish people would get it. If it's set in New York City, it's not fantasy.


message 42: by Eunice (new)

Eunice Biblioceraptor Julien wrote: "Paranormal is not fantasy... I wish people would get it. If it's set in New York City, it's not fantasy."

Exactly. It's meant to be set in a different universe/world/accessed through a Portal.


Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship Urban fantasy is still fantasy. Harry Potter is set on Earth, and surely you're not claiming that isn't fantasy?


message 44: by Eunice (new)

Eunice Biblioceraptor Emma wrote: "Urban fantasy is still fantasy. Harry Potter is set on Earth, and surely you're not claiming that isn't fantasy?"

If you think about it, Hogwarts is essentially accessed through a portal...it's completely hidden from muggles.
Paranormal is where immortals go to school - because if I were immortal, I would totally re-live the worst years of my life (high-school) over and over again to stalk mortal school kids.


message 45: by Julien (new)

Julien V Fantasy should describe an alternate reality. So, yes, Harry Potter fits the fantasy 'tag'. Again, if the action is set in *our* world, and our world only, it's not fantasy.


Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship Well then, would you argue that War for the Oaks isn't fantasy? Or Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell? It would be hard to characterize those as "portal" books. Or with the "alternate reality" definition, well, anything with fantasy elements, including vampires and such, could be called "alternate reality."

I think you're both trying to distinguish fantasy from paranormal romance through the setting, where the main difference between the two is whether the book is primarily a romance or primarily fantasy in its focus.

At any rate, Goodreads wants librarians to use a light hand with these lists, as mentioned above, so if something doesn't fit your personal definition of fantasy but is labeled that way by others, it should stay on the list. The parameters exclude books categorized as paranormal romance, but not anything set in our world.


message 47: by Grack21 (new)

Grack21 Ah, another list that makes me despair for the future of the human race.

Magneto was Right!


message 48: by Eunice (last edited Sep 14, 2012 10:03PM) (new)

Eunice Biblioceraptor I would kill myself if I had to consider Twilight 'fantasy' - because the only fantasy in it is the sexual fantasy of a middle-aged woman.
I don't want to live in this world any more.


message 49: by Chance (new)

Chance Eunice wrote: "I would kill myself if I had to consider Twilight 'fantasy' - because the only fantasy in it is the sexual fantasy of a middle-aged woman.
I don't want to live in this world any more."


I'm sorry, but not liking a novel/series doesn't change what it is. As was mentioned before, it is considered fantasy by some/most/even a single person. If dragons were suddenly not "in" would that make a novel with dragons in it something other than fantasy? (Yes, I understand that there could be an example of a book with dragons that fits another genre, but I'm trying to make a point.)


message 50: by Chance (new)

Chance Some people mentioned how the list needs a more active moderator, right? Well, think about this. They might have an easier time of things if people would pay attention to what they add, for one. Also, at the time of this post, there are some two thousand books on this list. When they go through and find things that don't belong, they are volunteering their time to search out little details about thousands of books... And you expect them to do this every... what? Minute? Hour? Day? I think we're lucky people try to keep a handle on these things at all. Not to mention they are also under pressure from the site to "use a light hand," as they explain in earlier posts. You should always be kind to people. That goes without saying, when few things do. But to criticize someone trying to do something nice? For you and others? For FREE? That's just silly.


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