Fantasy Books Written for Adults

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1,210 books · 1,650 voters · list created July 12th, 2009 by Rora (votes) .
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Rora 1562 books
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Ricki 4286 books
1475 friends
Karen 485 books
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 3245 books
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Jezz 3007 books
176 friends
Matt 98 books
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Phil 759 books
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landon 2119 books
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Comments Showing 1-9 of 9 (9 new)

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message 1: by cacinta (new)

cacinta As much as I love the time-traveler's wife, I don't think it belongs in this list. It's more sci-fi than fantasy


message 2: by Jason (new)

Jason Reading the dark tower series was the biggest disappointment.


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Jason wrote: "Reading the dark tower series was the biggest disappointment."

reading anything by King is a big disappointment.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 20 more voters than ratings - gee, that's convincing.


message 5: by Kelley (new)

Kelley Ceccato I do love The Hobbit (no. 99), but even though many adults enjoy it, it was written for children.


Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship Hey, somebody deleted my book #3! I am not amused. Everything on my list is fantasy and written for adults--librarians, remember the rule of cautious editing judgment.


message 7: by MrGoodPenn (new)

MrGoodPenn Jason wrote: "Reading the dark tower series was the biggest disappointment."

Yep, couldn't make it past the beginning of book 1.


message 8: by C. J. (new)

C. J. Scurria I don't know why The Chronicles of Narnia is on here, as much as I love that series. If we're talking C. S. Lewis for adults in the same vein as Narnia, Till We Have Faces should be on here instead.


message 9: by Booklovinglady (last edited Mar 25, 2020 12:10PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Kelley wrote: "I do love The Hobbit (no. 99), but even though many adults enjoy it, it was written for children."

Contrary to the English speaking world, here (the Netherlands) it is classified by the Royal Library as being for adults :-) I didn't vote for it though.


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