The Best of Mythic Fiction

Mythic fiction is literature that is rooted in, inspired by, or that in some way draws from the tropes, themes and symbolism of myth, folklore, and fairy tales. What are your favorites?
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4.18 avg rating — 64,830 ratings
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4.01 avg rating — 291,324 ratings
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4.21 avg rating — 52,201 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 63,123 ratings
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4.25 avg rating — 675,879 ratings
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4.36 avg rating — 924,697 ratings
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3.96 avg rating — 122,171 ratings
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4.12 avg rating — 3,833 ratings
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3.26 avg rating — 108 ratings
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672 books · 746 voters · list created August 24th, 2008 by Rora.
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Cindy 9035 books
142 friends
S. Kay 2768 books
244 friends
Lucy 1335 books
154 friends
Antoine 949 books
178 friends
Cason 1284 books
107 friends
silja 1657 books
10 friends
Lindsay 141 books
3 friends
Janni 1181 books
849 friends

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Comments Showing 1-7 of 7 (7 new)

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message 1: by Nicole (new)

Nicole This is a very well crafted list. I found a many loved titles on it, and more that I believe I'd enjoy reading.


message 2: by Patrick (new)

Patrick I geuss I oughta read Daughter of the Forest, although it looks rather long.


message 3: by Burkhard (new)

Burkhard Doubles on this list: Susan Cooper - The Dark Is Rising; and Ursula K. Le Guin - A Wizard of Earthsea (The Earthsea Cycle, #1)


message 5: by Chris (new)

Chris Meeker Some great books included on this list! However, I need to point out the omission of Robert Holdstock's work. Particularly the Mythago wood books and the Merlin codex. One could also argue for the inclusion of Tim Power's 'Anubis Gates' and 'Drawing of the Dark'.


message 6: by Vicki (new)

Vicki The Mists of Avalon is listed twice (#3 and #166). Is there a way to combine those entries?


message 7: by BookLovingLady (deceased Jan. 25, 2023...) (last edited Nov 02, 2020 07:58AM) (new)

BookLovingLady (deceased Jan. 25, 2023...) Vicki wrote: "The Mists of Avalon is listed twice (#3 and #166). Is there a way to combine those entries?"

I checked for duplicates (and the system found 5).

Regarding The Mists of Avalon, I haven't read the book myself but there is a librarian note saying:
librarian note for this author
(last edited by Cait at Jan 29, 2014 07:45PM)
Please use caution when combining Avalon books; there are two standard numberings plus two different splits on the Mists of Avalon novel



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