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Strange, yes, but it works. The heroine, is part of the Literary Division, a crime force tasked with protecting the integrity of literature by chasing baddies into fiction and preventing them from changing the story. There's a lot of serious satire in the book you probably won't be able to stop laughing at parts. This is a book that clearly evinces the author's enormous creative effort the whole way through. And it's a book that's so different than anything else out there, you will never forget it. If you are a reader that enjoys plenty of wordplay, loves literary references, and plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor you'll especially enjoy this book.

It's a fantastical plot and a fantastical setting, but once you get into the meat of the novel, it's all very believable. And hell? Who wouldn't want to jump into a Charles Dickens novel and stir shit up? If you can't do it, the next best thing is reading about someone who does!

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For most authors, this would be a big deal. To say that Bujold is a fine writer is a bit of an understandment. She's able to create realistic characters and well-spun plots. Her books are always character-driven. Bujold also likes to write about anti-heroes, or if not anti-heroes in the strictest sense, then at least about unassuming heroes. And there is always a strong romantic subplot. Bujold is a top-notch characterization writer who can spin a great romantic tale. The Curse of Chalion is Bujol's best work in many years it's her first foray into fantasy she's been as science fiction writer for years and she delivers on all fronts.

It's basically the story of a broken man a war hero who was captured, tortured, and made a gallery slave. Years later after the war ends, he's sent home as a broken man damaged in both mind and spirt. Yet, even damaged goods can still have destiny. The setting is highly influenced by a baroque 15th century Spain and the world itself is quite interesting. A demon and an angel, tasked with bringing down the apocalypse upon humanity, find they really don't want to end the word; you see, they've grown a bit soft on humanity.

Good Omens, a legendary collaboration between Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, is one of the most entertaining, funny, and thought provoking reads in the genre. There is really no reason you won't like this one. Sharp, witty, insightful and pretty downright funny, Good Omens deserves to be read. It's a modern classic and definitely one of the top fantasy books ever written. Every Neil Gaiman is Top material and more than one of you will pick a different book as your favorite.

It's crazy, it's zany, and mixes magic, weird science, alternate dimensions, and the hidden London side you never see. Yes, Gaiman has newer work that's more polished, deeper, and all that Neverwhere was his debut novel as he's grown as a writer since the publishing of it, but there's just something powerfully fun about reading Neverwhere.

There's something in it for every type of reader. Neverwhere is the story of every-man Richard whose day to day is completely broken by a random act of kindness, which causes him to fall between the cracks into London Below, a quasi-mystical realm haunted by strange beings and even stranger reality.

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It's a sort of coming of age or maybe a coming to terms with the true reality in the midst of a dark cracks beneath the urban sprawl that is London. It's the story of gods and monsters, of talking rats and religious cults that worship them, and of shadowy creatures in the dark. But most of all, it's a grand adventure down a dark rabbit hole that you won't want to come back out. Ryhope Wood, England's last primeval forest, is a place with a secret, a secret so powerful that one man's life will forever be changed.

Steve Huxley, unaware of the consequences, is drawn into the strange reality of Ryhope Wood when he falls in love with Guiwenneth of the Greenwoodas, the latest incarnation of a woman spawned from ancient myths -- a woman loved by both his dead father and mad brother. But when Guiwenneth is kidnapped, Huxley will leave behind the trapping of civilization and confront the savagery of a land untouched by modern man: a dark journey into the very heart of myth and legend that may drive him to the very edge of insanity An astounding journey into a strange other world, a world where tribes from different ages coexist, given life by the power of ancient myth and legends.

In Ryhope Wood, mythical archetypes of primitive man come to life. For a fascinating Fantasy that's truly unique in the genre and a rattling good story, pick up a copy of Mythago Wood. I encourage you to give this novel a read; this novel demonstrates that there are other fantastic Fantasy subgenres out there other than the standard epic fantasy. If you love mythic fantasy American Gods by Gaiman, Ysabel by Guy Gaverial Kay, American Elsewhere by Robert Bennet Jackson , Mythago woods is arguably the best of the best in the genre and certainly one of them most poignant and beautifully written of them all.

Mistborn: The Final Empire is a strong novel the start of a wonderful trilogy that delivers something special the genre. Relentless action, a completely unique magic system one of the best in the genre characters you can empathize with, villains who are not entirely bad, and a strong plot. The whole series is in fact a subversion of some of the classic fantasy tropes the series starts out a long period of time after the Dark Lord defeats the hero of prophecy and ushers the world into Dark Age of tyranny.

These books are right up there with some of the other fantasy greats written by likes of Martin, Hobb, Erikson, and company. Sanderson is one of the most popular authors in the genre right now and Mistborn was his breakout series. Even better, Sanderson has written the first book of a new trilogy Alloy of Law set years in the future and plans on writing a trilogy set in the present and one more trilogy set in the distant future.

If you want to treat yourself to a unique magic system, great cast of characters, and one of the more endearing fantasy heroes you'll read about Kelsier , and a series that's going to have a lot of longevity with future trilogies set in different time periods, pick these books up. The Chronicles Of Narnia. The Chronicles of Narnia are classic of the genre and hail from a different era when fantasy was more positive. CS Lewis, the great English novelist, and friend of Tolkien, penned this series for kids.

He masterfully creates an extended metaphor for Christianity in his Chronicles of Narnia. Conan has inspired movies, inspired comics, inspired games inspired countless writers for nearly a hundred years. You can the influence in Conan in modern works too, in the celebrated Elric of Melnibone, in every sullen anti-hero who's picked up the sword and dared to conquer and take and dominate and protect. Conan is the eternal sullen heroic myth, given flesh and a sword -- that character from a thousand ancient tales, given new breath.

He's in the Beowulf saga, in the Odysseus, in those works that celebrate the poignant power of the human hero. Reading Conan is like coming face to face with the unhindered, raw human spirit that which takes what it wants, when it wants. Despite being nearly years old by now, Howard's Conan stories are shockingly well written. Despite the pulp status they had at the time, Howard's prose is no hack job. The words are evocative, descriptive, seething and roiling with power. Lyrical pose practically drips from the pages.

And it's this with prose so sweet you can eat it and passages that resonate with lyrical beauty that the description of pure brutality and sullen heroic anger and of creeping horror and evil magic that provide the perfect juxtaposition. This is not the Conan from the dumbed down films, the ridiculous comics, or whatever contact you've come into with Conan through secondary, often pop culture, sources. This is the real Conan, sullen, hard, and powerful. Don't make the mistake of skipping out on a work that's been imitated for generations but never, ever duplicated.

There is dark majesty in these stories that you should not miss. Dark gritty fantasy the way it's meant to be: violent, brutal, mythical, and supremely well written. Much has been made about the recent grimdark movement, with much credit being given to authors like Martin and Cook for their role in it. But Poul Anderson is one of the original gritty fantasy works, before such was even acknowledged as an artistic and literary movement. Poul Anderson, an established author in the genre, has never received the modern acclaim her rightfully deserved. Anderson's best work was The Broken Sword, a book that draws very heavily on Norse myth along with western myths and Greek myth.

Here, you see a mixing of Vikings-like cultures, trolls, capricious Viking gods, and elves. The whole premise is itself one big tragedy a human and an elf are switched at birth, each growing up in the other's stead, living a different life, and finding they don't at all fit in and longing for what's been missing. Of course, things go sour for everyone involved. This story at its core one grand tragedy from the start to end. One of the more interesting and, beneath it all, complex reads in the genre and a book that few people seem to know about.

They do bad, but you empathize with the why. If you love Nordic myth, you can't do better than this fantasy classic it's really some of the best Nordic-inspired fantasy in the genre. Classic tale of true love and high adventure about sums this book up perfectly. The status of this book is as a modern classic, to quote one Goldman's characters in the book is inconceivable. And this is no exaggeration.

The Princess Bride is one of those books that's timeless -- it reaches to all ages for all ages. It's been stamped as a classic in the genre and you'll regularly find it near the top of any best list on the web; it even makes those top books you should read before you die type of lists. Particularly entertaining is the dialogue which is just as memorable as the wacky characters and over-the-top high adventure story.

This is one of those books that on the surface may come off as a light adventure for your little ones, but there's a startling depth to the novel and a story and themes that, like in all great literature, speak to all ages. It's a novel that captures the essence of all that makes a story grand and great, exciting and thrilling. As one amazon reviewer Oddsfish puts it perfectly: 'Fencing. True love. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest ladies.

Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Brave men. Coward men.

Strongest men. If you are in a mood for some high adventure, some swashbuckling piracy, kissing, and a bit of true love thrown in, The Princess Bride is perfection. The polish author of great acclaim who's taken many of the Tolkien conceits in a new direction. Gritty, dark, and complex, the tale of Geralt of Rivia journey into a world of darkness and of hope. The themes, stories, and world are familiar yet at the same time completely unfamiliar. Sapkowski weaves in real fairytales into the story, but gives them new life in the story of Geralt.

These books present a world that's many shades of grey, where the surface may not be the whole truth of it, where the monstrous-looking may be kind and the beautiful and righteous might be perverted and foul. The Witcher books have been absurdly popular in Poland the author is Poland's most famous author but the books are finally just starting to gain recognition in the English world as one of the next great fantasy works. Dark and utterly captivating, The Witcher books are some of the best new stuff to hit the fantasy genre as a whole.

If you haven't yet read the tales of Geralt of Rivia, you are missing something powerfully good. To read Sapkowsk's masterpiece is to become a captive fan for life. Powers is one of the most talented writers in the genre, a man of many literary talents who can, it seems, write anything in any genre and make it outstanding.

The story is well written, packed with literary references, wit, well-drawn characters, and a fantastical set of events that won't let you put the book down. Powers really throws everything but the kitchen sink into this novel, yet the novel still stands out. And then there are the reads that are just pure damn fun to read. In a genre that's collapsing under the weight of cloned Tolkien worlds, hackneyed plots, and stick-thin characters, it's hard to find something new and interesting.

That is until you read Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus, a clever take on the young adult fantasy genre. Bartimaeus is a much darker work of fiction than others in the genre, a far more complex novel than the Harry Potter fiction that's ubiquitous now.

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The protagonist, Nathaniel dwells in a world where magicians are the ruling class of society and who maintain power by harnessing the power of enslaved spirits genies, imps, etc. Everyone including the protagonist is driven by the unquenched thirst for absolute power, wealth and revenge and will do anything and everything to achieve it. The plot is very strong with this one and the pacing moves along very fast. You won't ever get bored. Plenty of action, mystery, and twists to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Bartimaeus touches on several other works in the genre including Harry Potter, Lord Darcy and Atemis Foul; but the tale is fresh, and the themes darker, deeper, and more complex. This series is a classic in the making and stands in as perhaps one of the best young adults fantasy series out there, going head to head with other greats in the genre like Susan Coopers The Dark is Rising and Pullman's His Dark Materials.

List more than a few entries on this Top list, Talion is a completely underrated fantasy book. Stackapole is a prolific author, writing everything from Star Wars novels, video game stories he was part of the writing team for the recent Kickstarter-backed Wasteland 2 PC game , to fantasy.

Talion, however, is his best book. And not only is it Talion's best book, it's also one of the best heroic fantasy books in the genre. What's remarkable is that it's Stackapole's first fantasy book. What sets Talion apart from other similar books is the heavy dose of pathos pervading the novel. It's not a "happy" type novel; there is a deep sadness that rings through the prose the whole way through.

But the characterization of Nolan, a young man forced to choose between love and honor, is fantastic. You literally can't put the book down until the last page. Ostensibly these books are for Young Adults, but don't let the age restriction deter you. This is one of the more thrilling dark fantasy tales out there. As a bonus, the books are not monstrously big like many of the fantasy reads these days. This is a good thing. Many fantasy books meander into nowhereland; Nix, however, is a phenomenal writer, able to fully harness the power of the English language. The Abhorson trilogy is a rousing mix of fantasy and horror, and one of the best young adult series in the genre.

If you want some fantasy that gives you the chills while delivering a rousing, action packed tale, you won't go wrong with Abhorson. Buy the book, curl up on your favorite sofa, dim the lights, and be prepared for a chilling fantasy tale. The narrator does a superb job and the tale seems even scarier.

Nix recently as of end of released a fourth book in the series, Clariel. The book is a good read though not as good as the books in the original trilogy. The Dark Is Rising. In the vein of Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, The Prydain Chronicles, Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising Sequence is one of those must-read childhood fantasy classics that takes a set of young heroes and throws them against insurmountable evil in a struggle they, as the vast underdogs, have little chance of actually winning.

What's interesting is Susan Cooper was once J. Now there's a number of fantasy books that copy what Tolkien's epic. Susan Cooper is one such author. For a classic that's often ignored in the genre but one that's deserving in status as one of the great classic epic fantasy reads, The Dark is Rising stands as shining example of one of the best classic epic fantasy tales in crowded genre of copycats.

It's also a tale, like all good classics, that can be appreciated by both children and adults. The Dagger and the Coin. An outstanding new epic fantasy by Abraham, one of the most talented fantasy authors in the genre. This tale takes a lot of the epic fantasy conventions in a new direction. It's a somewhat gritty and depressing world but not on the level of Martin or Cook that's portrayed with some of the richest characterization I've seen in the epic fantasy subgenre. Abraham has always been about the characters and The Dagger and the Coin books hold true to this.

Every character is flawed. Every character is misunderstood and mistreated. Every character is trying in his or her own way, to make the best of shitty situations, to survive and to prosper.

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There are no villains here well there is but not the human kind , just flawed people doing their best. And sometimes that best may include inflecting pain and suffering on others. The tale is one filled with action, intrigue, and betrayals and told from the perspective of a number of different characters, who over the course of the books, weave in and out of each other's narrative. It can take the investment of a few books there are four books out as of to really start getting into the meat of the story, but once you do there's something unique indeed to be found.

This is one of the series that gets better as you continue on. Faeries are a popular theme in urban fantasy, but no one has done the faerie tale quite like Emma Bull has. She takes a broken down rock band guitar player, Eddie McCandry, and throws her into the middle of a Faerie war. Eddie's at a low point in her life, just having been dumped by her boyfriend. Bull weaves the music theme as a central part of the theme, lovingly detailing the process of Eddie's musical renaissance.

You follow Eddie's rehearsal practices and her performances; the music itself forms the base of Eddie's own magical powers. It's a unique idea that's completely blended into the story and you learn a lot about how a band works, from recruitment to practice to finally, to the performance. Almost twenty years after War of the Oaks was first published, it's a novel that still can rock on with the best books in the genre.

For a wonderful standalone fantasy tale about life, love, magic and rock, The War of the Oaks delivers a nearly pitch perfect performance. The Once And Future King. You can love this book or hate it you'll fall into either one of these camps, but rarely in the middle but you can not doubt the profound impact it's had on the genre. From the silver screen to the written page, TH White's masterpiece has created the modern idea of the Arthurian myth. Generations of writers have written their own versions of the same original tale inspired by this work.

Movies have been produced, songs have been sung, and videos games made. This is a novel that's become more than a novel. It has transcended. And it's pretty damn realistic historical fiction to boot. You feel like you are actually living inside of a real medieval world; TH White is almost scientific in his breakdown of medieval castle life. If you don't know how to mount a horse, fletch an arrow, put on your armor, and swing a sword by the end, you lied about reading the book.

There's a sense of humor that pervades this tragic tale, giving life to where they might only be darkness without. It's a lovely read and a romp through a Camelot that never was but you wish in fact was. Complicated, wordy, thick this novel might be. But read it you should. It's a classic of literature and one of the more profound worlds every put to pen. There is brilliance here in the novel. Don't be the person who misses it. The Mists of Avalon have captivated readers for more almost thirty years now.

It's a powerful tale that completely re-imagines the tale of King Arthur. If you read ONE version of the Arthurian story, this is the best and most human version of all the retelling of it. It's interesting to see how the perspective of the standard events of the Arthur tale are changed when viewed through the eyes of female characters it really does add another and fresh dimension to the story of Arthur.

Though the tale is told from the eyes of the women involved Morgan and Guinevere , it's not feminist tale either. It's rather the story of women trying to survive in the best way they know how; and if that means manipulating all the men around them, so be it. Most hail Abercrombie for his break out First Law trilogy which took the fantasy genre in a new direction, fleshing out the current fantasy ideal of grimdark fantasy. Abercrombie has continued to push books in that direction the past decade; however, his finest work so far is The Heroes, which is pretty much the pinnacle of the grimdark movement.

This book has not yet been bested before or since, by Abercrombie nor by any other author. While The Heroes is a standalone, it helps immensely if you've read the original First Law trilogy. If the First Law was a subversion of pretty much every fantasy trope made by Lord of the Rings, The Heroes is the subversion of the heroic tale itself. The Heroes takes place only over a three day period of a single battle. While the focus is narrow, the story is not, with broad cutting insights given at every page.

It's a brilliant book, sarcastic and full of cutting wit the whole way through. Characters who are expected to fill roles who don't while the unexpected ones to the unexpected things, where heroes are shown as cowards and cowards made to heroes. What makes a real hero? This is a question pondered by the entire book, and one that you might just figure out an answer to by the end. All the sharp insights aside, there's a brutal amount of action, blood, and violence enough to satisfy the most bloodthirsty of fans.

Reading each page, each story arc is pure and utter pleasure. I was so enthralled I wanted to lick the pages after I was done. One of the best undiscovered epic fantasy series out there a sort of A Song of Ice and Fire lite if you will. Yes, if you want to look at the best of the best in the genre, there are better fantasy epics with stronger characters, more complex themes, and better writing.

None of them are as quick and condensed a read as this series that delivers the same bang for the buck for the size of it. Paul Kearney somehow manages to pack and epic amount of struggle, adventure, military warfare, and politics into just five volumes that average about pages each. Monarchies of God is a highly underrated series and can stand beside the latest Brandon Sanderson epics like Mistborn and Way of Kings on nearly equal terms.

There's everything you love about a proper epic fantasy stuck in between these pages. If you are looking for your next epic fantasy with a big cast of characters several of them morally ambiguous , politics and war, and exotic landscapes and nautical adventures this should be your next read. One of those weird trips into a nightmare land that you want to wake up from but can't. It's a masterwork of horror and creep and in a way a metaphor of that past catching up to you, no matter how hard you try to suppress it.

At pages one of the longest in the horror genre. But it's one of those books that sucks you in so hard you don't notice the length. An impressive read and if you want your fantasy tinged with horror, NOS4R2 gets our pick as one of the best modern horror meets fantasy reads the past decade. A recent epic fantasy trilogy, but one of the most exciting epic fantasy series the past decade. The Lightbringer has probably the most unique magic system I've seen yet in fantasy, right up there with Brandon Sanderson's Allomancy.

This is one series that actually improves more over book two than in book one. There's a hell of a lot of action, magic, romance, coming of age thrown into this series. It's literally a series you can't stop reading once you start. Keep in mind the first book, The Black Prism, was mediocre. Personally, I wrote the series off after reading the first book. For Weeks to redeem himself, book two would have to blow your mind. And somehow Weeks pulls a rabbit out of the hat in book two and just blows your socks off, putting the series on track for one of the best new epic fantasy series to come out in a decade.

To say this series is criminally underrated is an understatement. Next to some of the old classic in the genre that modern readers simply don't know about, Tyrants and Kings is the most underrated fantasy series in the genre. John Marco should be a popular fantasy author, but rather he's virtually unknown these days.

Before the likes of Abercrombie, Lynch, and Rothfuss were stealing the show for their character-driven fantasy, Marco was going strong already. I'm not sure why few people do not know about this startlingly complex, well-developed series. Really, this is military fantasy at its best! Marco's characters are never black and white -- each character, even the supposed "bad guys", are portrayed as "human" as opposed to just "the requisite bad guy".

And you can viscerally emphasize with them all, even if you don't agree with their actions. Add to this a healthy mix of action, a fantastic unpredictable plot, a well-developed world and these books are a must read by every Fantasy fan. I can honestly say that Raymond Feist alone in all his other books has never been able to achieve the greatness that is The Empire series.

Recommended if you like fantasy with intricate politics with a strong love story bound in. It's a complete standalone set in the wider Riftwar Saga universe. Some of the standard fantasy conventions such as magic, action, and world-ending events are not part of this story; it's more about one woman's struggle to manipulate her way into power against all odd while navigating through the various pitfalls and traps set before her by her enemies and maybe at the same time, find love.

The Empire trilogy, however, does not concern itself with the destruction of the world by dark forces, but is rather a personal character-driven narrative. On the whole, this is the best of all the Midkemia books, vastly superior to every single one with only the original duology Magician coming anywhere close. The books take place around the same time frame as the Magician books but the whole war on Midkemia is rarely mentioned and most of the events take place on Kelewan, centering on Tsuranuanni politics and clan political feuding.

You don't have to have read the Riftwar Saga, though if you have, you'll understand a bit more of the backstory and tie in events it's not at all necessary to do so though. Feist has got a ton of books out, however, several stand out above the rest. Gritty, cold fantasy, with a flair for the gruesome. This fabulous series is jam packed full of goodness. Characterization is great, and J. Jones, like Robin Hobb and George R.

Martin, gives no quarter to her heroes. They suffer and suffer greatly throughout the series. Plot, too, is superlative. Jones has really come into her own the past few years and Sword of Shadows is her masterpiece. Sword of Shadows is one of my favorite epic fantasy series and arguably one of the better epic fantasies out there even in The series kind of bridges the gap between grimdark and classic fantasy, with elements of both, though it definitely leans far more into the grimdark than the classic territory.

If you like the gritty flavor of A Song of Ice and Fire part of the books are even set in an ice-filled milieu and seem to borrow from Inuit culture , strongly written characters whose actions are believable, action and magic galore, troubled heroes you love and villains you really love to loathe, this series is a real treat.

Now the bad news. As of , it's been over 5 years since book four was written and we are still waiting for book five. It's been so long of a wait most people have completely forgotten about the series. Every year some rumor crops up that Jones is actually going to write the final book in the series, but it's been about 5 years and we're all still waiting. So I don't have my hopes up. Is the series still worth reading? Yes, but it will really suck when you finish the last book and hit the wall of waiting.

Recently , the author finally updated her blog saying she's been hard at work on BOOK 5. Fuck ya! These books are not "fantasy" in the traditional sense: there's no magic, no demons invading the world from the beyond, no dragons flying around breathing fire see our Low Fantasy guide. Instead, it's all about the characters. And wow, what strong characters these are indeed! Fallon brings plotting and characterization to a whole new level. Love, treachery, friendship, redemption, and plot twists so twisted they redefine the word, this series keep you on your feet the whole way through.

While the series may lack the traditional elements that define fantasy magic, non-human creatures, etc. Absolutely worth reading every sentence. Just reading how the devious Dirk, the protagonist, squeezes out of another impossible situation through his brilliant scheming mind is worth picking these books up. A Fantasy series without a lot of the "fantasy stuff," these fantasy books are unique and one of the best low fantasy series in the genre.

Trust me, you won't be disappointed if you pick this series up. These books are a cut way above anything else Jennifer Fallon has done before and even as of , since. As a whole, Alice in Wonderland is a whimsical journey through a strange and wonderful world. It's a world meant to stretch your imagination -- and stretch it does. This is a classic old fashioned fantasy tale and without a double one of those books that's inspired and enthralled generations and millions of readers around the world. You should at the very least knock this book of your list of things to read.

Howl's Moving Castle. A subversion of a number of fairy tales woven together to from something new and utterly captivating. The book is clever, oh so clever, and her characters unusual, everyone subverting your initial impressions. A modern fairy tale that delivers in every regard. And at around pages, Howl's Moving Casting is no serious time commitment.

Indeed the amount of entertainment, wit, and cleverness trapped in those few hundred pages is vast indeed. Howl's Moving Castle is an undisputed fantasy classic for all ages and one of the best reads in the genre.

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Not only is it a great fantasy book, but it's a book that transcends the genre itself into that of literature. Should you read it? One of the great American novels that's captured the imaginations of generations of readers. An endearing and enduring read, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ranks right up there with Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia as literature classics that have been embraced by the fantasy genre. Indeed, not only is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz one of the best fantasy book reads, it's arguably solidly on a top books to read before you die list. It's also one of those 'fantasy' books that's permeated pop culture.

Other cultures have had similar or influenced movements of magical realism. Authors such as Toni Morrison, Louise Erdrich, Yaa Gyasi, and Arundhati Roy tell the stories of the oppressed through this mix of reality and non-reality. Mixed in the timeline with those novels are what came out of magical realism. As the postcolonial tales inflected postmodernism with a questioning of reality, authors all over began to push the boundaries in their novels. Some of these books have just a single moment of surrealism and are by Western authors; others are surrealist or fabulist; others are classics of the magical realist genre itself, and their pages live and breathe magical realism.

What are your favorite magical realism books? Hit the comments with your recs! Listen Shop Insiders. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende. Allende is magical realism royalty. Eva Luna the storyteller tells her tales as currency to those who are kind to her, telling the story of her life and introducing the reader and listener to a wealth of incredible characters. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende. Allende returns to Eva Luna.

The War of the Saints by Jorge Amado. The holy icon of Saint Barbara of the Thunder is due to arrive at the port of s Bahia—but as the boat docks, the statue comes to life and disappears into the city towards a young woman in love whose aunt has locked her away. The Road to Tamazunchale by Ron Arias. He sets out on a journey that twists through time and space, with appearances from his teenage niece, a Peruvian shepherd, a group of mojados, and more. A short tale about a magician, a nephew and adorer of Houdini, who needs to break people out of a prison.

Borges is one of the founders of the genre, and yet his magical realism is its own genre in of itself. This collection holds uncanny and haunting tales, from a vignette about personal identity to the mind of an unrepentant Nazi. Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges. Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges. This has some repeats from Ficciones , but is a collection of essays and stories from Borges that continue to make your mind spin. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. The sci fi king tells a semi-autobiographical story of a growing boy in a world of gold-fuzzed bees, dandelion wine, firecrackers, new sneakers…and a time machine.

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati. This novel is devastatingly unreal. Giovanni Drogo arrives at a fort where all soldiers wait in earnest for a foreign invasion that never seems to come. Cosimo, a young Italian nobleman in the 18th century, decides to climb into the trees and stay there forever as an act of rebellion.

With the tone of fable, the reader is told tales of the mysterious Baron who lives in the trees—his life, his learnings, and his love affairs. Explosion in a Cathedral by Alejo Carpentier. The novel tells the story of the reign of King Henri-Christophe over Haiti through the eyes of the slave Ti-Noel in dreamlike prose.

Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter. Sophie Fevvers is part-woman and part-swan, star of the circus.

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But reporter Jack Walser is determined to uncover the truth behind her identity, and follows the circus on their tour through London, St. Petersburg, and Siberia. Sofia and her daughters Fe, Esperanza, Caridad, and la Loca deal with hardships and with love in the often eerie yet also comic town of Tome, New Mexico. Sacred River by Syl Cheney-Coker. Two hundred years after his death, Haitian emperor Henri Christophe appears in a dream to Tankor Satani, president of a fictional West African country, with instructions to continue his rule.

Chiladze tells his own version of the tale of Jason and the Golden Fleece. The tale occurred in Colchis the ancient name for Western Georgia , and Chiladze tells an allegory of Georgia using the setting of Greek myth and history. Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat. On the night he decides to give her up in the hopes of giving her a better life, Claire disappears. As they look for her, painful secrets and haunting memories will be revealed throughout the town. Tilo is a young woman trained in the ancient art of spices, initiated in a rite of fire. Immortal, she travels to present day Oakland, California, where she opens a spice shop as an old woman.

But how will her life and her choices shift when she falls in love? The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr. His collection of short stories tells a tale of a housesitter who mourns a dead whale that washes onto the beach, or the wife of a hunter who discovers the ability to access the memories of the dead by touching their bodies.

A gothic novel of the grotesque and of terror, the strange and often disturbing novel tells the tale of mutation and outcast, touching on the Chilean imbunche, a mythical creature that will leave you both terrified and bewildered. Troubled by the life of the possibly false saint Sister Leopolda, Father Damien struggles whether to tell the truth and thus risk exposing his own secret—that he was once a nun who ran. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich.

Tracks by Louise Erdrich. Erdrich tells a tale of Native American tribes struggling to keep what little remains of their land in North Dakota. The Law of Love by Laura Esquivel. This novel comes with music. A Mexican astroanalyist in the 23rd century searches her past lives for her lover. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. Tita is the youngest daughter of the all-female De La Garza family in turn-of-century Mexico. She has been forbidden to marry, condemned by tradition to look after her mother until she dies.

But with the magic she pours into her food, she seduces Pedro, who then marries her sister in desperation. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. A young man visits the Ukraine with a photo in his hand to search for the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis 50 years earlier. American Gods by Neil Gaiman.