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    A Nice Condensed List of Popular, Well-rated Modern Fantasy

    I saw this over at reddit, and thought some people here might find it interesting or helpful when looking for recommendations. A guy set out to create a list of good books to read and used the following criteria:
    • Must be considered a work of fantasy foremost
    • Must have at least 1,000 ratings on Goodreads
    • Must have at least 3.80 overall rating on Goodreads
    • Only one book per fantasy world (Discworld, Midkemia etc)
    • Only the first book of a series allowed
    • No compilation books allowed
    • No Young Adult fiction / Children's Literature
    • Must be published after 1857


    The List
    1858 George MacDonald - Phantastes
    1894 Arthur Machen - The Great God Pan
    1895 George Macdonald - Lilith
    1908 G. K. Chesterton - The Man Who Was Thursday
    1912 Edgar Rice Burroughs - Tarzan of the Apes
    1922 E. R. Eddison - The Worm Ourobouros
    1924 Lord Dunsany - The King of Elfland's Daughter
    1927 H.P. Lovecraft - The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
    1936 Robert E. Howard - The Hour of the Dragon
    1946 Mervyn Peake - Titus Groan
    1950 Jack Vance - The Dying Earth
    1954 J. R. R. Tolkien - The Lord of the Rings
    1962 Ray Bradbury - Something Wicked This Way Comes
    1966 Roger Zelazny - This Immortal
    1967 Roger Zelazny - Lord of Light
    1969 Roger Zelazny - Creatures of Light and Darkness
    1970 Fritz Leiber - Swords and Deviltry
    1970 Jack Finney - Time and Again
    1970 Katherine Kurtz - Deryni Rising
    1970 Roger Zelazny - Nine Princes in Amber
    1971 Roger Zelazny - Jack of Shadows
    1972 Michael Moorcock - Elric of Melniboné
    1974 Richard Matheson - Somewhere in Time
    1976 Roger Zelazny - Doorways in the Sand
    1977 Richard Matheson - What Dreams May Come
    1977 Piers Anthony - A Spell for Chameleon
    1979 Tim Powers - The Drawing of the Dark
    1980 Gene Wolfe - The Shadow of the Torturer
    1980 Jonathan Carroll - The Land of Laughs
    1981 John Crowley - Little, Big
    1982 Marion Zimmer-Bradley - The Mists Of Avalon
    1982 Barbara Hambly - The Time of the Dark
    1982 David Eddings - Pawn of Prophecy
    1982 Steven King - The Gunslinger
    1982 Raymond E. Feist - Magician
    1983 Piers Anthony - On A Pale Horse
    1983 George R. R. Martin - Fevre Dream
    1983 Tim Powers - The Anubis Gates
    1983 Steven Brust - Jhereg
    1983 Mark Helprin - Winter's Tale
    1983 Sir Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic
    1984 Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman - Dragons of Autumn Twilight
    1984 Guy Gavriel Kay - The Summer Tree
    1984 Glen Cook - The Black Company
    1984 David Gemmell - Legend
    1984 Barry Hughart - Bridge of Birds
    1985 Robert Holdstock - Mythago Wood
    1985 Barbara Hambly - Dragonsbane
    1986 Katherine Kerr - Daggerspell
    1987 Clive Barker - Weaveworld
    1987 Orson Scott Card - Seventh Son
    1987 Jonathan Carroll - Bones of the Moon
    1987 Tim Powers - On Stranger Tides
    1987 Ken Grimwood - Replay
    1987 David Gemmell - Wolf in Shadow
    1988 Elizabeth Moon - Sheepfarmer's Daughter
    1988 Tad Williams - The Dragonbone Chair
    1989 David Eddings - The Diamond Throne
    1989 Tim Powers - The Stress of Her Regard
    1990 Robert Jordan - The Eye of the World
    1990 Guy Gavriel Kay - Tigana
    1990 R. A. Salvatore - Homeland
    1990 Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman - Dragon Wing
    1990 Sir Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman - Good Omens
    1991 Simon R. Green - Blue Moon Rising
    1991 C. S. Friedman - Black Sun Rising
    1992 Tim Powers - Last Call
    1992 David Gemmell - Morningstar
    1992 Guy Gavriel Kay - A Song for Arbonne
    1993 Andrzej Sapkowski - The Last Wish
    1993 Roger Zelazny - A Night in the Lonesome October
    1993 Joel Rosenberg - The Sleeping Dragon
    1994 Terry Goodkind - Wizard's First Rule
    1995 Christopher Priest - The Prestige
    1995 Bernard Cornwell - The Winter King
    1995 Sara Douglass - The Wayfarer Redemption
    1995 Guy Gavriel Kay - The Lions of al-Rassan
    1996 Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere
    1996 Robin Hobb - Assassin's Apprentice
    1996 George R.R. Martin - A Game of Thrones
    1998 Kristen Britain - Green Rider
    1998 Guy Gavriel Kay - Sailing to Sarantium
    1998 Sergei Lukyanenko - Night Watch
    1998 Matthew Stover - Heroes Die
    1998 Anne Bishop - Daughter of the Blood
    1999 Steven Erikson - Gardens of the Moon
    2000 Jim Butcher - Storm Front
    2000 David Gemmell - Sword in the Storm
    2000 China Miéville - Perdido Street Station
    2000 Tim Powers - Declare
    2000 Carol Berg - Transformation
    2001 Lynn Flewelling - The Bone Doll's Twin
    2002 Lois McMaster Bujold - The Curse of Chalion
    2004 Jim Butcher - Furies of Calderon
    2004 Guy Gavriel Kay - The Last Light of the Sun
    2005 David Gemmell - Lord of the Silver Bow
    2005 Brandon Sanderson - Elantris
    2005 Neil Gaiman - American Gods
    2006 Scott Lynch - The Lies of Locke Lamora
    2006 Brandon Sanderson - Mistborn - The Final Empire
    2006 Joe Abercrombie - The Blade Itself
    2007 Patrick Rothfuss - The Name of the Wind
    2007 Simon R. Green - The Man With the Golden Torc
    2008 Brent Weeks - The Way of Shadows
    2009 Brandon Sanderson - Warbreaker
    2009 China Miéville - The City and the City
    2009 Jonathan L. Howard - The Necromancer
    2009 Peter V. Brett - The Warded Man
    2009 Chris Wooding - Retribution Falls
    2010 Brandon Sanderson - The Way of Kings
    2010 Brent Weeks - The Black Prism
    2010 Guy Gavriel Kay - Under Heaven
    2010 Nnedi Okorafor - Who Fears Death
    2011 Michael J. Sullivan - Theft of Swords
    2011 Douglas Hulick - Among Thieves
    2011 Kevin Hearne - Hounded
    2011 Mark Lawrence - Prince of Thorns
    2011 Ben Aaronovitch - Midnight Riot

    If the other list grows I'll try to keep this one up to date. Some good titles to be sure.
    Last edited by sullivan_riyria; September 9th, 2012 at 10:47 AM.

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