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Classic Fantasy

Description: Classics of the fantasy genre. Add or thumbs up books you recommend reading. Thumbs down books that don't belong on this list because they aren't classic, fantasy, or good. Limit to books published prior to 1980.

Members: 20 participating members (show all)

All members' listSort: Score | Title | Author | Date
1
40,342 members, 396 reviews
4.53 stars (4.53 stars)

Lists: andomck (1), BomboChipolata (1), blahme (1), Akiyama (1), staffordcastle (1), KimarieBee (1), merrystar (2), electrice (2), scorpiusx1 (2), ahef1963 (2), jeffza (2)2 more, Jon_Terry (14), Her_Royal_Orangeness (31)

Thumbs down: LamontCranston

Score: 42.58

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (31): 1954-55

2
69,452 members, 951 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)

Lists: merrystar (1), cej1027 (1), scorpiusx1 (1), ahef1963 (1), raperper (1), andomck (2), BomboChipolata (2), Akiyama (2), staffordcastle (2), Jon_Terry (11), Her_Royal_Orangeness (24)

Thumbs down: LamontCranston

Score: 35.46

Explanations:

3
18,494 members, 252 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: Jon_Terry (2), cej1027 (2), raperper (2), staffordcastle (3), ahef1963 (4), merrystar (6), Her_Royal_Orangeness (7), Akiyama (13)

Score: 23.08

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (7): 1865, 1871

4
16,820 members, 174 reviews
3.64 stars (3.64 stars)

Lists: LittleTaiko (1), electrice (1), ahef1963 (11), staffordcastle (12), merrystar (26)

Score: 14.12

5
14,936 members, 342 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: cej1027 (3), Jon_Terry (4), staffordcastle (6), merrystar (8), Her_Royal_Orangeness (11), ahef1963 (15)

Thumbs down: electrice

Score: 13.03

Explanations:

6
1,774 members, 35 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: FredericoR (1), Jon_Terry (7), merrystar (9), Her_Royal_Orangeness (16), staffordcastle (25)

Score: 12.56

Explanations:

7
1,784 members, 41 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: FredericoR (2), merrystar (4), Jon_Terry (8), Her_Royal_Orangeness (17), staffordcastle (24)

Score: 12.35

Explanations:

8
15,895 members, 250 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (2), Akiyama (4), Jon_Terry (6), merrystar (10), Her_Royal_Orangeness (15)

Thumbs down: electrice

Score: 11.03

Explanations:

9
1,972 members, 46 reviews
3.66 stars (3.66 stars)

Lists: andomck (3), FredericoR (4), Jon_Terry (19), Her_Royal_Orangeness (42)

Score: 9.36

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (42): 1972. (This is the first book in the Elric Saga.)

10
11,807 members, 247 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: Jon_Terry (5), staffordcastle (8), Her_Royal_Orangeness (12), ahef1963 (16)

Score: 9.2

Explanations:

11
28,393 members, 478 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: LittleTaiko (3), ahef1963 (3), merrystar (11)

Score: 8.28

12
1,626 members, 18 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: merrystar (5), FredericoR (6), Her_Royal_Orangeness (6)

Score: 7.79

Explanations:

13
3,578 members, 42 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: Jon_Terry (3), Her_Royal_Orangeness (8), merrystar (12)

Score: 7.57

Explanations:

14
966 members, 35 reviews
3.15 stars (3.15 stars)

Lists: Jon_Terry (1), Her_Royal_Orangeness (3)

Score: 7.04

Explanations:

15
26,615 members, 264 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: staffordcastle (5), ahef1963 (8), merrystar (13), Jon_Terry (13), Her_Royal_Orangeness (28)

Thumbs down: Akiyama, LamontCranston

Score: 7.01

Explanations:

Akiyama (0): I think the Narnia books should be listed separately, because some of them are much better than others.

Her_Royal_Orangeness (28): 1950-56

16
39,291 members, 325 reviews
4.37 stars (4.37 stars)

Lists: jeffza (1), andomck (4), cej1027 (4), ahef1963 (6), staffordcastle (9)

Thumbs down: merrystar, Akiyama, Her_Royal_Orangeness, LamontCranston

Score: 6.52

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Duplicate

17
535 members, 3 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: Jon_Terry (9), merrystar (14), Her_Royal_Orangeness (18)

Score: 6.32

Explanations:

18
2,108 members, 32 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Lists: FredericoR (5), Jon_Terry (20), Her_Royal_Orangeness (45)

Score: 6.11

Explanations:

19
12,608 members, 164 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: merrystar (15), Jon_Terry (15), Her_Royal_Orangeness (32)

Score: 5.75

Explanations:

20
0 members, 0 reviews

Lists: merrystar (16), Jon_Terry (16), Her_Royal_Orangeness (34)

Score: 5.66

Explanations:

21
1,729 members, 22 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: merrystar (17), Jon_Terry (17), Her_Royal_Orangeness (35)

Score: 5.58

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (35): 1968-72

22
18,430 members, 377 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: LittleTaiko (2), jeffza (3), staffordcastle (4), ahef1963 (13)

Thumbs down: merrystar, electrice, Her_Royal_Orangeness

Score: 5.34

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Duplicate

23
930 members, 23 reviews
4.18 stars (4.18 stars)

Lists: merrystar (18), staffordcastle (29), Her_Royal_Orangeness (38)

Score: 5.28

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (38): 1970-78

24
1,582 members, 29 reviews
4.16 stars (4.16 stars)

Lists: merrystar (19), staffordcastle (26), Her_Royal_Orangeness (47)

Score: 5.22

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (47): 1976-79

25
4,773 members, 92 reviews
3.84 stars (3.84 stars)

Lists: FredericoR (3), ahef1963 (19)

Score: 4.96

26
1,427 members, 36 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: merrystar (3), Her_Royal_Orangeness (20)

Score: 4.93

Explanations:

27
19,098 members, 375 reviews
4.22 stars (4.22 stars)

Lists: Akiyama (3), Her_Royal_Orangeness (43)

Score: 4.6

Explanations:

28
1,513 members, 40 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: Akiyama (5), merrystar (20)

Score: 4.57

29
351 members, 3 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: Jon_Terry (10), Her_Royal_Orangeness (19)

Score: 4.17

Explanations:

30
296 members, 4 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (10), merrystar (21)

Score: 4.12

Explanations:

31
18,682 members, 443 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: merrystar (7), Her_Royal_Orangeness (44)

Score: 4.01

Explanations:

32
1,136 members, 13 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

33
3,069 members, 54 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (13), merrystar (22)

Score: 3.95

Explanations:

34
225 members, 4 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: Jon_Terry (12), Her_Royal_Orangeness (25)

Score: 3.94

Explanations:

35
1,704 members, 28 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (14), merrystar (23)

Score: 3.89

Explanations:

36
25,479 members, 196 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: staffordcastle (10), merrystar (24), ahef1963 (26)

Thumbs down: LamontCranston

Score: 3.83

37
2,133 members, 45 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: staffordcastle (23), merrystar (25)

Score: 3.62

38
1,593 members, 39 reviews
3.76 stars (3.76 stars)

Lists: Jon_Terry (18), Her_Royal_Orangeness (40)

Score: 3.53

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (40): 1970. (This is one of many collections of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories, which were published between 1939-88.)

39
66 members, 2 reviews
3.55 stars (3.55 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

40
1,306 members, 21 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: staffordcastle (27), Her_Royal_Orangeness (52)

Score: 3.24

Explanations:

41
11,396 members, 259 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (5), staffordcastle (7)

Thumbs down: merrystar

Score: 3.13

Explanations:

merrystar (0): duplicate

42
4,727 members, 80 reviews
4.07 stars (4.07 stars)

Lists: KimarieBee (3)

Score: 3.04

43
9,372 members, 85 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

44
121 members, 0 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (5)

Score: 2.68

Explanations:

45
614 members, 14 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: Akiyama (6)

Score: 2.56

46
915 members, 17 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: Akiyama (7)

Score: 2.46

47
911 members, 13 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: Akiyama (8)

Score: 2.38

48
20,302 members, 270 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: Akiyama (9)

Score: 2.31

49
241 members, 3 reviews
4.24 stars (4.24 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (9)

Score: 2.31

Explanations:

50
17,677 members, 189 reviews
4.05 stars (4.05 stars)

Lists: Akiyama (10)

Score: 2.25

51
16,449 members, 137 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: Akiyama (11)

Score: 2.2

52
997 members, 22 reviews
3.83 stars (3.83 stars)

Lists: Akiyama (12)

Score: 2.15

53
877 members, 37 reviews
3.89 stars (3.89 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (21)

Score: 1.87

Explanations:

54
466 members, 10 reviews
3.52 stars (3.52 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (22)

Score: 1.85

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (22): first published in Weird Tales between 1934-1939

55
446 members, 4 reviews
4.28 stars (4.28 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (23)

Score: 1.83

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (23): Book 1, The Island of the Mighty, was first published in 1936

56
3,098 members, 71 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (26)

Score: 1.77

Explanations:

57
422 members, 5 reviews
3.61 stars (3.61 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (27)

Score: 1.76

Explanations:

58
1,071 members, 20 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: staffordcastle (28)

Score: 1.74

59
292 members, 11 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (29)

Score: 1.72

Explanations:

60
1,030 members, 26 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (30)

Score: 1.71

Explanations:

61
1,026 members, 35 reviews
3.42 stars (3.42 stars)

Lists: staffordcastle (30)

Score: 1.71

62
5,544 members, 105 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: staffordcastle (18), ahef1963 (27)

Thumbs down: Her_Royal_Orangeness

Score: 1.7

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Duplicate

63
519 members, 8 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: staffordcastle (31)

Score: 1.7

64
299 members, 7 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: staffordcastle (32)

Score: 1.68

65
735 members, 8 reviews
3.67 stars (3.67 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (33)

Score: 1.67

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (33): 1967 (This book is part of a larger story cycle.)

66
3,019 members, 37 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (36)

Score: 1.63

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (36): 1968-78. (This trilogy is part of a larger story cycle.)

67
1,648 members, 19 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (37)

Score: 1.62

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (37): 1970. (Book #2 and Book #3 in this trilogy were also published in the 70s. The books are part of a story cycle that is still being written/published.)

68
754 members, 13 reviews
4.31 stars (4.31 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (39)

Score: 1.6

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (39): 1970-79

69
525 members, 9 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (41)

Score: 1.58

Explanations:

70
1,326 members, 8 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (46)

Score: 1.54

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (46): 1976. (This is the first book in the Dragon Knight series.)

71
6,204 members, 98 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (48)

Score: 1.52

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (48): 1977. (This is the first title in the Shannara series that is still being written/published.)

72
913 members, 16 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (49)

Score: 1.51

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (49): 1977-79. (This trilogy begins a story cycle that is still being written/published.)

73
600 members, 16 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (50)

Score: 1.5

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (50): 1978. (This is the first book in the Flat Earth series.)

74
572 members, 5 reviews
3.39 stars (3.39 stars)

Lists: Her_Royal_Orangeness (51)

Score: 1.5

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (51): 1979. (Book #1 in the Chronicles of Tornor trilogy. Book #2 was also published in 1979 and Book #3 was published in 1980.)

75
35,154 members, 206 reviews
4.39 stars (4.39 stars)

Lists: andomck (5), cej1027 (5), staffordcastle (16), ahef1963 (24)

Thumbs down: merrystar, Akiyama, Her_Royal_Orangeness, LamontCranston

Score: 1.16

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Duplicate

76
19,913 members, 294 reviews
4.06 stars (4.06 stars)

Lists: andomck (6), ahef1963 (10), staffordcastle (11)

Thumbs down: merrystar, BomboChipolata, Akiyama, Her_Royal_Orangeness

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Published 1996

77
9,810 members, 151 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: cej1027 (6)

Thumbs down: electrice, Her_Royal_Orangeness

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): I would classify this as sci-fi/adventure.

78
34,008 members, 194 reviews
4.46 stars (4.46 stars)

Lists: andomck (7), staffordcastle (17), ahef1963 (25)

Thumbs down: merrystar, Akiyama, Her_Royal_Orangeness, LamontCranston

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Duplicate

79
13,686 members, 260 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: staffordcastle (13), ahef1963 (14)

Thumbs down: merrystar, Akiyama, Her_Royal_Orangeness

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Published 1983

80
8,062 members, 326 reviews
4.3 stars (4.3 stars)

Lists: staffordcastle (14), ahef1963 (18)

Thumbs down: merrystar, Akiyama, Her_Royal_Orangeness

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Published 1986

81
3,357 members, 75 reviews
3.69 stars (3.69 stars)

Thumbs down: Her_Royal_Orangeness

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): I would classify this as sci-fi/adventure.

82
166 members, 0 reviews
3.68 stars (3.68 stars)

Thumbs down: Her_Royal_Orangeness

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): I would classify this as gothic/horror.

83
3,162 members, 100 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: staffordcastle (19)

Thumbs down: Akiyama, Her_Royal_Orangeness

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): published 1983

84
2,845 members, 41 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: staffordcastle (20)

Thumbs down: merrystar, Her_Royal_Orangeness

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Published 1987

85
3,408 members, 41 reviews
3.96 stars (3.96 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (22)

Thumbs down: Akiyama, Her_Royal_Orangeness

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Published 1987

86
28,234 members, 612 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (7), andomck (8)

Thumbs down: merrystar, BomboChipolata, Akiyama, Her_Royal_Orangeness

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Published 1995

87
1,420 members, 26 reviews
3.82 stars (3.82 stars)

Lists: staffordcastle (15)

Thumbs down: merrystar, Akiyama, Her_Royal_Orangeness

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Published 1991

88
4,044 members, 57 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (21)

Thumbs down: merrystar, Akiyama, Her_Royal_Orangeness

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Published 1984

89
2,464 members, 25 reviews
4.1 stars (4.1 stars)

Lists: staffordcastle (21)

Thumbs down: merrystar, Akiyama, Her_Royal_Orangeness

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Published 1987

90
2,365 members, 20 reviews
4.14 stars (4.14 stars)

Lists: staffordcastle (22)

Thumbs down: merrystar, Akiyama, Her_Royal_Orangeness

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Published 1992

91
2,298 members, 43 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (23)

Thumbs down: merrystar, Akiyama, Her_Royal_Orangeness

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Published 1992

92
30,869 members, 953 reviews
4.38 stars (4.38 stars)

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Published 1996

93
16,796 members, 324 reviews
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (12)

Thumbs down: merrystar, BomboChipolata, Akiyama, Her_Royal_Orangeness

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Published 1983

94
9,808 members, 128 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (17)

Thumbs down: merrystar, BomboChipolata, Akiyama, Her_Royal_Orangeness

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Published 1988

95
3,986 members, 116 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (20)

Thumbs down: merrystar, BomboChipolata, Akiyama, Her_Royal_Orangeness

Score: < 0

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Published 1990

96
3,411 members, 95 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

Explanations:

Her_Royal_Orangeness (0): Published 1981

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