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Fantasy I Have Loved

I'm only posting stuff unfamiliar to most of you:

  1. Mythago Wood, by Robert Holdstock (Secular fantasy about modern-day England where a family comes into possession of a wood that you can walk around in less than a day, but takes a lifetime to walk through it. It is also the home of all archetypes.)

  2. Dream Quest Of Unknown Kadath, by H. P. Lovecraft. (A beautiful story of a dreamer exploring the Dreamlands of Earth for a special sunlit city. It has its horrific moments.)

  3. The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and its sequel, The Moon of Gomrath, by Alan Garner. I cannot say enough good about Alan Garner. Also read Elidor. The Owl Service is a wonderful fantasy, but very difficult to understand as it is immersed in Welsh culture and literature, yet it has its rewards for the patient reader. The Weirdstone of Brisingamen has a scene in it so intense, it actually triggered in me a massive asthma attack.

  4. The Moon Pool, by A. Merritt (A turn of the century pulp fantasy with characters larger than life, a lost civilization, and a monster that will haunt your dreams.)

  5. Any of the short story collections by Clark Ashton Smith. Warning: it has horrific elements.

  6. The House on the Borderland, by William Hope Hodgson. (From 1908, a frightening story of a mystical house under siege from creatures that will give you nightmares.)

  7. Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu stories.

  8. The Dark Is Rising: a five-novel series from Susan Cooper.

  9. The Heavenly Horse From The Outermost West, by Mary Stanton (Watership Down told from the perspective of a herd of horses)

  10. The Book of the Dun Cow, by Walter Wangerin, Jr. (Animal Farm for Christians)


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 17th, 2006 12:52 am (UTC)
wow Mythago Wood sounds like something i'd really love! ive heard several speak very highly of The Moon Pool, gonna have to try and find it. #6 is a definate wow! a very interesting list, im intrigued!

thanks for sharing it. :)
Aug. 17th, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)
The Dark is Rising is excellent. I need to reread those... I read the books, loved them, bought them, and haven't cracked them since. :)
Aug. 17th, 2006 01:50 am (UTC)
I absolutely love Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath. I'll definitely have to seek out several of the books youve listed.
Aug. 17th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
Mmm, horrific elements.

I own number 2 and number 10. I should read them.
Aug. 17th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
I read The Book of the Dun Cow many years ago, and loved it. I don't remember where I first heard of it, but I ordered it from a local bookstore. I was a transplant to the southern US at the time, and it was very difficult to convey the title to the bookstore owner.

"Horrific moments" sounds great. That will be my next book.
Aug. 17th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
I finally got around to reading Mythago Wood and I love it. Great story, and he used just enough pages to tell it in. No Jordanesque padding!

Thanks for sending it to me.
Aug. 18th, 2006 01:56 am (UTC)
Inspired by your post, I stopped by the everything-for-$1 cart in front of one of the several used/hard-to-find/out-of-print book stores around here and got the 2nd and 4th books of the Dark Is Rising series :D
I remember reading them many years ago, and being very enchanted... especially with the second, which I read first :)
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Aug. 19th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
Recommend it to the CF2 list? What a great idea.
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