Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Greatest Fantasy Novels

Throughout our “Greatest Of” series we will be sharing a variety of lists representing our favorite novels within a certain genre.  Today, we submit our first list: greatest fantasy novels of all time (that we’ve read). 

But first, before we reveal anything (resist the temptation to scroll down) we would like to highlight a few of the difficulties encountered during the list creation process.  In order to minimize the total number of lists, the editorial staff here at Two Bibliomaniacs decided to consolidate the many candidates into one master list for each genre.  Considering the overlap found in Evan and Erin’s top 25 lists we naively thought this would be a fun and enjoyable process with only negligible dissention.  Rarely have we been so wrong.  We found out the hard way just how much passion went into defending each choice.  In the end, while we did find the necessary middle ground, there is plenty of truth to the rumor that Evan’s sleeping arrangements are temporarily located on the back patio.

Finally, we would like to remind everyone that all our “Greatest Of” lists are limited to only those novels that we have read, sooooo we would love to hear other recommendations that you deem worthy.       

Greatest Fantasy Novels
  1. The Hobbit – J.R.R Tolkien
  2. The Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
  3. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R Tolkien
  4. Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie
  5. The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
  6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
  7. The Color of Magic – Terry Pratchett
  8. Sabriel – Garth Nix
  9. The Neverending Story – Michael Ende
  10. Inkheart – Cornelia Funke

Editor’s Note:  Okay, we lied about the whole sleeping on the patio thing.  Actually, it’s the smallest couch in the basement.


  1. No Eragon? Dragon Rider? I love Dragon Rider.

  2. I like the daring way you've ordered the top three. Nuggets, man. Nuggets.

  3. Staci,
    I (Evan) really enjoyed Dragon Rider too, but I just couldn't put 2 Cornelia Funke novels in the top 10. I also enjoyed The Thief Lord by her. Didn't really get into Eragon... sorry.