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Book 16

  1. Meredith, Martin — The State of Africa: A History of Fifty Years of Independence (736 pages)
  2. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o — Wizard of the Crow (766 pages)
  3. Coetzee, J.M. — Life & Times of Michael K (182 pages)
  4. Saint-Exupery, Antoine de — The Little Prince (101 pages)
  5. Brunner, John — Stand on Zanzibar (661 pages)
  6. Dahl, Roald — Fantastic Mr Fox (79 pages)
  7. Walker, Barbara — TEENY-TINY and the Witch-Woman (29 pages)
  8. Shakespeare, William — A Midsummer Night's Dream (23 pages)
  9. Powers, Richard — The Time of Our Singing (631 pages)
  10. McEwan, Ian — In Between the Sheets (134 pages)
  11. Ishiguro, Kazuo — A Pale View of Hills (182 pages)
  12. Niven, Larry — Ringworld (284 pages)
  13. Anderson, Poul — Tau Zero (184 pages)
  14. Eisenberg, Bryan & Jeffrey, with Lisa T. Davis — Call to Action: Secret Formulas to Improve Online Results (273 pages)
  15. Andrews, Stephen E. and Nick Rennison — 100 Must-Read Science Fiction Novels (205 pages)
  16. Andrews, Stephen E. and Nick Rennison — 100 Must-Read Fantasy Novels (197 pages)

Page count: 4667.

The format of 100 Must-Read Fantasy Novels is the same as in 100 Must-Read Science Fiction Novels. Only two authors (unless you consider the Pratchett & Gaiman entry a second entry for Pratchett or Gaiman) got more than one entry, Moorcock and Tolkien. Sometimes, though, it was clear that when the first book of a series was listed the authors were recommending the whole series. (In the case of George R. R. Martin, the authors actually instructed us to "put this book down and pick up A Game of Thrones immediately.")

I was impressed by the breadth of the entrees. As the introduction points out, Fantasy is older and less narrowly defined than SF. This opened the door for a few unlikely candidates to be listed. I was also a bit surprised by some of the exclusions. Notably, Lloyd Alexander didn't rate a separate entry, only a mention of one of his books in a "Further Reading" list.

Still, it's a compelling list and has given me several ideas for when I'm ready to delve back into Fantasy.

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