In June, our resident fantasy go-to reviewer Steve Hubbard presented you with 20 Must-Read Fantasy Series titles, and now he's back with Part Two --- a curated list of his favorite Stand Alone Fantasy books.
Complete with the "grandfather of fantasy" --- THE HOBBIT --- and other essential fantasy novels including AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman and THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum, this collection will help you get lost in a number of mysterious and magical worlds. Whether you are new to the Fantasy genre and wondering where to start --- or already are a fan, checking our list to see what you have missed --- we hope you’ll note titles you want to explore.
Of course, all lists are subjective and that's as it should be. But this one is a bit weird, especially with the presence of Sanderson's The Way of Kings.
Here are Steve Hubbard's picks:
- Neil Gaiman's American Gods
- Burton Raffel's Beowulf
- China Miéville's The City and the City
- John Gardner's Grendel
- J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit
- Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
- Lord Dunsany's The King of Elfland's Daughter
- Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn
- Sir Thomas Mallory's Le Morte D'Arthur
- Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon
- Christopher Priest's The Prestige
- William Goldman's The Princess Bride
- John Myers Myers' Silverlock
- Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes
- Steven Brust's To Reign in Hell
- Guy Gavriel Kay's Under Heaven
- Eve Forward's Villains by Necessity
- Richard Adams' Watership Down
- Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings
- L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz