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Best Classic Fantasy Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Classic Fantasy books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. The Big Book of Classic Fantasy (2019)

Best Classic Fantasy Books that Should be on Your BookshelfFantasy stories have always been with us. They illuminate the odd and the uncanny, the wondrous and the fantastic: all the things we know are lurking just out of sight—on the other side of the looking-glass, beyond the music of the impossibly haunting violin, through the twisted trees of the ancient woods. Other worlds, talking animals, fairies, goblins, demons, tricksters, and mystics: these are the elements that populate a rich literary tradition that spans the globe. A work composed both of careful scholarship and fantastic fun, The Big…
Author(s): Ann Vandermeer, Jeff VanderMeer

2. The Big Book of Classic Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction (2013)

Best Classic Fantasy Books that Should be on Your BookshelfFantastic fiction has existed since man’s earliest days of telling tales around a fire. It deals with our most powerful emotions: fear, love and hope. Throughout its history, the short story has always been its most vital form. In short fiction, the boundaries of genre have been established, broken and re-established; the field has become differentiated and complex. The Big Book of Classic Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction displays the evolution of the genre, filled with significant and powerful works by some of the greatest masters of storytelling. Fantastic fiction has had…
Author(s): Franz Kafka, HP Lovecraft, et al.

3. Enchantment: A Classic Fantasy with a Modern Twist (2000)

Best Classic Fantasy Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe moment Ivan stumbled upon a clearing in the dense Carpathian forest, his life was forever changed. Atop a pedestal encircled by fallen leaves, the beautiful princess Katerina lay still as death. But beneath the foliage a malevolent presence stirred and sent the ten-year-old Ivan scrambling for the safety of Cousin Marek’s farm.Now, years later, Ivan is an American graduate student, engaged to be married. Yet he cannot forget that long-ago day in the forest—or convince himself it was merely a frightened boy’s fantasy. Compelled to return to his native land, Ivan…
Author(s): Orson Scott Card

4. Seventh Dimension – The Door: A Young Adult Christian Fantasy (2013)

Best Classic Fantasy Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf2013 International Book Awards Finalist2013 Grace Awards Finalist2013 Selah Awards Finalist2013 Readers’ Favorite Finalist2014 Book Goodies Best Cover Contest Winner, YA categorySeventh Dimension – The Door, A Young Adult Christian Fantasy, is the first book in the Seventh Dimension Series that combines contemporary, historical, and fantasy elements into a Christian “coming-of-age” story. A curse put on Shale Snyder, because of a secret, shrouds her with insecurity and fear. When a stray dog befriends her, she follows it into the woods. There she…
Author(s): Lorilyn Roberts

5. The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016)

Best Classic Fantasy Books that Should be on Your BookshelfQuite possibly the greatest science fiction collection of all time—past, present, and future! What if life was neverending? What if you could change your body to adapt to an alien ecology? What if the pope were a robot? Spanning galaxies and millennia, this must-have anthology showcases classic contributions from H. G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Octavia E. Butler, and Kurt Vonnegut, alongside a century of the eccentrics, rebels, and visionaries who have inspired generations of readers. Within its pages, you’ll find beloved worlds of space opera, hard SF, cyberpunk, the New Wave, and more. Learn about the secret…
Author(s): Jeff VanderMeer, Ann Vandermeer

6. Compulsory Games (New York Review Books Classics) (2018)

Best Classic Fantasy Books that Should be on Your BookshelfRobert Aickman’s self-described “strange stories” are confoundingly and uniquely his own. These superbly written tales terrify not with standard thrills and gore but through a radical overturning of the laws of nature and everyday life. His territory of the strange, of the “void behind the face of order,” is a surreal region that grotesquely mimics the quotidian: Is that river the Thames, or is it even a river? What does it mean when a prospective lover removes one dress, and then another—and then another? Does a herd of cows in a…
Author(s): Robert Aickman, Victoria Nelson

7. The Hobbit (Graphic Novel) with a subtitle of An illustrated edition of the fantasy classic (2001)

Best Classic Fantasy Books that Should be on Your BookshelfWhen Thorin Oakenshield and his band of dwarves embark upon a dangerous quest to reclaim the hoard of gold stolen from them by the evil dragon Smaug, Gandalf the wizard suggests an unlikely accomplice: Bilbo Baggins, an unassuming Hobbit dwelling in peaceful Hobbiton. Along the way, the company faces trolls, goblins, giant spiders, and worse. But as they journey from the wonders of Rivendell to the terrors of Mirkwood and beyond, Bilbo will find that there is more to him than anyone—himself included—ever dreamed. Unexpected qualities of courage and cunning,…
Author(s): Charles Dixon, J. R. R. Tolkien , et al.

8. Vintage Classic Coloring Pages: Adult Coloring Book (Relaxing coloring pages, Stress Relieving Designs, People, Animals, Flowers, Fairies and More) (2018)

Best Classic Fantasy Books that Should be on Your BookshelfHere are unique vintage pictures of painter Tatiana Bogema. These pictures have been made within many years period. Some pictures are made on demand and were granted by owners specially for this book. Tatiana has been not intended to publish these pictures, but a lot of people are asking her about new book with pictures like that. She spent several months to collect and process all these pictures. And finally here is the book. Enjoy these rare vintage pictures and color with pleasure! 22 unique images! Each image printed on one side with black…
Author(s): Bogema (Stolova), Tatiana

9. The Dark Eidolon and Other Fantasies (Penguin Classics) (2014)

Best Classic Fantasy Books that Should be on Your BookshelfNot just any fantasy, horror, and science fiction author could impress H. P. Lovecraft into calling him “unexcelled by any other writer, dead or living” or compel Fritz Lieber to employ the worthy term sui generis. Clark Ashton Smith—autodidact, prolific poet, amateur philosopher, bizarre sculptor, and unmatched storyteller—simply wrote like no one else, before or since. This new collection of his very best tales and poems is selected and introduced by supernatural literature scholar S. T. Joshi and allows readers to encounter Smith’s visionary brand of fantastical, phantasmagorical worlds, each…
Author(s): Clark Ashton Smith, S. T. Joshi

10. Irwin Allen’s Lost in Space: The Authorized Biography of a Classic Sci-Fi Series, Volume 2 (2016)

Best Classic Fantasy Books that Should be on Your BookshelfLost in Space was the first prime time weekly television series to take viewers into outer space’s strange new alien worlds – something the networks believed impossible on a TV budget and schedule. In this exciting new book series, you are whisked back in time to the production offices, writers’ conferences, and sound stages for the making of this iconic series. Included are hundreds of memos between creator/producer Irwin Allen and his staff; production schedules; budgets; fan letters; more than 500 rare behind-the-scene images in each volume; and the TV ratings for every episode. In…
Author(s): Marc Cushman , Mark Alfred, et al.

11. Black Unicorn (Ibooks Fantasy Classics) (2005)

Best Classic Fantasy Books that Should be on Your BookshelfNobody knew where it had come from, or what it wanted. Not even Jaive, the sorceress, could fathom the mystery of the fabled beast. But Tanaquil, Jaive’s completely unmagical daughter, understood it at once. She knew why the unicorn was there: It had come for her. It needed her. Tanaquil was amazed because she was the girl with no talent for magic. She could only fiddle with broken bits of machinery and make them work again. What could she do for a unicorn? #1,301,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #21127 in Children’s Fantasy & Magic Books #2061…
Author(s): Tanith Lee

12. Vintage Classic Coloring Pages III: Relaxing coloring pages, Stress Relieving Designs, Dragons, Women, Beasts, Fairies and More (2019)

Best Classic Fantasy Books that Should be on Your BookshelfHere are vintage pictures part three of painter artist Tatiana Bogema. Many of you liked first two books of vintage coloring pages and want more, so artist decided to make third part of this book using newly created pictures in vintage style. This book is more complicated as previous books. Enjoy these vintage pictures and color with pleasure! 25 unique images! Each image printed on one side with black colored back side. It helps so much for markers, gel pens, and watercolor pencils. So you can use more different instruments for coloring without bleeding through!Please, join our group on facebook (you can…
Author(s): Bogema (Stolova), Tatiana

13. Snes Classic: The Ultimate Guide to Final Fantasy III (2018)

Best Classic Fantasy Books that Should be on Your BookshelfEmperor Gestahl is on the verge of world conquest! With a combination of technology and magic, it’s up to you to create your own team of characters and halt the Gestahlian Empire’s assault. This book is a reference guide in The Ultimate Guide series, allowing you to discover the quest on your own while giving you all of the information needed to succeed. Choose Your Strongest Team Full character descriptions, evaluations, base stats and skill tables allow you to create the best team for each section of the game… #1,011,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #919 in Computer & Internet…
Author(s): Blacknes Guy

Books shelved as classic-fantasy: The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers by J They’re thematically similar to fantasy classics such as the Earthsea novels or the Wheel of Time books, but written to be accessible to modern kids and young adults. The book has everything you When viewing the Fantasy Classics list, you should see your votes displayed on the right-hand side of the screen in a module labeled “My Votes.” There’s a gray ‘X’ next to each book you’ve voted for; clicking on the ‘X’ will remove the book from your votes. That’s all you have to do! (It may take a while for the deleted books to disappear from Any list of classic fantasy books has to include The Chronicles of Narnia, though the second book, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, is arguably the most famous. Since its 1950 publication, the novel has become one of the most iconic works of 20th century fiction—and has certainly shaped our perspectives on wardrobes and Turkish delight.

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some classic fantasy books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Classical traditions in modern fantasy

Author(s): Rogers, Brett M.; Stevens, Benjamin Eldon
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 30 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1703256

Dream, Fantasy, and Visual Art in Roman Elegy

Author(s): Emma Scioli
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press, Year: 2015, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1640595

Nox Philologiae: Aulus Gellius and the Fantasy of the Roman Library

Author(s): Erik Gunderson
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press, Year: 2008, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1640582

Jack London 1 - Before Adam & other stories

Author(s): Jack London
Publisher: LEONAUR, Year: 2005, Size: 322 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 385917

Alternative Worlds in Fantasy Fiction (Continuum Collection, Contemporary Classics of Children's Literature)

Author(s): Peter Hunt, Lenz
Publisher: Continuum, Year: 2005, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 542843

Romeo and Juliet. Fantasy Overture for Orchestra. Transcription for Piano

Author(s): Piotr Il'ych Tchaikovsky
Publisher: Adamant Media, Year: 2005, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1013355

Classics of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature (Magill's Choice)

Author(s): Fiona Kelleghan
Publisher: , Year: 2002, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 556057

Classics of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature (2 Volumes Set)

Author(s): Fiona Kelleghan
Publisher: Salem Press, Year: 2002, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 796920

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really hot items according to Los Angeles Times, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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