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After creating 'Sandman', the groundbreaking cult comics series that redefined what comics could do, Neil Gaiman has turned his fantastic vision toward novels, picture books and novels for children, TV and movie screenplays, and back again to comics, winning awards, critical acclaim, and one of the most loyal--and largest--armies of fans anywhere. His latest book, Anansi Boys: A Novel, continues the modern mythologizing of his bestselling novel 'American Gods', and he shares with us here his recommendations for the 10 Mythic Fantasy Books to Read.



The Biography of Manuel by James Branch Cabell

The Silver Stallion, Jurgen, The High Place: Eighteen volumes of beautiful, worldly-wise writing by a forgotten American master. The books aren't all in print, and they range all over genre (including poetry and literary criticism). Of the fantasies, 'The Silver Stallion', 'Jurgen', and 'The High Place' are three of the most notable, each book different but united in their sly wisdom.




The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe

Shadow & Claw: The First Half of 'The Book of the New Sun' and Sword & Citadel: The Second Half of 'The Book of the New Sun': The best SF novel of the last century--a far future fantasy that tells of a young Torturer and what befalls him.




Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees

Lud-In-The-Mist: Written eighty years ago, and never quite forgotten, this is my favourite fairy tale/detective novel/history/fantasy novel.




The Manuscript Found in Saragossa by Jan Potock

The Manuscript Found in Saragossa: A labyrinth inside a maze, a delirious cousin of the Arabian Nights; also a wonderful film, which is finally available on DVD ( <product no longer available> ).




Viriconium by M. John Harrison

Viriconium: I could pick any Harrison book though--his is a realism in which everything transmutes into fantasy. He's a master of prose and ideas. I wrote an introduction to this book, which contains three novels and a clutch of short stories about a city named Viriconium and the people who inhabit it.




Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

Lord of Light: It's fantasy, or it's science fiction, or it's a retelling of the tales of the Hindu gods, as they encounter Mahasamatman, who may be Buddha and may just be a guy called Sam. It's a book I reread every few decades, and love.




Archer's Goon by Diana Wynne Jones

Archer's Goon: The best writer of magical children's fiction of our generation. I don't know if this is the best of her novels, but it's my favourite, about a family of seven strange creatures who control a small English city.




Nine Hundred Grandmothers by R.A. Lafferty

Nine Hundred Grandmothers: The funniest, oddest short stories in this, or any other, world. Lafferty was a madman who made myths, a true American treasure. Nobody could craft a sentence like Lafferty, or make you believe in the casually impossible.




The Einstein Intersection by Samuel R. Delany

The Einstein Intersection: In the far future, when we are gone, when our world is inhabited by aliens who have inherited our lives and our myths, and inhabit them uncomfortably, our hero Lo Lobey becomes Orpheus...




The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland

The Norse Myths (The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library): Finally, some myths unmediated, in their original shape: my favourite retelling of the Norse Myths, beautifully written, hard, uncomfortable, and flinty.




More by Neil Gaiman

American Gods

Sandman, The: Endless Nights (Sandman (Graphic Novels))

The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes

Marvel 1602

The Wolves in the Walls (New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards))

Coraline

Adventures in the Dream Trade (Boskone Books)

The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection

Hanging Out With the Dream King s/c

Two Plays for Voices

Neverwhere

Good Omens

Don't Panic: The Official Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Companion

Duran Duran

The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish

Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess' Stardust

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