Fantastic lists. Was glad to spy George MacDonald’s ‘Lilith’ and ‘Phantastees.’ I especially loved his ‘At the Back of the North Wind.’
‘Till We Have Faces’ is one of my favorites, too. The ancient myths are so fascinating…I remember as a boy sitting spell-bound hour upon hour reading Hawthorne’s ‘Tanglewood Tales’ and ‘A Wonder Book.’ For richness of language and quality of thought, Hawthorne is always on my list…along with a few others…Cormac McCarthy, Ursula Le Guin, Jack Vance, A.S. Byatt, John Crowley…Michael Moorcock (Oooh, how I loved Gloriana).
If only we had a longer childhood to spend reading.
On the 64 favorites list, you had two X-ed out for judging reasons. I didn’t see anywhere that you revealed those (though I admit I didn’t read through every one of the other lists). I imagine you must be free to reveal them now…
This is a great list (well, lists). I think I commented on the old blog, but it inspired me (finally) to pick up Auster, Borges, and a number of others. It broadened my idea of fantasy in a very good way.
Looking at the comments to the original post, I see I made a prediction back in 2006:
And I know you said that you aren’t a fan of ‘instant classics,’ but I can’t wonder what many will make of Robert BolaÃ±o’s works as they are now becoming available in English. I suspect in 10-20 years, he’ll be a posthumous legend. This, a year before The Savage Detectives was released in English translation and two years before the translation of 2666, which seems to be getting quite a bit of publicity in advance of its November release. Nice little time capsule thing. Surprised at how many on that list I had read, even though it’s still far short of 50%.