Move over Lord of the Rings: 15 novels you must read..

By Karen Hansord

Whenever I go to a writing class at University, there is always at least one person who believes that Science Fiction and Fantasy novels are in some way inferior to the literary classics. However, if one goes online and searches for ‘100 Books to Read Before You Die,’ there are always Fantasy and Science Fiction novels that are high on the list, and almost always Lord of the Rings is the first one to be named.

Now, I love Lord of the Rings, you could say I am a bit of a fanatic. However, there are hundreds of fantasy and science fiction novels that are less dense and not so prone to smother you in information – because let’s face it, Lord of the Rings is both dense and a huge information dump.

So, here is my own list – albeit a very short one – of Science Fiction and Fantasy novels that you should read by the end of the year. This list will not include Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.

a-game-of-thrones1. Game of Thrones series, George R.R. Martin






2. Nineteen Eighty- Four, George Orwell





Bluebear3. 13 ½ Lives of Captain Bluebear, Walter Moers





margaret_atwood_the_handmaids_tale4. The Handmaids Tale, Margaret Atwood





TheNameOfTheWind5. The Kingkiller Chronicles, Patrick Rothfuss





ImageHandler6. There Will Come Soft Rains, Ray Bradbury





gentlemanbastard7. The Gentlemen’s Bastard series, Scott Lynch




neuromancer_book_cover_018. Neuromancer, William Gibson





The_Forest_of_Silence_(book)9. Deltora Quest series, Emily Rodda




Do-Androids-Dream-of-Electric-Sheep10. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Phillip K. Dick





American Gods11. American Gods, Neil Gaiman





V003_TL_cover12. From the Earth to the Moon, Jules Verne





The_Colour_of_Magic_(cover_art)13. Discworld series, Terry Pratchet





Kindred book cover14. Kindred, Octavia Butler





9780156035217_custom-69cc59005e0af076765c029f6ec69ba6f123abaa-s6-c3015. The Princess Bride, William Goldman

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