"Not all those who wander are lost."
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
"Never run from anything immortal. It attracts their attention."
-Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn
"Morning is wonderful. Its only drawback is that it comes at such an inconvenient time of day."
-Glen Cook, Sweet Silver Blues
“People would far rather be handed an easy lie than search for a difficult truth, especially if it suits their own purposes."
-Joe Abercrombie, Last Argument of Kings
"Friends can betray you, but with an old enemy, you always know where you stand."
-Raymond E. Feist, Krondor: The Betrayal
"Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut at the right times."
-Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man's Fear
"Fortunately, where reason failed, blind panic served well enough."
-N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
"Darkness shields as much as it threatens."
-R. Scott Bakker, The Judging Eye
"So there's an iPhone app for fighting zombies. Interesting.”
-Amelia Beamer, The Loving Dead
“Twenty percent? What am I, your waiter? I got you five vampires, not a BLT.”
-Richard Kadrey, Kill the Dead
“I'm steel-toed boots in a ballet-slipper world.”
-Richard Kadrey, Sandman Slim
“Love is a tempestuous mistress. And none of us shall ever master her.”
-Lisa Ann Sandell, Song of the Sparrow
“His head was an hour-glass; it could stow an idea, but it had to do it a grain at a time, not the whole idea at once.”
-Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
“Why is it that what we do know can save us, but what we don't know can kill us?”
-T.A. Barron, Ultimate Magic
“Fairy Tales always have a happy ending.” “That depends... on whether you are Rumpelstiltskin or the Queen.”
-Jane Yolen, Briar Rose
“There's really nothing quite like someone's wanting you dead to make you want to go on living.”
-Roger Zelazny, This Immortal
“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
-George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
"Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?" "That is the only time a man can be brave."
-George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“Ah, pay no heed if your enemies laugh. They'll not be able to once you lop off their heads.”
-Christopher Paolini, Eragon, Eldest & Brisingr

Literary Fantasy

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    Blueprints of the Afterlife
    Ryan Boudinot

    It is the Afterlife. The end of the world is a distant, distorted memory called “the Age of F*...

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    One of Our Thursdays Is Missing
    Jasper Fforde

    At a time of great unrest in the Bookworld, only the ace literary detective can avert a...

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    Redemption in Indigo
    Karen Lord

    Paama's husband is a fool and a glutton. Bad enough that he followed her to her parents' home...

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    The Orphan Palace
    Joseph S. Pulver Sr.

    Cardigan is heading east through the night-bleak cities of America and back to confront the...

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    The Dream of Perpetual Motion
    Dexter Palmer

    Imprisoned for life aboard a zeppelin that floats high above a fantastic metropolis, greeting...

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    The Night Circus
    Erin Morgenstern

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when...

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    Zone One
    Colson Whitehead

    In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet....

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    The Uncertain Places
    Lisa Goldstein

    An ages-old family secret breaches the boundaries between reality and magic in this fresh...

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    Beauty Queens
    Libba Bray

    From author Libba Bray, the story of a plane of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a...

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    Erekos
    A.M. Tuomala

    Her sister swore that she would never let her die; now the entire world may pay the price. In...

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    The Magician and the Fool
    Barth Anderson

    For hundreds of years, men have sought their hidden futures in the legendary images of the...

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    The Alchemists of Kush
    Minister Faust

    The Alchemists of Kush is the story of two Sudanese “lost boys.” Both lost fathers to civil...

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    The Salt Roads
    Nalo Hopkinson

    A landmark work by a brilliant young author, THE SALT ROADS transports readers across centurie...

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    Gentlemen of the Road
    Michael Chabon

    Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier &...

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    The Eyre Affair
    Jasper Fforde

    In Jasper Fforde's Great Britain, circa 1985, time travel is routine, cloning is a reality ...

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    Keeping It Real
    Justina Robson

    The Quantum Bomb of 2015 changed everything. The fabric that kept the universe's different...

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    Kafka on the Shore
    Haruki Murakami

    Kafka on the Shore is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who...

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    Bold as Love
    Gwyneth Jones

    The Home Secretary of the UK decides to recruit a Countercultural Think Tank of pop stars in...

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    Kalpa Imperial
    Angélica Gorodischer

    This is the first of Argentinean writer Angélica Gorodischer's nineteen award-winning books to...

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    Trash Sex Magic
    Jennifer Stevenson

    It’s a romance, it’s funny, it’s sexy, it’s about family and kinship, mothers and daughters,...

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    Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
    Cory Doctorow

    Alan is a middle-aged entrepeneur in contemporary Toronto, who has devoted himself to fixing...

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    When Fox is a Thousand
    Larissa Lai

    When Fox is a Thousand is a lyrical, magical novel, rich with poetry and folklore and elements...

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    Vellum
    Hal Duncan

    An extraordinary, incendiary debut from a rare new talent, Vellum showcases a complex and...

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    Bear Daughter
    Judith Berman

    A stunning new writer of mythological fantasy takes readers to a world of adventure, discovery...

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    Eyes Like Stars
    Lisa Mantchev

    All her world’s a stage.

    Enter Stage Right
    Beatrice Shakespeare Smith (Bertie): O...

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    The City & The City
    China Mieville

    When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it...

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    A Tangle in Slops
    Jeffrey E. Barlough

    When Ada Henslowe found herself called to distant Plumley, in Slopshire, to help her little...

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    The Fourth Circle
    Zoran Zivkovic

    The Fourth Circle takes the reader on an amazing journey from frescoed medieval monasteries to...

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    The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart
    Jesse Bullington

    Hegel and Manfried Grossbart may not consider themselves bad men - but death still stalks them...

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    Ghost Realm
    Paul Finch

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    The Last Unicorn
    Peter S. Beagle

    The Last Unicorn is a tearful tale of the last existing unicorn's journey out of her familiar...

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    Carmen Dog
    Carol Emshwiller

    Carol Emshwiller’s genre-jumping debut novel is a dangerous, sharp-eyed look at men, women,...

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    Watership Down
    Richard Adams

    A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over thirty years, Richard Adams's Watership Down is a...

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    Lud-in-the-Mist
    Hope Mirrlees

    Lud-in-the-Mist continues the author's exploration of the themes of Life and Art, by a method...

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    Brown Girl in the Ring
    Nalo Hopkinson

    The rich and the privileged have fled the city, barricaded it behind roadblocks, and left it...

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    The Princess Bride
    William Goldman

    William Goldman's modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests—for...

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    City of Saints and Madmen
    Jeff VanderMeer

    In City of Saints and Madmen, Jeff VanderMeer has reinvented the literature of the fantastic....

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    Little, Big
    John Crowley

    John Crowley's masterful Little, Big is the epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young...

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    Waking the Moon
    Elizabeth Hand

    Steeped in the explosive passion and seductive power of Anne Rice, this novel is an unforgetta...

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    Was
    Geoff Ryman

    This haunting, wildly original novel explores the lives of several characters entwined by The...