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Douglas Adams
The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy


Lloyd Alexander
The Prydian Chronicals

Hans Christian Anderson

Peter Beagle
The Last Unicorn

Marion Zimmer Bradley
MZB Fantasy Magazine
The Mists of Avalon
The Fall of Atlantis
Sword and Sorceress Anthologies

Terry Brooks
The Sword of Shannara
The Scions of Shannara

Orson Scott Card
Ender's Game
Speaker for the Dead
Children of the Mind

Lewis Carroll
Alice in Wonderland and
Alice through the Looking Glass

Lin Carter
Imaginary Worlds

Susan Cooper
The Dark is Rising Sequence

David Eddings
The Belgariad
The Malloreon
Belgarath the Sorcerer
The Elenium and Tamuli

Teresa Edgerton
The Green Lion Trilogy
The Silver Wheel Trilogy
The Goblin Moon Duology

Kate Elliott
The Crown of Stars Quatrology

William Goldman
The Princess Bride

Terry Goodkind

The Grimms Brothers

Brian Jaques
The Redwall Chronicals

J. V. Jones
The Baker's Boy

Robert Jordan
The Eye of the World

Guy Gavriel Kay
The Fionavar Tapestry
A Song for Arbonne
The Lions of Al-Rassan
The Sarantine Mosaic

M. M. Kaye
The Ordinary Princess

Ellen Kushner

Mercedes Lackey
Fairy Tales
Sword and Sorcery

Ursula K. LeGuin
The Language of the Night

Gail Carson Levine
Ella Enchanted

C. S. Lewis
The Chronicals of Narnia

George MacDonald
The Complete Fairy Tales
The Princess and the Goblin
The Princess and Curdie

Anne McCaffrey

Patricia McKillip
The Book of Atrix Wolfe

Robin McKinley
The Door in the Hedge
The Knot in the Grain
Spindle's End
The Damar Chronicals

Donna Jo Napoli

Andre Norton & Rosemary Edgehill
The Shadow of Albion

Michael O'Brien
A Landscape with Dragons

Charles Perrault

J. K. Rowling
The Harry Potter Series

Caroline Stevermer
A College of Magics
(With Patricia Wrede)
Sorcery and Cecelia

J.R.R. Tolkein
The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings
The Simarillion
A Tolkein Reader

Paula Volsky
The Curse of the Witch-Queen
The Fal Ghrizni Trilogy
The Luck of Relian Kru
The Wolf of Winter
The Gates of Twilight
The White Tribunal

Connie Willis
To Say Nothing of the Dog

Patricia Wrede
Alternate Reality
Mairelon the Magician
Magician's Ward
(With Caroline Stevermer)
Sorcery and Cecelia
Young Adult
The Enchanted Forest Chronicals
Sword and Sorceress
Daughter of Witches

1001 Arabian Nights
Kissing the Witch
Roads Not Taken
Sword and Sorceress Anthologies
Twice Upon a Time

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Where else can we begin than with that remarkable Roman slave, Aesop? Although little is known about his life, his stories, with their excellent morals and memorable characters, remain with us. No one's education is complete without having read his works!

Aesop's Fables

Literary Quality:
Christian Morality: Excellent
Age Appropriateness: Child

Over 80 fables are included in this beautifully illustrated collection, including "The Tortoise and the Hare," "Sour Grapes," "The Pot and the Kettle," and many more! The morals taught are excellent and lasting - a must for everyone's collection.

The Brothers Grimm

The great compilers of German Folklore and Legend, the Brother's Grimm are a priceless treasure trove for some of the world's most beloved fairy tales.

The Complete Grimms' Fairy Tales

Literary Quality:
Christian Morality: Excellent
Age Appropriateness: Child/Pre-Teen

Containing over 200 fairy tales, including Snow White, Rapunzel, Rumplstilskin, King Thrushbeard, Thousandfurs, Hansel and Gretel, The Musicians of Brehmen, and many more, this is a must for any would-be fantasy lover. Do bear in mind, though, that although Grimms toned down several of the more gruesome stories (i.e., Little Red Riding Hood), squeamish children might find one or two of these stories a little too scary. Not meant to be read straight through.

1001 Arabian Nights

Although primarily a collection of Muslim, and some far Eastern legends, 1001 Arabian Night (variously attributed) is another classic with which to delight an mystify the young mind. For a sense of wonder, there are no better story-tellers than those of the East and the Orient!

1001 Arabian Nights

Literary Quality:
Christian Morality: Good
Age Appropriateness: Child/Pre-Teen

Including such tales as "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," and "Aladdin," this book is an excellent collection of fairy tales. The source is primarily Muslim, etc., but the general morality is very good. Like all fairy tales, there are a few which are grisly, including the frame story of Sheherezade who must tell a story a night in order to win her life in the day from the disgruntled Shah. And, yes, there really are 1001 tales.

Hans Christian Anderson

The poetry and poignancy of Anderson's original and adapted fairy tales make his children's works a delight to read.

The Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales

Literary Quality:
Christian Morality: Excellent
Age Appropriateness: Children/Pre-Teen

Containing such classics as Thumbelina, The Little Match Girl, The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen and The Little Mermaid. Not meant to be read straight through. A little sad but not too scary.

Charles Perrault

From Germany and Denmark to France! Perrault is perhaps best known as the man who popularised the Cinderella legend for Western Civilisation. His stories are not original, and tend to be more stark in their telling. The good are thoroughly rewarded, but the bad are thorougly punished. Recommended for pre-teens and teenagers who are looking for a transition from children's literature to adult.

The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault

Literary Quality:
Christian Morality: Good
Age Appropriateness: Pre-Teen/Teenager

Containing such classics as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Rose Red & Snow White, and the infamous Bluebeard, Perrault retells the classic fairy tales in their original, sometimes terribly grim, form. Not for small children. A good transition for those seeking for older stories. Excellent literary merit for his contribution to the development of the fantasy genre.

George MacDonald

A Scottish Calvinist, C. S. Lewis said of him that from George MacDonald he learnt the beauty of goodness. Often subtly ironic, often strangly surrealistic, MacDonald's work holds something for nearly every age group.

The Complete Fairy Tales

Literary Quality:
Christian Morality: Excellent
Age Appropriateness: Children/Pre-Teen

A collection of his shorter original fairy tales, including The Golden Key and The Light Princess. MacDonald is a master of revealing Truths through the guise of the otherworldly.

The Princess and the Goblin
The Princess and Curdie

Literary Quality:
Christian Morality: Excellent
Age Appropriateness: Children/Pre-Teen

A duology chronicalling two children's lives as they battle goblins and death, as well as learning about human nature. Almost allegorical, terribly exciting and chock full of excellent morals, these two books are heartily recommended.

All of his other (numerous) books are also recommended, and are available here. Sadly, what with school, work, etc., it's been far too long since I've read his other books to give an adequate review. The above will whet the mental taste, and hopefully stimulate you to read his other wonderful books!

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