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Fantasy in the Wild: The Battle Begins!

To recap: Fantasy Magazine wants to promote fantasy, for obvious reasons. So we’re wondering — what are the gateway books, the fantasy works that compel even the most-resistant reader into enjoyment? You’ve helped generate the list we’ll be choosing from, and now we need help narrowing it down. To vote, list your three top picks (order doesn’t matter) in a comment. The top twenty books will be involved in a fierce battle to the death…er, will move on to the next round of voting. Remember, though, that you’re not voting for your favorite book, but the one you think most likely to hook someone who doesn’t usually read fantasy.

So here’s your list of choices:

Joe Abercrombie
The First Law Series
Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Richard Adams
Maia
Watership Down
Lloyd Alexander
The Prydain Chronicles
Piers Anthony
On A Pale Horse
Clive Barker
Abarat
J.M. Barrie
Peter Pan
Peter S. Beagle
The Last Unicorn
Ann Bishop
Daughter Of The Blood
Black Jewels Trilogy
Ray Bradbury
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Mists Of Avalon
Peter V. Brett
The Painted Man
Patricia Briggs
Moon Calls
Emma Bull
War For The Oaks
Jim Butcher
The Dresden books
Octavia Butler
Kindred
Wild Seed
Alan Campbell
Scar Night
Orson Scott Card
Ender’s Game
Jacqueline Carey
Kushiel’s Dart
Santa Olivia
Isabelle Carmody
The Farseekers
Sarwat Chadda
The Devil’s Kiss
Susannah Clarke
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
Marion Cockrell
Shadow Castle
John Crowley
Little, Big
A.J. Dalton
Necromancer’s Gambit
Mark Z. Danielewski
House of Leaves
Stephen R. Donaldson
The Thomas Covenant Chronicles: Lord Foul’s Bane
Diane Duane
So You Want To Be A Wizard
David Duncan
Magic Casement
Glen Duncan
I, Lucifer
Lord Dunsany
The Charwoman’s Shadow
The King of Elfland’s Daughter
David Anthony Durham
Acacia
David Eddings
The Belgariad
Michael Ende
The Neverending Story
Beth Fantaskey
Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
Raymond E. Feist
Magician: Apprentice
Magician: Master
Mark Ferrari
The Book of Joby
Neil Gaiman
American Gods
Neverwhere
Stardust
Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Good Omens
William Goldman
The Princess Bride
Terry Goodkind
Wizard’s First Rule
Elizabeth Hand
Saffron and Brimston
M. John Harrison
Viriconium
A.J. Hartley
Act of Will
Mark Helprin
A Winter’s Tale
Frank Herbert
Dune
Jim C. Hines
Gobllin Quest
Robin Hobb
Ship Of Magic
David Holland
Murcheston: A Wolf’s Tale
Robert E. Howard
The Best of Robert E. Howard Volume 1: Crimson Shadows
The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian
Conan The Conquerer
Tanya Huff
The Blood Books
Diana Wynne Jones
Charmed Life
Fire And Hemlock
Howl’s Moving Castle
Rosemary Jones
City of the Dead
Robert Jordan
The Dragon Reborn
The Eye Of The World
Katherine Kerr
Daggerspell
Darkspell
Dawnspell
Caitlin R. Kiernan
The Red Tree
Stephen King
The Dark Tower
Stephen King and Peter Straub
The Talisman
Mercedes Lackey
Magic’s Pawn
Magic’s Price
Magic’s Promise
Louis L’Amour
The Haunted Mesa
Madeleine L’Engle
A Wrinkle in Time
Ursula K. LeGuin
The Earthsea Cycle
Fritz Leiber
The Swords of Lankhmar
C.S. Lewis
The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe
Till We Have Faces
Gregory Maguire
Wicked
George R.R. Martin
A Game Of Thrones
Inside Straight (editor)
Anne McCaffrey
Dragonflight
Dragonsong
Patricia McKillip
In the Forests of Serre
Robin McKinley
The Blue Sword
The Hero and the Crown
China Mieville
Perdido Street Station
Walter Miller
A Canticle for Leibowitz
Walter Moers
The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Blue Bear
Rumo And the Secrets In The Dark
Christopher Moore
A Dirty Job
Practical Demonkeeping
John Moore
The Unhandsome Prince
Robert Newman
Merlin’s Mistake
Larissa Niec
Shorn
Garth Nix
Sabriel
Wild Magic
James A. Owen
Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica: Here There Be Dragons
Christopher Paolini
Eragon
Mervyn Peake
Titus Groan
Tamora Pierce
Alanna
Elizabeth Marie Pope
The Perilous Gard
Terry Pratchett
The Color Of Magic
Mort
Reaper Man
Small Gods
Philip Pullman
The Golden Compass
Melanie Rawn
The Dragon Prince
Patrick Rothfuss
The Name Of The Wind
J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter And The Halfblood Prince
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone
Matt Ruff
Fool On The Hill
R.A Salvatore
Halfling’s Gem
Homeland
Brandon Sanderson
Final Empire
Mistborn
Sharon Shinn
Mystic And Rider
Maria V. Snyder
Poison Study
Bram Stoker
Dracula
J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings
Mark Twain
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Catherynne M. Valente
The Orphan’s Tales
Jeff VanderMeer
City of Saints and Madmen
Shriek: An Afterword
Carrie Vaughn
Kitty & the Midnight Hour
Evangeline Walton
The Mabinogion Tetrology
Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman
The Death Gate Cycle
Dragons Of Autumn Twilight
T.H. White
The Once And Future King
Tad Williams
The Otherland series
Gene Wolfe
The Book of the New Sun
Patricia Wrede
Dealing With Dragons
Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
Sorcery And Cecelia

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