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Epic fantasy

Essential works
The Lord of the Rings
by J. R. R. Tolkien
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The Black Company
by Glen Cook
A Song of Ice and Fire
by George R. R. Martin
Malazan Book
by Steven Erikson
The First Law
by Joe Abercrombie
Additional epic fantasy
The Coldfire Trilogy (1991—1995) by C.S. Friedman
The Silmarillion (1977) by J. R. R. Tolkien
Shannara (1977—) by Terry Brooks
The Swordbearer (1982) by Glen Cook
The Wheel of Time (1990—2013) by Robert Jordan
The Deed of Paksenarrion (1992) by Elizabeth Moon
Mistborn (2006–2008) by Brandon Sanderson
The Kingkiller Chronicle (2007—) by Patrick Rothfuss
The Book of The New Sun (1980) by Gene Wolfe

Young Adult

Essential works
The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
by Ursula K. LeGuin
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The Belgariad
by David Eddings
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His Dark Materials
by Philip Pullman
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Harry Potter
by J. K. Rowling
Additional Young Adult
Watership Down (1972) by Richard Adams

Weird fiction

Essential works
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The House on the Borderland
William Hope Hodgson
At the Mountains of Madness
by H. P. Lovecraft
Perdido Street Station
by China Miéville
City of Saints and Madmen
by Jeff VanderMeer
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The Emperor of Dreams
by Clark Ashton Smith
Additional weird fiction
The Shadow Over Innsmouth (1931) by H. P. Lovecraft
Kraken (2010) by China Miéville
The Wasp Factory (1984) by Iain Banks
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Classic Horror

Essential works
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by Mary Shelley
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by Bram Stoker
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The Monk
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by Matthew Lewis
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The Turn of the Screw
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by Henry James
The Complete Stories and Poems
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by Edgar Allen Poe
Additional Classic Horror
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde () by Robert Stevenson
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow () by Washington Irving
The King in Yellow () by Robert Chambers
Melmoth the Wanderer () by Charles Maturin
Ghost and Other Stories () by Ambrose Bierce

20th Century Horror

Essential works
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Collected Stories
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by H.P. Lovecraft
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Best Ghost Stories
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by Algernon Blackwood
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Casting the Runes and Other Stories
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by M.R. James
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by Stephen King
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House on the Borderland
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by William Hope Hodgson
Additional 20th Century Horror
The Tenant () by Roland Topor
Pet Sematary () by Stephen King
Boy in Darkness () by Mervyn Peake
the Haunting of Hill House () by Shirley Jackson
I Am Legend () by Richard Matheson
The Silence of the Lambs () by Thomas Harris
Song of Kali () by Dan Simmons
Something Wicked This Way Comes () by Ray Bradbury
Books of Blood () by Clive Barker
The Decapitated Chicken and Other Stories () by Horacio Quiroga
Japanese Gothic Tales () by Kyoka Izumi
Kwaidan () by Lafcadio Hearn
Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination () by Edogawa Ranpo
The Blind Owl () by Sadegh Hedayat
The Golem () by Gustav Meyrink
Beast of the Heartland and Other Stories () by Lucius Shepard
Lukundoo () by Edward Lucas White
Cold Hand in Mine: Strange Stories () by Robert Aickman
Cold Tales () by Virgilio Piñera
The Other Side () by Alfred Kubin
Aura () by Carlos Fuentes

New Horror

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Essential works
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Arthur Conan Doyle
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The Big Sleep
by Raymond Chandler
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The Complete Father Brown Stories
by G.K. Chesterton
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The Maltese Falcon
by Dashiell Hammett
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That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana
by Carlo Emilio Gadda
Additional Crime/Mystery
The Thirty-Nine Steps () by John Buchan
The Name of the Rose () by Umberto Eco
Tales of Mystery & Imagination () by Edgar Allen Poe
Tales from Two Pockets () by Karel Capek
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold () by John le Carre
Rebecca () by Daphne du Maurier
Fatale () by Jean-Pierre Manchette
Three to Kill () by Jean-Pierre Manchette
The End of Lieutenant Boruvka () by Josef Svorecky
Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination () by Edogawa Ranpo
The Black Lizard and Beast in the Shadows () by Edogawa Ranpo
The Curious Casebook of Inspector Hanshichi () by Kido Okamoto
Death of a Red Heroine () by Xiaolong Qui
Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee () by Robert van Gulik
I Spit on Your Graves () by Boris Vian
The Dead All Have the Same Skin () by Boris Vian
The New York Trilogy () by Paul Auster
Gun, With Occasional Music () by Jonathan Lethem
The Long Goodbye () by Raymond Chandler
Inherent Vice () by Thomas Pynchon
The Shooting Party () by Anton Chekhov
The Yiddish Policemen's Union () by Michael Chabon
The Postman Always Rings Twice () by James M. Cain
Fantomas () by Marcel Allain
Dirty Snow () by Georges Simenon
Rogue Male () by Geoffrey Household
The Big Clock () by Kenneth Fearing
Photo Shop Murder () by Young-Ha Kim


Essential works
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Daphnhis and Chloe
by Longus
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Song of Songs
by Solomon
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The Story of the Stone
by Cao Xueqin
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Troilus and Criseyde
by Geoffrey Chaucer
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Anna Karenina
by Leo Tolstoy
Additional Romance
Love in The Time of Cholera () by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Sound of Waves () by Yukio Mishima
Dom Casmurro () by Machado de Assis
The Hour of the Star () by Clarice Lispector
The Maias () by Eca de Queiros
Jamilia () by Chingiz Aitmatov
Six Records of a Floating Life () by Shen Fu
Gone with the Wind () by Margaret Mitchell
Rebecca () by Daphne du Maurier
Nadja () by Andre Breton
Lady Chatterley's Lover () by D.H. Lawrence
The Romance of Tristan and Iseult () by Joseph Bedier
The Betrothed () by Alessandro Manzoni
A Room With a View () by E.M. Forster
Far from the Madding Crowd () by Thomas Hardy
Camille () by Alexander Dumas
The French Lieutenant's Woman () by John Fowles
The Red and the Black () by Stendhal
The Bachelor of Arts () by R.K. Narayan
The Enchanted April () by Elizabeth von Arnim
Love in a Fallen City () by Eileen Chang
The Tale of Genji () by Murasaki Shikibu
First Love () by Ivan Turgenev

Science fiction

Dystopian science fiction

Essential works
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Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley
Nineteen Eighty-Four
by George Orwell
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Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury
Logan's Run
by William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson
A Scanner Darkly
by Philip K. Dick
Additional dystopian science fiction
The Iron Heel (1908) by Jack London
We (1921) by Yevgeny Zamyatin
Kallocain (1940) by Karin Boye
The Man in the High Castle (1962) by Philip K. Dick
Stand on Zanzibar (1968) by John Brunner
The World Inside (1971) by Robert Silverberg
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (1974) by Philip K. Dick
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang (1976) by Kate Wilhelm
The Handmaid's Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood
The Giver (1993) by Lois Lowry
Dune (1965) by Frank Herbert
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