Top Ten Tuesday: Books Over Ten Years Old

I’m dipping back into Top Ten Tuesday this week again because it’s another topic I find irresistible – books over ten years old. I definitely like my older fiction here. If anything, the trouble will be narrowing it down…

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl.

1. The King in Yellow by RW Chambers

From 1890-something I think, this collection of horror shorts are full of the perverse, the unsettling, the decadent, and creations gone wrong. A big influence on Lovecraft and more readable than a lot of his work for my money.

2. Lud in the Mist by Hope Mirrlees

A story I refuse to shut up about for how perfectly it nails the tragicomic possibilities of a somewhat stuff town bordering faerieland. It’s getting on for a hundred years old, but I think plenty of people would like it today.

3. Swords And Deviltry by Fritz Leiber

Robert E. Howard might have invented Sword & Sorcery, but Fritz Leiber’s creations Fahfrd and the Grey Mouser were a vital form of transmission. This collection of origin stories contains the best of their world-weary wit, cynical romanticism, and very human approach to adventure.

4. Gate of Ivrel by CJ Cherryh

There’s many forms of gothic. This piece of sci-fantasy captures the howling moor, twisted tree, even more twisted people approach excellently.

5. A Call for the Dead by John le Carre

Sometimes I have to admit there are things other than spec fic in our heavens. This early appearance of George Smiley sees him unravel a mystery and is utterly compelling.

6. The Horse Lord by Peter Morwood

A little-known piece of heroic fantasy filled with sharp-edged brutality and awkward tenderness, this charity shop win has stayed with me for a long time, and I drag it out here to remind people of it fairly often.

7. Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold

The book that made me realise sci-fi doesn’t smell of wee after all.

8. Dirge for a Doge by Elizabeth Eyres

Another non-fantasy book! This historical whodunnit set in renaissance Venice is tense, witty, and full of memorable characters.

9. Daggerspell by Katherine Kerr

I tried not to stick too much to old faithful, give a wider view, but this piece of Celtic-soaked 80s fantasy demanded a piece of the action. Recommended for people who love reincarnation shenanigans in particular.

10. Ravenheart by David Gemmell

And another favourite I talk about too much, but then it might be the best fantasy book I’ve read other than Pratchett. Thoughtful, thrilling, and with a giant heart.

6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books Over Ten Years Old

    1. I wanted to try to add a few books closer to that date, if only to be that dingus who went “haha! look where time went”, but the first decade of this millenium didn’t really provide me with much good fantasy and I try not to mention Pratchett every damn post.

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