Three Novels To Grow On: A Thought Experiment

A thought experiment – every fantasy novel in the world has been destroyed. You have only been able to save three. From these a new fantasy genre will be born. What three novels are they?

I know two of mine, but I’m still trying to figure out the third.

In the meantime what are yours?

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2 responses to “Three Novels To Grow On: A Thought Experiment”

  1. mikemonaco says :

    Great topic!
    At first blush, just going by the three I’ve most enjoyed: The hobbit, The broken sword, and Cugel’s saga.
    Getting all literary, I’d go with The worm oroboros, The once and future king, and The well of the unicorn.
    The second three would probably make the genre more “respectable”, but I think the first three would lead to a more interesting genre.

    • Justin says :

      I’m having fun thinking about this and reading people’s responses (I posted the same question to my facebook page). If anything I’m getting some good book recommendations!

      And at the moment my answers are: The Traitor by Michael Cisco, A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar, and … the third’s a toss-up between The Hobbit and Gene Wolfe’s The Shadow of the Torturer.

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