Welcome to the Fantasy 100 website where we are devoted to bringing you the very best in fantasy fiction. Here you will find Top 100 lists and short reviews of the all-time greatest fantasy books, films and TV shows. The lists are based on statical surveys of popular polls, award information and critical opinion.
The Book Series List Recognising the difference between stand-alones and a series - this list was split off from the main list in mid-2013. In truth, it is probably closer to what most contemporary readers think of as 'fantasy'. The qualification rules are the same, but by nature, the single entries in most series listed tend to be more formulaic. (Updated 4 November 2013)
The Book List Originally including all the great fantasy series, this list is now entirely devoted to books that can be read as stand-alones - from child's play to academia. To qualify a book has to be generally regarded as fantasy by credible sources and/or recognised as having historical significance to the development of the genre. (Updated 15 June 2013)
The Film List A statistical survey that includes data from noted critics and popular polls. The qualification rules are similar to those used for the books list and for statistical purposes films in a series are usually treated in tallies as stand-alones. Exception to this rule is include film series that generally maintained consistent quality throughout. (Updated 26 August 2013)
The Television List Based on data gathered from a statistical survey and a direct poll of fantasy television experts - including critics, editors and website managers. Shows often classified under other genres but containing significant and notable fantasy content (e.g. The Avengers & The Wild, Wild West) qualify for inclusion on the list. (Updated 12 August 2013)
Ultimately Serviceable The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy by David Pringle 2008 (Carlton)
Although best-known to fantasy fans for his 'Narnia' novels, Clive Staples 'Jack' Lewis was certainly no one-trick pony.
As a prominent Oxford/Cambridge academic and Christian apologist, the Irish-born Lewis promoted the rationale behind his faith through his works of fiction. The Screwtape Letters (1942) wittily explores the pitfalls of temptation through the titular senior demon and his nephew Wormwood.
Lewis' other great fantasy stand-alones include a modern take on Dante's Divine Comedy in The Great Divorce (1945) and the marvelous reworking of the Cupid and Psyche myth Till We Have Faces (1956).
Noted editor David Pringle produces the best of slim pickings in a dearth of decent fantasy reference books.
While John Clute has always specialised in large info-packed speculative fiction encyclopedias, Pringle has typically opted for concise 'coffee table' style tomes full of eye-catching illustrations and design. This volume is no different and, thankfully, it still manages to hit the highlights of fantasy.
The book covers the genre's main authors and there are major entries focusing on key themes. Film and TV get plenty of space, with games also getting some warranted attention. Briefer rundowns of the more famous fantasy characters and places top things off nicely.
Pringle is sometimes accused of having a staunch British bias, but his critical scrutiny is usually frank and informative. As a good intro to fantasy this book fits the bill nicely.
2012 Awards - Novels The Top Performers *********************** Among Others by Jo Walton Wins: Nebula, Hugo, British Fantasy Shortlists: Locus, Mythopoeic, World Fantasy
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The Samurai 10 13-episode series 1962-65 Senkosha Productions
Samurai star Koichi Ose was so big in Australia, when he visited Melbourne he drew a bigger crowd than the Beatles.
Australian society was obviously crumbling, with at least one private school banning the "sadism and cruelty" of Samurai trading cards. Others, however, found sheer beauty in the 17th century Japan where, "the natural and supernatural were woven together in the lives of the people."
The fuss concerned a half-hour afternoon television show following the exploits of Shintaro, a Robin Hood-style master swordsman. His highly-trained ninja opponents perform physically impossible acts and are masters of illusion - getting generally more fantastical with each series.
With 78 episodes posted on the net, the rest of the world can now see for themselves.