Well, since we are shooting for 1001. (I think we should make a book).
1. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
This book is not brief and features more than seven killings. Truth be told, it takes me about 100 pages to get into a James novel but then I can't put it down.
2.Orlando Furiso by Ariosto and Ariosto by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Orlando Furiso (or Orlando Mad) is about Roland who goes insane because the woman he wants to have sex with will not have sex with him. It is funny, heroic, and very Italian. It also features quite a few kick ass women. Yarbro's book is a historical fantasy about Ariosto himself.
3. The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-Mi Hwang
This is one of the reasons why I shop at Joseph Fox Bookstore - the best and most dangerous bookstore in Philadelphia. This book about what the title says is one of the best books in the world.
4. Scandinavian Folk and Fairy Tales by Claire Booss
This is the best collection ever. I love this book show much.
5. Anything by Jack Zipes
Yeah, I know it's cheating. Zipes has some of the best fairy tale collections out there as well as some of the best criticism. His Spells of Enchantment is wonderful, his Trials and Tribulations of Red Riding Hood his great. Just read him if you like folk and fairy tales.
6. Complete Works of Hans Christian Andersersen
Not just his fairy tales but his adult tales and travel writing.
7. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell and Black Beauty's Family by the Pullein-Thompson sisters
Sewell's book is classic that will make you weep. The Pullein-Thompson sisters "sequel" is about horses in Beauty's bloodline both before and after. Everyone raved about War Horse, but the war horse story in Black Beauty's Family is far superior.
8. Persuasion by Jane Austen
Just because it is one of my favorites.
9. Firestar 1-4 (the first series, done in the 1980s) by Stan Lee et al
I honesty think Lee and DeFalco created Firestar too early. She was really what Ms Marvel is today. OR she could have been. This original series takes the character from her debut in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and puts her into the Marvel Universe. It's a shame they have never used her as they should.
10. The Norsemen by Helene Guerber and Rhinegold by Stephen Grundy
Guerber's book is an excellent collection of Norse myth. Grundy's is a wonderful version of the Nibelungieds.
11. French Revolutions by Tim Moore
Man bikes the Tour route. Misadventure happens.
12. Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly
One of the most unusual "let's go slay a dragon" novels you will ever read.
13. 2666 by Roberto Bolano
I got nervous when reading this book as I was going home.
14. Children of the Alley by Mahfouz
This is the book Mahfouz was attacked over. He lost the use of his writing arm. It takes the Bible, the Torah, and the Koran and puts them in an Alley in Cario.
15. The Handmaid's Tale and The Robber Bride by Atwood
I can still remember the first time I read the Handmaid's Tale. The Robber Bride is Atwood's best novel.
17. Scroll of Saqqara by Pauline Gedge
All of Gedge's historical books are great, but Saqqara takes an ancient Egyptian ghost story as its basis.
18. Possession by A S Byatt
One of the most perfect books ever written.
19. Blood Doctor by Barbara VIne (Ruth Rendell)
The premise of the mystery is totally scary.
20. The Kushiel Series by Jaqueline Carey
Yes, the language is often too breathless; yes, Phedre sometimes takes 25 words to say something when 1 word would work. But both the original series and the sequel series featuring Phedre's adopted son feature some of the best and realistic views of sex, consent, and rape.
21. The Murder Room by P D James
The use of crime - both historical and recent - in this mystery is great.
22. Ehrengard by Isak Dinesan
The ending of this short book is totally great.
23. The White Cascade by Gary Krist
Great book about a train wreck due to snow.
24. Ways of Seeing by John Berger
Will change the way you look at art.
25. Blackadder the Whole Damn Dynasty by Richard Curtis
It's a cunning plan, it is.