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Greatest fiction books (all time)

A ranking of works of literature of classical forms (fiction; novels, poems, short stories, graphic novels) and any genre. Does not include non-fiction books, biographies, reference books, epigrams, essays, anecdotes, etc. - see other rankings.

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The Hobbit
1

The Hobbit

(1937)
The Hobbit or There and Back Again is a fantasy novel and children's book by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published on 21 September 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a pri...
10
10
as novel
from 1 vote
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The Two Towers
1

The Two Towers

(1954)
The Two Towers is the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's high fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. It is preceded by The Fellowship of the Ring and followed by The Return of the King...
10
10
as novel
from 1 vote
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The Return of the King
1

The Return of the King

(1955)
The Return of the King is the third and final volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, following The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers. The story begins in the kingdom of Gondor, which is soon to be attacked by...
10
10
as novel
from 1 vote
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The Weapon
1

The Weapon

The Weapon is a short story written by Frederic Brown (1906-1972).
10
10
as short story
from 1 vote
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
5

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

(2007)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final novel of the Harry Potter series, written by British author J. K. Rowling. The book was released on 21 July 2007 by Bloomsbury Publishing in the United Kingdom, in the...
9.3
9.3
as novel
from 4 votes
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
6

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

(1997)
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the first novel in the Harry Potter series and J. K. Rowling's debut novel. The plot follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his magical heritage as he makes close friends and...
9.2
9.2
as novel
from 5 votes
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
7

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

(1999)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the third novel in the Harry Potter series, written by J. K. Rowling. The book follows Harry Potter, a young wizard, in his third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Alon...
9
9
as novel
from 3 votes
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A Game of Thrones
8

A Game of Thrones

(1996)
A Game of Thrones is the first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of high fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin. It was first published on August 6, 1996...
9
9
as novel
from 2 votes
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Heir to the Empire
8

Heir to the Empire

(1991)
Heir to the Empire is the first book in a trilogy of novels known as Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, all written by Timothy Zhan. Heir to the Empire is part of the Star Wars Legends, and takes place five years after the events of R...
9
9
as novel
from 2 votes
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The Fellowship of the Ring
8

The Fellowship of the Ring

(1954)
The Fellowship of the Ring is the first of three volumes of the epic novel The Lord of the Rings by the English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It is followed by The Two Towers and The Return of the King. It takes place in the fictional...
9
9
as novel
from 2 votes
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Foundation and Empire
11

Foundation and Empire

(1952)
Foundation and Empire is a novel written by Isaac Asimov that was published by Gnome Press in 1952. It is the second book published in the Foundation series, and the fourth in the in-universe chronology. It takes place in two halv...
9
9
as novel
from 1 vote
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Forward the Foundation
11

Forward the Foundation

(1993)
Forward the Foundation is a novel written by Isaac Asimov, published by the author in 1993. It is the second of two prequels to the Foundation series. It is written in much the same style as the original novel Foundation, a novel...
9
9
as novel
from 1 vote
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The Children of Húrin
11

The Children of Húrin

(2007)
The Children of Húrin is an epic fantasy novel which forms the completion of a tale by J. R. R. Tolkien. He wrote the original version of the story in the late 1910s, revised it several times later, but did not complete it before...
9
9
as novel
from 1 vote
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The Silmarillion
11

The Silmarillion

(1977)
The Silmarillion is a collection of J. R. R. Tolkien's mythopoeic works, edited and published posthumously by his son, Christopher Tolkien, in 1977, with assistance from Guy Gavriel Kay, who later became a noted fantasy writer. Th...
9
9
as novel
from 1 vote
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
15

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

(2005)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the sixth and penultimate novel in the Harry Potter series, written by British author J. K. Rowling. Set during protagonist Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts, the novel explores the pa...
8.7
8.7
as novel
from 3 votes
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A Dance with Dragons
16

A Dance with Dragons

(2011)
A Dance with Dragons is the fifth of seven planned novels in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by American author George R. R. Martin. In some areas the paperback edition was published in two parts titled Dreams and D...
8.5
8.5
as novel
from 2 votes
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Prelude to Foundation
16

Prelude to Foundation

(1988)
Prelude to Foundation is a science fiction novel written by Isaac Asimov. It is one of two prequels of the Foundation series. For the first time, Asimov chronicles the fictional life of Hari Seldon, the man who invented psychohist...
8.5
8.5
as novel
from 2 votes
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Dark Force Rising
16

Dark Force Rising

(1992)
Star Wars: Dark Force Rising is a 1992 novel, the second book in the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zhan. The book continues a short time after the events of Heir to the Empire...
8.5
8.5
as novel
from 2 votes
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Foundation's Edge
16

Foundation's Edge

(1982)
Foundation's Edge is a science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov, the fourth book in the Foundation series. It was written more than thirty years after the stories of the original Foundation trilogy...
8.5
8.5
as novel
from 2 votes
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The Martian
16

The Martian

(2011)
The Martian is the first published novel by American author Andy Weir. It was originally self-published in 2011 after which Crown Publishing purchased the rights and re-released it in 2014. A science fiction novel, the story follo...
8.5
8.5
as novel
from 2 votes
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Foundation
16

Foundation

(1951)
Foundation is the first novel in Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy (later expanded into The Foundation Series). Foundation is a collection of five short stories, which were first published together as a book by Gnome Press in 1951...
8.5
8.5
as novel
from 2 votes
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
22

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

(2000)
Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The series chronicles the adventures of a young wizard, Harry Potter, the titular character, and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Gra...
8.4
8.4
as novel
from 5 votes
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
23

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

(2003)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the fifth novel in the Harry Potter series, written by J. K. Rowling. It follows Harry Potter's struggles through his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, including...
8.3
8.3
as novel
from 4 votes
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The Last Command
24

The Last Command

(1993)
Star Wars: The Last Command is the third book in the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zhan.
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8
as novel
from 2 votes
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Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
24

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

(1996)
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire is a science fiction novel that takes place in the Star Wars Legends universe. The story is set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. It was written by Steve Perry and published b...
8
8
as novel
from 2 votes
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A Feast for Crows
26

A Feast for Crows

(2005)
A Feast for Crows is the fourth of seven planned novels in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by American author George R. R. Martin. The novel was first published on 17 October 2005 in the United Kingdom, with a Unite...
8
8
as novel
from 1 vote
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Farmer Gilles of Ham
26

Farmer Gilles of Ham

(1949)
Farmer Giles of Ham is a comic Medieval fable written by J. R. R. Tolkien in 1937 and published in 1949. The story describes the encounters between Farmer Giles and a wily dragon named Chrysophylax, and how Giles manages to use th...
8
8
as novel
from 1 vote
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Foundation and Earth
26

Foundation and Earth

(1986)
Foundation and Earth is a science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov, the fifth novel of the Foundation and chronologically the last in the series. It was published in 1986, four years after the first sequel to the Foundation trilogy,...
8
8
as novel
from 1 vote
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Second Foundation
26

Second Foundation

(1953)
Second Foundation is the third novel published of the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov, and the fifth in the in-universe chronology. It was first published in 1953 by Gnome Press. Second Foundation consists of two previously publ...
8
8
as novel
from 1 vote
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A Storm of Swords
26

A Storm of Swords

(2000)
A Storm of Swords is the third of seven planned novels in A Song of Ice and Fire, a fantasy series by American author George R. R. Martin. It was first published on 8 August 2000 in the United Kingdom, with a United States edition...
8
8
as novel
from 1 vote
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NYPD Red 3
31

NYPD Red 3

(2015)
NYPD Red 3 is a thriller novel written by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Official description: Hunter Alden, Jr., a billionaire businessman, has it all: a sexy wife, a brilliant teenage son, and an ever-growing fortune. But hi...
7.7
7.7
as novel
from 3 votes
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All the Light We Cannot See
31

All the Light We Cannot See

(2014)
All the Light We Cannot See is a novel written by American author Anthony Doerr. Official description: Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of...
7.7
7.7
as novel
from 3 votes
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
33

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

(1998)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second novel in the Harry Potter series, written by J. K. Rowling. The plot follows Harry's second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, during which a series of message...
7.6
7.6
as novel
from 5 votes
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A Clash of Kings
34

A Clash of Kings

(1998)
A Clash of Kings is the second novel in A Song of Ice and Fire, an epic fantasy series by American author George R. R. Martin expected to consist of seven volumes. It was first published on 16 November 1998 in the United Kingdom,...
7.5
7.5
as novel
from 2 votes
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City
34

City

(1952)
City is a 1952 science fiction fix-up novel by Clifford D. Simak. The original version consists of eight linked short stories, all originally published between 1944 and 1951, along with brief "notes" on each of the stories. These...
7.5
7.5
as novel
from 2 votes
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The Girl on the Train
36

The Girl on the Train

(2015)
The Girl on the Train is thriller novel written by Paula Hawkins. Official novel description: A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives. Rachel takes the same commuter train e...
6.8
6.8
as novel
from 4 votes
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Sword Art Online
37

Sword Art Online

(2009)
Sword Art Online (Japanese: ソードアート・オンライン Sōdo Āto Onrain) (also known as SAO) is a 2009 Japanese light novel series written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. The series takes place in the near-future and focuses on various...
5.3
5.3
as light novel
from 4 votes
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Dune
candidate

Dune

(1965)
Dune is a 1965 epic science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. It won the Hugo Award in 1966, and the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. It is the first installment of the Dune saga, and in 2003 was cited as the world's best-sell...
0
0
as novel
from 0 votes
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