Medieval Otaku’s Top Ten Novelists

Just sharing who I think my top novelists are.  On one hand, I thought about expanding the list to fifteen so that more American authors would be present, but I decided to limit it to ten after all.  Let me just give honorable mention to Mark Twain.  If any of you are curious to see that C. S. Lewis is not on the list, it may be explained by the fact that I love his prose more than his fiction, though the Space Trilogy is quite awesome.


1.  Alexandre Dumas

2.  Fyodor Dostoyevsky

3.  Miguel de Cervantes

4.  J. R. R. Tolkien

5.  G. K. Chesterton

6.  Sir Walter Scott

7.  Jack London

8.  Jules Verne

9.  Rudyard Kipling

10.  Ernest Hemingway


Any authors who you are surprised to see here?


6 thoughts on “Medieval Otaku’s Top Ten Novelists

  1. Nami says:

    I can’t really say I’m *surprised* to see any of these names, although I find it interesting that you put Dumas at the top of the list. I’ve only read The Black Tulip, though I recall enjoying it, but that was a few years ago so I can’t really comment on his work.

    • Oh, I love Alexandre Dumas! I could never get enough of him when I was younger. He has a particular combination of swashbuckling, history, noble sentiments, and faith impossible to find anywhere else.

      The Black Tulip is about a surprise choice from Alexandre Dumas’s corpus as my own choice of reading The Adventures of Captain Hatteras among Verne’s works. I must say that I enjoyed The Black Tulip, even if his other works are much better. If you’re in the mood for something fun, it’s difficult to beat the five Musketeer novels (in order: The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, Vicomte de Bragelonne/10 Years After, Louise de la Valliere, and The Man in the Iron Mask). If you want his deepest novel, The Count of Monte Cristo is one of the best novels a person could ever read.

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  3. Very interesting list, it suits you. And I agree with you on the Count of Montecristo —I was also hooked on that book and couldn’t stop reading it.

    • The Count of Monte Cristo is a masterpiece! My tastes generally tend toward 19th and early 20th century writers, but there are also some modern fantasy authors whom I love. Terry Brooks’s Shannara series introduced me to the genre. I shall soon number Roger Zelazny and probably Jim Butcher among my favorites. Also, David Duncan, David Farland, Terry Goodkind, and Gene Wolfe have written some masterful works.

      But, I should expand my knowledge of contemporary literature. Feel free to give me some recommendations, if you like!

      • Sure! Robert Jackson Bennett is a contemporary (fantasy/speculative literature) author that deserves attention. However, in my opinion one of the great names of our days is Cormac McCarthy. He is mostly known because of The Road, which is excellent, but all of his books have made an impression on me. If I had to name only one of his books, that’ll be The Crossing.

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