Thomp D James’s Top Ten Novelists

I have been challenged by Medieval Otaku to list ten novelists that deserve to be a top ten. Despite my great respect for Dostoyevsky and Dumas, my list will not include anyone who did not write in English. One thing I include in my evaluation of novels is their ability to use the language, and translations generally beat up the beauty of the language in a dark alley before publication, hence why I do not include such accomplished authors as Dostoyevsky. So I suppose this might be better titled: Top Ten English Novels, or something to that effect. I have also included the title of the novel that I appreciated most, or had the strongest affect upon me.

1. G. K. Chesterton: The Flying Inn

2. George MacDonald: Lilith

3. Charles Williams: War in Heaven

4. C. S. Lewis: That Hideous Strength

5. Graham Greene: The End of the Affair

6. Arthur C. Clarke: The City and the Stars

7. H. G. Wells: The Island of Dr. Moreau

8. J. R. R. Tolkien: The Smith of Wooton Major

9.  Andrew Klavan: Agnes Mallory

10.  Stephen King: Salem’s Lot

I am sure M.O. and I can bicker over the placement of a few of these Authors on my list, but there it is. The honorable mention:PoePortrait

What do you think?

One thought on “Thomp D James’s Top Ten Novelists

  1. I’m surprised to see That Hideous Strength as your novel of choice for C. S. Lewis. I always thought that was Till We Have Faces. Then, I am surprised to see H. G. Wells and Stephen King. But, I have never read the former and, perhaps unjustly, consider Stephen King to be rather vulgar. Is Salem’s Lot really so good that no novel of Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Hemingway, T. H. White, or Sir Walter Scott can top it? Did I forget anyone? 🙂

    But, I do think that it is a very strong list overall, and I hope to read Andrew Klavan soon.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s