Favorite James P. Blaylock Books Books
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Favorite James P. Blaylock Books

Ranking order is based on personal enjoyment and is subject to change over time as some books are reread--which is often in the case with Blaylock books. Quite often, the most currently read one will shoot upward in relative estimation, perhaps later to be replaced by whatever one I then read next. The top few have remained there though.

Mr. Blaylock has written fiction in several genres, including Steampunk (before it had a name), Urban Fantasy, Traditional hobbit-like fantasy, YA, and Horror. I personally like them all. Suggestions for first time readers is sort of difficult. Perhaps you might pick the genre that you enjoy the most as a start and go from there. His fantasy is sometimes pretty eccentric and "off the beaten path", which could make it difficult for some readers to immediately get into. But if you stick with it, you may find--like me--that those are precisely the qualities that are most treasured in reading Blaylock.

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    James Blaylock Combines all the elements I like about Blaylock's work and puts it into a nice flowing plot...or perhaps into a nice bubbling pot?...or nice flower pot? Crazy antics, humor, mysterious happenings,

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    James Blaylock About tied with "The Last Coin" for #1.

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    James Blaylock Excellent characters and especially vivid atmosphere. Subtle on the horror (not the blood fest that typifies much horror), but it does have some real goosebumpy suspense along the way. In some ways, a

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    James Blaylock

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    Not really sure where to put this in the scale of this list, but it was a delightful return to the fun world of uniquely Blaylockian marvels. Fog-shrouded seas of mystery, a brief stopover at the

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    James Blaylock An early Blaylock novel. Still a blast to read. Sort of Tolkienesque, but much funnier.

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    Follows "The Elfin Ship".

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    James Blaylock End of the Fantasy Trilogy which started with "The Elfin Ship"

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    James Blaylock One of the early examples "Steampunk" which Blaylock could be said to have invented--with K.W.Jeter coming up with the actual term (as well as his own excellent early examples of the genre).

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    James Blaylock Another of Blaylock's exquisitely-atmospheric ghost stories.

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    James Blaylock

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    James Blaylock

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    James Blaylock

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    James Blaylock

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    James Blaylock, Tim Powers

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    Tim Powers Blaylock & Powers. Startling Recipes from the imaginative duo. Occasionally mouth-watering, occasionally cringe-inducing, and always presented with large dollops of humor.

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    James Blaylock

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    James Blaylock, Tim Powers Funny little Ashbless (Blaylock/Powers) book. Yeah, the price seemed high for such a short, playful little book, but--other than that--it was kind of fun and afforded some laughs. Last on the list

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