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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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The Last Coin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
The Last Coin 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, errant frogs....

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The Paper Grail is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
The Paper Grail James Blaylock - About tied with "The Last Coin" for #1.

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Night Relics is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
Night Relics 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 much more "mainstream" ...

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The Digging Leviathan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
The Digging Leviathan James Blaylock

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13 Phantasms (Short Stories) is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
13 Phantasms (Short Stories)

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In For A Penny (Short Stories) is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
In For A Penny (Short Stories)

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Zeuglodon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
Zeuglodon 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 doughnut shop, exotic aquariums, ...

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The Elfin Ship is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
The Elfin Ship James Blaylock - An early Blaylock novel. Still a blast to read. Sort of Tolkienesque, but much funnier.

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The Disappearing Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
The Disappearing Dwarf Follows "The Elfin Ship".

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The Stone Giant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
The Stone Giant James Blaylock - End of the Fantasy Trilogy which started with "The Elfin Ship"

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HOMUNCULUS is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
HOMUNCULUS 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). I found myself enjoying the ...

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The Rainy Season is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
The Rainy Season James Blaylock - Another of Blaylock's exquisitely-atmospheric ghost stories.

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Land of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
Land of Dreams James Blaylock

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The Knights of the Cornerstone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books

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All the Bells on Earth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
All the Bells on Earth James Blaylock

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Lord Kelvin's Machine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
Lord Kelvin's Machine James Blaylock

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The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs

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The Ebb Tide is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
The Ebb Tide

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The Man in the Moon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
The Man in the Moon James Blaylock

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The Devils in the Details is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
The Devils in the Details James Blaylock, Tim Powers

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The William Ashbless Memorial ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
The William Ashbless Memorial Cookbook 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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Winter Tides is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
Winter Tides James Blaylock

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Pilot Light is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Favorite James P. Blaylock Books
Pilot Light 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 though.