Whatever we do when we finish with Richard Rohmer, let’s not read the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century (as chosen by readers). L. Ron Hubbard has three books in the top ten, and Ayn Rand has four. Robert Heinlein has six books on the list, and sure, he’s one of the few science fiction writers who could write in rudimentary English, but six books seems like a lot. You get the strong sense of a ballot box stuffed by lonely fascists and single-author fanatics. Nevil Shute has three books on the list, which is nice for Nevil Shute and tough titties for Graham Greene, who has none.
But at least I’ve heard of those guys. The best novels of the 20th century that I really, really don’t want to read are:
#35: MOONHEART by Charles de Lint
#41: SOMEPLACE TO BE FLYING by Charles de Lint
#44: YARROW by Charles de Lint
#47: MEMORY AND DREAM by Charles de Lint
#50: TRADER by Charles de Lint
#58: GREENMANTLE by Charles de Lint
#60: THE LITTLE COUNTRY by Charles de Lint
#95: MULENGRO by Charles de Lint
Have we been wasting our time with Rohmer? Is the best Canadian novelist of the 20th Century Charles de Lint?
(Brian, since there's a 50/50 chance that you know the guy, let me say I don't, and I'm slagging him for no good reason except I hate fantasy and I wish I'd written eight of the best novels in 100 years.)