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Last Updated Wednesday 7 January 2004

Best Books of 2003: Tally

This page tallies SF, fantasy, and horror books that appear on Best of 2003 lists from general newspapers, magazines, and websites, including New York Times, Publishers Weekly,, Barnes & Noble, and Washington Post. Links to such tallies for previous years are at left.

Locus Magazine will publish extensive Recommended Reading lists for books and short fiction, compiled by its reviewers and others, in its February issue. These lists will be posted online sometime next month.

Locus Online may also compile lists from genre sources, as was done last year, when enough such lists have appeared. Some are already posted at Fantastic Metropolis and Green Man Review.

—7 lists—
Ilium, Dan Simmons (Eos)

—5 lists—
The Fortress of Solitude, Jonathan Lethem (Doubleday)

—4 lists—
The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla, Stephen King (Donald M. Grant)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling (Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books)

Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood (Doubleday/Talese)

Pattern Recognition, William Gibson (Putnam)

The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger (MacAdam/Cage)

—3 lists—
Evolution, Stephen Baxter (Ballantine Del Rey)

Inkheart, Cornelia Funke (Chicken House)

lost boy lost girl, Peter Straub (Random House)

The Speed of Dark, Elizabeth Moon (Ballantine)

—2 lists—
The Amulet of Samarkand, Jonathan Stroud (Miramax)

The City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau (Random House)

Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Cory Doctorow (Tor)

Eragon, Christopher Paolini (Knopf)

High Druid of Shannara: Jarka Ruus, Terry Brooks (Ballantine Del Rey)

In Fire Forged, Part 1: The White Dragon, Laura Resnick (Tor)

Kushiel's Avatar, Jacqueline Carey (Tor)

The Poison Master, Liz Williams (Bantam Spectra)

Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson (Morrow)

The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1: The Field Guide, Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black (Simon & Schuster)

Spin State, Chris Moriarty (Bantam Spectra)

The War of the Flowers, Tad Williams (DAW)

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