What are the best adventure fantasy and science fiction novels before 1923?

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    #1The Count of Monte Cristo

    The Count of Monte Cristo
    The Count of Monte Cristo is written by French author Alexandre Dumas, which is about a man who wanted revenge against those who framed and jailed him for a crime he did not commit. 
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    Phillip Ferguson
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "A classic book about a man who is thrown in jail with the key basically thrown away and no trial to take place. He comes across a friend that is in prison with him. They seem to know whereabouts of a secret treasure inside the area they are being imprisoned. This sparks up Dante on plotting a revenge and finding the real reason why he is being imprisoned."
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    #2The Iliad

    The Iliad

    The Iliad is the first and also most important literary achievement in the history of ancient Greek and mankind. It's an epic poem without rival in world literature that explains the story of the last year of the Trojan War. 

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    Christina Ferguson
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Outstanding!! 5 stars. A must read. The Iliad tells the story of Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, and his conflict with his leader Agamemnon. Amazing characters. Would highly recommend."
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    #3Ivanhoe

    Ivanhoe

    Ivanhoe is a classic historical novel by Sir Walter Scott. It was originally published in 1820 in three volumes. It is set in 12th century England and it highlights the tension between the Norman conquerors and the Saxons.

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    Dolores Lozano
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "I think this book fits the bill perfectly. Its an absolutely great solution."
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    #4Treasure Island

    Treasure Island

    Treasure Island is a children's historical novel by Robert Louis Stevenson that tells the story of Jim Hawkins as he sets off on an expedition in search of Captain Flint's buried treasure. Along the way, he endures mutiny and pirate attacks. 

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    Jesse Porter
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Classic book of people hunting for rare treasure and pirates. One of my favorite books as a kid."
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    #5The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.
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    Rosa María Soto
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is undeniably one of the best novels ever written. Mark Twain takes us on quite an adventure. I think most people should read it several times in their lifetime. As I've aged and reread this book I've found new meaning in it and I see many of the characters in a different light. It's a classic and a must read for all. "
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    #6The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)

    The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)

    Admired by the ancient Greek poets, one should have definitely got their hands on Homer's The Odyssey. It serves as the canon work in literature in which every man's journey through life was carefully and creatively narrated.

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    Melissa Stewart
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "In the Odyssey we learn the fate of Odysseus after the fall of Troy. This book is set in the Trojan War times. I think Homer should have been mentioned more but otherwise it was a good book."
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    #7Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

    Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

    Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney is a new verse narrative published in 1999. This epic poetry novel follows the story of Beowulf, a Scandinavian protagonist who saved the Danes from the monsters Grendel and its mother.

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    Joe Russell
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (Bilingual Edition) is a classic novel was translated by Seamus Heaney. It is available from Amazon for $10.63 for a paperback. Beowulf is the story of a Scandinavian hero who saved the Danes from Grendel and his dragon mother. It is one of the oldest stories written in English. It fits the topic nicely."
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    #8Cyrano De Bergerac

    Cyrano De Bergerac

    Cyrano de Bergerac is a play by Edmond Rostand. The play is loosely biographical, based on the life of the French author, Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac. Set in 17th century Paris, the play is about the struggles of a man with a large nose.

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    Carl Crawford
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "A classic book written in 1897. I wouldn't put it in the fantasy or science fiction genre though, so this isn't the book for you if you are looking for that. It is an amazing love story though and should be read by everyone. "
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    #9A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    A Midsummer Night's Dream is a classic romantic fantasy play by one of the most famous playwrights in history, William Shakespeare. It features love stories of mythological creatures like Theseus and Hippolyta. 

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    Frank Cunningham
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I was looking for a good adventure book for my morning bus rides. I found A Midsummer Night's Dream. It was a unexpected pleasure to read. I really liked the crazy plot."
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    #10The Scarlet Pimpernel

    The Scarlet Pimpernel

    The Scarlet Pimpernel is the first book in the historical series The Scarlet Pimpernel written by Emmuska Orczy which centers on a man who defies the French revolutionaries to rescue innocent people from famine. 

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    Frank Jenkins
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I know this tale is quite old but I picked it up again the other day and just loved it all over. It is truly timeless and a must-read for all in my family. I love talking about it with them."
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    #11Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea

    Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea
    Pierre Aronnax, the narrator of the story, is a French marine biologist who, along with some members from his crew, joins the expedition in charge of finding and destroying a sea monster. When they finally find the monster, they find out that it really is a huge submarine commanded by Nemo, who holds them hostages in order to keep his secret, and they all start visiting places from all over the planet.




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    Ethan Ryan
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea is an all time classic children's book that explores the bottom of the sea with odd objects and events. This is a must-read title that is perfect for young kids old enough to read on their own."
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    #12Kim

    Kim

    Kim is an adventure, classic Indian cultural, historical European Literature novel written by Rudyard Kipling. It was published April 1, 1983 by Bantam Classics.

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    Robert Schmidt
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Kim is Rudyard Kipling's look at the differences between East and West from the view of a writer who seemed to grasp the complexities and mysterious nature of India. Kim is the protagonist and has grown up poor on the streets of Lahore and is later recruited as a spy in the struggle around Britain's attempt to keep India as a part of the commonwealth. "
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    #13The Job

    The Job

    The Job is a classic fictional novel written by Sinclair Lewis. The Job was published May 1, 2004 by Kessinger Publishing. The Job depicts the middle-class American life in the 1920's.

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    David Weber
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "Based in the 1920s the story feels a little dated. Takes a few chapters to really get into it but it is worth it once your there."
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    #14The Persian Expedition

    The Persian Expedition

    The Persian Expedition (Penguin Classics) is a nonfiction book written by Xenophon and translated by Rex Warner and H.G. Dakyns. The Persian Expedition was published on June 30, 1950 by Penguin Books.

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    Pamela Stevens
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This book is valuable for readers interested in ancient history, particularly about Greek society at the time. I found it intriguing, however it is based on actual accounts from people of the time and thus is not a fantasy novel, though lovers of the surreal may enjoy this book."
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    #15Our Mr. Wrenn

    Our Mr. Wrenn

    Our Mr. Wrenn is a classic fictional novel written by Sinclair Lewis. Our Mr. Wrenn was published by Book Jungle. Our Mr. Wrenn is about a thirty-four year-old man named Mr. Wrenn.

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    Gerald Hunter
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Apparently there are no review or any other way of knowing what this book is about, unless you've read it. I don't know when it takes place, or even what type of genre it is."
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    #16The Trail of the Hawk

    The Trail of the Hawk

    The Trail of the Hawk is a classic fictional novel written by Sinclair Lewis. The Trail of the Hawk was published on March 15, 2007 by Research Press. The Trail of the hawk revolves around Carl Ericson's life.

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    Rishika Chopra
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The Trail of the Hawk is a great read. It was originally written in 1915 but the lessons and values it portrays are just every bit as useful today. "
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    #17The Innocents: A Story For Lovers

    The Innocents: A Story For Lovers

    The Innocents: A Story For Lovers is a classic fictional novel written by Sinclair Lewis. The Innocents: A Story For Lovers was published on September 1, 2007 by Kessinger Publishing.

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    Elizabeth Wood
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "Set in Victorian England this book transports the readers to that time and culture in a good plot. The story is well written with well developed characters. I enjoyed this book very much."
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    #18Babbitt

    Babbitt

    Babbitt is a classic fictional novel written by Sinclair Lewis. Babbitt was published on May 29, 2008 by Bibliolife. Babbitt is set in the modern Midwestern city of Zenith.

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    Joyce Barnett
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This was a pretty good book, I'm not sure I would classify it as a science fiction novel. Even though it is outdated for the times, it shows what the past was like. It was how Americans were living, their society, how they wished it was, and for the Europeans, what they actually thought it was like. It was very mesmerizing. I felt it was long overdue for a read."
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    #1920,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Extraordinary Voyages)

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Extraordinary Voyages)

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Extraordinary Voyages) is a science fiction novel written by Jules Verne. This Science fiction novel was first published on March 20, 1869.

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    Andrew Mitchell
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Jules Verne Does again as he tells the story of Captain Nemo and the sub the nautilis this books is translated because Jules Verne Was a french Author and wrote great science fiction novels this is a classic along with Journey to the center of the earth which is another Verne Classics."
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    #20Free Air

    Free Air
    Free Air is a classic fictional novel written by Sinclair Lewis. Free Air was published on April 1, 1993 by Bison Books. Free Air features an introduction by Robert E. Fleming.
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    Cynthia Ford
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This book is classic. It has a very nice pleasant story and well written. Highly recommend."
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    #21The First Men in the Moon

    The First Men in the Moon

    The First Men in the Moon is a science fiction book written by H.G. Wells. The First Men in the Moon was published on February 8, 2001 by Gollancz. It was first published in 1901.

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    Laura Hanson
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Suspending your belief and accepting the science in terms of what was known and understood at the turn of the century will allow you to whisk yourself away on a space-faring adventure for an enlightening, enjoyable few hours."
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    #22When the Sleeper Wakes

    When the Sleeper Wakes

    When the Sleeper Wakes is a science fiction book written by H.G. Wells. It was published on November 3, 1994. When the Sleeper Wakes was first published in 1899.

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    Christopher Perkins
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "A classic H.G. Wells tale, if not his most well known. It was originally published in 1899 as a graphic novel, but Well subsequently reworked it and was said to be much happier with the new rendition. It's gripping as well as prescient for its time, and a deservedly popular book on many reading lists. Must read!"
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    #23The Food of the Gods

    The Food of the Gods

    The Food of the Gods is a science fiction book written by H.G. Wells. It was published by University Publishing House. The Food of the Gods was first published in 1904.

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    Alice Wan
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Really any book written by H.G. Wells is going to of course be a classic, this book is so old and retro, bet so insightful. It is really hard to believe that it is that old. Classic in its own right."

Summary

Best What are the best adventure fantasy and science fiction novels before 1923
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Count of Monte CristoBooks 42 Free
2The IliadBooks 38 Paid
3IvanhoeBooks 36 Paid
4Treasure IslandBooks 35 Paid
5The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnBooks 33 Free
6The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)Books 31 Paid
7Beowulf: A New Verse TranslationBooks 29 Paid
8Cyrano De BergeracBooks 26 Paid
9A Midsummer Night's DreamBooks 25 Paid
10The Scarlet PimpernelBooks 23 Paid
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