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( Aug. 16th, 2011 10:39 am)
Bold the ones you’ve read, italicize the ones you intend to read, underline the ones you’ve read part of, and strike through the ones you never intend to read.
List taken from NPRs theTop 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin - All but the last one.
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov -
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein

18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
22. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
25. The Stand, by Stephen King
26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
28. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
-54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57.Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God's Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man's War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke

77. The Kushiel's Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin

79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson

86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe

88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn.
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldon
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury

92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov -
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis
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( Jul. 31st, 2011 04:35 pm)
54. China Miéville, Embassytown: Miéville returns to the double city, this time with a brilliant concept of aliens whose language binds them to truth, and the terrible events that rise from that. A fascinating exploration of how language works to bind us and free us, propelled by the horrifying events of the plot. Can he get any better? I don't know if I could stand to read it, if so.

55. Ellen Airgood, South of Superior: Set in Grand Marais, where I was headed, so had to read, no matter the quality. Very evocative of the small town coming under siege from modern life. I have to admit to skimming because I couldn’t take it along, but seemed to have appealing characters and plot. Didn’t do as much with the physical beauty of the place as I’d have wished.

56. George RR Martin, A Dance with Dragons: And all the plots move along. Better than Feast for Crows, but not nearly as good as the first two books (Game of Thrones, Clash of Kings). At least there was something about all the plots that seemed headed toward an eventually resolution, instead of infinite expansion of characters and events . And Daenerys, Tyrion, and Jon, as well as Arya, feature largely as POV characters. Did not like what happened to Cersei and Theon!

57. C.J. Sansom, Dark Fire: The second book in the Matthew Shardlake series, and a fine one. Back working for Cromwell against his will, Shardlake tries to deal with the possible rediscovery of Greek Fire (just what the Tudors needed!), while trying to clear a young girl imprisoned for murder and staying clear of the intricacies of Tudor court intrigue. Definitely well-paced, and well-written.

58. C. J. Cherryh, The Paladin: The first part of this book, set in something very similar to Tang Dynasty China, is so appealing: the young girl bent on revenge finds the master swordsman who’s withdrawn to the mountains , and persuades him to train her. The interaction between the two is so realistic, as is his own growth in spire of himself. But the second part degenerates into one battle after another, lots of blow-by-blow that I don’t find fun to read.

59. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens (re-read): Liked this so much the first time that I can’t believe I’ve pretty much forgotten what happens, so it’s just as much fun this time. Love the angel and devil who want to forestall Armageddon, and the anti-Anti-Christ who seems most unlikely to bring it on. Hope I forget it again and have the fun of reading it several times.



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