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I got this from [ profile] kiwiria:  from NPR Books, a list of The Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books.  This category is a favorite of mine.  I am surprised by some inclusions and exclusions.  No  Madeleine L'Engle, Tad Williams,  Garth Nix, or Trudi Canavan?  No Dresden Files by Jim Butcher? The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?  And, seriously, no Harry Potter?  Why those Terry Pratchett books and not others?  

Bold: Read
Italic: Want to read.

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Love.  A classic.
2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card.
Love.  A classic.
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin. I enjoyed the first book, but my enjoyment is waning with each installment.
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
.  It was a good book, but it is one of the very few I enjoyed more as a movie.
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan.  Liked the beginning books, but I lost interest later.
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. Loved the first book, but I could have excised several chapters from the second book.  I must have a short attention span, as some series can't seem to maintain the initial interest they spark in me.
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley.  A classic.
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
22. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood.  Atwood is a good writer, but I don't like something about her.  Some writing styles fit easier than others.
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.  Bradbury's writing is delicious to me.  I'll read anything he writes.  My favorite is Dandelion Wine.  When I read it, I swear I used to be a young boy in a Midwestern town who slammed screen doors, ran through the streets with my friends, and breathed in the warm smell of cut grass.
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. Another classic everyone should read.
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller.  This has been in my to-read pile for years.  It's a big book, so it's a good foundation for the stack.
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. 
Don't read the book; the short story is so much better.  It's excellent--so, so good.  Read it!
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. I had heard of this for so long that when I finally read it, I suffered letdown.
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman.  Gritty, dark, and creepy.  I enjoyed it.  Until I read this, I thought Gaiman was over-hyped.
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, by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold.  Miles Vorkosigan is one of my favorite characters, especially in the early books.
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. Read the first half-dozen or so, but I got tired of page after page of repetitive speeches from Richard.
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy.  This is pure torture to read if you have a proofreading background.
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.  Read the first few, but they were pale imitations of Tolkien.
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb. I'll read anything by Hobb.
70. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger.  Didn't like it.  Didn't hate it, but I'm unlikely to read anything by her again.
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.  Read this for Halloween!  Creepy good.
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 Gabaldan
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. The Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis.  This author is amazingly diverse:  she writes drama, comedy, science fiction, and fantasy.  She's one of those writers you can't put into a box, which might make her lose readers, as they never know what they are going to get.  I like it all.  This particular book is exceeding hard and sad.  But good!
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis.  I know I read these in the '70s (I still have the copies), but I don't remember a thing except what the cover art looks like.  I need to read them again.

Date: 2012-11-01 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've read some, pointedly not read others after being told about them - and think some of them were probably chosen on the roll of the dice... like the Terry Pratchett. And why no Tim Powers?

Still, such lists are always interesting.

Date: 2012-11-02 08:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I enjoy such lists for the exposure to books I'm not familiar with--as if I needed more books in my to-read pile!

Date: 2012-11-01 07:23 pm (UTC)
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I've read a good number of these books. Regarding A Canticle For Leibowitz, I read it two or three times as a teenager (my mom owned a paperback copy), and have read it two or three times since. There's a sequel, but I don't remember if I liked it or not. I should read A Canticle again, though. I like it, though it's heavy.

Date: 2012-11-01 07:25 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and I read Lewis's Perelandra in college, and a couple years ago read all three books in the Space Trilogy. They are heavy. The second is definitely the easiest to read (and that's why it was picked), but the other two are heavy on the analogy, light on the story. Not to say there aren't good parts, but I won't be reading them again. :Þ

Date: 2012-11-02 08:19 am (UTC)
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I can't remember one thing about Perelandra! That says something about a book. Well, I don't remember a whole lot of books I read today, but I generally remember books I read 40 or so years ago!

Date: 2012-11-02 12:19 pm (UTC)
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You don't remember a naked guy fighting the devil on Venus?!?

Date: 2012-11-02 04:14 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-11-02 04:14 pm (UTC)
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I think you'll like it. And I'm sure once you start reading it, it'll come back to you.

Date: 2012-11-02 08:18 am (UTC)
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I looked at my piles, and the bottom book giving foundation wasn't Canticle! It was A Prayer for Owen Meany. I don't know how I got them confused. I don't know if I have Canticle; I'll have to check and add it to my to-read list.

Date: 2012-11-02 04:13 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2012-11-01 07:49 pm (UTC)
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I'd say the list leans heavily towards what's hot right now, with of course nods to timeless classics. Remember, it's voter driven!

Date: 2012-11-02 08:24 am (UTC)
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Good point! I'm surprised Hunger Games didn't make the list if it was voter driven.

Date: 2012-11-02 12:19 pm (UTC)
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True, that does seem like an odd omission.

Date: 2012-11-01 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Im so so glad that they included CS Lewis Space Trilogy! One of my favorites!!! The first two are amazing the third very difficult to read but the ending is the whole climax of the three... love them. Also all of Tolkien. mmmmmm....

Date: 2012-11-02 08:30 am (UTC)
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I'm going to have to re-read my C.S. Lewis trilogy. I may have to buy some hardcovers--my paperbacks are so old, they'll probably fall apart if I try to read them, plus the type is so small in paperbacks; my wimpy eyes like bigger print!

I love Lord of the Rings. I can still remember the wonder and awe I felt reading the story back in the mid '70s.

Date: 2012-11-01 09:48 pm (UTC)
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sorry :) all of the Dragon books by Anne McCaffrey!!! Where are all of Ursula LeGuin? and where IS Madeline L'Engle?????

Date: 2012-11-02 08:36 am (UTC)
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I agree that it's a major oversight for Madeleine L'Engle to be excluded from the list. I liked the Harper books of McCaffrey best. Also, Earthsea is probably LeGuin's best known work. So, the list needs work!

Date: 2012-11-04 06:56 pm (UTC)
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I've read a bunch of these and more by authors on the list, but not those particular books.

I think the genre is too subjective to make a definitive list.

Date: 2012-12-09 07:05 am (UTC)
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This has nothing to do with your post...


I hope it was fun and full of hugs.

Date: 2012-12-11 04:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! It was a quiet celebration, but I did have a lovely dinner with my sister-in-law and her husband.

Date: 2012-12-09 07:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Happy birthday!!!


Date: 2012-12-11 04:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you for remembering me!

Date: 2012-12-11 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Happy birthday, although I think I'm a day or two late. But best wishes anyway.

Pretty good list of speculative fiction. Some of my favorite authors, although there were some that I'd add. And some I'm not too fond of who made it on the list. Also, they need more female authors.

I think I'll copy the list to check out at my leisure. Probably some books I want to get hold of and read. Thanks for a useful post!

Date: 2012-12-12 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! I'm still celebrating my birthday. It was kind of skipped over on the actual day, but that happens when adulthood takes over. I'm opening a present tonight--as soon as Bojojr and Bumberjean Skype so they can watch me open their gift.

I agree about the list. There's no way L'Engle should have been excluded!


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