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The new 100 books meme

Bold if you've read, italicize ones you fully intend to read, underline if it's a book/series you've read part but not all of. Strikethrough if you never plan to read the book or hated it.

1. The Lord of the Rings, 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
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
22. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
23. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
24. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
25. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
26. The Stand, by Stephen King
27. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
28. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
29. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
30. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
31. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
32. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
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, by Stephen R. Donaldson
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

I must say that of those I haven't read (or series I haven't finished) the only ones that really appeal are The Princess Bride and Something Wicked This Way Comes. But feel free to convince me otherwise in comments.



( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 12th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
The Princess Bride is awesome. Yes, read!
Aug. 12th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
Princess Bride book is even better than the film, which normally sits next to our DVD player in the "I need cheering up now damnit" pile.

Of those you haven't read, it might be worth considering the Thrawn trilogy. They are, of course, Star Wars tie-ins, but they're basically the first of what became the "expanded universe" books, and won awards for a reason. Some spin off novels can read like really bad fanfic, but these? These are good work in their own right.

But given the paucity of the gaps in your list, that's the only ones I've read and enjoyed that you haven't read. Although I'd add a strikethrough on the Sword of Truth books, a housemate was a huge fan so I read them, and, well, um. They're bad. Really, really bad.
Aug. 13th, 2011 12:03 pm (UTC)
I am very fond of the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn - they are well written, well characterised and much more interesting than the source films.

I also very much enjoyed the Codex Alera books by Jim Butcher; I came to them after the first 8 or so "Harry Dresden" books, but I think his worldbuilding, plotting and writing are better in the Codex Alera (though there is an irritating thing where only the bad/morally ambiguous characters portray open unembarrassed enjoyment of sex and the 'good guys' are all coy about it). I found the viewpoint characters mostly less irritating than Harry, anyway.
Aug. 13th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
I can't recommend Something Wicked This Way Comes enough. I love it.
Aug. 14th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
Where does this list come from? What's the principle in this list for deciding when to specify a whole series, and when to pick a book? Why I, Robot and The Caves of Steel rather than "The Robot series"? Why Perdido Street Station rather than "The Bas-Lag series"? Why The Crystal Cave alone? Why pick two of Pratchett's Discworld books, but not the best two? etc etc
Aug. 19th, 2011 09:46 am (UTC)
Aha, it's the NPR online survey. All absurdities are explained.
Nov. 22nd, 2011 10:36 am (UTC)
The Farseer Trilogy
I'm rereading this now for the sixth-ish time. Why you haven't bothered even once is a surprise. You are a politico who likes introspective narratives interspersed with history. This is an introspective narrative interspersed with an history and lots of political intrigue (the gamut from diplomacy to assassination to manufacturing consent among the populace), plus magic and (for those of us who are intrigued by such things) sharing senses and thoughts with another species.

Yes, the world is standard issue one-size-fits-all medieval, but it is well done. The prose is better than nice. The author grew up on fishing boats and her maritime detail is lovely. She also clearly has some truck with social work: Her sketches of how various human foibles have longterm consequences for extended family and kingdom are not just well drawn, they're poignant.

There's probably a reason it's rated 4.13/5 on Goodreads.
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