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Monday, August 15, 2011

A list and some additions

NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books list is mentioned at A Thinking Reed. Like Lee, I've put the books on the list that I've read myself in bold. First, though, here are a few books I've read that I think could have been added to the list ...

- The City & the City by China Miéville
- Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
- The Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke
- The Lost World by Michael Crichton
- The Dead Zone by Stephen King
- Passage by Connie Willis
- Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber
- Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre

And here's the NPR list ...

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 [first book only--L.M.]

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
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, 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 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 [first book only--L.M.]
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


Blogger PrickliestPear said...

Wow, I don't think I've even read a dozen of those.

Of the ones you haven't read that I have read, Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Burgess's A Clockwork Orange stand out to me as particularly worth reading. I read both of them in high school, and I remember them quite fondly.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Dina said...

Interesting lists.
Just yesterday I finished _A Canticle for Leibovitz._ Scary stuff if you consider Ahmadinejad's threats to wipe Israel off the map.

11:16 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi PrickliestPear,

Thanks for the recommendations. I saw the movie of A Clockwork Orange - pretty disturbing. Many of those books on the list that I've read were read when I was in high school too. I seemed to read a lot more fiction back then. I haven't read any of Atwood's books yet - maybe I'll give The Handmaid's Tale a try.

12:17 AM  
Blogger crystal said...

Hi Dina,

I'm not so much a fan of post-apolcolyptic science fiction - usually so depressing. I haven't read A Canticle for Leibowitz since I was a teenager, though - maybe I'll try it again.

Speaking of Ahmadinejad's threats, I recently read a novel, The Rembrandt Affair, where the main character, an Israeli art restorer and operative, tracks down a company that's secretly selling gas centrifuges to Iran for their nuclear facilities. A very scary situation!

12:32 AM  
Blogger PrickliestPear said...

I haven't read any of Atwood's books yet - maybe I'll give The Handmaid's Tale a try.

She's a wonderful writer; one of my favourites, I think.

8:47 PM  
Anonymous Henry said...

Impressive Crystal! I've read some of the books on the list but nothing compared to you - brava. I started to read The Road but it was just too depressing so I stopped - although I've been told that the last few pages are outstanding. I have the Lord of the Rings but actually haven't read it, although friends tell me it's a million times better than the films! You've inspired me to pick it up and give it a try. Hope you are well and your sister too!

9:03 AM  
Blogger crystal said...


I thought The Road was really good but extremely depressing! I guess the end is a little more upbeat but still sad. I don't think I'll ever read it again.

The Lord of the Rings is great - I've read it many times. I could do without all the songs and the poetry in it, but once the story gets started (Frodo meets Aragorn) then it's really enthralling.

2:20 PM  

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