Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by ethiostar, Feb 9, 2010.
Starting 'Watership Down' based on above recommendations. It's also #32 on the NPR list.
How many you have knocked out now Denim?
27 entries off the list, but many of these are series which span multiple books so I've read about 60 books included on the list.
Very nice start. Looking at the list I have only read about 13 or so but like you say many are series. I just started Wheel of Time so may be a while before I make any more progress on that list. LOL
Ha, I have been deliberately avoiding that one.
BTW, I just picked up The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, which is on the list, the other day on Nook for $2.99. The second book in the series will come out later this year but the first one is cheap right now. Just checked Amazon and it's $2.99 there as well.
thanks, but I already have all the books on the list (except the graphic novels).
What's the NPR list? I glanced at their web site and saw a best seller list for 2012 and 2013, but nothing With Watership. Where do you find that list?
100 best Sci Fi / Fantasy
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
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
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've read close to 1/2 of the books on that list.
I read the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin recently and they were all great
A Game of Thrones 4/5
The Clash of Kings 4/5
A Storm of Swords 5/5...easily the best book in the series
A Feast for Crows and A Dance of Dragons 3.5/5...both books couldn't follow up the hype of A Storm of Swords...still great novels but could have been better with A Dance of Dragons being the weakest book in the series.
Mote in God's Eye is a very cool book if you're at all into speculative 70's era science fiction. I love the stuff from that period, because we're pretty much living now in an era where a lot of the stuff that was speculated about exists, or, if it doesn't exist, you can see it from where we're standing. Some of these guys were right on. Mote, in particular, has some cool science (solar sails, for example), and a unique plot. Good book.
For fantasy stuff, it might have been mentioned before, but the Zelazny Amber books are great fun. So is Lord of Light, which a lot of people may not like all that much, but which has a soft spot in my heart for some reason.
Phillip Jose Farmer make an appearance yet? Both for Riverwold and World of Tiers? Both fun, but very definitely kitchey in the way that that pulpy way that mid to late 60s fantasy has about it.
It's kind of cheating, but watched the animated film "Watership Down". Kind of dark and sad and really moving. Starting on the book "A Clockwork Orange."
'The War of Art'- not bad. Kind of a self help book for writers block, but a lot of it has non-writer, regular person applications.
Just started 'Aztec' by Gary Jennings. Digging the crazy meso-American names.
Man, forgot about the Elric series.Read those way back in the day. Another series I read that I liked a lot was the Spellsinger series by Alan Dean Foster. And read the 'Alien' novelization by him and the Star Wars book 'Splinter of the mind's eye' which was pretty good.
Aztec is a fun book, too.
I got watership down from an aunt or something when I was a kid because I liked the Redwall series. Talk about a much darker tale :laugh2:
I think I would appreciate it a lot more if I read it today though.
Good luck. Because of school I got out of reading for pleasure and kind of got lost in the series. Made it through 8 but then go too far removed from characters and whatnot (not surprising since I read the first one more than a decade ago). Started over and am just about through book one. Hopefully I can stick with it this time...definitely an awesome series.
That's not a typo but it is a wordplay on the "Readme" file that comes with many software installations.
I'm about 60% of the way through the "Reamde" audiobook and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. I'm not a "gamer" (a person who plays online multiplayer games like "World of Warcraft") but if you are, you will really enjoy this book. Even if you aren't, there's enough spy-thriller-terrorism action going on to hold your interest.
I recommend it and so far, I'd give it 8.5/10
Neal Stephenson's stuff is all amazing. I haven't read Reamde, yet. I keep forgetting about it. I'll have to pick it up when I work through my current stack.