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Rate the last book you read

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  1. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    Starting 'Watership Down' based on above recommendations. It's also #32 on the NPR list.
  2. AmarilloCowboyFan

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    How many you have knocked out now Denim?
  3. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    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.
  4. AmarilloCowboyFan

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    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
  5. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    Ha, I have been deliberately avoiding that one.
  6. AmarilloCowboyFan

    AmarilloCowboyFan Well-Known Member

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    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.
  7. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    thanks, but I already have all the books on the list (except the graphic novels).
  8. JIMMYBUFFETT

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    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?
  9. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    100 best Sci Fi / Fantasy
  10. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    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
  11. ethiostar

    ethiostar Well-Known Member

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    I've read close to 1/2 of the books on that list.
  12. BanditHiro

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    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.
  13. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    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.
  14. Kristen82

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    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."
  15. CowboyGil

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    '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.
  16. CowboyGil

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    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.
  17. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Aztec is a fun book, too.
  18. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    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.
  19. fgoodwin

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    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
  20. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    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.

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