Laura Parkinson (stormfeather) wrote,
Laura Parkinson

Booklist meme (aka the NPR Top 100 SFF books)

Since I got reminded about this this morning by seeing it on silmaril's journal, I'll finally get around to doing this again, after donaithnen posted the list a week or so back. :p

The rules: Bold the ones you've read, italicize the ones you started. Put commentary in parentheses. (You can tell the meme hasn't traveled too far this time yet, since it usually ends up with "do this to ones you loved, do that to ones you hated, etc etc." as well.)

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 (One of those books that I keep seeing and probably SHOULD read, just haven't gotten around to.)
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert (Like silmaril, I read the first one and didn't hear such great things about the rest. Plus, blasphemer that I am, the first one didn't do all that much for me anyhow. :p)
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin (I bought Feast of Crows, didn't get around to starting it since I was telling myself I was going to do a reread first which I never got around to, and have since misplaced it. Need to find it again, and just read it regardless, I think, and then move on...)
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 (Almost... done....)
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell (This was... not quite what I expected when I read it as a younger person.)
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson (Although again as S. said, I remember very very little of it. Pretty much nothing. And I read it more than once. But long ago.)
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov (This is, what the third one on the list that we read as part of Parasha so far? Maybe I should start mining this for recs for that...)
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 (Four....)
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick (I'm... not totally sure? Wait, maybe not...)
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 (Five, at least in part...)
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess (Seen the movie, I think I'd be afraid to read the book.)
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams (One of my two favorites, along with Pride and Prejudice.</b>
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey (Just within the past few months actually, finally.)
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 (If the illustrated seriously abridged version as a kid counts, anyhow, can't remember if I read a more normal version. I *think* I may well have?)
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne (Same as with The Time Machine, except I'm pretty sure I've not read it in full, so maybe I shouldn't count it?)
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys (The short version, anyhow. Wasn't it expanded into a full length novel or something?)
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells (Well, sorta... see the notes for 36 and 37.)
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 (Read one and two, started three but couldn't get into that one for some reason and trailed off...)
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien (Own it, but haven't yet tackled it. Bad me.)
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White (At least, I don't *think* I've read this version, but I'm not sure...?)
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman (No, I don't know why I haven't yet.)
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 (Another one that I think I own but haven't tackled yet for whatever reason. Argh, I'm a bad reader.)
54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle (Six?)
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 (All of them. Unfortunately. Why did I do that to myself?)
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 (Although without S's comment, I might not have realized it.)
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 (See the notes for The Time Machine, etc.)
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore (This is on the list? Seriously? I mean, I read them, but as fluff more or less, let's be honest.)
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 (Er, I think that's right. I read the first trilogy, and the first of the next but haven't gotten farther. Checking wiki, it looks like the series includes all of them, so... italics it is!)
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 (I remember starting one Banks book but not getting far because it was a sequel, and I was lost. I don't remember if it was in this series though, and I didn't get too far.)
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher (I enjoyed it, but am a bit surprised it made the list! And am trying to remember who described it as Roman Legion meets Pokemon.)
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 (Own the whole series, have tried to get through it a couple times, but only got around halfway through on my best try. Depressing!)
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 (If "started it" counts when I read one book from later in the series. Which guaranteed that I wouldn't then read any further books from the series.)
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis (This gets in but Narnia doesn't? I mean, I haven't read this so I can't speak to quality, but I'd think that with how well known the others, how relatively popular and influential they are... I dunno!)
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