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I strangely seem to post here a lot more frequently when I'm trying to write an essay.

Anywho, here's one of those book things that seems to be doing the rounds at the moment. Not sure where the list originates from.

Most recently via pellegrina although I've seen it pop up quite a lot recently.

Genre fiction book meme -
1) Look at the list, copy and paste it into your own journal.
2) House rules: read one or all of, intend to read, loved, hated.
3) Feel free to tell your friends what you thought of them.


In no particular order:

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
3. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
4. Foundation series, Isaac Asimov [read first 2 intend to read more]
5. Robot series, Isaac Asimov
6. Dune, Frank Herbert
7. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein
8. Earthsea series, Ursula le Guin
9. Neuromancer, William Gibson [been meaning to read it for about 6-7 years - recommended by excelsiora]
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
11. The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham
12. A Book of the New Sun series, Gene Wolfe
13. Discworld series, Terry Pratchett [some of them are very good, but the repetition can be a bit too much in the less good ones. Intend to read more in case I find any more good ones.]
14. Sandman series, Neil Gaiman
15. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
16. Dragonriders of Pern series, Anne McAffery
17. Interview with the Vampire series, Anne Rice
18. The Shining, Stephen King
19. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula le Guin
20. The Chronicles of Amber, Roger Zelazny
21. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke
22. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
23. Ringworld, Larry Niven
24. Elric of Melnibone series, Michael Moorcock
25. The Dying Earth series, Jack Vance
26. Lyonesse series, Jack Vance
27. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever, Stephen Donaldson
28. A Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin
29. The Worm Ourobouros, E.R. Eddison
30. Conan series, Robert E. Howard
31. Lankhmar series, Fritz Leiber
32. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
33. The Time Machine, H.G. Wells
34. The Invisible Man, H.G. Wells
35. The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells
36. Eon, Greg Bear
37. Book of the First Law series, Joe Abercrombie
38. Miss Marple stories, Agatha Christie
39. Hercule Poirot stories, Agatha Christie
40. Lord Peter Wimsey stories, Dorothy L. Sayers [recommended by forestofglory below]
41. The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
42. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan
43. Sherlock Holmes stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [have read some of them, intend to read the rest]
44. Cthulhu Mythos, H.P. Lovecraft
45. Inspector Wexford stories, Ruth Rendell
46. Adam Dalgliesh stories, P.D. James
47. Philip Marlowe stories, Raymond Chandler [recommended by packbat below]
48. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
49. The Day of the Jackal, Frederick Forsyth
50. The Fourth Protocol, Frederick Forsyth
51. Smiley series, John le Carre
52. Gentleman Bastard series, Scott Lynch
53. The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Steven Erikson
54. Watchmen series, Alan Moore
55. Maus, Art Spiegelman [recommended by packbat below]
56. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Alan Miller
57. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
58. Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling [last one got a bit too predictable though, would have been nice if she hadn't given it all away before the end]
59. Chrestomanci series, Diana Wynne-Jones [read Lives of Christopher Chant intend to read the others]
60. Ryhope Wood series, Robert Holdstock
61. Wilt series, Tom Sharpe
62. Riftwar Cycle, Raymond E. Feist
63. Temeraire series, Naomi Novik
64. Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
65. His Dark Materials series, Phillip Pullman
66. Dragonlance series, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
67. Twilight saga, Stephanie Meyer
68. The Night's Dawn trilogy, Peter F. Hamilton
69. Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer
70. Honor Harrington series, David Weber [recommended by packbat below]
71. Hannibal Lecter series, Thomas Harris
72. The Dark Tower series, Stephen King
73. It, Stephen King
74. The Rats series, James Herbert
75. Dirk Gently series, Douglas Adams
76. Jeeves and Wooster stories, P.G. Wodehouse
77. The da Vinci Code, Dan Brown [picked up a copy for £1 about a year ago to see what all the fuss was about - will read it at some point]
78. The Culture Series, Iain M. Banks
79. The Duncton series, William Horwood
80. The Illuminatus! trilogy, Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson
81. The Aberystwyth series, Malcom Pryce
82. Morse stories, Colin Dexter
83. Navajo Tribal Police stories, Tony Hillerman
84. The Ipcress File, Len Deighton
85. Enigma, Robert Harris
86. Fatherland, Robert Harris
87. The Constant Gardener, John le Carre
88. The House of Cards trilogy, Michael Dobbs
89. The Dark is Rising saga, Susan Cooper
90. Psychotechnic League and Polesotechnic League series, Poul Anderson
91. Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton
92. Star Wars: Thrawn trilogy, Timothy Zahn
93. Ender's Game series, Orson Scott Card
94. Gormenghast series, Meryvn Peake
95. Miles Vorkosigan saga, Lois McMaster Bujold [recommended by forestofglory below]
96. The Once and Future King, T.H. White
97. Fighting Fantasy books, Ian Livingston & Steve Jackson
98. The Stainless Steel Rat series, Harry Harrison
99. The Lensman series, E.E. 'Doc' Smith
100. The Cadfael stories, Ellis Peters

Seems a fairly random selection. Anyone know where they came from?

Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
forestofglory
29th Jan, 2009 20:30 (UTC)
There are some good books in normal text there. Like Bujold, and Sayers.
hmmm_tea
29th Jan, 2009 21:46 (UTC)
That's probably because they've never been recommended to me.

Have now though...
packbat
31st Jan, 2009 02:00 (UTC)
I liked "The Big Sleep" of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe books, Art Spiegelman's "Maus", and (if you like SF potboilers) the first two books in the Honor Harrington series, if you want more italics. (;

(The Honor Harrington books - On Basilisk Station and The Honor of the Queen - are both online in their entirety in the Baen Free Library.)
hmmm_tea
31st Jan, 2009 11:24 (UTC)
Always open to more recommendations on books to read (which may explain why there always seem to be more that I intend to read than I've actually read), will add them to the italics.
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