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[personal profile] gridlore
Yadda, yadda, science fiction classics, yadda, bold what you've read, yadda, yadda,

My comments in italics

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien  Not going to lie, I finished this and swore never to read it again. It was a slog.

2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams Unlike many people, I enjoyed the sequels.

3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card A case of diminishing returns. The first book was great, the follow-ups? Meh

4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert Oh, why'd they have to go there? Dune was amazing. Each successive book after that left a little more to be desired.

5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin I may pick up the first book from the library and see how I like it.

6. 1984, by George Orwell Read this in school, then read it again when I was bit more politically aware.

7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury Hated it.

8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov Again, he should have stopped at three.

9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman Fairly enjoyable

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 Complete brilliance from one of the biggest horse's asses in the industry

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 There's a reason school districts ban this book: it causes thinking in children.

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 Another one I intend to try a some point.

24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke

25. The Stand, by Stephen King This one really disappointed me. A good end-of-the-world story goes all mystical with no warning. End in a mish-mash.

26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson Probably the cyberpunk novel.

27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury The haven't aged well.

28. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman I've read most of them

30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein This novel, more than any other, shaped my life.

32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams

33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey Read them because Kiri loves McCaffrey. Meh

34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein

35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller By the time I had actual access to the book, I had been completely spoiled.

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 Another case of "stop with one"

45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin

46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien For me, reading this was like bashing my head into a wall. Pointless, and I felt so much better when I stopped.

47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White This was treasured until I discovered Le Morte d'Arthur

48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

49. Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke

50. Contact, by Carl Sagan In this case I actually preferred the movie.

51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons Uneven, but a fun ride.

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 Starship Troopers told me why I should enlist. The Forever War warned me about what to expect.

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 I've read a good portion of it. Decent enough space opera

60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett

61. The Mote In God's Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle Possibly their best work

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 Interesting premise, original writing, good characters

75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson

76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke Sadly, there were sequels

77. The Kushiel's Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey Even though it's totally not my ususal fare, I really enjoyed these books.

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've read most of them.

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 I read to the end for two reasons: These weren't very long stories, and I had to see how miserable things could get

91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury

92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley

93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge Oh, HELL yes! Took a while for the book to stick with me, but once it did? Wow.

94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov

95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson Very uneven with a cast of thousands.

96. Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle My personal favorite end of the world book.

97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis Really fascinating read.

98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville

99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony

100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

Date: 12 Aug 2011 03:51 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
How can you call a series "classic" when it's not finished? Yet Wheel of Time, Kingkiller Chronicles, and Song of Ice and Fire are on the list. Whose list is this supposed to be, anyway?

Date: 12 Aug 2011 03:55 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] seawasp
People who are voting on the website, that's who.

WoT at least has AGE going for it.

Date: 12 Aug 2011 03:54 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] seawasp
"No warning" on the Stand? It's TELLING you it's all mystical from the beginning, as soon as Randall Flagg shows up. It's clear he's something supernatural, and it isn't long before it's clear he's either Satan or the next step down.

The only No Warning was the "Hmm, I've missed the chances to end this well, I have no idea what to do, what the heck, God will just do something." Literal Deus Ex Machina. All that work by everyone involved and suddenly it was all pointless. C.S. Lewis pulled it off a couple of times in Narnia, but King isn't Lewis and The Stand wasn't a kid's book, either.

Date: 12 Aug 2011 04:25 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Mostly a good list - with a dozen-ish of the kinds of books schools throw at kids to make them hate reading.

You -did- make me copy/comment on these on my own LJ ^_^

Date: 12 Aug 2011 05:58 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Someone has either a very loose definition or a very poor grasp of what constitutes Science Fiction - The Princess Bride? Animal Farm? Watership Down, FFS! Might as well add *Bambi* and *Shrek*...


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