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Sophinisba Solis ([personal profile] sophinisba) wrote2011-08-13 10:48 am
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book meme

I have written most of a personal update type post. Maybe I will finish that sometime. Things are going well though!

Also I have started watching Mad Men (all four seasons available on Netflix streaming) and I love it.

Now here is that NPR SF/F book meme! This is a list of Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books as voted on by more than 60,000 people at npr.org. For the meme, strong the ones you've read, emphasis the ones you intend to read, underline the ones you've read part of, and strike the ones you never intend to read. (I'm not really bothering with the strike because I don't have strong feelings about most of the ones I haven't read, but I probably will not read them.)

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien Unlike a lot of you I didn't get to this until I was an adult. I loved the first movie a lot and read just the first book in 2002, not wanting to be spoiled for the other movies. In 2003 I read TTT and then of course had to keep going to the end of RotK, and as soon as I was finished went back and read FotR again. I think I reread the other two the following year. My first real fandom (starting in 2005) and still the source of a lot of love and joy.

2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams I loved these a lot as a kid!

3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card Loved this too, and eventually read most of the sequels and a lot of other books by that guy. Too bad he turned out to be such a jerk!

4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert I read and enjoyed the first book a lot, but did not feel like taking on the others.

5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin Lots of cool people seem to like this series, but everything else I hear about it gives me an immense feeling of DNW.

6. 1984, by George Orwell I don't really think of this as sf but I've read it more times than anything else on the list. It made a big impression on me as a kid and has probably shaped a lot of my story kinks as well as my political ideas.

7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov

9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley I think I read most of this. People kept telling me I would like it because I liked 1984.

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 I intended to read this this summer but didn't get to it. I did read some other comics and graphic novels and will try to do more soon.

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 As with 1984, this terrified and fascinated me a whole lot as a pre-teen.

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 - I think I read this? I read several Vonnegut books around the same time a couple years ago. They were similar and I liked them.

29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman I read the first couple chapters of the first book earlier this summer before I had to return the copy I was reading. I didn't really like it but I intend to go back so I can keep trying to figure out what everybody's so excited about.

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 (It's possible that I read this.)

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 I think there were ten of these (plus some extra stuff) but I only read the first nine because the tenth hadn't come out yet at the time, and then my reading interests changed, or because I was a kid and depending on my older brother to supply books and then he went away to college or something like that. Anyway, I liked them a lot and have always kind of thought I should go back and read the last one, but I think I'd be awfully confused, and I don't feel like taking on all ten.

41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings Aw yeah, I loved these!

42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley Formative, man!

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 Only the first couple pages. I've always had some guilt about not having read this and pretending I know what's going on in the fandom, but it is so not my kind of thing.

47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White I read some chapters of this as a kid.

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 I think I read several of these books and liked them but didn't complete the series. Again, it was that thing where I was just reading the books that were in my brother's room and not making a lot of effort to acquire other things.

59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold - If you would like to try to convince me to read these, I will listen. I don't know much about them other than that it gets written a lot at Yuletide and there are a lot of fans on my f-list.

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 I read the beginning of this and it looked neat, but gosh it's big. I just finally gave away the book a couple weeks ago because I was moving and it was taking up too much room/weight for something I'd probably never finish.

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 (I can't remember if I read this.)

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 I just bought Kushiel's Dart a couple days ago! I think I will try to start reading it today!

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 My brother had a TON of Michael Moorcock books. I think I read a couple of them.

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 I read The City and the City last year and really loved it, so I intend to read more of MiƩville's stuff sometime.

99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony

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

I've been enjoying reading this meme and reactions to it on other people's journals and I liked Glen Weldon's explanation/commentary. (Glen is part of the NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour so it is is fun to imagine it in his voice - especially the line "Be a dude.") [personal profile] eruthros is starting up a top 100 speculative fiction works as chosen by people in fandom list, now in the nominations stage.

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