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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] viridian_magpie

Bolded - have read
Underlined - read a book from a series or stopped reading a single book at some point
Italics - my commentary


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 - Still working on this series

5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin - Haven't gotten around to the latest yet, as I wanted to update myself on the rest of the series first, given the long interim period

6. 1984, by George Orwell

7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury - Keep meaning to finish this one

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 - I will always love this book - and the movie

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

22. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick

23. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood

24. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King - As a die-hard King fan, this series has a particularly special place in my heart

25. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke

26. The Stand, by Stephen King

27. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
- How could I possibly pass up a book with a main character called Hiro Protagonist?

28. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury

29. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

30. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman

31. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

32. 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 - Also a surprisingly enjoyable movie

53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson

54. World War Z, by Max Brooks - For some reason, every time I start reading this, I get distracted by something else

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 - Yet another case of the book being so much better than its movie adaptation

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 - Despite all my brother's attempts to get me to read this, I just can't get over the prose

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

18/100, with another 5/100 started or attempted. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

Date: 2011-08-14 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nightwalker.livejournal.com
The Kingkiller Chronicles are awesome, btw. Did you like Wicked? I've never read it, despite all the hype.

I agree about the Drizzt books. I tried so hard to like them.

Date: 2011-08-14 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-flamewing.livejournal.com
Well, that's automatically going on my "must read" list, then - since you're the one who got me into A Song of Ice and Fire, I'm rather inclined to trust your recommendations.

I did like Wicked. It's got a lot of interesting detail and such that the musical misses out on (as much as I love it). It's a lot darker, too.

I just...I can understand the appeal of the storyline, but SO MUCH PROSE. Bluh.

Date: 2011-08-14 07:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nightwalker.livejournal.com
I think you'll like it. It's one of the few books I picked up and was instantly hooked (although one of the others was World War Z, which didn't really catch your interest, so take my recs with a grain of salt ^_^). The only downside is that the third and final book won't be out for at least another year.

Wicked is one of those books that I was never really interested in and then everyone and their mother kept telling me the play was SO MUCH BETTER and I was like, "well, it's not a very good book then, I guess?" And when I didn't have much interest in the first place...

Yeah, RA Salvatore just has a way with words that I don't find very engaging. I liked some of the characters and tried to get into the series ([livejournal.com profile] kahn loves them and recommended them to me several times) but the characters I liked either died (Wulfgar, nooooooooo!) or got incredibly stupid. And it was no longer worth slogging through at that point.

Date: 2011-08-14 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-flamewing.livejournal.com
It's not that it didn't catch my interest, it's just that I apparently have really bad timing when it comes to trying to read it. I'd start, and then I'd leave for school again and forget to take it with me. Or I'd start, and then the next book in a series I'd been following religiously would come out. So on and so forth.

Waiting a year for the next installment of a series has started to seem like a ridiculously short amount of time, being a GRRM fan.

I'll admit, the play does have a special place in my heart, and it is quite good. And [livejournal.com profile] joyful_lament makes a good point below about his writing being a little hard to love at some points, but having read/seen both, I think it's worth slogging through those bits. There are some really interesting story points that don't make it into the musical, and I think the overall tone of the novel is much darker, which is always a plus in my book.

My brother is a little obsessed with them, and I've given them the old college try at least three times now, but I just...meh.

Date: 2011-08-14 05:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joyful-lament.livejournal.com
I thought Wicked was probably the best and worst book I've ever read. The good parts were amazing and the bad parts were too slow to get through.

Date: 2011-08-14 05:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-flamewing.livejournal.com
I've got a serious soft spot for fairytale retellings, so I think that helped. Especially when they're a little bit twisted like that.

Date: 2011-08-14 06:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joyful-lament.livejournal.com
Oh I loved the story. He just couldnt write an interesting narritive at some points on his timeline.

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