Stef (firecat) wrote,

New book list meme!!

NPR top 100 F/SF

Instructions: Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt.

From NPR:
More than 60,000 ballots were cast in our annual summer readers' poll. Here's a list of the top 100 winners. For even more great reads, check out the complete list of 237 finalists.

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien (An all-time favorite)

2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams (It's good, but if you ask me, the radio show is the definitive way to experience the series.)
3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card (I loved the short story, thought the novel was pretty good, and after I had read them and Speaker for the Dead I stopped reading any Card because of a combination of his politics and a certain trope he likes to use that I don't care for.)
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert (I have read the first six. I don't remember who said "Each one is half as good as the one before," but that's basically what I thought. I reread the first one sometimes.)
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin (Am contemplating whether to read.)

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 (Too meta.)
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan (I think you have to read it when you're a teenager, and I missed the window.)
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 (I can't read Heinlein. I've tried and tried.)
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss (Don't know this. Should I read them?)
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

23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King (I know it's unheard of, but I've never read any Stephen King. I started avoiding him back when I didn't much like horror, and now that I like some horror, I just haven't gotten out of the habit of avoiding him.)
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
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams (I plan to read soon.)
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 (I feel like I should like Zelazny but I keep bouncing off him.)

41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson (Don't know this. Should I read it?)
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin

46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien (I'd rather re-read LoTR.)
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke
(I re-read this recently and was surprised how well it has aged.)
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan (Liked the movie a lot, haven't read the book.)

51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons (I've read the first two books. I had issues with the first one and thought the second one was pretty good.)
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson (Probably will get around to it eventually.)
54. World War Z, by Max Brooks (Don't know this. Should I read it?)
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle (I plan to read.)

56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett (I've read a couple of Pratchetts but I only like him in really small doses. Haven't gotten to this one.)
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson (This is the series that taught me it's absolutely not worth slogging through to the end of a book or series if I am not liking it.)
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 (Don't know this. Should I read it?)
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (Don't know this either.)
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson

66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist (Should I?)
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks (Ick ptui ptui ptui.)
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb (Should I?)
70. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger (I keep listening to the audio excerpt and waffling.)

71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson (Should I?)
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore (Should I?)
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 (Read the first one.)
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 (Should I?)
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks (Read Player of Games. It was OK, but as it was recommended to me as the best of the series, I am disinclined to read the rest.)
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson

86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher (I read a couple of Dresdens and didn't like them, so I assume I won't like this either.)
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn (Should I?)
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan (Read about 2/3 of the first one and threw it across the room.)
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock

91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley (Read the first few pages and bounced. Should I persevere?)
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 (Read the first one.)

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

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