Friday, 9 August 2013

Top 100 Challenge

The other day a friend on Facebook linked a Top 100 Science-Fiction & Fantasy Books list: a reader-voted compilation.  I was appalled to discover that I've only read 6 of them (not counting movies I've seen based on books or books I started but didn't finish), despite the fact that I consider fantasy to be my favourite genre.

So I've decided it's time to really get to know my genre, not just stick to my 4-5 beloved fantasy authors.  As soon as I've finished my current book (which is terrible by the way, and I will tell you why in another blog), I'll start cracking that 100 list.  I'm actually really looking forward to it.



I'll be reading them in no particular order, as I will start with books I have at home that I've been meaning to read, like 'I, Robot' and also re-read others that I have read in the past, like 'Brave New World'.  From then I hope to scour some cheap book stores, itunes or dust off the old library card to find the rest.
You mean ... they let you just take books for free?
 
In case the original site goes down, as the list is a couple of years old, I'm reproducing the list here:

1. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
3. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
4. Dune - Frank Herbert (the original list says 'the Dune chronicles', but I think they're still writing those books (?) so I'm just going to stick to re-reading the first one by Frank Herbert)
5. A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin (another 'series' still being written that I will restrict to the first book)
6. 1984 - George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy - Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods - Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride - William Goldman
12. The Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan (limiting to the first one)
13. Animal Farm - George Orwell
14. Neuromancer - William Gibson
15. Watchmen - Alan Moore
16. I, Robot - Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein
18. The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughter House Five - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
20. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K Dick
22. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
23. The Dark Tower - Stephen King
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey - Arthur C. Clarke
25. The Stand - Stephen King
26. Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
27. The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
28. Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
29. The Sandman Series - Neil Gaiman
30. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
31. Starship Troopers  - Robert A. Heinlein
32. Watership Down - Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight - Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert A. Heinlein
35. A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller
36. The Time Machine - H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues under the Sea - Jules Verne
38. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
39. The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
40. The Amber Chronicles - Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad - David Eddings
42. The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. The Mistborn Trilogy - Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld - Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
46. The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien
47. The Once and Future King
48. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact - Carl Sagan
51. Hyperion - Dan Simmons
52. Stardust - Neil Gaiman 
53. Cryotonomicon - Neal Stephenson
54. World War Z - Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War - Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods - Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant - Stephen R. Donaldson
59. Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal - Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote in God's Eye - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword of Truth Series - Terry Goodkind
63. The Road - Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend - Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga - Raymond E. Feist
67. The Sword of Shannara Trilogy - Terry Brooks
68. Conan the Barbarian - Robert E. Howard and Mark Schultz
69. The Farseer trilogy - Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth - Jules Verne
73. The Legend of Drizzt Series - R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man's War Series - John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama - Arthur C. Clarke
77. Kushiel's Dart trilogy - Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed - Ursula K. Le Guin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West - Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen series - Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series - Iain Banks
84. The Crystal Cave - Mary Stewart
85. Anathem - Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera - Jim Butcher
87. The Book of the New Sun - Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn trilogy - Timothy Zahn
89. Outlander Series - Diana Gabaldon
90. The Elric Saga - Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man - Ray Bradbury
92. Sunshine - Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon the Deep - Vernor Vinge
94. The Caves of Steel - Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars trilogy - Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer's Hammer - Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book - Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station - China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series - Piers Anthony

100. The Space Trilogy - C.S. Lewis

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