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Reading List

 Bold the ones you've read.
Italicise the ones you're intending to read.
Underline the ones you've partially read.
Strikethrough the ones you're never, ever reading.
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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
5. A Song of Ice and Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin (I am on A Storm of Swords--it might take a while).
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
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
25. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
26. The Stand, by Stephen King

27. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
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. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
32. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
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.
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
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
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
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 Gabaldon.
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

Wow.  OK, I've read a lot of these.  But in the list of those I haven't read, I'm only interested in two.  So, fairly easy all things considered.  Now, if they asked which ones I would recommend that I've read...well, that would be a shorter list.  
I've read half of these and we've read almost the identical list, i.e. most of the ones I haven't read, you haven't read either. I wonder what that means. LOL. Where did you get this list? It's like a classic sci fi/fantasy listing. I don't know what's recent in this genre as I did most of my reading, um, a while back.

Btw, I finished Martin's Feast of Crows and I'm done with this series, as in don't feel like reading more.





Edited at 2011-08-14 05:19 pm (UTC)
The list was part of National Public Radio's list of top 100 SF/Fantasy novels. It was voted on by a lot of people (myself included) and this was their final list. I'm actually quite amazed about how many of these I've read.

I haven't gotten to Feast of Crows yet, I'm slogging my way through Storm of Swords. And it is a total slog. But fortunately when I don't want to read Martin, I dive back into my own Helyanwe story and that's coming along nicely, although it's taking longer to tell her story than I had originally thought. Fun though. At least so far...

- Erulisse (one L)
Everyone has read so many more of these books than I have. That's OK. Maybe that will make me different (hardly!) since I am extremely well read, just in totally other areas. I have been having fun, clicking books read on Good Reads while I was sick and uninspired this week. Wow! Memory lane. We are what we read, don't you think? I am nothing if not a reader.
I can't imaging someone being a writer who is not also a reader. I looked through your latest additions on goodreads and I knew very few of them, but they did make me think about books that I should add to my own "as read" parts there such as Bless Me Ultima and The Milagro Beanfield War and Death Comes to the Archbishop.

- Erulisse (one L)
The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss which I already bought the first volume of for my NookColor, and The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb which I could swear I have in paperback somewhere in this house, but it might be easier to buy the e-pub anyway.

- Erulisse (one L)
I think JustAnnNow did a review of The Kingkiller Chronicles on Goodreads. If I am remembering correctly, she loved it.
I should check out her review, as I totally gave up on "Name of the Wind". Maybe it'll inspire me...

Erulisse, I'd encourage you to add "Sunshine" by Robin McKinley to your list. It's a different take on vampires, and a very interesting bit of world-building. I know some don't care for her writing style, but I find her to be such a good story-teller (plus I rather like that kind of thing*), that I re-read all her books often, including (or maybe especially) "Sunshine".

* discursive and descriptive, and she's very good at it
I haven't heard much about "Sunshine". I'm not against vampires - enjoyed Ann Rice and Laurel Hamilton - but after Twilight, it seems that most books are polluted by that brush. I'll take a closer look at it though on your recommendation.

Unfortunately, I looked it up and it is not available in e-pub format. I'm reluctant to buy any more paper books. The reviews seemed OK and the storyline has possibilities though, so I'll put in a request for an e-pub version of it.

- Erulisse (one L)

Edited at 2011-08-15 09:03 am (UTC)
She did, and it got good reviews generally on Barnes & Noble and Amazon, so I purchased the first book as an e-book. I have to finish my current volume of GRRM first and that's a slow slog - aarrgghhhhh. All that I want at this point is for the dragons to kill everyone and just leave me alone with hundreds of blank pages between an e-cover - LOL.

- Erulisse (one L)