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Genre fiction book meme

Thought that having started this, I should actually fill it in myself...



I've adopted pellegrina's house rules:

1) Look at the list, copy and paste it into your own journal.
2) House rules: read one or all of, intend to read, loved, hated.
3) Feel free to tell your friends what you thought of them.



1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
3. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien I come back to this more than TLotR.
4. Foundation series, Isaac Asimov Source of many arguments in the Bunn / Phlegm household. Psychohistory makes sense to me as a logical SF progression from macro-economics, just as warp drive is a logical SF progression from rockets.
5. Robot series, Isaac Asimov
6. Dune, Frank Herbert Liked the first one, but not enough to want to go on to the sequels. Might get around to someday.
7. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein
8. Earthsea series, Ursula le Guin Read the first four. Liked A Wizard of Earthsea, thought that Tombs of Atuan was a mediocre short story padded out to (short) novel length, loved The Farthest Shore and quite liked Tehanu for its slow melancholy.
9. Neuromancer, William Gibson
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
11. The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham
12. A Book of the New Sun series, Gene Wolfe
13. Discworld series, Terry Pratchett I preferred the earlier ones which were more obvious spoofs of the fantasy genre. I gave up after about ten books.
14. Sandman series, Neil Gaiman Arguably the most literary series on this list, and one which the Lit Crit crowd might actually like if they could get past the fact that it's a 'comic book'. Neil Gaiman is a very, very clever author.
15. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams I need to reread this to remove the memories of the mediocre film
16. Dragonriders of Pern series, Anne McAffery
17. Interview with the Vampire series, Anne Rice
18. The Shining, Stephen King
19. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula le Guin
20. The Chronicles of Amber, Roger Zelazny
21. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke
22. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
23. Ringworld, Larry Niven
24. Elric of Melnibone series, Michael Moorcock
25. The Dying Earth series, Jack Vance Weird, wonderful, evocative, flowery. The D&D magic system is supposedly based on this series, but D&D has a system and Dying Earth has magic.
26. Lyonesse series, Jack Vance
27. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever, Stephen Donaldson Looks like I'm the only person here who thinks this series is great. If you're the sort of person who has to like the heroes in their books, you really won't like these.
28. A Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin As good as everyone says they are. It's very rare for me to pick up book 1 of a series and keep reading that series until I've caught up with the author.
29. The Worm Ourobouros, E.R. Eddison
30. Conan series, Robert E. Howard
31. Lankhmar series, Fritz Leiber
32. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
33. The Time Machine, H.G. Wells
34. The Invisible Man, H.G. Wells
35. The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells
36. Eon, Greg Bear
37. Book of the First Law series, Joe Abercrombie I keep banging on about these and nobody seems to listen. The best current British fantasy series.
38. Miss Marple stories, Agatha Christie
39. Hercule Poirot stories, Agatha Christie
40. Lord Peter Wimsey stories, Dorothy L. Sayers
41. The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
42. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan
43. Sherlock Holmes stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Read every one. Hound of the Baskervilles is the best, and it's a local setting!
44. Cthulhu Mythos, H.P. Lovecraft
45. Inspector Wexford stories, Ruth Rendell
46. Adam Dalgliesh stories, P.D. James
47. Philip Marlowe stories, Raymond Chandler
48. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
49. The Day of the Jackal, Frederick Forsyth
50. The Fourth Protocol, Frederick Forsyth
51. Smiley series, John le Carre
52. Gentleman Bastard series, Scott Lynch
53. The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Steven Erikson
54. Watchmen series, Alan Moore
55. Maus, Art Spiegelman I almost didn't include this in the meme since it is arguably not fictional (it's a semi-biographical account of the author's parents' experiences in the Holocaust). In the end the fact that they are portrayed as mice swayed me. Not exactly an enjoyable book though.
56. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Alan Miller
57. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
58. Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling No, not one. Really don't interest me.
59. Chrestomanci series, Diana Wynne-Jones
60. Ryhope Wood series, Robert Holdstock
61. Wilt series, Tom Sharpe
62. Riftwar Cycle, Raymond E. Feist Read the first one, Magician when I was still at school. OK, but nothing special.
63. Temeraire series, Naomi Novik
64. Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis I don't have to like the heroes of a book to like the book (see 'Thomas Covenant, Chronicles of'), but I hated the three of these books that I have read (The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, The Magician's Nephew and The Final Battle) partly because I thought the child heroes were so obnoxious. In particular, the eldest brother in TLtWatW, who ranks as a more appalling human being than Thomas Covenant (which is quite something when you consider that Covenant is a manic depressive, sociopathic, rapist leper).
65. His Dark Materials series, Phillip Pullman
66. Dragonlance series, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
67. Twilight saga, Stephanie Meyer
68. The Night's Dawn trilogy, Peter F. Hamilton So far I've read the first book 'The Reality Dysfunction'. Good, but such heavy going, and such a big book.
69. Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer
70. Honor Harrington series, David Weber Read the first one 'On Basilisk Station' after it was frequently named on Traveller forums as a favourite book. Generally disappointing though.
71. Hannibal Lecter series, Thomas Harris
72. The Dark Tower series, Stephen King
73. It, Stephen King
74. The Rats series, James Herbert
75. Dirk Gently series, Douglas Adams
76. Jeeves and Wooster stories, P.G. Wodehouse
77. The da Vinci Code, Dan Brown Yeah, so shoot me. I thought it was great and some of the criticism really baffles me. I wonder if some of the critics realise that it's a work of fiction. Dan Brown has a very page-turny writing style. And he scores points with me for annoying christians. Having said that, the prequel 'Angels & Demons' is mediocre. 
78. The Culture Series, Iain M. Banks
79. The Duncton series, William Horwood
80. The Illuminatus! trilogy, Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson I've read the first one. It's a bizarre, rambling book. Definitely a product of its time (late 60s / early 70s) - lots of sex and lots of drugs.
81. The Aberystwyth series, Malcom Pryce An astonishingly original setting - sort of an alternate Aberystwyth where Wales fought a Vietnam-style war in Patagonia in the 60s and where the town is run by a Druidic crime syndicate. The stories themselves are comedy noir in North Wales.
82. Morse stories, Colin Dexter
83. Navajo Tribal Police stories, Tony Hillerman
84. The Ipcress File, Len Deighton
85. Enigma, Robert Harris
86. Fatherland, Robert Harris
87. The Constant Gardener, John le Carre
88. The House of Cards trilogy, Michael Dobbs
89. The Dark is Rising saga, Susan Cooper
90. Psychotechnic League and Polesotechnic League series, Poul Anderson
91. Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton
92. Star Wars: Thrawn trilogy, Timothy Zahn All Star Wars fans should read these. Closest thing we'll ever have to episodes 7, 8 and 9.
93. Ender's Game series, Orson Scott Card
94. Gormenghast series, Meryvn Peake Read the first one. Very low plot to page ratio.
95. Miles Vorkosigan saga, Lois McMaster Bujold
96. The Once and Future King, T.H. White
97. Fighting Fantasy books, Ian Livingston & Steve Jackson
98. The Stainless Steel Rat series, Harry Harrison
99. The Lensman series, E.E. 'Doc' Smith
100. The Cadfael stories, Ellis Peters

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pellegrina
Jan. 29th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
13. I prefer middle Pratchett. The early ones are too self-consciously funny if that makes sense - too contrived? The middle ones have a congruence between the humour, the theme and the parodic element that I consider his best work. The late ones become too self-consciously Relevant To Our Modern Age, and I suspect will date more quickly.
27. I used to really like these, especially Mhoram and the Ranyhyn (of course) but I loathed and despised Thomas Covenant from start to finish.
68. Currently I'm reading Ash in the large paperback edition - weighs in at 1.4kg!
81. I have never even heard of this!
94. It may be short on plot, but makes up for it in atmosphere. That said, I never got into Titus Alone - once he left the castle, what was the point?
philmophlegm
Jan. 29th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
27. I think it's difficult not to despise Covenant. The later addition of Linden Avery introduces a heroin who has had just as bad a real world life as Covenant (father locked her in a room as a little girl and committed suicide in front of her) but turns out as a good person.

68. Bunn had that for Christmas, possibly from me.

81. The first one has the truly wonderful title 'Aberystwyth, Mon Amour'. My oldest friend did English at New College, is a big Raymond Chandler fan and works as a reporter for BBC Wales. When I first saw this book, I did wonder for a while whether it was him writing under a pseudonym so as not to offend any real inhabitants of Aberyswyth.

94. I absolutely agree with you on the atmosphere thing, but I can remember hoping that something at least would happen in the next chapter. And it never did.
lil_shepherd
Jan. 30th, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)
94. Your comment on this reminds me of an awful lot of my friends' reactions to The Mists of Avalon which I suppose should have been on your list somewhere....

I have read far too many of these, a legacy from the time you could read all the SF and fantasy published in the UK and still have time to read a lot of detective/thriller/classic etc books too.
lil_shepherd
Jan. 30th, 2009 10:05 am (UTC)
Oh, and The Dark Knight Returns is actually by Frank Miller...
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