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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] versipellis and [livejournal.com profile] lycoris, a list of Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books as voted on by more than 60,000 people at npr.org. For the meme, bold the ones you've read, emphasise the ones you intend to read, underline the ones you've read part of, and strike the ones you never intend to read.



1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien. ...I was eleven, and I distinctly remember coming home from a week-long school trip in Wales and rushing up to my bedroom to read the final few pages.

2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. The BBC TV-series was clearly the best incarnation, and I do still have it on VHS.

3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card

4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert. I've read Dune. Couldn't be bothered with the rest of the series though.

5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin.

6. 1984, by George Orwell. ...And it should surprise absolutely no-one that I've read this.

7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury.

8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov. I've read Second Foundation. Didn't much like it though.

9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley. I liked it. It was horrific.

10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman. I'm trying, but I can't get through it.

11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman.

12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan

13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell. We studied it in high school. It was hilarious, since we actually really went into the whole background of the Russian revolution. We then got told to do a version about our school.

14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson. I totally want to read it. I just...haven't found the time.

15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore. Didn't like it.

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. ...I don't know.

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

22. Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood. I ordered it from Amazon a couple of months ago, and it's amazing. ♥

23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King

24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke

25. The Stand, by Stephen King. I tried to get through it, I really did, but I just couldn't. It was like a depressing brick.

26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson.

27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury

28. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

29. Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman. I would totally read all of them if I could afford all of them.

30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess.

31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein.

32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams.

33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffery

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. Belgariad, by David Eddings. I loved them. They're not as good on second reading, but they're still pretty good. Yes, most of the stuff is cliched (farm boy hero finds out he's destined to save the world), but there's a lot of humour and genre-savviness. ...Although, the Elenium is better (and the Redemption of Althalus is better than that, but I'd avoid the Younger Gods series like the plague).

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. ...It made no sense.

47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White.

48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman. I've read the comic version, but not the actual book.

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. ...I preferred the movie (for once), but the book was pretty good too. :D

53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson

54. World War Z, by Max Brooks. ...I couldn't get into it. I love zombies, and multiple points of view, but there was just something about it that I didn't like.

55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle

56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman.

57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett. I've read most of the Discworld series. Didn't much like Small Gods, though.

58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson. ...I've read the first and third books of both the first and second chronicles. I read the first book of the second chronicle at...about the age of eight. It was not a good idea.

59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold

60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett. ...I have read it. It was one of my favourites. :D

61. The Mote In God's Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

62. Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind. ...No. Not even if it's a choice between that and Eragon. Possibly if it's a choice between that and Twilight.

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. I've read Magician. And the Daughter/Servant/Mistress of the Empire trilogy. They were better than Magician.

67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks

68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard

69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb. I have read the Liveship Traders trilogy and the Rain Wild chronicles, though. Bit boring though.

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. ...Eh, they were alright. Nothing special, although I like the emphasis on the politics of Menzoberranzan in the first one. :D

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. ...I didn't like it. *admits* I read it because I knew people at the time that loved it, but it wasn't my thing. Sorry.

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. I've read the first two. The first one is amazing, but the second one's a little bit rubbish.

87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe

88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn.

89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan. Not liking fanfiction is fine. Not liking fanfiction when the premise and main character of your entire fucking series is an unauthorised rip-off of Doctor Who...not so much. I love Jamie, but I'd rather listen to the fucking audio tapes if I wanted more of him.

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.
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