Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Full Geek Ahead!

Oh, all right. :) (Ones I've read or am reading bolded. Ones I started and never intend to finish starred. My personal comments italicized.)

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien (Once every year or so)
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 (Read the first one. Boooooooooring,)
*5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin (read the first one. Is he kidding?)
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury (on my shelf, embarrassingly never read. I'm just not a Bradley guy.)
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 (Dear lord, no.)
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
(snoozer. Put it down with the last page unread, never picked it up again. I assume something awful happened.)
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore ("Rorshach threw him down an elevator shaft.")
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein

18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss (huh?)
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
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
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 (I'll be in my bunk.)
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 (the first 3 were bearable. The second 3...)
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 (first couple, if this is the one with tree-Elves and a thousand characters)
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks (Fuck Terry Brooks and his jerk-off ripoff "Sword of the Rings" asswipe substitute.)
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 (Would've been nice if he'd've bothered to see the movies first.)
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock (Blood and souls for my -- Oh, just whatever.)
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 and 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


Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

Just out of curiosity, which aspect of the Thrawn Trilogy do you mean? It's been a while since I read it, but I don't recall any serious discrepancy with what was shown in the movies.

smasher said...

There were several simple discrepancies, but the most obvious, and the only one I remember, is Zahn's claim that Cloud City was anchored to the surface of Bespin instead of floating.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

Now I'll have to read it again. It's been too long for me to remember that.

No great loss. It's an entertaining story anyway.

Midwest Chick said...

I have to admit I've read most of the Jordan series, but started it when it was just supposed to be a trilogy (and I was in college, so it was 25 years ago). Then it went to five, then eight. And then ten. And then he died. And the final book, I think, still hasn't come out since they split it into two parts.

But you should try the Bradbury books.

Smasher said...

For the unread stuff, other than Lewis and Bradbury, there's not much on there that I'd bother with now. My current sci fi bent is very escapist and space opera-y.

I have no need for an SF book that does not avoid dystopianism, for I intend to relax and have fun.


Midwest Chick said...

Smasher, have you read the Safehold series or the Honor Harrington series, both by Weber? Once you get past the first two chapters of the first Safehold book, I can almost guarentee that you'll be hooked (but it's a necessary slog through those first two chapters).

Michael Williamson also did a great job with the Freehold books.

smasher said...

MC- I've read teh first several Honor Harrington books - they are fun, as ar Drake's Leary novels. And I've read some of Weber's Starfire-based fiction too. Haven't run into the Saholds yet, but I'll keep an eye out. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Two points:

1) You really need to get off your lazy ass and read Snow Crash. I have a spare copy I can loan to you.

2) You were waaaay too nice to Terry Brooks and the Shanara books.

Seriously, I'll bring Snow Crash over soon.


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