So I don't know about the rest of you fine and devoted readers, but it seems like I've been barely caring my weight around here lately. I blame it entirely on the WIP but have no fear, the Beta Draft is a sword thrust away from being complete!! More on that later…
Here, for your Labor Day enjoyment, is NPR’s Your Picks: Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books, along with some thoughts of my own, some nice pics, yada yada…
well of course
2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
the first of many that I've never actually read. Every time I say I've never read this everybody's like, what??? I know, I know. But when I was in high school and this was popular EVERYONE was reading it and then just turned me off. Yes, I'm one of those people.
3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
I've extolled the virtues of this book before, along with a few others.
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
I've read the first one. It's good. Not like, “fourth best book ever good,” but good.
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
Okay, so, The Scribblerati kept telling me two things about this book: that it was frakking awesome, and that my WIP was similar. So what did I do? I didn't read it, and I still haven't, but I have seen the HBO series and OMG is it frakking awesome! And yes, there are several similarities between it and my WIP.
6. 1984, by George Orwell
never read it (this is the beginning of a trend).
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
Started but never finished the first one. That was way back when I was just when I was just a young un so to be fair probably I should probably give it another shot.
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Uh, no. Noticing a trend here?
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
Now I have to say, I really don't have anything against Neil Gaiman. I think he's a really talented writer but I just don't honestly get why everybody is all Ga-Ga Pants for everything he writes. It just doesn't melt my butter.
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
I read the first one and I thought it was pretty good, good enough to buy the second and then I was like, man am I tired of all the series where you have to wait forever in between books. I'm just gonna wait until it's all done.
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
OK, I get it, but do people feel obligated to vote these kind of stories or something?
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
**embarrassed** I really should do something about this….
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
Fascinating. A graphic novel made the NPR list! But then that opens up all sorts of arguments about why this or that graphic novel didn't make the list. And there's some really great stuff out there…
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
Oh, that's not what they meant…
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
Now here's a “classic” that I actually have read. I read it when I was a teenager, which may be why I haven't read any more like this. It was good, but I was really more into a lot of things that haven't made the list yet.
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
Never heard of it.
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
Care to guess?
22. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
I’ve heard of Margaret Atwood, of course, but not the book.
23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
Only #23? SERIOUSLY PEOPLE! Even with the lackluster ending in the final volume this is one of the greatest pieces of literature ever produced.
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
25. The Stand, by Stephen King
I really need to read this.
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
No, but the move totally frakked with my teenage head.
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
I'm guessing the shower scene in the book is nowhere as near as exciting as it is in the movie.
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
I read several of these when I was really young and I wish I still had them – where did they go?
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
No, not her. I've never read the book, but I remember watching the classic movie adaptation back in the 80s, when I was 12ish. They were running it on that, what was it? Masterpiece Theatre on TNT? It blew my mind.
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
Finally were getting into some good stuff! I must have read the first five half-dozen times and while the second five started out with serious promise they really sputtered out at the end.
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
LOVE THESE! Yes they are full of tropes but they are fun!
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Beautiful book. 42 is a disservice.
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
This isn't a real book….
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
Great movie. And who doesn’t love Jodi Foster?
Not even in the top 50 - such a shame! I love these books so much I want to marry them!
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
Haven't read it but ...
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
I read the first one and, well, not so much…
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
Another one that I read the first novel of and not any more. No offense to Mr. Goodkind, but it makes me wonder, how many times can we write that same story again and again?
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
Weird book. I got like 100 pages in and still nothing had happened…
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
Okay, I probably should read that.
66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
These books are like yummy candy.
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
Okay, so I probably shouldn't like these as much as I do, but damn I love these. Let me just say, there's a reason that the magic wielding people in my WIP are called Druids and it starts and ends with Terry Brooks.
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
Jason moma Man Crush!
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
I think those Robin Hobb books should probably be on my list.
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
Sweet! These make me want to get out my dragon dice.
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
I read this for a class in college and it single-handedly got me re-interested in science fiction after years of being nothing but a fantasy junkie.
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
Never heard of it.
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
Or this one.
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
This is one of the first novels I ever read. I don't even think I was 10 and I was slogging through this one page at a time. But if there was one thing that's true then that is still true now, it's that there isn't enough magic.
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
Two words: Mara Jade!
These are easily the best Star Wars novels ever written. The only thing that comes close is Michael Stakpole’s X-Wing series.
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
Oh, Elric of Melnibone, I totally have a hard on for Stormbringer, even if it does eat souls.
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
I don't think I could read this today, but at the time, when I was a teenager, these were full of awesome.
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis
Well, that's it friends. Thanks for sticking in there. It was a blast!
I'll leave you with this curious omission...