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Old 10-20-2011, 04:43 PM   #1
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Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy books

I stumbled upon an article on slashdot today, which I believe is worth mentioning here. A list of 100 best books voted by 60 000 people was published on npr.org here: http://www.npr.org/2011/08/11/139085...-fantasy-books

I think it's contains very good suggestions for people like me who love the genre(s). And in case you couldn't make up your mind what to read next, a great flowchart (useful AND funny) for that list is available here: http://www.box.net/shared/static/a6o...ivlxsn3o8m.jpg

What do you think? I'm already assembling my must-read list
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Old 10-20-2011, 04:52 PM   #2
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I can't believe The Name of the Wind is in 18th place. That book annoyed me by making out it was a single title. Nothing anywhere on the cover to suggest that it was the first in a trilogy - no, you only got that information when you reached the final page, and realised, as had been becoming clearer and clearer, that this novel wasn't going to reach a conclusion.

I'm not a fantasy fan.
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I can't believe The Name of the Wind is in 18th place. That book annoyed me by making out it was a single title. Nothing anywhere on the cover to suggest that it was the first in a trilogy - no, you only got that information when you reached the final page, and realised, as had been becoming clearer and clearer, that this novel wasn't going to reach a conclusion.
I knew it was part of a planned trilogy going in, and I still felt the same way you did.

I don't expect individual books in a series to stand completely on they're own two feet (even though some do), but would some semblance of a natural story arc be that much to ask?

As far as the list NPR list goes... I've seen worse and I've seen better. I was a bit surprised to see several authors have multiple entries, though.

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Old 10-23-2011, 09:11 AM   #4
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I think I posted this link earlier in a different thread.

There are also these:

http://scifilists.sffjazz.com/lists_books_rank1.html

http://scifilists.sffjazz.com/lists_short_stories.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011...ice?intcmp=239

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SF_Masterworks

http://mdbenoit.com/blog/blog/2006/1...cant-sf-books/

http://thisrecording.com/today/2010/...tion-or-f.html

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Oooh! Thanks for the Top 100 Short Story list, Kenny.

I've recently prescribed a "short-stories in the morning, novels in evening" regimen for myself, so those will come in handy.
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Old 10-23-2011, 11:44 AM   #6
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Oooh! Thanks for the Top 100 Short Story list, Kenny.

I've recently prescribed a "short-stories in the morning, novels in evening" regimen for myself, so those will come in handy.


I've got a bunch of non-SF short story lists as well if you are interested.
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:17 AM   #7
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Okay, why not assemble all those lists in one place? It's always good to have a little inspiration as to what to read next.
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Oh, nevermind, now I looked through scifilists.sffjazz.com and that's probably something that will be enough for a long time :-) anyway, thanks for the suggestions, Kenny
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Oh, nevermind, now I looked through scifilists.sffjazz.com and that's probably something that will be enough for a long time :-) anyway, thanks for the suggestions, Kenny
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Here's one: Richard Matheson's first published story (very short):

Born of Man and Woman

http://homepage.mac.com/georgepratt/...n_Matheson.pdf



Richard Matheson: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Richard_Matheson

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