NPRs top 100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy books
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1Lord of the RingsJ.R.R. Tolkien All-Time-FAV! This series was very important in my formation as a young man! i read these books over and over again through my middle school years
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2The Hitchiker's Guide to the GalaxyDoiuglas AdamsAll-Time-FAV! Another formative series, helped me hone my sense of humor and affected my worldview that caused me to question the world around me
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3Ender's GameOrscon Scott CardFirst one is solid, concepts actually get better as they go along but writting degrades
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4The Dune ChroniclesFrank HerbertStarts out strong, slowly fades. One of the best stories of political intrigue. i like it through Lato-the-Hutt (tina does not like Lato-the-Hutt)
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5A Song of Fire and Ice George R R Martin
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61984George OrwellAnother book that influenced my thoughts about authority, moreso as an older teen.
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7Farehgeit 451Ray BradburyThe first time i read this book i didn't think to classify it as a sci-fi/fantasy book, Well written!
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8The Foundation TrilogyIsaac AzimovSolid, Concepts are amazing. (should not have beaten out LOTR for the award it recieved)
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9Brave New WorldAldous Huxleywhat we're probably falling into. Everyone worries about 1984 but Brave New World is probably closer to what we are actually headed towards. Where we willingly give up freedoms for convinence
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10American GodsNeil GaimanAll-Time-Fav! Gaiman to me represents the re-birth of fantasy to the modern world. He writes tales with a deep well of mysticism that keeps you on your toes and pushes you off the ledge and into freefall of suspension of disbelief
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11The Princess BrideWilliam GoldmanWell Written, same feel as the movie. Movie is one of my mosy beloved of all times.
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12The Wheel of Time SeriesRobert Jordan
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13Animal FarmGeorge OrwellShall we say... Orwellian haha! It's a HEAVY light read!
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14NeuromancerWilliam Gibson
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15WatchmenAlan Moore & Dave GibbonsAll-Time-Fav Def my allt-time favorite graphic novel. It feels like a look into superheroes if the actually existed in the real world.
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16I, RobotIsaac AzimovAll-Time-Fav Hands down one of the greatest collections of short stories compiled into a book that has ever been penned. Azimov's rules of robotics have become embedded into our modern and futurist views of robots, excellent book!
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17Stranger in a Strange LandRobert A HeinleinClassic, Written in 1961 i feel like this book embraces some of the bohemian philosphies that were becoming pervasive in western culture. It does some interesting things setting those in front of us but overall just wasn't all that compelling to me. i did enjoy Jubal througought
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18The Kingkiller ChroniclesPatrick Rothfuss
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19Slaughterhouse FiveKurt Vonnegut
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20FrankensteinMary ShelleySolid Gold Classic! If you've never read the book READ THE BOOK! it will shatter every hollywood portraial of Frankentien's monster that is burnt into your brain. Shelley does an amazing job forcing us to look at humanity and morality on a very deep level through this entrancing tale!
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Do Androids Dream of Electrick Sheep?
Philip K Dick
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22The Handmaid's TaleMargaret AtwoodGUT PUNCH! So good, so frustrating! Captures the journey of an empowered woman as societty shifts underneath her leaving her powerless and alone... a warning and thought provoking
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23The Dark Tower SeriesStephen KingAll-Time-Fav Roland is a great flawed hero! The deeper you dig through this series the more surreal it gets! You eventually reach a point where you're reading absurd things and just accepting them. i consider this series King's master-work
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242001: A Space OdysseyArthur C Clarke
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25The StandStephen Kingpossibly King's second best work. The Stand is an amazing ride down a dark and diseased trail
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26Snow CrashNeal Stephenson
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27The Marian ChroniclesRay Bradbury
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28Cat's CradleKurt Vonnegut
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29The Sandman SeriesNeil Gaimani'm a HUGE Gaiman fan but i'm pretty cool on the Sandman Series. It never seems to capture the depth that i see in his other works.
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30A Clockwork OrangeAnthony BurgessImmersive! From the first pages you're plunged into a Milk Bar and drowned in street lingo that transports you to the violent delinqunet world of the protaganist! Forces us to question what justice really means.
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31Starship TroopersRobert A Heinlein
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32*Watership DownRichard Adams
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33*Dragonflight*Anne McCaffreyFresh and deep spin on dragons, Pern is a very well developed world. Grear read (pacing of the writing is slower but in a pleasnat way)
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34The Moon is a Harsh MistressRobert A Heinlein
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35A Canticle for LeibowitzWalter M Miller JR
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36The Time MachineHG Wells
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3720,000 Leages Under the SeaJules Verne
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38Flower for AlgernonDaviel KeyesLove this book! One of the first books to make me cry, and it still gets me with every re-read! Made me question the use of intelect as a quotent for evaluation the worth of a person
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39The War of the WorldsHG Wells
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40The Amber ChroniclesRoger Zelazny
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41The BelgariadDavid Eddings
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42The Mists of AvalonMarlon Zimmer Bradley
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43Mistborn TrilogyBrandon Sanderson
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44RingworldLarry Niven
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45The Left Hand of DarknessUsula K Le Guinn
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46The SimarillionJ R R TolkienDon't open this tome expecting to read LOTR. This is a reference work. i find that it's best read in smaller chunks between other books
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47The Once and Future KingT H WhiteSooooo good! In my opinion the best of the Autharian re-tellings! If you haven't read it, read it.
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48NeverwhereNeil GaimanGood stuff, plops you into Gaiman fantasy but without the jarring impact of some of his other work
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49Childhood's EndAutur C Clarke
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50ContactCarl SaganThe first 80% feel like scientific fiction, the end dives into Sci-Fi turf. Sagan does a great job writing a female protagonist and confronts some serious spiritual matters by the end of the book
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51The Hyperion CantosDan Simmons
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52StardustNeil Gaimanprobably my least favorite Gaiman book. It was ok, not a waste of time but not as engaging as most of his writtings
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53CryptonomiconNeal Stephenson
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54World War ZMax Brooks
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55The Last UnicornPeter S Beagle
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56The Forever WarJoe Haldeman
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57Small Gods *Terry Pratchetta definite read! Small Gods is my favorite Pratchett novel! Nothing like laughing your way into deep introspection haha!
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The Chronicles of Thomas Convenant the Unbeliever
Stephen R Donaldson
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59The Vorkosigan SagaLous McMaster Bujold
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60Going PostalTerry Pratchett
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61*The Mote In God's Eye*Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
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62The Sword of Truth SeriesTerry Goodkind
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63The Road*Cormac McCarthyDark as black coffee in a black cup in a lightless room in a cave! it'll pull you down, but it does it in an amazing way.
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64Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell*Susanna ClarkeBook was pretty well written. But something about it never pulled me in. Her treatment of magic and it’s operation was pretty compelling though, characters were wonderfully flawed too so I’m not sure how to quantify my struggle getting through this one .
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65I Am LegendRichard MathesonWritten in 1954, so that has to be weighed in for me. It birthed a style of story telling so it gets mad props for that! But its not a book that i'll reread over and over again
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66The Riftwar Saga*Raymone E FeistNot bad at all but also not great either. A solid Meh for me.
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67The Sword of Shannara SeriesTerry Brooks
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68The Conan the Barbarian SeriesRobert E Howard & Mark Schultz
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69The Farseer Trilogy*Robin HobbSolid concepts, great politcal intrigue, just a little too purple prose for my tastes.
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70*The Time Travelers Wife*Audrey Niffenegger
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71The Way of Kings*Brandon SandersonA tome of a read... but for a reason. The pool of this tale just gets deeper and deeper the longer you swim in it . Great read!
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72*Journey to the Center of the EarthJules Verne
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73The Legend of Drizzt SeriesR A SalvatoreD&D classic series, read some of them. It was good as source material for ideas but the story-telling wasn't as compelling as i'd hoped it would be.
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74Old Man's War*John ScalziWhat a ride! just a smidge of irreverance, a scoop of graphic violence, a cup of thoughful material. Easy read to blow through!
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75The Diamond Age*Neal StephensonAnother gem from the pen of Stephenson! a tale of the power of education? a tale of the power of love and nurture!
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76Rendevous with Rama*Arthur C ClarkeMasterfully done I very much so enjoyed that Clarke left the mystery locked up inside Rama instead of spoon-feeding the readers an easily digestible package like modern SF often does
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77The Kushiel's Legacy SeriesJacqueline Carey
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78The Dispossessed*Usula K Le GuinnDigs into some heavy ideas, like the characters and the writing but for some reason i can't pin down the book did drag a little for me.
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79Something Wicked This Way Comes* Ray Bradbury
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80Wicked*Gregory MaguireElphaba's character development arc is one of the best ever written! Didn't expect to love this one... but man do i!
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The Malazon Book of the Fallen Series
Steven Erikson
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82The Eyre Affair*Jasper FfordeTons of fun, si-fi buffet set in the 80s has everything from advanced tech, time travel, super powerful “demonic-esque” villains, to blurred lines between reality and fiction!
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83The Culture Series*Iain BanksFast Paced Space-Opera style Sci-Fi. Only read the opener to the series but it was interesting througout and the characters were interesting and likeable
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84The Crystal Cave*Mary StewartFun, well written, great and refreshing view of Merlin before he was MERLIN!
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85Anathem*Neal StephensonA tour from simple monastic life to space travel. A vehicle to discuss philosophical ideas. Concludes with an interesting thought experiment on multi-verses and the potential that they are interconnected
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86The Codex Alera SeriesJim ButcherSo.... I pulled the eject lever on this one. Some neat concepts but the style it’s written in made it a brain numbing slog for me
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87The Book of the New Sun*Gene Wolfe
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88The Thrawn Trilogy*Timothy ZahnFan Fic from back in the day! (but he did get paid to write it!)
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89The Outlander Series*Diana Gabaldon
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90The Elric SagaMicheal Moorcock
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91The Illistrated Man*Ray BradburyBradbury is (of course) a very competent sci-fi writer. A collection of short stories assembled in 1951 they ranged from very engaging and profound to just meh for me. i loved when he looked forward and went after things like racism and technology addiction. i do like seeing the expectations of a great sci-fi writter of a by-gone era. Decent read but not earth moving
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92Sunshine *Robin McKinleyHad some potential but wound up feeling like the forerunner to the twighlight series to me. Bland heroine who is both repulsed and infatuated with vampire... it's a pass for me, i survived it once, that's enough for me (published 2003, twighlight published 2005)
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93A Fire Upon the Deep *Vernor Vinge
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94The Caves of SteelIsaac AzimovMuch loved Azimov book... for me it's a pass. Read it, finished it....
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95The Mars Trilogy *Kim Stanley RobinsonLoooooooong.... interesting thought experiment about settling mars and how that effects society and people it all comes back around to interpersonal relationships. Not bad but aLSO NOT SUPER COMPELLING
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96Lucifers HammerLarry Niven and Jerry PournelleFun little ride through asteroid disaster! It's what we wished all those bad 90's asteroid movies would have been.
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