August 20, 2011

NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction, Fantasy Books

Only those who read Science Fiction and Fantasy will appreciate this list. If you are new to Science Fiction and Fantasy these are always recommended.

Realms of Tolkien
A list of the top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy novels put together by NPR. Let to my curiosity as to how many of the books by the authors I have available. Resorting to my database and not my memory I listed the books available Some of these like Fahrenheit 451 I have sold several copies. Terry Goodkind and Diana Gabaldon, two of my favorite authors have made the list.

As you search the list below, do you spot any of your favorite authors?

1.           The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    1. The return of the king
    2. Realms of Tolkien
2.           The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    1. The Universe of Douglas Adams
3.           Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
    1. Ender's Game
4.           The Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert
5.           A Song Of Ice And Fire Series by George R.R. Martin
6.           1984 A Novel by George Orwell
7.           Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
8.           The Foundation Triology by Isaac Asimov
    1. Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain
    2. Foundation and Empire: Foundation #2
    3. Robots and Empire: R. Daneel Olivaw #4
    4. Second Foundation; Foundation #5
9.           Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
10.        American Gods by Neil Gaiman
11.        The Princess Bride S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale Of True Love And High Adventure by William Goldman
12.        The Wheel Of Time Series by Robert Jordan
    1. Crossroads of Twilight: The Wheel of Time #10  (will be posted by Tuesday)
    2. The Fallon Blood
13.        Animal Farm by George Orwell
14.        Neuromancer by William Gibson
15.        Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
16.        I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
17.        Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
18.        The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
19.        Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
20.        Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft 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
    1. The Gunslinger: Dark Tower #1
The Illegal Rebirth of Billy the Kid
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 A. Heinlein
32.        Watership Down by Richard Adams
    1. Tales from Watership Down
33.        Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
    1. Dragonsong: Harper Hall
34.        The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
35.        A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
36.        The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
    1. The Island of Dr. Moreau
37.        20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne
    1. Master of the World
38.        Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
39.        The War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells
40.        The Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny      
    1. Knight of Shadows
41.        The Belgariad by David Eddings
    1. Pawn of Prophecy; Belgariad #1
    2. Domes of Fire: Tamuli #1
    3. The Shining Ones: Tamuli #2
    4. Hidden City: Tamuli #3
42.        The Mists Of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43.        Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
44.        Ringworld by Larry Niven
    1. The Smoke Ring
    2. The Integral Trees
45.        The Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
46.        The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
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
    1. Cosmos
51.        The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons
52.        Stardust by Neil Gaiman
53.        Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
54.        World War Z An Oral History Of The Zombie War by Max Brooks
55.        The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
56.        The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
57.        Small Gods A Novel Of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
58.        The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson
    1. The Runes of the Earth: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant #1
59.        The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
60.        Going Postal A Novel Of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
61.        The Mote In God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
62.        The Sword Of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind
    1. Stone of Tears: Sword of Truth #2
    2. Blood of the Fold: Sword of Truth #3
    3. Temple of the Winds: Sword of Truth #4
    4. Soul of the Fire: Sword of Truth #5
    5. Faith of the Fallen: Sword of Truth #6
    6. The Pillars of Creation: Sword of Truth #7
    7. Naked Empire: Sword of Truth #8
    8. The Law of Nines
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
67.        The Sword Of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks
    1. The Sword of Shannara
    2. Wizard at Large: Magic Kingdom of Landover #3
    3. Witches' Brew: Magic Kingdom of Landover #5
68.        The Conan The Barbarian Series by Robert E. Howard and Mark Schultz
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.        Journey To The Center Of The Earth by Jules Verne
    1. Journey to the Center of the Earth
73.        The Legend Of Drizzt Series by R. A. Salvatore
74.        Old Man's War by John Scalzi
75.        The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
76.        Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
77.        The Kushiel's Legacy Series by Jacqueline Carey
78.        The Dispossessed An Ambiguous Utopia by Ursula K. Le Guin
79.        Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
80.        Wicked The Life And Times Of The Wicked Witch Of The West 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 Banks
    1. Walking on Glass
84.        The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
    1. Thornyhold
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
    1. Terminator Salvation: From the Ashes: The Official Prequel Novelization
89.        The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon       
    1. The Fiery Cross

90.        The Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock
91.        The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
92.        Sunshine by Robin McKinley
    1. The Blue Sword
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
    1. Antarctica
96.        Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
97.        Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
    1. New Hugo Winners: III
98.        Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
99.        The Xanth Series by Piers Anthony
    1. Harpy Thyme: Xanth #17
100.    The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis
    1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe sold out
    2. Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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    August 8, 2011

    Genre Reading

    The other day I met a woman who has been diagnosed for the second time with cancer. This time she will not recover. She has always read nonfiction, mainly biographies and was looking for a book to read. Being the meddler I am, I suggested she try something different. I handed her One for the Money by Janet Evanovich. The next week she returned for more books by Janet Evanovich. She really enjoyed the humor. Laughing helped lift her spirits. I am sad to say I have not seen her since, and it has been a month, but I do think of her.

    When you look for a book do you stick to one genre or do you read multiple genres?

    I find myself reading Mysteries, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Fantasy Romance, Historical Romance, I also enjoy some non-fiction cookbooks of course, and strangely enough books about trains.

    Selling used books gives me a wide variety to choose from today I am reading Deep Midnight by Shannon Drake part of her Vampire Series. O course you can find books I have for sale at

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