Wednesday, September 07, 2011

100 books part two.

51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons Not something I have read. Not something I am looking forward to reading. I don't know why.

52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman I think this is the other Gaiman book I found on a plane. So once I get to unpack my boxes, I can read it.

53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson Seems tedious and complex.

54. World War Z, by Max Brooks Who doesn't love zombies? I love zombies.

55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle I know I had my sister's copy of this book. Don't know if I ever read it.

56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman Another Earth-at-war novel. Yay.

57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett Best opening to a novel EVER. I love this book. I love Terry Pratchett. Discworld rules.

58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson An epic. The hero has leprosy. *falls to the bottom of the pile*

59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold I am not buying the edition they show on the NPR page. The cover makes it look like a bad SF romance novel.

60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett I don't think I have read this one yet. But I know it's gonna be good.

61. The Mote In God's Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle Looks like a classic....but another "fate of humankind is threatened" story. Not my favorite stuff.

62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind sigh. Young man on an epic mission.

63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy Thor thought it was weird. The punctuation was inconsistent and mininalist, and it had a dreary dead vibe. So looking forward to reading it now.

64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke This looks v much like a book that would appeal to me, and yet I have not read it. huh.

65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson Vampires. I hate vampire fiction. But now I am doomed to read at least one more.

66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist Sagas. Epics. Aren't there any light fun fluffy books on this list?

67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks I loved these as a teen. My kids won't touch them with a ten foot pike. But now. Ha! They have to. because I have turned this into a competition.

68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard Really? Really? ugh. ugh. ugh.

69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb Tess has these, but I can't borrow them, because I MIGHT CREASE THE SPINE. Tess is insane.

70. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger It took me forever to read this. Because ugh. I don't like it very much. Thank God I don't have to read it again, because I think I got rid of it.

71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson Is it just me, or do really a lot of sci-fi/fantasy writers have three syllable last names?

72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne Another classic, read as a kid.

73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore meh.

74. Old Man's War, by John Scalzi Interstellar war. I should have maybe actually glanced through the list before I decided to read them all...

75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson huh? (just go look at the description. See if it makes any sense to you.)

76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke Classic space novel. I like the genre.

77. The Kushiel's Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey Truly wish I had glanced at the list before I got this dumb idea.

78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin Anarchists and Utopia. Okay.

79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury I remember creepy. And it's set in Illinois. hmmm.

80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire Yuck. Made it through a couple chapters. So ugh and yuck and repulsive. Won't be reading any more of it.

81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson I hope some of these series are good (I guess they should be, since they are favorites of NPR listeners...) I didn't realize this is more like 250 books than 100, what with all the trilogies and series.

82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde Enjoyed thoroughly. Want to read it again, and the subsequent works.

83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks Why is there so much fighting in space?

84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart i used to read Arturian stuff. I think this is one I missed.

85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson Could be interesting. Starts in a monastery though, and how often does anything good start there?

86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher homeland erupts into war, young lord or prince or duke or whatever must save the kingdom. sigh.

87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe okay.

88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn I have, until now, avoided Star Wars fiction.

89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan Borrowed this from Marilyn. Haven't read it yet. But now, I have to.

90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock Stars an albino prince. Okay.

91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury Read it a very long time ago. Bradbury was very good at creepy, if I remember correctly. We shall see.

92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley I like zombies. This book has vampires.

93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge Far distant future.

94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov Part of the Robot series. I love Asimov.

95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson Another trilogy. About Mars.

96. Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle Crud. I think we just got rid of this book. Now I have to replace it. Anyone know of a good used book store in the greater Chicago area?

97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis Time travel plots seriously piss off Tess.

98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville Sounds interesting, if dark.

99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony This looks fun. I wonder why I have never read it...

100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis I like Lewis, have read Narnia books a million times. I didn't even know these books exist.

Right below the list, there's a link to Heady, Not Heavy: 5 Smart Playful Summer Books...Why didn't I see that list first?


  1. Sounds like lots of good reading. Good luck.

  2. Wwhat surprises me is how many of these books I haven't read.


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