Thursday, August 25, 2011

What Have I Been Reading?

O.K. this list is going around and frankly I'm too knackered to think of anything clever to write right now. At one time I got looking at my book collection and decided that I'd read all of them as many times as I would ever read them, and just boxed them up and sold them for $20/box, which works out to about $.20/ea. There were about 1500 all told.

The NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy novels with the ones I have read in bold:

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein

18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary 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
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 Heinlein
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
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
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
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
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
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
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
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
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
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 Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
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
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
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
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
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
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
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
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
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

I count 53/100. Several of these I've heard of but had no inclination to read because of the genre, others I've never even heard of.

My nominees would be The Marching Morons, by C.M. Kornbluth, and The Weapon Shops of Isher, by A.E. Van Voght, a must-read for any gun nut.


Anonymous said...

"At one time I got looking at my book collection and decided that I'd read all of them as many times as I would ever read them"

Ah, for the days when I had time to read the books I liked over and over again... although I did make a point to re-read "2010: Oddyssey Two" in January 2010.

As someone who has been a hoarder of books most of his life (I'm in my early 40s), I remember when I got to the same point you did.

I had a Great Book Purge in 2002 and 2010.

Along with a lot of books, the former cleared out my collection of Scientific American magazines dating back to the 1960s, the latter finally ridding me of old college text books and obsolete computer books.

Now I just need to get a book brush to dust off what remains in my library.

And then try to sell about 3 decades worth of "Mad" and 15 years worth of "Soldier of Fortune," along with several boxes of comic books.

Anonymous said...

31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman

Ha! I recently re-read "Starship Troopers" and "Forever War" late last year, and finally got around to reading "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress".

I find it interesting that two of the most popular "libertarian" novelists are Ayn Rand and Robert Heinlein. Yet they had opposite ideas about an individual's moral obligations to others and society.

Anonymous said...

As I sit here staring at one of my remaining book shelves, I can see three books that I will keep until the day I die (or have to burn for warmth in the post-apocalypse future):

Metamagical Themas, by Douglas Hofstadter. In "2010", Floyd tells his boss that "Hal became trapped in a Hofstadter-Moebius loop, a situation apparently not uncommon among advanced computers with autonomous goal-seeking programs. He suggests that for further information you contact Professor Hofstadter himself."

Small Arms of the World (12th ed.), by Clinton Edward Ezell -- an invaluable reference

Esar's Comic Dictionary, by Evan Esar. As funny today as it was in 1943.

Anonymous said...

When I was at a DMSC party about 10 years ago, I was lamenting that there hadn't been any real good science fiction published in a while.

The authors I enjoyed in the 1980s -- James P. Hogan, Robert L. Forward, and Larry Niven -- seemed to have spent the 1990s either doing a poor job of writing sequels to their better known works, or doing a poor job of recycling their ideas.

Somebody at that party recommended Alastair Reynolds' "Revelation Space", which I finally got around to reading 8 years later.

I don't know why this blog post made me think of that, but if you like hard science fiction -- especially set in an interstellar civilization that does not have faster-than-light travel -- I highly recommend this book.