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101 books to read before you die
« on: April 03, 2010, 08:28:32 PM »
Had to be done. "Story" books only please, either fiction or historical novels. I'm also going to put the restriction that you may only put one book in from each author (so for example each of us can give one Terry Pratchett book but DD can't come in and post all of them in a list).

I'll start with the first 5.

1. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
2. The Once and Future King - TH White
3. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
4. Small Gods - Terry Pratchett
5. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson.
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2010, 01:37:46 AM »
6. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2010, 12:17:41 PM »
7. The Last of the Mohicans - James Fenimore Cooper
8. Rob Roy - Walter Scott
9. The Earthsea Quartet - Ursula K. le Guin
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2010, 12:17:59 PM »
10. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2010, 05:14:40 PM »
^ Edited to keep the numbers in order.

11. Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
12. The Last Kingdom - Bernard Cornwell
13. Cathedral of the Sea - Ildefonso Falcones
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Re: 101 books to read before you die
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2012, 03:01:44 PM »
14. Temeraire by Naomi Novik (It's an amazing series)
15. Gaunt's Ghosts by Dan Abnett (Pretty awesome series too)
16. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (Lost World by Michael Crichton is pretty awesome as well)
17. Way of the Shadows by Brent Weeks (The whole Night Angel trilogy is great)
18. Corsair by Chris Bunch
19. A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay (He has a lot of good ones but this was my favourite. Lions of Al-Rassan and the two Sarantine Mosaic books compete for the spot)
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Re: 101 books to read before you die
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2012, 07:23:01 PM »
The Forgotten Legion Trilogy - Ben Kane
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Re: 101 books to read before you die
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2012, 07:36:41 PM »
21. Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
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Re: 101 books to read before you die
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2012, 07:03:22 PM »
22. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
23. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
24. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
25. Foundation - Isaac Asimov

Because you'll never get to 101 at this rate.
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Re: 101 books to read before you die
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2012, 08:14:42 PM »
Good shouts!

26. The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
27. The Odyssey - Homer
28. The Lost Books of the Odyssey - Zachary Mason
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Re: 101 books to read before you die
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2014, 10:17:44 PM »
I think this thread could do with some more entries, so here are some of my favourites:
29. "Cities in Flight" series (originally 4 books, probably published as 1 now) - James Blish
30. Engine Summer - John Crowley (most often available as part of a collection called "Three Novels" or "Otherwise")
31. The Worm Ouroboros - E. R. Eddison
32. Diaspora - Greg Egan
33. Ash: A Secret History - Mary Gentle
34. "A Sarantine Mosaic" series (2 books) - Guy Gavriel Kay (this got me hooked on Byzantine history)
35. The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. le Guin
36. Good Omens - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
37. Norstrilia - Cordwainer Smith (his short stories are also very good)
38. A Fire Upon The Deep - Vernor Vinge

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Re: 101 books to read before you die
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2014, 02:33:45 AM »
I'm pretty sure Glaurung has read every book ever written. Just saying.

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Re: 101 books to read before you die
« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2014, 03:30:44 PM »
39. Neuromancer (and the rest of the Sprawl trilogy)- William Gibson
40. Burning Chrome - Short stories by William Gibson
41. Bridge Trilogy - William Gibson


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Re: 101 books to read before you die
« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2014, 11:08:56 AM »
Really can never forget this one:

42. Magician - Raymond E. Feist

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Re: 101 books to read before you die
« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2014, 09:30:04 PM »
43. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
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