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16 November 2006 @ 05:06 pm
 
I just finished listening to "Harsh Cry of the Heron" by Lian Hearn. I don't know if i've mentioned it before but i would strongly recommend the series, which starts with "Across the Nightingale Floor," to anyone interested in both fantasy novels and japanese history/culture. Well, i'd recomend it if you're able to tolerate sometimes shakespearean levels of tragedy.

But since i'm on the subject of books anyways i'm going to do the SFBC book list meme that i ganked from avani. To steal her explanation as well, "This is a list of the 50 'most significant' science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club. Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished, and put an asterisk* beside the ones you loved."

I'm gonna add a character for "meh," um, '#', cause there aren't a lot of them i really _hated_, but several i was underwhelmed by. And i'm gonna add '+' for ones i haven't read but have heard about before and keep intending to read. And the '*'s are actually pretty arbitrary, based on what i think now of what i thought of it at the time.


The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
Dune, Frank Herbert
Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin*
Neuromancer, William Gibson#
Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley+
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe#
A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
Cities in Flight, James Blish
The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett#
Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester+
Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey*
Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card*
The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
The Forever War, Joe Haldeman+
Gateway, Frederik Pohl
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
Little, Big, John Crowley
Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny+ I forget how i got distracted from this one but i really need to get back to it. Zelazny is awesome.
The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick+
Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon*
The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
On the Beach, Nevil Shute
Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
Ringworld, Larry Niven
Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys+
The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson*
Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner*
The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester+
Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein* Politics aside, hey! It introduced powered-armor! :)
Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks and SFBC recomended this _why_?
Timescape, Gregory Benford
To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer+
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