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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Melic » Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:50 pm UTC

LOTR (J.R.R.Tolken)
Magician (Raymend E.Fiest)
Dresdon Files (Jim Butcher)
Inheritance Cycle (Christopher Paolini) I assume i will like the fourth one
Belgariad/Mallorean (David Eddings) not sure if this has bee voted for or counts as 2 book series
belgarath the sorcerer (David Eddings)
Battlefield earth (L Ron Hubberd) Im not a scientoligist
The Halo books (various authores)
The Wheel of time (mostly James Oliver Rigney)

I really apreciate this thread once i filnally get done with the Ice and Fire series i will be going through this list looking for some more books to read (fyi i wont be putting Fire and ice on my list)

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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Adacore » Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:51 am UTC

Updated and re-alphabetised where I noticed it had gone askew. There are now a total of 444 books (or series) on the list...

Spoiler:
1
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series ( Douglas Adams) -- 40

2
The Lord of the Rings ( J.R.R. Tolkien ) -- 26

3
Ender's Game ( Orson Scott Card ) -– 23

4
1984 ( George Orwell ) -- 22

5
Harry Potter ( series; J.K. Rowling ) –- 19

6
Discworld ( Terry Pratchett ) -- 18

7
The Hobbit ( J.R.R. Tolkien ) -- 14

8
Dune ( series; Frank Herbert ) -– 13

9=
Foundation series ( Isaac Asimov ) -- 12
Catch-22 ( Joseph Heller ) -– 12

11
Brave New World ( Aldous Huxley ) -- 11

12=
American Gods ( Neil Gaiman ) -– 9
Catcher in the Rye ( J.D. Salinger ) -- 9

14=
A Song of Ice and Fire ( George R.R. Martin ) -– 8
Fahrenheit 451 ( Ray Bradbury ) -– 8
Slaughterhouse Five ( Kurt Vonnegut ) -– 8

17=
Cat's Cradle ( Kurt Vonnegut ) –- 7
Dirk Gently Series ( Douglas Adams ) -- 7
Snow Crash ( Neal Stephenson ) –- 7

20=
Fight Club ( Chuck Palahniuk ) -- 6
Good Omens ( Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett ) -– 6
House of Leaves ( Mark Danielewski ) -- 6
Robot series ( Isaac Asimov ) -- 6
The Phantom Tollbooth ( Norton Juster ) -- 6
The Picture of Dorian Gray ( Oscar Wilde ) -- 6

26=
A Clockwork Orange ( Anthony Burgess ) -- 5
Lolita ( Vladimir Nabokov ) –- 5
Sherlock Holmes stories ( Arthur Conan Doyle ) -- 5
The Chronicles of Narnia ( series; C.S. Lewis ) – 5
The Great Gatsby ( F. Scott Fitzgerald ) -- 5
The Master and Margarita ( Mikhail Bulgakov ) –- 5
The Stand ( Stephen King ) -- 5
Through the Looking-Glass (And What Alice Found There) ( Lewis Carroll ) –- 5
To Kill a Mockingbird ( Harper Lee ) –- 5
Ulysses ( James Joyce ) –- 5
World War Z ( Max Brooks ) –- 5

37=
Animal Farm ( George Orwell ) -- 4
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ( Roald Dahl ) -- 4
Cryptonomicon ( Neal Stephenson ) -– 4
His Dark Materials trilogy ( Phillip Pullman ) -- 4
Life of Pi ( Yann Martel ) –- 4
Of Mice and Men ( John Steinbeck ) –- 4
One Hundred Years of Solitude ( Gabriel Garcia Marquez ) -- 4
Pride and Prejudice ( Jane Austen ) -– 4
The Brothers Karamazov ( Fyodor Dostoyevski ) -- 4
The Dresden Files ( series; Jim Butcher ) – 4
The Trial ( Franz Kafka ) -- 4
Watchmen ( Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons ) -- 4

48=
Candide ( Voltaire ) -- 3
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep ( Philip K Dick ) -- 3
Dracula ( Bram Stoker ) -– 3
Fear and Loathing in Las vegas ( Hunter S. Thompson ) -- 3
Foucault's Pendulum ( Umberto Eco ) -– 3
Great Expectations ( Charles Dickens ) -- 3
Hamlet ( William Shakespeare ) -- 3
IT ( Stephen King ) -- 3
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell ( Susanna Clarke ) -- 3
Malazan Book of the Fallen ( Steven Erikson ) -– 3
Necronomicon ( H.P. Lovecraft ) -– 3
Neverwhere ( Neil Gaiman ) -- 3
The Count of Monte Cristo ( Alexandre Dumas ) -- 3
The Dark Tower ( series; Stephen King ) -- 3
The Giver ( Lois Lowry ) –- 3
The Grapes of Wrath ( John Steinbeck ) -- 3
The Man in the High Castle ( Philip K Dick ) -- 3
The Name of the Rose ( Umberto Eco ) -- 3
The Odyssey ( Homer ) -- 3
The Old Man and the Sea ( Ernest Hemingway ) -- 3
The Silmarillion ( J.R.R. Tolkien ) – 3
The Stranger ( Albert Camus ) -- 3
The Time Machine ( H.G. Wells ) -- 3
Watership Down ( Richard Adams ) -- 3

72=
2001 ( Arthur C. Clarke ) -– 2
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ( Mark Twain ) –- 2
Also Sprach Zarathustra ( Friedrich Nietzsche ) -- 2
A Modest Proposal ( Jonathan Swift ) -- 2
Anne of Green Gales series ( Lucy Maud Montgomery ) -- 2
Artemis Fowl series ( Eoin Colfer ) -– 2
A Scanner Darkly ( Phillip K. Dick ) -- 2
A Separate Peace ( John Knowles ) -- 2
A Short History of nearly Everything ( Bill Bryson )
A Tale of Two Cities ( Charles Dickens ) -- 2
Antigone ( Sophocles ) -- 2
Attack of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks ( Christopher Brookmyer ) -- 2
Bartimaeus trilogy ( Jonathan Stroud ) -- 2
Beloved ( Toni Morrison ) -- 2
Beowulf ( unknown ) -– 2
Blindness ( Jose Saramago ) –- 2
Call of the Wild ( Jack London ) -- 2
Cancer Ward (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ) -- 2
Change Series ( S.M. Stirling ) -- 2
Childhood's End ( Arthur C. Clarke ) –- 2
Crime and Punishment ( Fyodor Dostoyevski ) -- 2
Contact ( Carl Sagan ) -- 2
Don Quixote ( Cervantes ) –- 2
East of Eden ( John Steinbeck ) -- 2
Espedair Street ( Iain Banks ) –- 2
Ficciones ( Jorge Luis Borges ) -- 2
Gravity's Rainbow ( Thomas Pynchon ) -- 2
Howl's Moving Castle ( Dianna Wynne Jones ) -- 2
Hyperion Cantos ( Dan Simmons ) -- 2
Invisible Man ( Ralph Ellison ) -- 2
Ishmael ( Daniel Quinn ) -- 2
Jeeves series ( P.G. Wodehouse ) –- 2
John Dies at the End ( David Wong ) -- 2
Johnny Got His Gun ( Dalton Trumbo ) -- 2
Journey to the Centre of the Earth ( Jules Verne ) –- 2
Les Miserables ( Victor Hugo ) –- 2
MacBeth ( William Shakespeare ) -- 2
Magician ( Raymond E. Feist ) -- 2
Miles Vorkosigan Series ( Lois McMaster Bujold ) –- 2
Moon is a Harsh Mistress ( Heinlein ) -- 2
Neuromancer ( William Gibson ) -- 2
Never Let Me Go ( Kazuo Ishiguro ) -- 2
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest ( Ken Kesey ) -- 2
Pride, Prejudice and Zombies ( Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith ) -- 2
Rant ( Chuck Palahiunk ) -- 2
Rebecca ( Daphne du Maurier ) –- 2
Red Badge of Courage ( Stephen Crane ) -- 2
Redwall Series ( Brian Jacques) -- 2
Speaker for the Dead ( Orson Scott Card ) -- 2
Sphere ( Michael Crichton ) -- 2
Sprawl series ( William Gibson ) -- 2
Steppenwolf ( Herman Hesse ) -- 2
Stories and Poems ( Edgar Allen Poe ) – 2
Time Quartet ( series; Madeleine L'Engle ) -- 2
The Baroque Cycle Trilogy ( Neal Stephenson ) -- 2
The Bell Jar ( Sylvia Plath ) –- 2
The Book Thief ( Markus Zusak ) -- 2
The Castle ( Franz Kafka ) -– 2
The Chrysalids ( John Wyndham ) -- 2
The City and the City (China Mieville) -- 2
The Crow Road ( Iain Banks ) -– 2
The Divine Comedy ( Dante Alighieri ) -- 2
The End of Eternity ( Isaac Asimov ) -- 2
The Handmaid's Tale ( Margaret Atwood ) -- 2
The House of God ( Samuel Shem ) –- 2
The Illiad ( Homer ) -- 2
The Kite Runner ( Khaled Hosseini ) -– 2
The Left Hand of Darkness ( Ursula K. LeGuin ) -- 2
The Neverending Story ( Michael Ende ) -- 2
The Rama Quadrilogy ( Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Le ) -- 2
The Road ( Cormac McCarthy ) -- 2
The Shipping News ( E. Annie Proulx ) -- 2
The Story of B ( Daniel Quinn ) -- 2
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ( Robert Stevenson ) -- 2
Trainspotting ( Irvine Welsh ) -- 2
We ( Yevgeny Zamyatin ) -- 2
Wheel of Time ( series; Robert Jordan ) -- 2
Xanth ( series; Piers Anthony ) -- 2
Xenocide ( Orson Scott Card ) -- 2

151=
Abarat ( Clive Barker )
A Bend in the River ( V.S. Naipaul )
A Canticle for Leibowitz ( Walter M. Miller, Jr. )
Accelerando ( Charles Stross )
Acceptable Risk ( Robin Cook )
A Confederacy of Dunces ( John Kennedy Toole )
A Dead Man’s Memoir / Black Snow ( Mikhail Bulgakov )
A Deepness in the Sky (Vernon Vinge) Added
A Dog’s Heart ( Mikhail Bulgakov )
A Fine Balance ( Rohinton Mistry )
A Fortunate Life ( Albert Facey )
A King of Infinite Space ( William Shakespeare )
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ( Lewis Carroll )
All Quiet on the Western Front ( Erich Maria Remarque )
American Pastoral ( Philip Roth )
American Psycho ( Bret Easton Ellis)
Amerika ( Franz Kafka )
A Midsummer Night’s Dream ( William Shakespeare )
Anansi Boys ( Neil Gaiman )
Anathem ( Neal Steaphenson )
And the Ass Saw the Angel ( Nick Cave )
An Instance of the Fingerpost ( Iain Pears )
Anna Karenina ( Leo Tolstoy )
Anthill ( E.O. Wilson )
Apprentice Adept ( series; Piers Anthony )
Arthur and George ( Julian Barnes )
As I Lay Dying ( William Faulkner )
A Thousand Splendid Suns ( Khaled Hosseini )
Aubrey/Maturin series ( Patrick O'Brien )
Battlefield Earth ( L. Ron Hubbard )
Beasts and Superbeasts ( Saki )
Because of Winn-Dixie ( Kate DiCamillo )
Bel Canto ( Ann Patchett )
Belgarath the Sorcerer ( David Eddings & Leith Eddings )
Belgariad ( series; David Eddings )
Belle du Seigneur ( Albert Cohen )
Biting the Sun ( Tanith Lee )
Blandings Castle series ( P.G. Wodehouse )
Bone series ( Jeff Smith )
Brazzaville Beach ( William Boyd )
Breakfast of Champions ( Kurt Vonnegut )
Calculating God ( Robert J. Sawyer )
Cannery Row ( John Steinbeck )
Children of the Mind ( Orson Scott Card )
Choke ( Chuck Palahniuk )
Cloud Atlas ( David Mitchell )
Commonwealth saga ( Peter F Hamilton )
Conan the Barbarian ( Robert E. Howard )
Conquerors Trilogy ( Timothy Zahn )
Coyote Series ( Allen Steele )
Cradle ( Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee )
Das Parfum ( Patrick Süskind )
Dealing With Dragons ( Patricia C. Wrede )
Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller)
Deed of Paksenarrion Series ( Elizabeth Moon )
Demon trilogy ( Peter V. Brett )
Discourse on Method ( Rene Descartes )
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom ( Cory Doctorow )
Earthsea trilogy ( Ursula Le Guin )
Eisenhorn ( Dan Abnett )
Emma ( Jane Austen )
Empire Falls ( Richard Russo )
Empire novels ( series; Isaac Asimov )
Ender's Shadow ( Orson Scott Card )
Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi ( Johanna Sinisalo )
Ett Öga Rött ( Jonas Hassen Khemiri )
Event Series ( S.M. Stirling )
Extraordinary Stories ( Edgar Allen Poe )
Familias Regnant Series ( Elizabeth Moon )
Farseer (series) ( Robin Hobb )
Flatland ( Edwin Abott )
Flora Segunda ( Ysabeau Wilce )
For Whom the Bell Tolls ( Ernest Hemingway )
Fountains of Paradise ( Arthur C. Clarke )
From the Corner of His Eye ( Dean Koontz )
Gisli Sursson's Saga ( unknown )
Gulliver's Travels ( Jonathan Swift )
Guns of the South ( Harry Turtledove )
Halo ( series; various authors )
Heart of Darkness ( Joseph Conrad )
Hercule Poirot ( series; Agatha Christie )
History: A novel ( Elsa Morante )
Horatio Hornblower ( series; CS Forester )
How I Live Now ( Meg Rosoff )
Howard’s End ( EM Forster )
Howl and other poems ( Allen Grinsberg )
I Am A Cat ( Natsume Soseki )
I, Claudius/Claudius the God ( Robert Graves )
If on a Winter's Night a Traveller ( Italo Calvino )
Illuminatus! Trilogy ( Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson )
Immortality ( Milan Kundera )
Inheritance Cycle ( Christopher Paolini )
Inspector Maigret stories ( series; Georges Simenon )
Invasion! ( Jonas Hassen Khemiri )
Jamaica Inn ( Daphne du Maurier )
Jaques Le Fataliste ( Denis Diderot )
Jonathan Livingston Seagull ( Russell Munson )
Jpod ( Douglas Coupland )
Jurrasic Park ( Michael Crichton )
Kafka on the Shore ( Haruki Murakami )
Kay Scarpetta Mysteries ( Patricia Cornwell )
King Rat ( James Clavell )
Kingdom Come ( J.G. Ballard )
Kingdoms of the Wall ( Robert Silverberg )
Kushiel's Dart ( Jacqueline Carey )
Lady Chatterley's Lover ( D.H. Lawrence )
Lamb ( Christopher Moore )
L'assommoir ( Emil Zola )
Le Lys dans la Vallée ( Honore de Balzac )
Les liaisons dangereuses ( Pierre Choderlos de Laclos )
Letters Back to Ancient China ( Herbert Rosendorfer )
L'homme qui plantait des arbres ( Jean Giono )
Little Dorrit ( Charles Dickens )
Looking for Alaska ( John Green )
Lord of the Flies ( William Golding )
Martin Eden ( Jack London )
Middlesex ( Jeffrey Eugenides )
Mimum ( Lilli Thai )
Miss Smilla's sense for snow ( Peter Hoeg )
Mistborn Trilogy ( Brandon Sanderson )
Mr Mulliner series ( P.G. Wodehouse )
Nausea ( Jean-Paul Sartre )
Nemesis ( Agatha Christie )
Night ( Wiesel )
Nights Dawn trilogy ( Peter F Hamilton )
No Country for Old Men ( Cormac McCarthy )
Northern Lights ( Philip Pullman )
Odd Thomas ( series; Dean Koontz )
Om Godheten ( Willy Kyrklund )
On the Beach ( Nevil Shute )
On Liberty ( J.S. Mill )
One Big damn Puzzler ( John Harding )
Oryx and Crake ( Margaret Atwood )
Othello ( William Shakespeare )
Our Mutual Friend ( Charles Dickens )
Parable of Sower ( Octavia Butler )
Peter and Wendy ( J.M. Barrie )
Portnoy's Complaint ( Philip Roth )
Pygmalion ( George Bernard Shaw )
Replay ( Ken Grimwood )
Riftwar Cycle ( Raymond E. Feist )
Ringworld ( Larry Niven )
Roadmarks ( Roger Zelazny )
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead ( Tom Stoppard )
Rumo ( Walter Moers )
Salammbô ( Gustave Flaubert )
Salome ( Oscar Wilde )
Santiago: a Myth of the Far Future ( Mike Resnick )
Scoop ( Evelyn Waugh )
Seeker ( Jack McDevitt )
Sense and Sensibility ( Jane Austen )
Shades of Gray: The Road to High Saffron ( Jasper Fforde )
Siddhartha ( Herman Hesse )
Sinuhe egyptiläinen ( Mika Waltari )
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie ( May Gibbs )
Southern Victory series ( Harry Turtledove )
Something Happened ( Joseph Heller )
Space Odyssey series ( Arthur C. Clarke )
Space Trilogy ( C.S. Lewis )
Speed of Dark ( Elizabeth Moon )
Spook Country ( William Gibson )
Starship Troopers ( Robert A. Heinlein )
Staying Alive ( Matt Beaumont )
Shogun ( James Clavell )
Something Wicked this Way Comes ( Ray Bradbury )
Stranger in a Strange Land ( Heinlein )
Summer Sisters ( Judy Blume )
Sunshine ( Robin McKinley )
Survivor ( Chuck Palahniuk )
Swallows and Amazons series ( Arthur Ransome )
Tales of the Otori trilogy ( Lian Hearn )
Tarantula ( Bob Dylan )
Tess of the D'urbervilles ( Thomas Hardy )
Tender is the Night ( F. Scott Fitzgerald )
The 39 Steps ( John Buchan )
The Accidental ( Ali Smith )
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ( Mark Twain )
The Alchemist ( Paulo Coelho )
The Anubis Gates ( Tim Powers )
The BFG ( Roald Dahl )
The Black Book ( Orhan Pamuk )
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting ( Milan Kundera )
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao ( Junot Diaz )
The Business ( Iain Banks )
The Call of Cthulu and Other Strange Tales ( H.P. Lovecraft )
The Cider House Rules ( John Irving )
The Circle series ( Ted Dekker )
The City and the Stars ( Arthur C. Clarke )
The City of Dreaming Books ( Walter Moers )
The Colour Out of Space ( H.P. Lovecraft )
The Crucible ( Arthur Miller )
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time ( Mark Haddon )
The Da Vinci Code ( Dan Brown )
The Dark Knight Returns ( Frank Miller )
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark ( Carl Sagan )
The Dice Man ( Luke Rhinehart )
The Difference Engine ( William Gibson and Bruce Sterling )
The Engines of God ( Jack McDevitt )
The Eyes of Heisenberg ( Frank Herbert )
The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard ( Arthur Conan Doyle )
The Fall ( Albert Camus )
The Far Pavilions ( M. M. Kaye )
The Five People You Meet in Heaven ( Mitch Albom )
The Futurological Congress ( Stanislaw Lem )
The Fresco ( Sheri Teper )
The Giver ( Lois Lowry )
The Good Earth ( Pearl S. Buck )
The Gods Themselves ( Isaac Asimov )
The Historian ( Elizabeth Kostova )
The Hunger Games series ( Suzanne Collins )
The Hunt for Red October ( Tom Clancy )
The Informers ( Brett Easton Ellis )
The Ink Drum ( Gunter Grass )
The Interpretation of Dreams ( Sigmund Freud )
The Jaz Parks series ( Jennifer Rardin )
The Jessica Darling series ( Megan McCafferty )
The Last Days of Socrates ( Plato )
The Last Question ( Isaac Asimov )
The Lathe of Heaven ( Ursula K. LeGuin )
The Life Before Us ( Romain Gary )
The Little Friend ( Donna Tartt )
The Light Fantastic ( Terry Pratchett )
The Magicians ( Lev Grossman )
The Merchant of Venice ( William Shakespeare )
The Mote in God's Eye ( Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle )
The Muddlehead Wombat ( Ruth Park )
The Music of Eric Zann ( H.P. Lovecraft )
The Mysterious Island ( Jules Verne )
The Namesake ( Jhumpa Lahiri )
The Night Angel Trilogy ( Brent Weeks )
The Nightwatch Series ( Sergei Lukyanenko )
The Nine Tailors ( Dorothy Sayers )
The Number Devil ( Hans Magnus Enzenberger )
The Once and Future King ( T.H. White )
The People series ( Zenna Henderson )
The Periodic Table ( Primo Levi )
The Permit ( Donald Horne )
The Pillars of Earth ( Ken Follett )
The Player of Games ( Iain M. Banks )
The Postman ( David Brin )
The Prince of Nothing Trilogy ( R. Scott Bakker )
The Princess Bride ( S. Morgenstern )
The Remains of the Day ( Kazuo Ishiguro )
The Restaurant at the end of the Universe ( Douglas Adams )
The Royal Hunt of the Sun ( Peter Schaffer )
The Satanic Verses ( Salman Rushdie )
The Scienc of Discworld ( Terry Pratchett )
The Secret History ( Donna Tartt )
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty ( James Thurber )
The Sirens of Titan ( Kurt Vonnegut )
The Smiley novels ( John le Carre )
The Somnambulist ( Jonathan Barnes )
The Stainless Steel Rat series ( Harry Harrison )
The Stars My Destination ( Alfred Bester )
The Sword of Shannara ( Terry Brooks )
The Tao of Pooh ( Benjamin Hoff )
The Tempest ( William Shakespear )
The Things They Carried ( Tim O'Brien )
The Three Musketeers ( Alexanders Dumas )
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch ( Philip K. Dick )
The Time Traveller's Wife ( Audrey Niffenegger )
The Tin Drum ( Gunter Grass )
The Unbearable Lightness of Being ( Milan Kundera )
The Warlord trilogy ( Bernard Cornwell )
The Wasp Factory ( Iain Banks )
The Westing Game ( Ellen Raskin )
The Wish List ( Eoin Colfer )
The Woman in White ( Willkie Collins )
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More ( Roald Dahl )
The World of Null-A ( A.E. van Vogt )
The World of Pooh ( A. A. Milne )
The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook ( Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht )
The Yearling ( Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings )
The Yellow Wallpaper ( Charlotte Perkins Gilman )
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? ( Horace McCoy )
Thrawn Trilogy ( Timothy Zahn )
Toxin ( Robin Cook )
Treason ( Orson Scott Card )
Tunnel in the Sky ( Robert Heinlein )
Twilight ( Stephenie Meyer )
Ubik ( Phillip K. Dick )
Uncle Tungsten ( Oliver Sacks )
Under the Banner of Heaven ( John Krakauer )
Unwind ( Neal Shusterman )
Utopia ( Thomas More )
VALIS ( Philip K. Dick )
Vector ( Robin Cook )
Vespers ( Jeff Rovin )
Waiting for Godot ( Samuel Beckett )
Waiting for the Barbarians ( JM Coetzee )
Waverly ( Sir Walter Scott )
Worthing series ( Orson Scott Card )
Wuthering Heights ( Emily Brontë )

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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby The Moomin » Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:24 pm UTC

The Thief of Always - Clive Barker
The Abarat - Clive Barker
Dragonlance Chronicles - Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Nightsdawn Trilogy - Peter F Hamilton
Earthsea Quartet - Ursula K Leguin
The Invention of Morel - Adolfo Bioy Casares
Shadows Fall - Simon R Green
Charlie Parker Series - John Connolly
Mrs Chippy's Last Expedition - Caroline Alexander (Fictionalised account of the Shackleton expedition from the cat's point of view)
Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Dirk Gently Novels - Douglas Adams
Discworld - Terry Pratchett
Dune Series - Frank Herbert
Turn of the Screw - Henry James
Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
Land of Dreams - James P Blaylock
The Once and Future King - T H White
Replay - Ken Grimwood
Alabaster - Caitlin R Kiernan

*Edit Felix Castor series - Mike Carey

And that completes the 20, wooooo.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby John T » Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:24 am UTC

Diskworld Series - Terry Prattchett
Thursday Next Series - Jasper Fford
Bloodsucking Fiends Series - Christopher Moore
Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert Heinlein
To say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis
Belwether - Connie Willis
Lord of Light - Roger Zelazny
Amber Series - Roger Zelazny
Future history series - Robert Heinlein
Future history series- H. Beam Piper
Posleen series - John Ringo
Honor Harrington series - David Weber
Dinosaur Beach - Keith Laumer
Life on the Missippi - Mark Twain
Roughing It - Mark Twain
Lord Darcy series - Randall Garrett

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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby AvatarIII » Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:23 pm UTC

Night's Dawn Trilogy/Series - Peter F Hamilton
Commonwealth Saga - Peter F Hamilton
Fallen Dragon - Peter F Hamilton
Revelation Space Series - Alastair Reynolds
Pushing Ice - Alastair Reynolds
Terminal World - Alastair Reynolds
Enderverse Series - Orson Scott Card (all of them as a whole)
Hyperion Cantos (Quartet) - Dan Simmons
Ilium/Olympos - Dan Simmons
The Dispossessed - Ursula K LeGuin
Engines of Light Trilogy - Ken MacLeod
Gateway - Frederik Pohl
Forever War - Joe Haldeman
The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester
Mars Trilogy/Series - Kim Stanley Robinson
Last and First Men - Olaf Stapledon
Behold the Man - Michael Moorcock

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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby dhokarena56 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:24 pm UTC

Ulysses
Portrait of the Artist
Dream of the Red Chamber
In Search of Lost Time
The Waste Land
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Hitchhiker's Series
Atlanta Nights
Harry Potter
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby freakish777 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:22 pm UTC

Neuromancer (or Sprawl Trilogy) - William Gibson
Pattern Recognition (or Modern Trilogy, not sure what to call this series) - William Gibson
Brave New World - Huxley
Calvin and Hobbes collection (disagree with this being taken off the list)
Hercule Poirot (series) - Agatha Christie
Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength (Space Triology) -CS Lewis
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
Lord of the Rings - Tolkein

That's 10 votes. Can I use my remaining 10 votes to vote against the likes of Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men, and The Old Man and the Sea (amongst others, note that these are all books by American authors who had careers in roughly the same time period)?

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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Adacore » Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:20 am UTC

freakish777 wrote:That's 10 votes. Can I use my remaining 10 votes to vote against the likes of Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men, and The Old Man and the Sea (amongst others, note that these are all books by American authors who had careers in roughly the same time period)?

No, no down-votes. What've you got against American authors who published books between 1925 and 1951?


Update on the list:
Spoiler:
1
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ( series; Douglas Adams ) -- 42

2
The Lord of the Rings ( J.R.R. Tolkien ) -- 27

3
Ender's Game ( Orson Scott Card ) -– 24

4
1984 ( George Orwell ) -- 22

5=
Discworld ( series; Terry Pratchett ) -- 20
Harry Potter ( series; J.K. Rowling ) –- 20

7=
Dune ( series; Frank Herbert ) -– 14
The Hobbit ( J.R.R. Tolkien ) -- 14

9=
Brave New World ( Aldous Huxley ) -- 12
Foundation ( series; Isaac Asimov ) -- 12
Catch-22 ( Joseph Heller ) -– 12

12=
American Gods ( Neil Gaiman ) -– 9
Catcher in the Rye ( J.D. Salinger ) -- 9
Fahrenheit 451 ( Ray Bradbury ) -– 9

15=
A Song of Ice and Fire ( series; George R.R. Martin ) -– 8
Dirk Gently ( series; Douglas Adams ) -- 8
Slaughterhouse Five ( Kurt Vonnegut ) -– 8

18=
Cat's Cradle ( Kurt Vonnegut ) –- 7
Snow Crash ( Neal Stephenson ) –- 7

20=
Fight Club ( Chuck Palahniuk ) -- 6
Good Omens ( Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett ) -– 6
House of Leaves ( Mark Danielewski ) -- 6
Robot series ( Isaac Asimov ) -- 6
Sherlock Holmes ( series; Arthur Conan Doyle ) -- 6
The Phantom Tollbooth ( Norton Juster ) -- 6
The Picture of Dorian Gray ( Oscar Wilde ) -- 6
Ulysses ( James Joyce ) –- 6

28=
A Clockwork Orange ( Anthony Burgess ) -- 5
Lolita ( Vladimir Nabokov ) –- 5
Neuromancer / Sprawl ( series; William Gibson ) -- 5
The Chronicles of Narnia ( series; C.S. Lewis ) – 5
The Great Gatsby ( F. Scott Fitzgerald ) -- 5
The Master and Margarita ( Mikhail Bulgakov ) –- 5
The Stand ( Stephen King ) -- 5
Through the Looking-Glass (And What Alice Found There) ( Lewis Carroll ) –- 5
To Kill a Mockingbird ( Harper Lee ) –- 5
World War Z ( Max Brooks ) –- 5

38=
Animal Farm ( George Orwell ) -- 4
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ( Roald Dahl ) -- 4
Cryptonomicon ( Neal Stephenson ) -– 4
His Dark Materials trilogy ( series; Phillip Pullman ) -- 4
Life of Pi ( Yann Martel ) –- 4
Of Mice and Men ( John Steinbeck ) –- 4
One Hundred Years of Solitude ( Gabriel Garcia Marquez ) -- 4
Pride and Prejudice ( Jane Austen ) -– 4
The Brothers Karamazov ( Fyodor Dostoyevski ) -- 4
The Dresden Files ( series; Jim Butcher ) – 4
The Trial ( Franz Kafka ) -- 4
Watchmen ( Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons ) -- 4

50=
Candide ( Voltaire ) -- 3
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep ( Philip K. Dick ) -- 3
Dracula ( Bram Stoker ) -– 3
Fear and Loathing in Las vegas ( Hunter S. Thompson ) -- 3
Foucault's Pendulum ( Umberto Eco ) -– 3
Great Expectations ( Charles Dickens ) -- 3
Hamlet ( William Shakespeare ) -- 3
Hyperion Cantos ( series; Dan Simmons ) -- 2
IT ( Stephen King ) -- 3
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell ( Susanna Clarke ) -- 3
Malazan Book of the Fallen ( Steven Erikson ) -– 3
Moon is a Harsh Mistress ( Robert Heinlein ) -- 3
Necronomicon ( H.P. Lovecraft ) -– 3
Neverwhere ( Neil Gaiman ) -- 3
Nights Dawn trilogy ( series; Peter F Hamilton ) -- 3
The Count of Monte Cristo ( Alexandre Dumas ) -- 3
The Dark Tower ( series; Stephen King ) -- 3
The Giver ( Lois Lowry ) –- 3
The Grapes of Wrath ( John Steinbeck ) -- 3
The Handmaid's Tale ( Margaret Atwood ) -- 3
The Man in the High Castle ( Philip K. Dick ) -- 3
The Name of the Rose ( Umberto Eco ) -- 3
The Odyssey ( Homer ) -- 3
The Old Man and the Sea ( Ernest Hemingway ) -- 3
The Silmarillion ( J.R.R. Tolkien ) – 3
The Stranger ( Albert Camus ) -- 3
The Time Machine ( H.G. Wells ) -- 3
Watership Down ( Richard Adams ) -- 3

78=
2001 ( Arthur C. Clarke ) -– 2
Abarat ( Clive Barker ) -- 2
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ( Mark Twain ) –- 2
Also Sprach Zarathustra ( Friedrich Nietzsche ) -- 2
A Modest Proposal ( Jonathan Swift ) -- 2
Anne of Green Gales series ( Lucy Maud Montgomery ) -- 2
Artemis Fowl series ( Eoin Colfer ) -– 2
A Scanner Darkly ( Phillip K. Dick ) -- 2
A Separate Peace ( John Knowles ) -- 2
A Short History of nearly Everything ( Bill Bryson )
A Tale of Two Cities ( Charles Dickens ) -- 2
Antigone ( Sophocles ) -- 2
Attack of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks ( Christopher Brookmyer ) -- 2
Bartimaeus trilogy ( Jonathan Stroud ) -- 2
Beloved ( Toni Morrison ) -- 2
Beowulf ( unknown ) -– 2
Blindness ( Jose Saramago ) –- 2
Call of the Wild ( Jack London ) -- 2
Cancer Ward (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ) -- 2
Change Series ( S.M. Stirling ) -- 2
Childhood's End ( Arthur C. Clarke ) –- 2
Crime and Punishment ( Fyodor Dostoyevski ) -- 2
Commonwealth saga ( series; Peter F. Hamilton )
Contact ( Carl Sagan ) -- 2
Don Quixote ( Cervantes ) –- 2
Earthsea ( series; Ursula Le Guin ) -- 2
East of Eden ( John Steinbeck ) -- 2
Espedair Street ( Iain Banks ) –- 2
Ficciones ( Jorge Luis Borges ) -- 2
Gravity's Rainbow ( Thomas Pynchon ) -- 2
Hercule Poirot ( series; Agatha Christie ) -- 2
Howl's Moving Castle ( Dianna Wynne Jones ) -- 2
Invisible Man ( Ralph Ellison ) -- 2
Ishmael ( Daniel Quinn ) -- 2
Jeeves series ( P.G. Wodehouse ) –- 2
John Dies at the End ( David Wong ) -- 2
Johnny Got His Gun ( Dalton Trumbo ) -- 2
Journey to the Centre of the Earth ( Jules Verne ) –- 2
Les Miserables ( Victor Hugo ) –- 2
MacBeth ( William Shakespeare ) -- 2
Magician ( Raymond E. Feist ) -- 2
Miles Vorkosigan Series ( Lois McMaster Bujold ) –- 2
Never Let Me Go ( Kazuo Ishiguro ) -- 2
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest ( Ken Kesey ) -- 2
Pride, Prejudice and Zombies ( Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith ) -- 2
Rant ( Chuck Palahiunk ) -- 2
Rebecca ( Daphne du Maurier ) –- 2
Red Badge of Courage ( Stephen Crane ) -- 2
Redwall Series ( Brian Jacques) -- 2
Replay ( Ken Grimwood ) -- 2
Something Wicked this Way Comes ( Ray Bradbury ) -- 2
Space Trilogy ( C.S. Lewis ) -- 2
Speaker for the Dead ( Orson Scott Card ) -- 2
Sphere ( Michael Crichton ) -- 2
Steppenwolf ( Herman Hesse ) -- 2
Stories and Poems ( Edgar Allen Poe ) – 2
Time Quartet ( series; Madeleine L'Engle ) -- 2
The Baroque Cycle Trilogy ( Neal Stephenson ) -- 2
The Bell Jar ( Sylvia Plath ) –- 2
The Book Thief ( Markus Zusak ) -- 2
The Castle ( Franz Kafka ) -– 2
The Chrysalids ( John Wyndham ) -- 2
The City and the City (China Mieville) -- 2
The Crow Road ( Iain Banks ) -– 2
The Divine Comedy ( Dante Alighieri ) -- 2
The End of Eternity ( Isaac Asimov ) -- 2
The House of God ( Samuel Shem ) –- 2
The Illiad ( Homer ) -- 2
The Kite Runner ( Khaled Hosseini ) -– 2
The Left Hand of Darkness ( Ursula K. LeGuin ) -- 2
The Neverending Story ( Michael Ende ) -- 2
The Once and Future King ( T.H. White ) -- 2
The Rama Quadrilogy ( Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Le ) -- 2
The Road ( Cormac McCarthy ) -- 2
The Shipping News ( E. Annie Proulx ) -- 2
The Stars My Destination ( Alfred Bester ) -- 2
The Story of B ( Daniel Quinn ) -- 2
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ( Robert Stevenson ) -- 2
Trainspotting ( Irvine Welsh ) -- 2
We ( Yevgeny Zamyatin ) -- 2
Wheel of Time ( series; Robert Jordan ) -- 2
Xanth ( series; Piers Anthony ) -- 2
Xenocide ( Orson Scott Card ) -- 2

161=
A Bend in the River ( V.S. Naipaul )
A Canticle for Leibowitz ( Walter M. Miller, Jr. )
Accelerando ( Charles Stross )
Acceptable Risk ( Robin Cook )
A Confederacy of Dunces ( John Kennedy Toole )
A Dead Man’s Memoir / Black Snow ( Mikhail Bulgakov )
A Deepness in the Sky (Vernon Vinge) Added
A Dog’s Heart ( Mikhail Bulgakov )
A Fine Balance ( Rohinton Mistry )
A Fortunate Life ( Albert Facey )
A King of Infinite Space ( William Shakespeare )
Alabaster ( Caitlin R. Kiernan )
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ( Lewis Carroll )
All Quiet on the Western Front ( Erich Maria Remarque )
American Pastoral ( Philip Roth )
American Psycho ( Bret Easton Ellis)
Amerika ( Franz Kafka )
A Midsummer Night’s Dream ( William Shakespeare )
Anansi Boys ( Neil Gaiman )
Anathem ( Neal Steaphenson )
And the Ass Saw the Angel ( Nick Cave )
An Instance of the Fingerpost ( Iain Pears )
Anna Karenina ( Leo Tolstoy )
Anthill ( E.O. Wilson )
Apprentice Adept ( series; Piers Anthony )
Arthur and George ( Julian Barnes )
As I Lay Dying ( William Faulkner )
Atlanta Nights ( various )
A Thousand Splendid Suns ( Khaled Hosseini )
Aubrey/Maturin series ( Patrick O'Brien )
Battlefield Earth ( L. Ron Hubbard )
Beasts and Superbeasts ( Saki )
Because of Winn-Dixie ( Kate DiCamillo )
Behold the Man ( Michael Moorcock )
Bel Canto ( Ann Patchett )
Belgarath the Sorcerer ( David Eddings & Leith Eddings )
Belgariad ( series; David Eddings )
Belle du Seigneur ( Albert Cohen )
Bellwether ( Connie Willis )
Biting the Sun ( Tanith Lee )
Blandings Castle series ( P.G. Wodehouse )
Bloodsucking Fiends ( series; Christopher Moore )
Bone series ( Jeff Smith )
Brazzaville Beach ( William Boyd )
Breakfast of Champions ( Kurt Vonnegut )
Calculating God ( Robert J. Sawyer )
Calvin and Hobbes collection ( series; Bill Watterson )
Cannery Row ( John Steinbeck )
Charlie Parker ( series; John Connolly )
Children of the Mind ( Orson Scott Card )
Choke ( Chuck Palahniuk )
Cloud Atlas ( David Mitchell )
Conan the Barbarian ( Robert E. Howard )
Conquerors Trilogy ( Timothy Zahn )
Coyote Series ( Allen Steele )
Cradle ( Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee )
Das Parfum ( Patrick Süskind )
Dealing With Dragons ( Patricia C. Wrede )
Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller)
Deed of Paksenarrion Series ( Elizabeth Moon )
Demon trilogy ( Peter V. Brett )
Discourse on Method ( Rene Descartes )
Dinosaur Beach ( Keith Laumer )
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom ( Cory Doctorow )
Dragonlance Chronicles ( series; Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman )
Dream of the Red Chamber ( Cao Xueqin )
Eisenhorn ( Dan Abnett )
Emma ( Jane Austen )
Empire Falls ( Richard Russo )
Empire novels ( series; Isaac Asimov )
Ender's Shadow ( Orson Scott Card )
Engines of Light Trilogy ( series; Ken MacLeod )
Ennen Päivänlaskua Ei Voi ( Johanna Sinisalo )
Ett Öga Rött ( Jonas Hassen Khemiri )
Event Series ( S.M. Stirling )
Extraordinary Stories ( Edgar Allen Poe )
Familias Regnant ( series; Elizabeth Moon )
Fallen Dragon ( Peter F. Hamilton )
Farseer ( series; Robin Hobb )
Felix Castor ( series; Mike Carey )
Flatland ( Edwin Abott )
Flora Segunda ( Ysabeau Wilce )
For Whom the Bell Tolls ( Ernest Hemingway )
Fountains of Paradise ( Arthur C. Clarke )
From the Corner of His Eye ( Dean Koontz )
Future History ( series; Robert Heinlein )
Gateway ( Frederik Pohl )
Gisli Sursson's Saga ( unknown )
Gulliver's Travels ( Jonathan Swift )
Guns of the South ( Harry Turtledove )
Halo ( series; various authors )
Heart of Darkness ( Joseph Conrad )
History: A novel ( Elsa Morante )
Horatio Hornblower ( series; C.S. Forester )
How I Live Now ( Meg Rosoff )
Howard’s End ( E.M. Forster )
Howl and other poems ( Allen Grinsberg )
I Am A Cat ( Natsume Soseki )
I, Claudius/Claudius the God ( Robert Graves )
If on a Winter's Night a Traveller ( Italo Calvino )
Ilium/Olympos cycle ( series; Dan Simmons )
Illuminatus! Trilogy ( Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson )
Immortality ( Milan Kundera )
Inheritance Cycle ( Christopher Paolini )
In Search of Lost Time ( Marcel Proust )
Inspector Maigret ( series; Georges Simenon )
Invasion! ( Jonas Hassen Khemiri )
Honor Harrington ( series; David Weber )
Jamaica Inn ( Daphne du Maurier )
Jaques Le Fataliste ( Denis Diderot )
Jonathan Livingston Seagull ( Russell Munson )
Jpod ( Douglas Coupland )
Jurrasic Park ( Michael Crichton )
Kafka on the Shore ( Haruki Murakami )
Kay Scarpetta Mysteries ( Patricia Cornwell )
King Rat ( James Clavell )
Kingdom Come ( J.G. Ballard )
Kingdoms of the Wall ( Robert Silverberg )
Kushiel's Dart ( Jacqueline Carey )
Lady Chatterley's Lover ( D.H. Lawrence )
Lamb ( Christopher Moore )
Land of Dreams ( James P Blaylock )
L'assommoir ( Emil Zola )
Last and First Men ( Olaf Stapledon )
Legacy of Aldenata ( series; John Ringo )
Le Lys dans la Vallée ( Honore de Balzac )
Les Liaisons Dangereuses ( Pierre Choderlos de Laclos )
Letters Back to Ancient China ( Herbert Rosendorfer )
L'homme qui plantait des arbres ( Jean Giono )
Life on the Mississippi ( Mark Twain )
Little Dorrit ( Charles Dickens )
Looking for Alaska ( John Green )
Lord Darcy ( series; Randall Garrett )
Lord of Light ( Roger Zelazny )
Lord of the Flies ( William Golding )
Mars trilogy ( series; Kim Stanley Robinson )
Martin Eden ( Jack London )
Middlesex ( Jeffrey Eugenides )
Mimum ( Lilli Thai )
Miss Smilla's sense for snow ( Peter Hoeg )
Mistborn Trilogy ( Brandon Sanderson )
Mr Mulliner series ( P.G. Wodehouse )
Mrs Chippy's Last Expedition ( Caroline Alexander )
Nausea ( Jean-Paul Sartre )
Nemesis ( Agatha Christie )
Night ( Wiesel )
No Country for Old Men ( Cormac McCarthy )
Northern Lights ( Philip Pullman )
Odd Thomas ( series; Dean Koontz )
Om Godheten ( Willy Kyrklund )
On the Beach ( Nevil Shute )
On Liberty ( J.S. Mill )
One Big damn Puzzler ( John Harding )
Oryx and Crake ( Margaret Atwood )
Othello ( William Shakespeare )
Our Mutual Friend ( Charles Dickens )
Parable of Sower ( Octavia Butler )
Pattern Recognition ( William Gibson )
Peter and Wendy ( J.M. Barrie )
Portnoy's Complaint ( Philip Roth )
Portrait of the Artist ( James Joyce )
Pushing Ice ( Alastair Reynolds )
Pygmalion ( George Bernard Shaw )
Revelation Space ( series; Alastair Reynolds )
Riftwar Cycle ( Raymond E. Feist )
Ringworld ( Larry Niven )
Roadmarks ( Roger Zelazny )
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead ( Tom Stoppard )
Roughing It ( Mark Twain )
Rumo ( Walter Moers )
Salammbô ( Gustave Flaubert )
Salome ( Oscar Wilde )
Santiago: a Myth of the Far Future ( Mike Resnick )
Scoop ( Evelyn Waugh )
Seeker ( Jack McDevitt )
Sense and Sensibility ( Jane Austen )
Shades of Gray: The Road to High Saffron ( Jasper Fforde )
Shadows Fall ( Simon R. Green )
Siddhartha ( Herman Hesse )
Sinuhe egyptiläinen ( Mika Waltari )
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie ( May Gibbs )
Southern Victory series ( Harry Turtledove )
Something Happened ( Joseph Heller )
Space Odyssey series ( Arthur C. Clarke )
Speed of Dark ( Elizabeth Moon )
Spook Country ( William Gibson )
Starship Troopers ( Robert A. Heinlein )
Staying Alive ( Matt Beaumont )
Shogun ( James Clavell )
Stranger in a Strange Land ( Heinlein )
Summer Sisters ( Judy Blume )
Sunshine ( Robin McKinley )
Survivor ( Chuck Palahniuk )
Swallows and Amazons series ( Arthur Ransome )
Tales of the Otori trilogy ( Lian Hearn )
Tarantula ( Bob Dylan )
Tess of the D'urbervilles ( Thomas Hardy )
Tender is the Night ( F. Scott Fitzgerald )
Terminal World ( Alastair Reynolds )
Terro-Human Future History ( series; H. Beam Piper )
The 39 Steps ( John Buchan )
The Accidental ( Ali Smith )
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ( Mark Twain )
The Alchemist ( Paulo Coelho )
The Anubis Gates ( Tim Powers )
The BFG ( Roald Dahl )
The Black Book ( Orhan Pamuk )
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting ( Milan Kundera )
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao ( Junot Diaz )
The Business ( Iain Banks )
The Call of Cthulu and Other Strange Tales ( H.P. Lovecraft )
The Chronicles of Amber ( series; Roger Zelazny )
The Cider House Rules ( John Irving )
The Circle series ( Ted Dekker )
The City and the Stars ( Arthur C. Clarke )
The City of Dreaming Books ( Walter Moers )
The Colour Out of Space ( H.P. Lovecraft )
The Crucible ( Arthur Miller )
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time ( Mark Haddon )
The Da Vinci Code ( Dan Brown )
The Dark Knight Returns ( Frank Miller )
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark ( Carl Sagan )
The Dice Man ( Luke Rhinehart )
The Difference Engine ( William Gibson & Bruce Sterling )
The Dispossessed ( Ursula K. LeGuin )
The Engines of God ( Jack McDevitt )
The Eyes of Heisenberg ( Frank Herbert )
The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard ( Arthur Conan Doyle )
The Fall ( Albert Camus )
The Far Pavilions ( M.M. Kaye )
The Five People You Meet in Heaven ( Mitch Albom )
The Forever War ( Joe Haldeman )
The Futurological Congress ( Stanislaw Lem )
The Fresco ( Sheri Teper )
The Giver ( Lois Lowry )
The Good Earth ( Pearl S. Buck )
The Gods Themselves ( Isaac Asimov )
The Historian ( Elizabeth Kostova )
The Hunger Games series ( Suzanne Collins )
The Hunt for Red October ( Tom Clancy )
The Informers ( Brett Easton Ellis )
The Ink Drum ( Gunter Grass )
The Interpretation of Dreams ( Sigmund Freud )
The Invention of Morel ( Adolfo Bioy Casares )
The Jaz Parks series ( Jennifer Rardin )
The Jessica Darling series ( Megan McCafferty )
The Last Days of Socrates ( Plato )
The Last Question ( Isaac Asimov )
The Lathe of Heaven ( Ursula K. LeGuin )
The Life Before Us ( Romain Gary )
The Little Friend ( Donna Tartt )
The Light Fantastic ( Terry Pratchett )
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock ( T.S. Eliot )
The Magicians ( Lev Grossman )
The Merchant of Venice ( William Shakespeare )
The Mote in God's Eye ( Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle )
The Muddlehead Wombat ( Ruth Park )
The Music of Eric Zann ( H.P. Lovecraft )
The Mysterious Island ( Jules Verne )
The Namesake ( Jhumpa Lahiri )
The Night Angel Trilogy ( Brent Weeks )
The Nightwatch Series ( Sergei Lukyanenko )
The Nine Tailors ( Dorothy Sayers )
The Number Devil ( Hans Magnus Enzenberger )
The People series ( Zenna Henderson )
The Periodic Table ( Primo Levi )
The Permit ( Donald Horne )
The Pillars of Earth ( Ken Follett )
The Player of Games ( Iain M. Banks )
The Postman ( David Brin )
The Prince of Nothing Trilogy ( R. Scott Bakker )
The Princess Bride ( S. Morgenstern )
The Remains of the Day ( Kazuo Ishiguro )
The Restaurant at the end of the Universe ( Douglas Adams )
The Royal Hunt of the Sun ( Peter Schaffer )
The Satanic Verses ( Salman Rushdie )
The Scienc of Discworld ( Terry Pratchett )
The Secret History ( Donna Tartt )
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty ( James Thurber )
The Sirens of Titan ( Kurt Vonnegut )
The Smiley novels ( John le Carre )
The Somnambulist ( Jonathan Barnes )
The Stainless Steel Rat ( series; Harry Harrison )
The Sword of Shannara ( Terry Brooks )
The Tao of Pooh ( Benjamin Hoff )
The Tempest ( William Shakespear )
The Thief of Always ( Clive Barker )
The Things They Carried ( Tim O'Brien )
The Three Musketeers ( Alexanders Dumas )
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch ( Philip K. Dick )
The Time Traveller's Wife ( Audrey Niffenegger )
The Tin Drum ( Gunter Grass )
The Unbearable Lightness of Being ( Milan Kundera )
The Warlord trilogy ( Bernard Cornwell )
The Wasp Factory ( Iain Banks )
The Waste Land ( T.S. Eliot )
The Westing Game ( Ellen Raskin )
The Wish List ( Eoin Colfer )
The Woman in White ( Willkie Collins )
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More ( Roald Dahl )
The World of Null-A ( A.E. van Vogt )
The World of Pooh ( A. A. Milne )
The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook ( Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht )
The Yearling ( Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings )
The Yellow Wallpaper ( Charlotte Perkins Gilman )
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? ( Horace McCoy )
Thrawn Trilogy ( Timothy Zahn )
Thursday Next ( series; Jasper Fforde )
To Say Nothing of the Dog ( Connie Willis )
Toxin ( Robin Cook )
Treason ( Orson Scott Card )
Tunnel in the Sky ( Robert Heinlein )
Turn of the Screw ( Henry James )
Twilight ( Stephenie Meyer )
Ubik ( Phillip K. Dick )
Uncle Tungsten ( Oliver Sacks )
Under the Banner of Heaven ( John Krakauer )
Unwind ( Neal Shusterman )
Utopia ( Thomas More )
VALIS ( Philip K. Dick )
Vector ( Robin Cook )
Vespers ( Jeff Rovin )
Waiting for Godot ( Samuel Beckett )
Waiting for the Barbarians ( J.M. Coetzee )
Waverly ( Sir Walter Scott )
Worthing ( series; Orson Scott Card )
Wuthering Heights ( Emily Brontë )
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby freakish777 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:28 pm UTC

Adacore wrote:What've you got against American authors who published books between 1925 and 1951?


Boring subject matter, and similar writing styles that exacerbate the issue (Where things. Take. Forever. So the plot. Never. Advances.). Of the books I mentioned, Of Mice and Men is the most tolerable (because it's subject matter is at least somewhat interesting), and The Old Man and the Sea is the least tolerable (we get it Hemingway, old age sucks, and life is unfair, don't drag it out 50 pages longer than it has to be).

You could have the deepest characters, and if your writing style sucks it will detract from them.
You could have the richest setting, and if your writing style sucks it will detract from it.
You could have the most brilliant plot, and if your writing style sucks it will detract from it.



EDIT: I'd also vote against Catch-22 if I could, I didn't enjoy it. But pinpointing why I didn't, I'm not so sure of.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Aiwendil » Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:57 am UTC

I feel like somebody has to point out that the Hitchhiker series now has forty-two votes.

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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby lorb » Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:54 pm UTC

freakish777 wrote:[...]
That's 10 votes. Can I use my remaining 10 votes to vote against the likes of Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men, and The Old Man and the Sea (amongst others, note that these are all books by American authors who had careers in roughly the same time period)?


You want to downvote Hemingway while Harry Potter takes the 5th spot in the ranking? :cry:
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby freakish777 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:24 pm UTC

lorb wrote:
freakish777 wrote:[...]
That's 10 votes. Can I use my remaining 10 votes to vote against the likes of Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men, and The Old Man and the Sea (amongst others, note that these are all books by American authors who had careers in roughly the same time period)?


You want to downvote Hemingway while Harry Potter takes the 5th spot in the ranking? :cry:


Having not read Harry Potter, I am not qualified to judge it.

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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby willaaaaaa » Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:03 pm UTC

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
The Giver by Lois Lowry
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
1984 by George Orwell
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
Freakonomics by Stephen Levitt (despite the suspect methodologies)
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket
Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet
The I Hate Mathematics! Book by Marilyn Burns, et. al.
Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate
Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
Head First Design Patterns by Eric Freeman, et. al.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby UniqueScreenname » Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:04 am UTC

Can I give all 20 votes to Pride and Prejudice?
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby ahammel » Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:10 pm UTC

Of Human Bondage, W. Somerset Maugham
His Dark Materials, Phillip Pullman
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
Creation, Gore Vidal
The Windup Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
Point Counter Point, Aldous Huxley
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jule Verne
The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson
American Gods, Neil Gaiman
The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
The Judas Window, John Dickson Carr
The Uplift Series, David Brin
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (bite me, literary modernism haters!)
The League of Extraordinatry Gentlemen, Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neil
Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There, Lewis Carroll
At Swim-Two-Birds, Flann O'Brien
The Sherlock Holmes Series, Arthur Conan Doyle

I think we decided that we're not counting plays, but if we did, Tom Stoppard's Arcadia would have made the cut.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Mambrino » Sun Jul 22, 2012 12:50 am UTC

ahammel wrote:I think we decided that we're not counting plays, but if we did, Tom Stoppard's Arcadia would have made the cut.


Well, there's a couple of plays by Shakespeare on the list already.

My list of 20: (just 20...? not easy at all)


Maus, by Art Spiegelman
The Tempest, by William Shakespeare
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne
Marcovaldo, by Italo Calvino
A Long Goodbye, by Raymond Chandler (or should that be the whole Philip Marlowe series...?)

The Idiot, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Nose, by Nikolai Gogol
Corto Maltese series, by Hugo Pratt
Tintin series, by Hergé
Matilda, by Roald Dahl

Pappan och havet (Moominpappa at Sea appears to be the English title), by Tove Jansson.
Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson
A Study in Emerald, by Neil Gaiman (yes, it's a short story, but there's Lovecraft's short stories on the list so...)
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury

Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem
The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas
The Murders in the Rue Morgue, by Edgar Allan Poe
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway

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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Adacore » Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:11 am UTC

UniqueScreenname wrote:Can I give all 20 votes to Pride and Prejudice?

New list update! I gave you one vote for Pride & Prejudice. Feel free to put another 19 on different books.

As far as I'm concerned, I'm considering as a book pretty much anything that gets voted, for the purposes of the list. Personally, I don't like the idea of plays-as-books, but my personal opinion doesn't have much to do with it.
Spoiler:
1
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ( series; Douglas Adams ) -- 43

2
The Lord of the Rings ( J.R.R. Tolkien ) -- 27

3
Ender's Game ( Orson Scott Card ) -– 24

4
1984 ( George Orwell ) -- 23

5
Harry Potter ( series; J.K. Rowling ) –- 21

6
Discworld ( series; Terry Pratchett ) -- 20

7=
Dune ( series; Frank Herbert ) -– 14
The Hobbit ( J.R.R. Tolkien ) -- 14

9
Brave New World ( Aldous Huxley ) -- 13

10=
Foundation ( series; Isaac Asimov ) -- 12
Catch-22 ( Joseph Heller ) -– 12

12
American Gods ( Neil Gaiman ) -– 10

13=
Catcher in the Rye ( J.D. Salinger ) -- 9
Fahrenheit 451 ( Ray Bradbury ) -– 9

15=
A Song of Ice and Fire ( series; George R.R. Martin ) -– 8
Dirk Gently ( series; Douglas Adams ) -- 8
Slaughterhouse Five ( Kurt Vonnegut ) -– 8

18=
Cat's Cradle ( Kurt Vonnegut ) –- 7
Fight Club ( Chuck Palahniuk ) -- 7
Sherlock Holmes ( series; Arthur Conan Doyle ) -- 7
Snow Crash ( Neal Stephenson ) –- 7

22=
Good Omens ( Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett ) -– 6
House of Leaves ( Mark Danielewski ) -- 6
Robot series ( Isaac Asimov ) -- 6
The Great Gatsby ( F. Scott Fitzgerald ) -- 6
The Phantom Tollbooth ( Norton Juster ) -- 6
The Picture of Dorian Gray ( Oscar Wilde ) -- 6
Through the Looking-Glass (And What Alice Found There) ( Lewis Carroll ) –- 6
Ulysses ( James Joyce ) –- 6

30=
A Clockwork Orange ( Anthony Burgess ) -- 5
Animal Farm ( George Orwell ) -- 5
Cryptonomicon ( Neal Stephenson ) -– 5
His Dark Materials trilogy ( series; Phillip Pullman ) -- 5
Lolita ( Vladimir Nabokov ) –- 5
Neuromancer / Sprawl ( series; William Gibson ) -- 5
Pride and Prejudice ( Jane Austen ) -– 5
The Chronicles of Narnia ( series; C.S. Lewis ) – 5
The Master and Margarita ( Mikhail Bulgakov ) –- 5
The Stand ( Stephen King ) -- 5
To Kill a Mockingbird ( Harper Lee ) –- 5
World War Z ( Max Brooks ) –- 5

42=
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ( Roald Dahl ) -- 4
Life of Pi ( Yann Martel ) –- 4
Of Mice and Men ( John Steinbeck ) –- 4
One Hundred Years of Solitude ( Gabriel Garcia Marquez ) -- 4
The Brothers Karamazov ( Fyodor Dostoyevski ) -- 4
The Dresden Files ( series; Jim Butcher ) – 4
The Grapes of Wrath ( John Steinbeck ) -- 4
The Trial ( Franz Kafka ) -- 4
Watchmen ( Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons ) -- 4

51=
Candide ( Voltaire ) -- 3
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep ( Philip K. Dick ) -- 3
Dracula ( Bram Stoker ) -– 3
Fear and Loathing in Las vegas ( Hunter S. Thompson ) -- 3
Foucault's Pendulum ( Umberto Eco ) -– 3
Great Expectations ( Charles Dickens ) -- 3
Hamlet ( William Shakespeare ) -- 3
Hyperion Cantos ( series; Dan Simmons ) -- 2
IT ( Stephen King ) -- 3
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell ( Susanna Clarke ) -- 3
Malazan Book of the Fallen ( Steven Erikson ) -– 3
Moon is a Harsh Mistress ( Robert Heinlein ) -- 3
Necronomicon ( H.P. Lovecraft ) -– 3
Neverwhere ( Neil Gaiman ) -- 3
Nights Dawn trilogy ( series; Peter F Hamilton ) -- 3
Something Wicked this Way Comes ( Ray Bradbury ) -- 3
The Count of Monte Cristo ( Alexandre Dumas ) -- 3
The Dark Tower ( series; Stephen King ) -- 3
The Giver ( Lois Lowry ) –- 3
The Handmaid's Tale ( Margaret Atwood ) -- 3
The Left Hand of Darkness ( Ursula K. LeGuin ) -- 3
The Man in the High Castle ( Philip K. Dick ) -- 3
The Name of the Rose ( Umberto Eco ) -- 3
The Odyssey ( Homer ) -- 3
The Old Man and the Sea ( Ernest Hemingway ) -- 3
The Silmarillion ( J.R.R. Tolkien ) – 3
The Stranger ( Albert Camus ) -- 3
The Time Machine ( H.G. Wells ) -- 3
Watership Down ( Richard Adams ) -- 3

80=
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ( Jules Verne ) -- 2
2001 ( Arthur C. Clarke ) -– 2
Abarat ( Clive Barker ) -- 2
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ( Mark Twain ) –- 2
Also Sprach Zarathustra ( Friedrich Nietzsche ) -- 2
A Modest Proposal ( Jonathan Swift ) -- 2
Anne of Green Gales series ( Lucy Maud Montgomery ) -- 2
Artemis Fowl series ( Eoin Colfer ) -– 2
A Scanner Darkly ( Phillip K. Dick ) -- 2
A Separate Peace ( John Knowles ) -- 2
A Short History of nearly Everything ( Bill Bryson )
A Tale of Two Cities ( Charles Dickens ) -- 2
Antigone ( Sophocles ) -- 2
Attack of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks ( Christopher Brookmyer ) -- 2
Bartimaeus trilogy ( Jonathan Stroud ) -- 2
Beloved ( Toni Morrison ) -- 2
Beowulf ( unknown ) -– 2
Blindness ( Jose Saramago ) –- 2
Call of the Wild ( Jack London ) -- 2
Cancer Ward (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ) -- 2
Change Series ( S.M. Stirling ) -- 2
Childhood's End ( Arthur C. Clarke ) –- 2
Crime and Punishment ( Fyodor Dostoyevski ) -- 2
Commonwealth saga ( series; Peter F. Hamilton )
Contact ( Carl Sagan ) -- 2
Don Quixote ( Cervantes ) –- 2
Earthsea ( series; Ursula Le Guin ) -- 2
East of Eden ( John Steinbeck ) -- 2
Espedair Street ( Iain Banks ) –- 2
Ficciones ( Jorge Luis Borges ) -- 2
Gravity's Rainbow ( Thomas Pynchon ) -- 2
Hercule Poirot ( series; Agatha Christie ) -- 2
Howl's Moving Castle ( Dianna Wynne Jones ) -- 2
Invisible Man ( Ralph Ellison ) -- 2
Ishmael ( Daniel Quinn ) -- 2
Jeeves series ( P.G. Wodehouse ) –- 2
John Dies at the End ( David Wong ) -- 2
Johnny Got His Gun ( Dalton Trumbo ) -- 2
Journey to the Centre of the Earth ( Jules Verne ) –- 2
Les Miserables ( Victor Hugo ) –- 2
MacBeth ( William Shakespeare ) -- 2
Magician ( Raymond E. Feist ) -- 2
Middlesex ( Jeffrey Eugenides ) -- 2
Miles Vorkosigan Series ( Lois McMaster Bujold ) –- 2
Never Let Me Go ( Kazuo Ishiguro ) -- 2
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest ( Ken Kesey ) -- 2
Pride, Prejudice and Zombies ( Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith ) -- 2
Rant ( Chuck Palahiunk ) -- 2
Rebecca ( Daphne du Maurier ) –- 2
Red Badge of Courage ( Stephen Crane ) -- 2
Redwall Series ( Brian Jacques) -- 2
Replay ( Ken Grimwood ) -- 2
Space Trilogy ( C.S. Lewis ) -- 2
Speaker for the Dead ( Orson Scott Card ) -- 2
Sphere ( Michael Crichton ) -- 2
Steppenwolf ( Herman Hesse ) -- 2
Stories and Poems ( Edgar Allen Poe ) – 2
Time Quartet ( series; Madeleine L'Engle ) -- 2
The Baroque Cycle Trilogy ( Neal Stephenson ) -- 2
The Bell Jar ( Sylvia Plath ) –- 2
The Book Thief ( Markus Zusak ) -- 2
The Castle ( Franz Kafka ) -– 2
The Chrysalids ( John Wyndham ) -- 2
The City and the City (China Mieville) -- 2
The Crow Road ( Iain Banks ) -– 2
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time ( Mark Haddon ) -- 2
The Divine Comedy ( Dante Alighieri ) -- 2
The End of Eternity ( Isaac Asimov ) -- 2
The Giver ( Lois Lowry ) -- 2
The House of God ( Samuel Shem ) –- 2
The Illiad ( Homer ) -- 2
The Kite Runner ( Khaled Hosseini ) -– 2
The Neverending Story ( Michael Ende ) -- 2
The Number Devil ( Hans Magnus Enzenberger ) -- 2
The Once and Future King ( T.H. White ) -- 2
The Rama Quadrilogy ( Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Le ) -- 2
The Road ( Cormac McCarthy ) -- 2
The Shipping News ( E. Annie Proulx ) -- 2
The Stars My Destination ( Alfred Bester ) -- 2
The Story of B ( Daniel Quinn ) -- 2
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ( Robert Stevenson ) -- 2
The Tempest ( William Shakespeare ) -- 2
The Three Musketeers ( Alexanders Dumas ) -- 2
Trainspotting ( Irvine Welsh ) -- 2
We ( Yevgeny Zamyatin ) -- 2
Wheel of Time ( series; Robert Jordan ) -- 2
Xanth ( series; Piers Anthony ) -- 2
Xenocide ( Orson Scott Card ) -- 2

168=
A Bend in the River ( V.S. Naipaul )
A Canticle for Leibowitz ( Walter M. Miller, Jr. )
Accelerando ( Charles Stross )
Acceptable Risk ( Robin Cook )
A Christmas Carol ( Charles Dickens )
A Confederacy of Dunces ( John Kennedy Toole )
A Dead Man’s Memoir / Black Snow ( Mikhail Bulgakov )
A Deepness in the Sky (Vernon Vinge) Added
A Dog’s Heart ( Mikhail Bulgakov )
A Farewell to Arms ( Ernest Hemingway )
A Fine Balance ( Rohinton Mistry )
A Fortunate Life ( Albert Facey )
A King of Infinite Space ( William Shakespeare )
Alabaster ( Caitlin R. Kiernan )
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ( Lewis Carroll )
All Quiet on the Western Front ( Erich Maria Remarque )
A Long Goodbye ( Raymond Chandler )
American Pastoral ( Philip Roth )
American Psycho ( Bret Easton Ellis)
Amerika ( Franz Kafka )
A Midsummer Night’s Dream ( William Shakespeare )
Anansi Boys ( Neil Gaiman )
Anathem ( Neal Steaphenson )
And the Ass Saw the Angel ( Nick Cave )
Animorphs ( series; K.A. Applegate )
An Instance of the Fingerpost ( Iain Pears )
Anna Karenina ( Leo Tolstoy )
Anthill ( E.O. Wilson )
Apprentice Adept ( series; Piers Anthony )
Arthur and George ( Julian Barnes )
A Series of Unfortunate Events ( Lemony Snicket )
As I Lay Dying ( William Faulkner )
A Study in Emerald ( Neil Gaiman )
Atlanta Nights ( various )
A Thousand Splendid Suns ( Khaled Hosseini )
At Swim-Two-Birds ( Flann O'Brien )
Aubrey/Maturin series ( Patrick O'Brien )
A Wrinkle in Time ( Madeleine L'Engle )
Battlefield Earth ( L. Ron Hubbard )
Beasts and Superbeasts ( Saki )
Because of Winn-Dixie ( Kate DiCamillo )
Behold the Man ( Michael Moorcock )
Bel Canto ( Ann Patchett )
Belgarath the Sorcerer ( David Eddings & Leith Eddings )
Belgariad ( series; David Eddings )
Belle du Seigneur ( Albert Cohen )
Bellwether ( Connie Willis )
Biting the Sun ( Tanith Lee )
Blandings Castle series ( P.G. Wodehouse )
Bloodsucking Fiends ( series; Christopher Moore )
Bone series ( Jeff Smith )
Born on a Blue Day ( Daniel Tammet )
Brazzaville Beach ( William Boyd )
Breakfast of Champions ( Kurt Vonnegut )
Calculating God ( Robert J. Sawyer )
Calvin and Hobbes collection ( series; Bill Watterson )
Cannery Row ( John Steinbeck )
Charlie Parker ( series; John Connolly )
Charlotte's Web ( E.B. White )
Children of the Mind ( Orson Scott Card )
Choke ( Chuck Palahniuk )
Cloud Atlas ( David Mitchell )
Conan the Barbarian ( Robert E. Howard )
Conquerors Trilogy ( Timothy Zahn )
Corto Maltese ( series; Hugo Pratt )
Coyote Series ( Allen Steele )
Cradle ( Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee )
Creation ( Gore Vidal )
Das Parfum ( Patrick Süskind )
Dealing With Dragons ( Patricia C. Wrede )
Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller)
Deed of Paksenarrion Series ( Elizabeth Moon )
Demon trilogy ( Peter V. Brett )
Digital Fortress ( Dan Brown )
Discourse on Method ( Rene Descartes )
Dinosaur Beach ( Keith Laumer )
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom ( Cory Doctorow )
Dragonlance Chronicles ( series; Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman )
Dream of the Red Chamber ( Cao Xueqin )
Eisenhorn ( Dan Abnett )
Emma ( Jane Austen )
Empire Falls ( Richard Russo )
Empire novels ( series; Isaac Asimov )
Ender's Shadow ( Orson Scott Card )
Engines of Light Trilogy ( series; Ken MacLeod )
Ennen Päivänlaskua Ei Voi ( Johanna Sinisalo )
Ett Öga Rött ( Jonas Hassen Khemiri )
Event Series ( S.M. Stirling )
Extraordinary Stories ( Edgar Allen Poe )
Familias Regnant ( series; Elizabeth Moon )
Fallen Dragon ( Peter F. Hamilton )
Farseer ( series; Robin Hobb )
Felix Castor ( series; Mike Carey )
Flatland ( Edwin Abott )
Flora Segunda ( Ysabeau Wilce )
For Whom the Bell Tolls ( Ernest Hemingway )
Fountains of Paradise ( Arthur C. Clarke )
Freakonomics ( Stephen Levitt )
From the Corner of His Eye ( Dean Koontz )
Future History ( series; Robert Heinlein )
Gateway ( Frederik Pohl )
Gisli Sursson's Saga ( unknown )
Gulliver's Travels ( Jonathan Swift )
Guns of the South ( Harry Turtledove )
Halo ( series; various authors )
Head First Design Patterns ( Eric Freeman et al. )
Heart of Darkness ( Joseph Conrad )
History: A novel ( Elsa Morante )
Horatio Hornblower ( series; C.S. Forester )
How I Live Now ( Meg Rosoff )
Howard’s End ( E.M. Forster )
Howl and other poems ( Allen Grinsberg )
I Am A Cat ( Natsume Soseki )
I, Claudius/Claudius the God ( Robert Graves )
If on a Winter's Night a Traveller ( Italo Calvino )
Ilium/Olympos cycle ( series; Dan Simmons )
Illuminatus! Trilogy ( Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson )
Immortality ( Milan Kundera )
Inheritance Cycle ( Christopher Paolini )
In Search of Lost Time ( Marcel Proust )
Inspector Maigret ( series; Georges Simenon )
Invasion! ( Jonas Hassen Khemiri )
Honor Harrington ( series; David Weber )
Jamaica Inn ( Daphne du Maurier )
Jaques Le Fataliste ( Denis Diderot )
Jonathan Livingston Seagull ( Russell Munson )
Jpod ( Douglas Coupland )
Jurrasic Park ( Michael Crichton )
Kafka on the Shore ( Haruki Murakami )
Kay Scarpetta Mysteries ( Patricia Cornwell )
King Rat ( James Clavell )
Kingdom Come ( J.G. Ballard )
Kingdoms of the Wall ( Robert Silverberg )
Kushiel's Dart ( Jacqueline Carey )
Lady Chatterley's Lover ( D.H. Lawrence )
Lamb ( Christopher Moore )
Land of Dreams ( James P Blaylock )
L'assommoir ( Emil Zola )
Last and First Men ( Olaf Stapledon )
Legacy of Aldenata ( series; John Ringo )
Le Lys dans la Vallée ( Honore de Balzac )
Les Liaisons Dangereuses ( Pierre Choderlos de Laclos )
Letters Back to Ancient China ( Herbert Rosendorfer )
L'homme qui plantait des arbres ( Jean Giono )
Life on the Mississippi ( Mark Twain )
Little Dorrit ( Charles Dickens )
Looking for Alaska ( John Green )
Lord Darcy ( series; Randall Garrett )
Lord of Light ( Roger Zelazny )
Lord of the Flies ( William Golding )
Marcovaldo ( Italo Calvino )
Mars trilogy ( series; Kim Stanley Robinson )
Martin Eden ( Jack London )
Matilda ( Roald Dahl )
Maus ( Art Spiegelman )
Mimum ( Lilli Thai )
Miss Smilla's sense for snow ( Peter Hoeg )
Mistborn Trilogy ( Brandon Sanderson )
Moominpappa at Sea ( Tove Jansson )
Mr Mulliner series ( P.G. Wodehouse )
Mrs Chippy's Last Expedition ( Caroline Alexander )
Nausea ( Jean-Paul Sartre )
Nemesis ( Agatha Christie )
Night ( Wiesel )
No Country for Old Men ( Cormac McCarthy )
Northern Lights ( Philip Pullman )
Of Human Bondage ( W. Somerset Maugham )
Odd Thomas ( series; Dean Koontz )
Om Godheten ( Willy Kyrklund )
On the Beach ( Nevil Shute )
On Liberty ( J.S. Mill )
One Big damn Puzzler ( John Harding )
Oryx and Crake ( Margaret Atwood )
Othello ( William Shakespeare )
Our Mutual Friend ( Charles Dickens )
Parable of Sower ( Octavia Butler )
Pattern Recognition ( William Gibson )
Peter and Wendy ( J.M. Barrie )
Point Counter Point ( Aldous Huxley )
Portnoy's Complaint ( Philip Roth )
Portrait of the Artist ( James Joyce )
Pushing Ice ( Alastair Reynolds )
Pygmalion ( George Bernard Shaw )
Revelation Space ( series; Alastair Reynolds )
Riftwar Cycle ( Raymond E. Feist )
Ringworld ( Larry Niven )
Roadmarks ( Roger Zelazny )
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead ( Tom Stoppard )
Roughing It ( Mark Twain )
Rumo ( Walter Moers )
Salammbô ( Gustave Flaubert )
Salome ( Oscar Wilde )
Santiago: a Myth of the Far Future ( Mike Resnick )
Scoop ( Evelyn Waugh )
Seeker ( Jack McDevitt )
Sense and Sensibility ( Jane Austen )
Shades of Gray: The Road to High Saffron ( Jasper Fforde )
Shadows Fall ( Simon R. Green )
Siddhartha ( Herman Hesse )
Sinuhe egyptiläinen ( Mika Waltari )
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie ( May Gibbs )
Southern Victory series ( Harry Turtledove )
Something Happened ( Joseph Heller )
Space Odyssey series ( Arthur C. Clarke )
Speed of Dark ( Elizabeth Moon )
Spook Country ( William Gibson )
Starship Troopers ( Robert A. Heinlein )
Staying Alive ( Matt Beaumont )
Shogun ( James Clavell )
Solaris ( Stanislaw Lem )
Stranger in a Strange Land ( Heinlein )
Summer Sisters ( Judy Blume )
Sunshine ( Robin McKinley )
Survivor ( Chuck Palahniuk )
Swallows and Amazons series ( Arthur Ransome )
Sybil ( Flora Rheta Schreiber )
Tales of the Otori trilogy ( Lian Hearn )
Tarantula ( Bob Dylan )
Tess of the D'urbervilles ( Thomas Hardy )
Tender is the Night ( F. Scott Fitzgerald )
Terminal World ( Alastair Reynolds )
Terro-Human Future History ( series; H. Beam Piper )
The 39 Steps ( John Buchan )
The Accidental ( Ali Smith )
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ( Mark Twain )
The Alchemist ( Paulo Coelho )
The Anubis Gates ( Tim Powers )
The BFG ( Roald Dahl )
The Black Book ( Orhan Pamuk )
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting ( Milan Kundera )
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao ( Junot Diaz )
The Business ( Iain Banks )
The Call of Cthulu and Other Strange Tales ( H.P. Lovecraft )
The Chronicles of Amber ( series; Roger Zelazny )
The Cider House Rules ( John Irving )
The Circle series ( Ted Dekker )
The City and the Stars ( Arthur C. Clarke )
The City of Dreaming Books ( Walter Moers )
The Colour Out of Space ( H.P. Lovecraft )
The Crucible ( Arthur Miller )
The Da Vinci Code ( Dan Brown )
The Dark Knight Returns ( Frank Miller )
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark ( Carl Sagan )
The Diamond Age ( Neal Stephenson )
The Dice Man ( Luke Rhinehart )
The Difference Engine ( William Gibson & Bruce Sterling )
The Dispossessed ( Ursula K. LeGuin )
The Engines of God ( Jack McDevitt )
The Eyes of Heisenberg ( Frank Herbert )
The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard ( Arthur Conan Doyle )
The Fall ( Albert Camus )
The Far Pavilions ( M.M. Kaye )
The Five People You Meet in Heaven ( Mitch Albom )
The Forever War ( Joe Haldeman )
The Futurological Congress ( Stanislaw Lem )
The Fresco ( Sheri Teper )
The Good Earth ( Pearl S. Buck )
The Gods Themselves ( Isaac Asimov )
The Historian ( Elizabeth Kostova )
The Hunger Games series ( Suzanne Collins )
The Hunt for Red October ( Tom Clancy )
The Idiot ( Fyodor Dostoyevsky )
The I Hate Mathematics! Book ( Marilyn Burns, et al. )
The Informers ( Brett Easton Ellis )
The Ink Drum ( Gunter Grass )
The Interpretation of Dreams ( Sigmund Freud )
The Invention of Morel ( Adolfo Bioy Casares )
The Jaz Parks series ( Jennifer Rardin )
The Jessica Darling series ( Megan McCafferty )
The Judas Window ( John Dickson Carr )
The Last Days of Socrates ( Plato )
The Last Question ( Isaac Asimov )
The Lathe of Heaven ( Ursula K. LeGuin )
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen ( Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neil )
The Life Before Us ( Romain Gary )
The Little Friend ( Donna Tartt )
The Little Prince ( Antoine de Saint-Exupery )
The Light Fantastic ( Terry Pratchett )
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock ( T.S. Eliot )
The Magicians ( Lev Grossman )
The Merchant of Venice ( William Shakespeare )
The Mote in God's Eye ( Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle )
The Muddlehead Wombat ( Ruth Park )
The Murders in the Rue Morgue ( Edgar Allan Poe )
The Music of Eric Zann ( H.P. Lovecraft )
The Mysterious Island ( Jules Verne )
The Namesake ( Jhumpa Lahiri )
The Night Angel Trilogy ( Brent Weeks )
The Nightwatch Series ( Sergei Lukyanenko )
The Nine Tailors ( Dorothy Sayers )
The Nose ( Nikolai Gogol )
The People series ( Zenna Henderson )
The Perks of Being a Wallflower ( Stephen Chobsky )
The Periodic Table ( Primo Levi )
The Permit ( Donald Horne )
The Pillars of Earth ( Ken Follett )
The Player of Games ( Iain M. Banks )
The Postman ( David Brin )
The Prince of Nothing Trilogy ( R. Scott Bakker )
The Princess Bride ( S. Morgenstern )
The Remains of the Day ( Kazuo Ishiguro )
The Restaurant at the end of the Universe ( Douglas Adams )
The Royal Hunt of the Sun ( Peter Schaffer )
The Satanic Verses ( Salman Rushdie )
The Scienc of Discworld ( Terry Pratchett )
The Secret History ( Donna Tartt )
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty ( James Thurber )
The Sirens of Titan ( Kurt Vonnegut )
The Smiley novels ( John le Carre )
The Somnambulist ( Jonathan Barnes )
The Stainless Steel Rat ( series; Harry Harrison )
The Sword of Shannara ( Terry Brooks )
The Tao of Pooh ( Benjamin Hoff )
The Thief of Always ( Clive Barker )
The Things They Carried ( Tim O'Brien )
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch ( Philip K. Dick )
The Time Traveller's Wife ( Audrey Niffenegger )
The Tin Drum ( Gunter Grass )
The Unbearable Lightness of Being ( Milan Kundera )
The Uplift series ( series; David Brin )
The Warlord trilogy ( series; Bernard Cornwell )
The Wasp Factory ( Iain Banks )
The Waste Land ( T.S. Eliot )
The Westing Game ( Ellen Raskin )
The Windup Bird Chronicle ( Haruki Murakami )
The Wish List ( Eoin Colfer )
The Woman in White ( Willkie Collins )
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More ( Roald Dahl )
The World of Null-A ( A.E. van Vogt )
The World of Pooh ( A. A. Milne )
The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook ( Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht )
The Yearling ( Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings )
The Yellow Wallpaper ( Charlotte Perkins Gilman )
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? ( Horace McCoy )
Thrawn Trilogy ( Timothy Zahn )
Thursday Next ( series; Jasper Fforde )
Tintin ( series ; Herge )
To the Lighthouse ( Virginia Woolf )
To Say Nothing of the Dog ( Connie Willis )
Toxin ( Robin Cook )
Treason ( Orson Scott Card )
Treasure Island ( Robert Louis Stevenson )
Tunnel in the Sky ( Robert Heinlein )
Turn of the Screw ( Henry James )
Twilight ( Stephenie Meyer )
Ubik ( Phillip K. Dick )
Uncle Tungsten ( Oliver Sacks )
Under the Banner of Heaven ( John Krakauer )
Unwind ( Neal Shusterman )
Utopia ( Thomas More )
VALIS ( Philip K. Dick )
Vector ( Robin Cook )
Vespers ( Jeff Rovin )
Waiting for Godot ( Samuel Beckett )
Waiting for the Barbarians ( J.M. Coetzee )
Waverly ( Sir Walter Scott )
Worthing ( series; Orson Scott Card )
Wuthering Heights ( Emily Brontë )

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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby mosc » Mon Jul 23, 2012 5:22 pm UTC

Shakespeare would be much better represented in earlier posts if it was clear that he was even eligible. What about collected works of poetry or short stories? I think if you widen your net, the purpose goes away. I would remove all plays.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Adacore » Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:29 am UTC

I don't really have a strong preference either way with plays.

I did notice that the OP stated fiction only, and I think I added a few nonfiction books in the latest update, which I'll have to excise if/when I update the list again.

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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Odilo » Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:43 am UTC

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Battle Royale - Koushun Takami
Dirk Gently series - Douglas Adams
Watchmen - Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
Night Angel trilogy - Brent Weeks
White Cat - Holly Black
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Negated » Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:53 pm UTC

1984 - George Orwell
Hercule Poirot series - Agatha Christie
Legend of the Galactic Heroes - Yoshiki Tanaka
A Song of Ice and Fire series - George.R.R.Martin
Lord of the Rings - J.R.R.Tolkien
Yōgisha X no Kenshin - Keigo Higashino
Millennium series - Stieg Larsson
Shiki - Fuyumi Ono
Yongzheng Emperor - Er Yue He
Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
The Old Man and the Sea -Ernest Hemingway
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
MacBeth - William Shakespeare
The Fall of the House of Usher - Edgar Allen Poe

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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby mosc » Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:56 pm UTC

Nobody should be able to vote for ender's game until they've read it when they're thirty and understand the connection between how smart you think you are and youth. Kids already have god complexes, that book is just mental masturbation for the 12-17 year old crowd. There's definitely some sci-fi in it, but that's not why it is getting votes here.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Microscopic cog » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:46 pm UTC

Not that I disagree with you, but the reason why people like the books they vote for has nothing to do with it. It's a list of favourite books, nothing else.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby ahammel » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:30 pm UTC

I would vote "no plays", on the grounds that they're meant to be performed rather than read. Saying "my favourite book is Hamlet" is a bit like saying "my favourtie book is the shooting script of Cool Hand Luke" as far as I'm concerned.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby UniqueScreenname » Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:53 pm UTC

I'm gonna have to trickle them in as I remember.
2. Uglies series - Scott Westerfeld. Best sci-fi series I've ever read.
3. The Giver - Lois Lowry. Probably the first book to make me think while I wasw reading.
4. A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket. Only series where I own all of them. Completely obsessed as a child.
5. The Firm - John Grisham. Love the way it builds.
6. The Client - John Grisham. Usually I hate adult books centered around kids, but I loved this one.
7. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury. I love the way this book builds too.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Adam H » Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:02 pm UTC

A Song of Ice and Fire
The Once and Future King
The Lord of the Rings
Wheel of Time

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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Mambrino » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:28 pm UTC

ahammel wrote:I would vote "no plays", on the grounds that they're meant to be performed rather than read. Saying "my favourite book is Hamlet" is a bit like saying "my favourtie book is the shooting script of Cool Hand Luke" as far as I'm concerned.


Not that I'd be adamantly for including plays in The List, but the difference is not necessarily clear... I've been told that during Dickens' era novels were often read aloud in presence of audience. That would possibly count as a performance, I think. This is, after all, a list of books ("FICTION ONLY"), not a list of novels. Plays are often printed in form of books, often fictional, and literature, too (if that fact has any significance).

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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Snark » Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:37 pm UTC

Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking-Glass (And What Alice Found There) - Lewis Carroll
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
The Giver - Lois Lowry
Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
Sirens of Titan - Kurt Vonnegut
Cannery Row - John Steinbeck
Tortilla Flat - John Steinbeck

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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby serutan » Sat Aug 11, 2012 5:12 am UTC

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
Fountains of Paradise by Arthur c. Clarke.
The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
Watership Down by Richard Adams
The Sunset Warrior Trilogy by Eric van Lustbader
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Revelation Space Trilogy by Alastair Reynolds
Hyperion series by Dan Simmons.
Dune (first book ONLY) by Frank Herbert.
Ringworld by Larry Niven
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Adacore » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:36 am UTC

If the next few people's votes break down the right way, we might actually get a top 100 soon (of books with 3 or more votes - the jumps in number of books having 2 votes or 1 vote were large enough at the relevant times that we jumped from less than 100 to way more in a single update).

I removed a couple of nonfiction works. Left the plays alone for now, since there doesn't seem to be consensus there.

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1
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ( series; Douglas Adams ) -- 45

2
The Lord of the Rings ( J.R.R. Tolkien ) -- 29

3
Ender's Game ( Orson Scott Card ) -– 25

4
1984 ( George Orwell ) -- 24

5
Harry Potter ( series; J.K. Rowling ) –- 21

6
Discworld ( series; Terry Pratchett ) -- 20

7=
The Hobbit ( J.R.R. Tolkien ) -- 15
Dune ( series; Frank Herbert ) -– 15

9
Brave New World ( Aldous Huxley ) -- 13

10=
Foundation ( series; Isaac Asimov ) -- 12
Catch-22 ( Joseph Heller ) -– 12

12=
American Gods ( Neil Gaiman ) -– 10
A Song of Ice and Fire ( series; George R.R. Martin ) -– 10
Fahrenheit 451 ( Ray Bradbury ) -– 10

15=
Catcher in the Rye ( J.D. Salinger ) -- 9
Dirk Gently ( series; Douglas Adams ) -- 9
Sherlock Holmes ( series; Arthur Conan Doyle ) -- 9

18=
Cat's Cradle ( Kurt Vonnegut ) –- 7
Fight Club ( Chuck Palahniuk ) -- 8
Slaughterhouse Five ( Kurt Vonnegut ) -– 8

21=
Snow Crash ( Neal Stephenson ) –- 7
The Phantom Tollbooth ( Norton Juster ) -- 7
Through the Looking-Glass (And What Alice Found There) ( Lewis Carroll ) –- 7

24=
Good Omens ( Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett ) -– 6
House of Leaves ( Mark Danielewski ) -- 6
Robot series ( Isaac Asimov ) -- 6
The Great Gatsby ( F. Scott Fitzgerald ) -- 6
The Picture of Dorian Gray ( Oscar Wilde ) -- 6
Ulysses ( James Joyce ) –- 6

30=
A Clockwork Orange ( Anthony Burgess ) -- 5
Animal Farm ( George Orwell ) -- 5
Cryptonomicon ( Neal Stephenson ) -– 5
His Dark Materials trilogy ( series; Phillip Pullman ) -- 5
Lolita ( Vladimir Nabokov ) –- 5
Neuromancer / Sprawl ( series; William Gibson ) -- 5
Pride and Prejudice ( Jane Austen ) -– 5
The Chronicles of Narnia ( series; C.S. Lewis ) – 5
The Giver ( Lois Lowry ) –- 5
The Master and Margarita ( Mikhail Bulgakov ) –- 5
The Stand ( Stephen King ) -- 5
To Kill a Mockingbird ( Harper Lee ) –- 5
Watchmen ( Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons ) -- 5
World War Z ( Max Brooks ) –- 5

44=
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ( Roald Dahl ) -- 4
Dracula ( Bram Stoker ) -– 4
Hyperion Cantos ( series; Dan Simmons ) -- 4
Life of Pi ( Yann Martel ) –- 4
Of Mice and Men ( John Steinbeck ) –- 4
One Hundred Years of Solitude ( Gabriel Garcia Marquez ) -- 4
The Brothers Karamazov ( Fyodor Dostoyevski ) -- 4
The Dresden Files ( series; Jim Butcher ) – 4
The Grapes of Wrath ( John Steinbeck ) -- 4
The Old Man and the Sea ( Ernest Hemingway ) -- 4
The Trial ( Franz Kafka ) -- 4
Watership Down ( Richard Adams ) -- 4

55=
Candide ( Voltaire ) -- 3
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep ( Philip K. Dick ) -- 3
Fear and Loathing in Las vegas ( Hunter S. Thompson ) -- 3
Foucault's Pendulum ( Umberto Eco ) -– 3
Great Expectations ( Charles Dickens ) -- 3
Hamlet ( William Shakespeare ) -- 3
Hercule Poirot ( series; Agatha Christie ) -- 3
IT ( Stephen King ) -- 3
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell ( Susanna Clarke ) -- 3
MacBeth ( William Shakespeare ) -- 3
Malazan Book of the Fallen ( Steven Erikson ) -– 3
Moon is a Harsh Mistress ( Robert Heinlein ) -- 3
Necronomicon ( H.P. Lovecraft ) -– 3
Neverwhere ( Neil Gaiman ) -- 3
Nights Dawn trilogy ( series; Peter F Hamilton ) -- 3
Something Wicked this Way Comes ( Ray Bradbury ) -- 3
The Count of Monte Cristo ( Alexandre Dumas ) -- 3
The Dark Tower ( series; Stephen King ) -- 3
The Handmaid's Tale ( Margaret Atwood ) -- 3
The Left Hand of Darkness ( Ursula K. LeGuin ) -- 3
The Man in the High Castle ( Philip K. Dick ) -- 3
The Name of the Rose ( Umberto Eco ) -- 3
The Once and Future King ( T.H. White ) -- 3
The Odyssey ( Homer ) -- 3
The Silmarillion ( J.R.R. Tolkien ) – 3
The Stranger ( Albert Camus ) -- 3
The Time Machine ( H.G. Wells ) -- 3
Wheel of Time ( series; Robert Jordan ) -- 3

84=
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ( Jules Verne ) -- 2
2001 ( Arthur C. Clarke ) -– 2
Abarat ( Clive Barker ) -- 2
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ( Mark Twain ) –- 2
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ( Lewis Carroll ) -- 2
Also Sprach Zarathustra ( Friedrich Nietzsche ) -- 2
A Modest Proposal ( Jonathan Swift ) -- 2
Anne of Green Gales series ( Lucy Maud Montgomery ) -- 2
Artemis Fowl series ( Eoin Colfer ) -– 2
A Scanner Darkly ( Phillip K. Dick ) -- 2
A Separate Peace ( John Knowles ) -- 2
A Series of Unfortunate Events ( Lemony Snicket ) -- 2
A Tale of Two Cities ( Charles Dickens ) -- 2
Antigone ( Sophocles ) -- 2
Attack of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks ( Christopher Brookmyer ) -- 2
Bartimaeus trilogy ( Jonathan Stroud ) -- 2
Beloved ( Toni Morrison ) -- 2
Beowulf ( unknown ) -– 2
Blindness ( Jose Saramago ) –- 2
Call of the Wild ( Jack London ) -- 2
Cancer Ward (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ) -- 2
Cannery Row ( John Steinbeck ) -- 2
Change Series ( S.M. Stirling ) -- 2
Childhood's End ( Arthur C. Clarke ) –- 2
Crime and Punishment ( Fyodor Dostoyevski ) -- 2
Commonwealth saga ( series; Peter F. Hamilton )
Contact ( Carl Sagan ) -- 2
Don Quixote ( Cervantes ) –- 2
Earthsea ( series; Ursula Le Guin ) -- 2
East of Eden ( John Steinbeck ) -- 2
Espedair Street ( Iain Banks ) –- 2
Ficciones ( Jorge Luis Borges ) -- 2
Fountains of Paradise ( Arthur C. Clarke ) -- 2
Gravity's Rainbow ( Thomas Pynchon ) -- 2
Howl's Moving Castle ( Dianna Wynne Jones ) -- 2
Invisible Man ( Ralph Ellison ) -- 2
Ishmael ( Daniel Quinn ) -- 2
Jeeves series ( P.G. Wodehouse ) –- 2
John Dies at the End ( David Wong ) -- 2
Johnny Got His Gun ( Dalton Trumbo ) -- 2
Journey to the Centre of the Earth ( Jules Verne ) –- 2
Les Miserables ( Victor Hugo ) –- 2
Lord of Light ( Roger Zelazny ) -- 2
Lord of the Flies ( William Golding ) -- 2
Magician ( Raymond E. Feist ) -- 2
Middlesex ( Jeffrey Eugenides ) -- 2
Miles Vorkosigan Series ( Lois McMaster Bujold ) –- 2
Never Let Me Go ( Kazuo Ishiguro ) -- 2
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest ( Ken Kesey ) -- 2
Pride, Prejudice and Zombies ( Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith ) -- 2
Rant ( Chuck Palahiunk ) -- 2
Rebecca ( Daphne du Maurier ) –- 2
Red Badge of Courage ( Stephen Crane ) -- 2
Redwall Series ( Brian Jacques) -- 2
Replay ( Ken Grimwood ) -- 2
Revelation Space ( series; Alastair Reynolds ) -- 2
Ringworld ( Larry Niven ) -- 2
Space Trilogy ( C.S. Lewis ) -- 2
Speaker for the Dead ( Orson Scott Card ) -- 2
Sphere ( Michael Crichton ) -- 2
Steppenwolf ( Herman Hesse ) -- 2
Stories and Poems ( Edgar Allen Poe ) – 2
Stranger in a Strange Land ( Robert A. Heinlein ) -- 2
Time Quartet ( series; Madeleine L'Engle ) -- 2
The Baroque Cycle Trilogy ( Neal Stephenson ) -- 2
The Bell Jar ( Sylvia Plath ) –- 2
The Book Thief ( Markus Zusak ) -- 2
The Castle ( Franz Kafka ) -– 2
The Chrysalids ( John Wyndham ) -- 2
The City and the City (China Mieville) -- 2
The Crow Road ( Iain Banks ) -– 2
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time ( Mark Haddon ) -- 2
The Divine Comedy ( Dante Alighieri ) -- 2
The End of Eternity ( Isaac Asimov ) -- 2
The Giver ( Lois Lowry ) -- 2
The Gods Themselves ( Isaac Asimov ) -- 2
The House of God ( Samuel Shem ) –- 2
The Hunger Games series ( Suzanne Collins ) -- 2
The Illiad ( Homer ) -- 2
The Kite Runner ( Khaled Hosseini ) -– 2
The Neverending Story ( Michael Ende ) -- 2
The Night Angel Trilogy ( Brent Weeks ) -- 2
The Number Devil ( Hans Magnus Enzenberger ) -- 2
The Rama Quadrilogy ( Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Le ) -- 2
The Road ( Cormac McCarthy ) -- 2
The Shipping News ( E. Annie Proulx ) -- 2
The Sirens of Titan ( Kurt Vonnegut ) -- 2
The Stars My Destination ( Alfred Bester ) -- 2
The Story of B ( Daniel Quinn ) -- 2
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ( Robert Stevenson ) -- 2
The Tempest ( William Shakespeare ) -- 2
The Three Musketeers ( Alexanders Dumas ) -- 2
Trainspotting ( Irvine Welsh ) -- 2
We ( Yevgeny Zamyatin ) -- 2
Xanth ( series; Piers Anthony ) -- 2
Xenocide ( Orson Scott Card ) -- 2

176=
A Bend in the River ( V.S. Naipaul )
A Canticle for Leibowitz ( Walter M. Miller, Jr. )
Accelerando ( Charles Stross )
Acceptable Risk ( Robin Cook )
A Christmas Carol ( Charles Dickens )
A Confederacy of Dunces ( John Kennedy Toole )
A Dead Man’s Memoir / Black Snow ( Mikhail Bulgakov )
A Deepness in the Sky (Vernon Vinge) Added
A Dog’s Heart ( Mikhail Bulgakov )
A Farewell to Arms ( Ernest Hemingway )
A Fine Balance ( Rohinton Mistry )
A Fortunate Life ( Albert Facey )
A King of Infinite Space ( William Shakespeare )
Alabaster ( Caitlin R. Kiernan )
All Quiet on the Western Front ( Erich Maria Remarque )
A Long Goodbye ( Raymond Chandler )
American Pastoral ( Philip Roth )
American Psycho ( Bret Easton Ellis)
Amerika ( Franz Kafka )
A Midsummer Night’s Dream ( William Shakespeare )
Anansi Boys ( Neil Gaiman )
Anathem ( Neal Steaphenson )
And the Ass Saw the Angel ( Nick Cave )
Animorphs ( series; K.A. Applegate )
An Instance of the Fingerpost ( Iain Pears )
Anna Karenina ( Leo Tolstoy )
Anthill ( E.O. Wilson )
Apprentice Adept ( series; Piers Anthony )
Arthur and George ( Julian Barnes )
As I Lay Dying ( William Faulkner )
A Study in Emerald ( Neil Gaiman )
Atlanta Nights ( various )
A Thousand Splendid Suns ( Khaled Hosseini )
At Swim-Two-Birds ( Flann O'Brien )
Aubrey/Maturin series ( Patrick O'Brien )
A Wrinkle in Time ( Madeleine L'Engle )
Battlefield Earth ( L. Ron Hubbard )
Battle Royale ( Koushun Takami )
Beasts and Superbeasts ( Saki )
Because of Winn-Dixie ( Kate DiCamillo )
Behold the Man ( Michael Moorcock )
Bel Canto ( Ann Patchett )
Belgarath the Sorcerer ( David Eddings & Leith Eddings )
Belgariad ( series; David Eddings )
Belle du Seigneur ( Albert Cohen )
Bellwether ( Connie Willis )
Biting the Sun ( Tanith Lee )
Blandings Castle series ( P.G. Wodehouse )
Bloodsucking Fiends ( series; Christopher Moore )
Bone series ( Jeff Smith )
Born on a Blue Day ( Daniel Tammet )
Brazzaville Beach ( William Boyd )
Breakfast of Champions ( Kurt Vonnegut )
Calculating God ( Robert J. Sawyer )
Calvin and Hobbes collection ( series; Bill Watterson )
Charlie Parker ( series; John Connolly )
Charlotte's Web ( E.B. White )
Children of the Mind ( Orson Scott Card )
Choke ( Chuck Palahniuk )
Cloud Atlas ( David Mitchell )
Conan the Barbarian ( Robert E. Howard )
Conquerors Trilogy ( Timothy Zahn )
Corto Maltese ( series; Hugo Pratt )
Coyote Series ( Allen Steele )
Cradle ( Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee )
Creation ( Gore Vidal )
Das Parfum ( Patrick Süskind )
Dealing With Dragons ( Patricia C. Wrede )
Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller)
Deed of Paksenarrion Series ( Elizabeth Moon )
Demon trilogy ( Peter V. Brett )
Digital Fortress ( Dan Brown )
Discourse on Method ( Rene Descartes )
Dinosaur Beach ( Keith Laumer )
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom ( Cory Doctorow )
Dragonlance Chronicles ( series; Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman )
Dream of the Red Chamber ( Cao Xueqin )
Eisenhorn ( Dan Abnett )
Emma ( Jane Austen )
Empire Falls ( Richard Russo )
Empire novels ( series; Isaac Asimov )
Ender's Shadow ( Orson Scott Card )
Engines of Light Trilogy ( series; Ken MacLeod )
Ennen Päivänlaskua Ei Voi ( Johanna Sinisalo )
Ett Öga Rött ( Jonas Hassen Khemiri )
Event Series ( S.M. Stirling )
Extraordinary Stories ( Edgar Allen Poe )
Familias Regnant ( series; Elizabeth Moon )
Fallen Dragon ( Peter F. Hamilton )
Farseer ( series; Robin Hobb )
Felix Castor ( series; Mike Carey )
Flatland ( Edwin Abott )
Flora Segunda ( Ysabeau Wilce )
For Whom the Bell Tolls ( Ernest Hemingway )
From the Corner of His Eye ( Dean Koontz )
Future History ( series; Robert Heinlein )
Gateway ( Frederik Pohl )
Gisli Sursson's Saga ( unknown )
Gulliver's Travels ( Jonathan Swift )
Guns of the South ( Harry Turtledove )
Halo ( series; various authors )
Head First Design Patterns ( Eric Freeman et al. )
Heart of Darkness ( Joseph Conrad )
History: A novel ( Elsa Morante )
Horatio Hornblower ( series; C.S. Forester )
How I Live Now ( Meg Rosoff )
Howard’s End ( E.M. Forster )
Howl and other poems ( Allen Grinsberg )
I Am A Cat ( Natsume Soseki )
I, Claudius/Claudius the God ( Robert Graves )
If on a Winter's Night a Traveller ( Italo Calvino )
Ilium/Olympos cycle ( series; Dan Simmons )
Illuminatus! Trilogy ( Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson )
Immortality ( Milan Kundera )
Inheritance Cycle ( Christopher Paolini )
In Search of Lost Time ( Marcel Proust )
Inspector Maigret ( series; Georges Simenon )
Invasion! ( Jonas Hassen Khemiri )
Honor Harrington ( series; David Weber )
Jamaica Inn ( Daphne du Maurier )
Jaques Le Fataliste ( Denis Diderot )
Jonathan Livingston Seagull ( Russell Munson )
Jpod ( Douglas Coupland )
Julius Caesar ( William Shakespeare )
Jurrasic Park ( Michael Crichton )
Kafka on the Shore ( Haruki Murakami )
Kay Scarpetta Mysteries ( Patricia Cornwell )
King Rat ( James Clavell )
Kingdom Come ( J.G. Ballard )
Kingdoms of the Wall ( Robert Silverberg )
Kushiel's Dart ( Jacqueline Carey )
Lady Chatterley's Lover ( D.H. Lawrence )
Lamb ( Christopher Moore )
Land of Dreams ( James P Blaylock )
L'assommoir ( Emil Zola )
Last and First Men ( Olaf Stapledon )
Legacy of Aldenata ( series; John Ringo )
Legend of the Galactic Heroes ( Yoshiki Tanaka )
Le Lys dans la Vallée ( Honore de Balzac )
Les Liaisons Dangereuses ( Pierre Choderlos de Laclos )
Letters Back to Ancient China ( Herbert Rosendorfer )
L'homme qui plantait des arbres ( Jean Giono )
Life on the Mississippi ( Mark Twain )
Little Dorrit ( Charles Dickens )
Looking for Alaska ( John Green )
Lord Darcy ( series; Randall Garrett )
Marcovaldo ( Italo Calvino )
Mars trilogy ( series; Kim Stanley Robinson )
Martin Eden ( Jack London )
Matilda ( Roald Dahl )
Maus ( Art Spiegelman )
Millenium ( series; Stieg Larsson )
Mimum ( Lilli Thai )
Miss Smilla's sense for snow ( Peter Hoeg )
Mistborn Trilogy ( Brandon Sanderson )
Moominpappa at Sea ( Tove Jansson )
Mr Mulliner series ( P.G. Wodehouse )
Mrs Chippy's Last Expedition ( Caroline Alexander )
Nausea ( Jean-Paul Sartre )
Nemesis ( Agatha Christie )
Night ( Wiesel )
No Country for Old Men ( Cormac McCarthy )
Northern Lights ( Philip Pullman )
Of Human Bondage ( W. Somerset Maugham )
Odd Thomas ( series; Dean Koontz )
Om Godheten ( Willy Kyrklund )
On the Beach ( Nevil Shute )
On Liberty ( J.S. Mill )
One Big damn Puzzler ( John Harding )
Oryx and Crake ( Margaret Atwood )
Othello ( William Shakespeare )
Our Mutual Friend ( Charles Dickens )
Parable of Sower ( Octavia Butler )
Pattern Recognition ( William Gibson )
Peter and Wendy ( J.M. Barrie )
Point Counter Point ( Aldous Huxley )
Portnoy's Complaint ( Philip Roth )
Portrait of the Artist ( James Joyce )
Pushing Ice ( Alastair Reynolds )
Pygmalion ( George Bernard Shaw )
Riftwar Cycle ( Raymond E. Feist )
Roadmarks ( Roger Zelazny )
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead ( Tom Stoppard )
Roughing It ( Mark Twain )
Rumo ( Walter Moers )
Salammbô ( Gustave Flaubert )
Salome ( Oscar Wilde )
Santiago: a Myth of the Far Future ( Mike Resnick )
Scoop ( Evelyn Waugh )
Seeker ( Jack McDevitt )
Sense and Sensibility ( Jane Austen )
Shades of Gray: The Road to High Saffron ( Jasper Fforde )
Shadows Fall ( Simon R. Green )
Shiki ( Fuyumi Ono )
Siddhartha ( Herman Hesse )
Sinuhe egyptiläinen ( Mika Waltari )
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie ( May Gibbs )
Southern Victory series ( Harry Turtledove )
Something Happened ( Joseph Heller )
Space Odyssey series ( Arthur C. Clarke )
Speed of Dark ( Elizabeth Moon )
Spook Country ( William Gibson )
Starship Troopers ( Robert A. Heinlein )
Staying Alive ( Matt Beaumont )
Shogun ( James Clavell )
Solaris ( Stanislaw Lem )
Summer Sisters ( Judy Blume )
Sunshine ( Robin McKinley )
Survivor ( Chuck Palahniuk )
Swallows and Amazons series ( Arthur Ransome )
Sybil ( Flora Rheta Schreiber )
Tales of the Otori trilogy ( Lian Hearn )
Tarantula ( Bob Dylan )
Tess of the D'urbervilles ( Thomas Hardy )
Tender is the Night ( F. Scott Fitzgerald )
Terminal World ( Alastair Reynolds )
Terro-Human Future History ( series; H. Beam Piper )
The 39 Steps ( John Buchan )
The Accidental ( Ali Smith )
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ( Mark Twain )
The Alchemist ( Paulo Coelho )
The Anubis Gates ( Tim Powers )
The BFG ( Roald Dahl )
The Black Book ( Orhan Pamuk )
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting ( Milan Kundera )
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao ( Junot Diaz )
The Business ( Iain Banks )
The Call of Cthulu and Other Strange Tales ( H.P. Lovecraft )
The Chronicles of Amber ( series; Roger Zelazny )
The Cider House Rules ( John Irving )
The Circle series ( Ted Dekker )
The City and the Stars ( Arthur C. Clarke )
The City of Dreaming Books ( Walter Moers )
The Client ( John Grisham )
The Colour Out of Space ( H.P. Lovecraft )
The Crucible ( Arthur Miller )
The Da Vinci Code ( Dan Brown )
The Dark Knight Returns ( Frank Miller )
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark ( Carl Sagan )
The Diamond Age ( Neal Stephenson )
The Dice Man ( Luke Rhinehart )
The Difference Engine ( William Gibson & Bruce Sterling )
The Dispossessed ( Ursula K. LeGuin )
The Engines of God ( Jack McDevitt )
The Eyes of Heisenberg ( Frank Herbert )
The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard ( Arthur Conan Doyle )
The Fall ( Albert Camus )
The Fall of the House of Usher ( Edgar Allen Poe )
The Far Pavilions ( M.M. Kaye )
The Firm ( John Grisham )
The Five People You Meet in Heaven ( Mitch Albom )
The Forever War ( Joe Haldeman )
The Futurological Congress ( Stanislaw Lem )
The Fresco ( Sheri Teper )
The Good Earth ( Pearl S. Buck )
The Historian ( Elizabeth Kostova )
The Hunt for Red October ( Tom Clancy )
The Idiot ( Fyodor Dostoyevsky )
The Informers ( Brett Easton Ellis )
The Ink Drum ( Gunter Grass )
The Interpretation of Dreams ( Sigmund Freud )
The Invention of Morel ( Adolfo Bioy Casares )
The Jaz Parks series ( Jennifer Rardin )
The Jessica Darling series ( Megan McCafferty )
The Judas Window ( John Dickson Carr )
The Last Days of Socrates ( Plato )
The Last Question ( Isaac Asimov )
The Lathe of Heaven ( Ursula K. LeGuin )
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen ( Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neil )
The Life Before Us ( Romain Gary )
The Little Friend ( Donna Tartt )
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Nyxrisor » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:00 pm UTC

Discworld series (Terry Pratchett)
Nation (Terry Pratchett)
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
The Redemption of Althalus (David Eddings)
The Pendragon Cycle (Steven Lawhead)
Airman (Eoin Colfer)

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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby UniqueScreenname » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:42 am UTC

UniqueScreenname wrote:I'm gonna have to trickle them in as I remember.
2. Uglies series - Scott Westerfeld. Best sci-fi series I've ever read.
3. The Giver - Lois Lowry. Probably the first book to make me think while I wasw reading.
4. A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket. Only series where I own all of them. Completely obsessed as a child.
5. The Firm - John Grisham. Love the way it builds.
6. The Client - John Grisham. Usually I hate adult books centered around kids, but I loved this one.
7. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury. I love the way this book builds too.

8. The BFG - Roald Dahl. Best children's book ever.
9. Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli. Nonconformist manifesto.
10. Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli. Pro-integration tale through the works of one kid.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby willaaaaaa » Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:13 pm UTC

UniqueScreenname wrote:
UniqueScreenname wrote:I'm gonna have to trickle them in as I remember.
2. Uglies series - Scott Westerfeld. Best sci-fi series I've ever read.
3. The Giver - Lois Lowry. Probably the first book to make me think while I wasw reading.
4. A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket. Only series where I own all of them. Completely obsessed as a child.
5. The Firm - John Grisham. Love the way it builds.
6. The Client - John Grisham. Usually I hate adult books centered around kids, but I loved this one.
7. Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury. I love the way this book builds too.

8. The BFG - Roald Dahl. Best children's book ever.
9. Stargirl - Jerry Spinelli. Nonconformist manifesto.
10. Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli. Pro-integration tale through the works of one kid.


How did I forget Stargirl :( Is vote changing allowed?
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby UniqueScreenname » Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:01 pm UTC

I will always vote in favor of Stargirl. However, it is not my thread.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Adacore » Wed Sep 05, 2012 11:59 pm UTC

I don't think it's really anyone's thread - ian (the OP) hasn't been on the fora since December last year. I've been tallying votes, but that's more just admin than ownership. I don't see any reason not to allow changes in votes so long as it doesn't happen too often and you make it clear what you're removing a vote from.

Personally, I'm not going to change my votes, even if I do think of a few better options.

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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Eomund » Fri Sep 07, 2012 12:03 am UTC

Okay, here are my first few

1. LOTR - Tolkien
2. Narnia - Lewis
3. Ender's Game - Card (should these be as a whole series ?)
4. Hercule Poirot - Christie
5. Foundation - Asimov
6. Sherlock Holmes - Doyle
7. Princess Bride - Morgenstern
8. Memory, Sorrow and Thorn - Tad Williams
9. The Dragon King Trilogy - Stephen R. Lawhead
10. Warbreaker - Brandon Sanderson
11. Silmarilion - Tolkien
12. The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy (or can this be the whole Jack Ryan Series?)
13. Space Trilogy - Lewis
14. Redwall - Jacques
15. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

I'll add the rest later.

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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby dg61 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:04 pm UTC

Plays actually were read during Shakespeare's time, or at least it seems that way based on the print and manuscript evidence we have as follows:
1) There are several texts of Shakespeare's plays printed in his time and I think under his supervision that are far, far too long to be preformed even for an Elizabethan audience. Conversely, there are shortened texts that may have been edited from the longer texts specifically for performance. A good example is the first and second quartos of Hamlet
2) the printing of de luxe editions(most famously the First Folio) by public subscription, something that would not be of much use to an average actor who needs only the play they're performing. Indeed, the split between cheap quarto editions and more expensive folio editions is consistent with a reading public with a wide variety of budgets
3) The existence of pirated publications not supervised by the company that held the right to perform any given play

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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Oryx » Sun Sep 16, 2012 3:28 pm UTC

I would vote for

1984 - George Orwell
A brave new world - Aldous Huxley
The royal game - Stefan Zweig
The Horla - Guy de maupassant
The lord of the rings trilogy - Tolkien
Oryx and Crake - Margaret Artwood

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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby ocean_soul » Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:39 pm UTC

Here's my vote (not in order). I only included novels, not for example plays but also not short story collections.
- The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien).
- A Tale of Two Cities, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club (better known as The Pickwick Papers), David Copperfield, Great Expectations (C. Dickens). If I had more votes there would probably be even more of his work on the list.
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Out of the Silent Planet (C.S. Lewis). These votes can be considered to be for the whole of The Chronicles of Narnia and the Cosmic Trilogy.
- Lolita (V. Nabokov).
- The Old Man and The Sea (I know not much happens, but it is written brilliantly. It's somewhat of a style over substance book, and is included here for sublime writing style) & For Whom the Bell Tolls (E. Hemingway).
- To Kill a Mockingbird (H. Lee).
- The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (E.A. Poe).
- Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (R.L. Stevenson).
- The Name of the Rose (U. Eco).
- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (J. Verne).
- Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship (J.W. von Goethe).
- The Eagle of the Ninth (R. Sutcliff). The book was way better than the movie. Actually all Sutcliff's works are very good.
- The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and Les Misérables (V. Hugo).
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby ocean_soul » Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:43 pm UTC

Maybe we should make a separate threat for plays? I think it's hard to compare plays with novels. I found it difficult enough already to compose a list of twenty 'best' books.
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