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xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby ian » Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:39 am UTC

As far as I'm aware this hasn't been done before, someone please correct me if i'm wrong.

So anyway, let's find out what xkcd's favourite books are. you can each vote for up to 20 books, you do not need to put them in order, every book you vote for will each get 1 point. this seems the better way to go, as popularity is perhaps a better indication than a few xkcdians having something as their favourite book, but no one else caring for it.
Please put the title of the book AND the author.
FICTION ONLY! (and no, that doesn't mean you can put the bible)

Also if you talk to other xkcd peeps who don't browse the books subforum tell them to get their asses overhere.
i'll wait to see how popular this is before sticking up a deadline. Any suggestions on how to improve it are welcome.


edit 1 of many: i think for series of books (LOTR, HGTTG, His Dark Materials, Harry Potter etc) it might be best to just put them down as one selection. I'm gonna apply this to Discworld too, which seems crazy, but stops people having to fill up half their spaces with one series of books.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Lazar » Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:50 am UTC

My submissions:

Ulysses (James Joyce)
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)
Horatio Hornblower series (CS Forester)
Hercule Poirot series (Agatha Christie)
Foundation series (Isaac Asimov)
1984 (George Orwell)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series (Douglas Adams)
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby NecklaceOfShadow » Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:44 am UTC

Ulysses (James Joyce)
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)
Horatio Hornblower series (CS Forester)
Hercule Poirot series (Agatha Christie)
Foundation series (Isaac Asimov)
1984 (George Orwell) -- 2
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series (Douglas Adams) -- 2

The Wish List (Eoin Colfer)
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
The Dresden Files (series; Jim Butcher)
Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card)
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Retne » Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:55 am UTC

Magician by Raymond E. Feist
Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams
Ender's Game by OSC

hmmmmm... I reserve the right to edit in a couple more as they come to me. These are the ones that leap out at me as ones I will always be able to reread and enjoy.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Quantum Sunshine » Sat Oct 23, 2010 12:05 am UTC

Hmm...

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series (Douglas Adams)
Harry Potter Series (J.K. Rowling)
Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
Foundation Series (Isaac Asimov)
Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card)
Lord of the Rings (J. R. R. Tolkien)
The Hobbit (J. R. R. Tolkien)
Because of Winn-Dixie (Kate DiCamillo)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby BurningLed » Sat Oct 23, 2010 2:39 pm UTC

Farenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
1984 (George Orwell)
Johnny Got His Gun (Dalton Trumbo)
Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
The Somnambulist (Jonathan Barnes)
Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)
Vespers (Jeff Rovin)
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby NecklaceOfShadow » Sat Oct 23, 2010 6:03 pm UTC

So... since this, if I'm understanding it correctly, is a poll without a poll, it might be good to organize this.


Ulysses (James Joyce)
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)
Horatio Hornblower (series; CS Forester)
Hercule Poirot (series; Agatha Christie)
Foundation (series; Isaac Asimov) -- 2
1984 (George Orwell) -- 3
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (series; Douglas Adams) -- 4

The Wish List (Eoin Colfer)
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
The Dresden Files (series; Jim Butcher) -- 2
Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card) -- 3

Magician (Raymond E. Feist)

Harry Potter (series; J.K. Rowling)
The Chronicles of Narnia (series; C.S. Lewis)

Lord of the Rings (series; J. R. R. Tolkien)
The Hobbit (J. R. R. Tolkien)
Because of Winn-Dixie (Kate DiCamillo)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury) -- 2

Johnny Got His Gun (Dalton Trumbo)
Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
The Somnambulist (Jonathan Barnes)
Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)
Vespers (Jeff Rovin)

So... nice, standardized look. New sections for non-repeated books, to keep it readable. Incremented votes otherwise. What are the chances that we can keep it like this? Zero, I know //_>
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Microscopic cog » Sat Oct 23, 2010 6:11 pm UTC

1984 ( George Orwell )
Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy series ( Douglas Adams )
Nausea ( Jean-Paul Sartre )

That's all for now.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sun Oct 24, 2010 2:18 am UTC

Some of my favorites:

"Harry Potter" series - J.K. Rowling
"Lord of the Rings" trilogy - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit (Or There and Back Again) - J.R.R. Tolkien
Necronomicon - H.P. Lovecraft
The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
The Yearling - Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
Through the Looking-Glass (And What Alice Found There) - Lewis Carroll
"Calvin and Hobbes" collection - Bill Watterson (not technically a book, but...)
"Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series - Douglas Adams
Sherlock Holmes stories - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Slpee » Sun Oct 24, 2010 2:07 pm UTC

Ok, so given I'm only allowed to pick 20...I choose...oh man please don't make me pick!
Well I guess I have to, here goes:

Dune series by Frank Herbert
Redwall series by Brian Jacques
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Foundation series by Asimov(Really anything by Asimov)
HG2G by Douglas Adams
Apprentice Adept series by Piers Anthony
Xanth series by Piers Anthony
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

That's all I got now, I'll get back with more as i think of them.

Edit: wow I forgot Ender's Game, I am clearly the definition of fail.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Aiwendil42 » Mon Oct 25, 2010 1:56 pm UTC

My 20 choices:

The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Silmarillion (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Foundation series (Isaac Asimov)
Robot series (Isaac Asimov)
Childhood's End (Arthur C. Clarke)
The City and the Stars (Arthur C. Clarke)
The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (Douglas Adams)
The Iliad (Homer)
The Odyssey (Homer)
Beowulf (unknown)
Gisli Sursson's Saga (unknown)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Susanna Clarke)
The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
An Instance of the Fingerpost (Iain Pears)
Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card)
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
The Nine Tailors (Dorothy Sayers)

Which makes the tally, by my reckoning:

Ulysses (James Joyce)
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)
Horatio Hornblower (series; CS Forester)
Hercule Poirot (series; Agatha Christie)
Foundation (series; Isaac Asimov) -- 4
Robot series (Isaac Asimov)
1984 (George Orwell) -- 4
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (series; Douglas Adams) -- 7
Nausea (Jean-Paul Sartre)
The Wish List (Eoin Colfer)
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
The Dresden Files (series; Jim Butcher) -- 2
Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card) -- 5
Necronomicon (H.P. Lovecraft)
Sherlock Holmes stories (Arthur Conan Doyle)
Magician (Raymond E. Feist)
The Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster)
Harry Potter (series; J.K. Rowling) -- 3
The Chronicles of Narnia (series; C.S. Lewis)
The Yearling (Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings)
Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien) -- 3
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien) -- 3
The Silmarillion (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Because of Winn-Dixie (Kate DiCamillo)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury) -- 2
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)
Through the Looking-Glass (And What Alice Found There) (Lewis Carroll)
Johnny Got His Gun (Dalton Trumbo)
Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
The Somnambulist (Jonathan Barnes)
Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)
Vespers (Jeff Rovin)
"Calvin and Hobbes" collection (Bill Watterson)
Dune (series; Frank Herbert)
Redwall (series; Brian Jacques)
Apprentice Adept (series; Piers Anthony)
Xanth (series; Piers Anthony)
Childhood's End (Arthur C. Clarke)
The City and the Stars (Arthur C. Clarke)
The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (Douglas Adams)
The Iliad (Homer)
The Odyssey (Homer)
Beowulf (unknown)
Gisli Sursson's Saga (unknown)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Susanna Clarke)
The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
An Instance of the Fingerpost (Iain Pears)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
The Nine Tailors (Dorothy Sayers)

If I had more energy, I would alphabetize that list.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Microscopic cog » Mon Oct 25, 2010 5:34 pm UTC

Here ya go. ( I just put it in the right order )

1984 (George Orwell) -- 4
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)
An Instance of the Fingerpost (Iain Pears)
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
Apprentice Adept (series; Piers Anthony)
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
Because of Winn-Dixie (Kate DiCamillo)
Beowulf (unknown)
Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
"Calvin and Hobbes" collection (Bill Watterson)
Childhood's End (Arthur C. Clarke)
Dune (series; Frank Herbert)
Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card) -- 5
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury) -- 2
For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)
Foundation (series; Isaac Asimov) -- 4
Gisli Sursson's Saga (unknown)
Harry Potter (series; J.K. Rowling) -- 3
Hercule Poirot (series; Agatha Christie)
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (series; Douglas Adams) -- 7
Horatio Hornblower (series; CS Forester)
Johnny Got His Gun (Dalton Trumbo)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Susanna Clarke)
Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien) -- 3
Magician (Raymond E. Feist)
Nausea (Jean-Paul Sartre)
Necronomicon (H.P. Lovecraft)
Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)
Redwall (series; Brian Jacques)
Robot series (Isaac Asimov)
Sherlock Holmes stories (Arthur Conan Doyle)
The Chronicles of Narnia (series; C.S. Lewis)
The City and the Stars (Arthur C. Clarke)
The Dresden Files (series; Jim Butcher) -- 2
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien) -- 3
The Iliad (Homer)
The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (Douglas Adams)
The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
The Nine Tailors (Dorothy Sayers)
The Odyssey (Homer)
The Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
The Silmarillion (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Somnambulist (Jonathan Barnes)
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
The Wish List (Eoin Colfer)
The Yearling (Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings)
Through the Looking-Glass (And What Alice Found There) (Lewis Carroll)
Ulysses (James Joyce)
Vespers (Jeff Rovin)
Xanth (series; Piers Anthony)
Spoiler:
Interviewer: Some people say they can’t understand your writing even after they read it two or three times. What approach would you suggest for them?

William Faulkner: Read it four times.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby folkhero » Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:54 am UTC

Dune series (Frank Herbert)
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (Ken Kesey)
Breakfast of Champions (Kurt Vonnegut)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
The Picture of Dorian Grey (Oscar Wilde)
A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole)
Tess of the D'urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
Ubik (Phillip K. Dick)
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Obby » Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:47 pm UTC

No particular order, just stories that I love:

Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - series - Douglas Adams
1984 - George Orwell
House of Leaves - Mark Danielewski
Harry Potter - series - J.K. Rowling
The Colour Out of Space - H.P. Lovecraft

That's what I can remember right now...
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Microscopic cog » Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:22 pm UTC

Updated list. I really don't know why I did this. ( 56 books so far. I guess I have to put them in a different order when we reach the 100. )


1984 (George Orwell) -- 5
A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)
An Instance of the Fingerpost (Iain Pears)
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
Apprentice Adept (series; Piers Anthony)
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
Because of Winn-Dixie (Kate DiCamillo)
Beowulf (unknown)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
Breakfast of Champions (Kurt Vonnegut)
"Calvin and Hobbes" collection (Bill Watterson)
Childhood's End (Arthur C. Clarke)
Dune (series; Frank Herbert) -- 2
Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card) -- 6
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury) -- 2
For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)
Foundation (series; Isaac Asimov) -- 4
Gisli Sursson's Saga (unknown)
Harry Potter (series; J.K. Rowling) -- 4
Hercule Poirot (series; Agatha Christie)
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (series; Douglas Adams) -- 8
Horatio Hornblower (series; CS Forester)
House of Leaves - Mark Danielewski
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
Johnny Got His Gun (Dalton Trumbo)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Susanna Clarke)
Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien) -- 3
Magician (Raymond E. Feist)
Nausea (Jean-Paul Sartre)
Necronomicon (H.P. Lovecraft)
Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (Ken Kesey)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
Redwall (series; Brian Jacques)
Robot series (Isaac Asimov)
Sherlock Holmes stories (Arthur Conan Doyle)
Tess of the D'urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)
The Chronicles of Narnia (series; C.S. Lewis)
The City and the Stars (Arthur C. Clarke)
The Colour Out of Space - H.P. Lovecraft
The Dresden Files (series; Jim Butcher) -- 2
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien) -- 3
The Iliad (Homer)
The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (Douglas Adams)
The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
The Nine Tailors (Dorothy Sayers)
The Odyssey (Homer)
The Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde) -- 2
The Silmarillion (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Somnambulist (Jonathan Barnes)
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
The Wish List (Eoin Colfer)
The Yearling (Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings)
Through the Looking-Glass (And What Alice Found There) (Lewis Carroll)
Ubik (Phillip K. Dick)
Ulysses (James Joyce)
Vespers (Jeff Rovin)
Xanth (series; Piers Anthony)
Spoiler:
Interviewer: Some people say they can’t understand your writing even after they read it two or three times. What approach would you suggest for them?

William Faulkner: Read it four times.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Adacore » Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:18 pm UTC

1984 (George Orwell)
Harry Potter (series; JK Rowling)
Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)
The Chrysalids (John Wyndham)
Nights Dawn trilogy (Peter F Hamilton)
Commonwealth saga (Peter F Hamilton)
The Crow Road (Iain Banks)
Culture (series; Iain Banks) [assuming these are, per Discworld rules, grouped]
The Hobbit (JRR Tolkien)
Through the Looking Glass (And What Alice Found There) (Lewis Carroll) [if this is grouped with Alice in Wonderland, that's fine too]
Enders Game (Orson Scott Card) [Again, if the other Ender/Bean books are grouped, that'd be better]
Foundation (series; Isaac Asimov)
Espedair Street (Iain Banks)
Neuromancer (William Gibson) [This has sequels too, so I guess you could expand this to the Sprawl series/trilogy]
Deed of Paksenarrion (series; Elizabeth Moon)
Serrano/Suiza (series; Elizabeth Moon)
Cryptonomicon (Neal Stephenson)
Snow Crash (Neal Stephenson)
Emma (Jane Austen)
Sherlock Holmes (series; Arthur Conan Doyle)

And that's me up to 20 not even touching on plays, which I figure are a separate genre, as they should be seen rather than read. I note that the Iain Banks books I've picked are two of the lighter ones, rather than the critically acclaimed grittier ones. I guess I'm shallow like that.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Microscopic cog » Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:53 pm UTC

Can you say what the series by Elizabeth moon are called? Then I can list it under that. Also added Neuromancer under Sprawl Series.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby fimzo » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:19 am UTC

-Robot Series (Isaac Asimov)
-Lord of the Rings Series (J. R. R. Tolkien) [Not a trilogy - 6 books,]
-Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
-Jurrasic Park (Michael Crichton) [Why hasn't the origin of the velociraptor scare (I assume) been brought up yet?)
-Dirk Gently Series (Douglas Adams) [Holistic Detective Agency & Teatime]
-The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook (Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht)

That's all of mine... The Onion Atlas of the World seems a bit far-fetched for this list.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Adacore » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:39 pm UTC

Deed of Paksennarion is the name of the series - the individual books are called 'Sheepfarmers Daughter', 'Divided Allegiance' and 'Oath of Gold', although you could expand that to include the two Gird/Luap books ('Surrender None' and 'Liar's Oath') and the new books ('Oath of Fealty', 'Kings of the North', and the as yet untitled 3rd-5th books in the new series).

The Serrano/Suiza books are probably best called the 'Familias Regnant' series. That's how Wikipedia groups them, anyway.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Aiwendil42 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:47 pm UTC

Again, if the other Ender/Bean books are grouped, that'd be better


Here's the thing with grouping series, though: I loved Ender's Game, liked Speaker for the Dead, did not like Xenocide or Children of the Mind, and haven't even read the Bean books. So it seems odd that, for example, my vote for Ender's Game should count as a vote for the whole series.

On the other hand, since the OP did suggest counting series as single items, maybe that means one should not vote for a book that is part of a series unless one has read and enjoyed the whole series. However, that would seem to unfairly punish good books for having poor sequels.

Also, there's considerable ambiguity in what constitutes a series. As one example, people have (so far) counted The Hobbit, the Silmarillion, and The Lord of the Rings separately, although LotR is a sequel to The Hobbit and a sequel of sorts to the Silmarillion as well (LotR itself is not a series, but a single novel published in three volumes for reasons of practicality). As another, one isn't sure whether to consider Asimov's Robot series and Foundation series separately or to treat them as a single Robot-Foundation series, since they were linked together in the later books (and again, I'd guess that many people who would vote for the Foundation series haven't read the Robot series).

Okay, I'm obviously putting way too much thought into this.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby turret » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:49 pm UTC

Off the top of my head I'd have to say:

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
The Discworld series (Neil Pratchett)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Philip K Dick)
Good Omens (Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett)
A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
The Man in the High Castle (Philip K Dick)
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevski)
Ender's Game (Scott Orson Card)
Watership Down (Rcihard Adams)
Dune (Frank Herbert)
The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevski)
Neuromancer (William Gibson)
Catch 22 (Joseph Heller)
Fight Club (Chuck Palahniuk)
Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
Slaughterhouse Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Spots » Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:01 pm UTC

I wish I was in front of my bookcase, because I'm sure that some gems have slipped my mind, but off the top of my head:

The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Rama Quadrilogy by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee
Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke
The Cradle by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee
The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett (part of the Demon trilogy, but it's the only book I read so far)
The Jaz Parks series by Jennifer Rardin
Kay Scarpetta Mysteries by Patricia Cornwell
Toxin by Robin Cook
Vector by Robin Cook
Acceptable Risk by Robin Cook
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Inspector Maigret stories by Georges Simenon
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Microscopic cog » Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:28 pm UTC

Here are the votes so far. Books that are part of a series, are put up as series. The Hickhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is leading, which is nice to see. But we need more votes, more votes!



1
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (series; Douglas Adams) -- 10
2
Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card) -- 8
3
1984 (George Orwell) -- 6
4
Foundation (series; Isaac Asimov) -- 5
Harry Potter (series; J.K. Rowling) -- 5
5
The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien) -- 4
Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien) -- 4
6
Dune (series; Frank Herbert) -- 3
Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury) -- 3
Sherlock Holmes stories (Arthur Conan Doyle) -- 3
7
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) -- 2
Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut) -- 2
Discworld ( Terry Prachet ) -- 2
Robot series (Isaac Asimov) -- 2
Sprawl series ( William Gibson ) -- 2
The Dresden Files (series; Jim Butcher) -- 2
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde) -- 2
Through the Looking-Glass (And What Alice Found There) (Lewis Carroll) -- 2
8
Acceptable Risk ( Robin Cook )
A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
A Confederacy of Dunces (John Kennedy Toole)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)
An Instance of the Fingerpost (Iain Pears)
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
Apprentice Adept (series; Piers Anthony)
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
Because of Winn-Dixie (Kate DiCamillo)
Beowulf (unknown)
Breakfast of Champions (Kurt Vonnegut)
Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
"Calvin and Hobbes" collection (Bill Watterson)
Childhood's End (Arthur C. Clarke)
Commonwealth saga (Peter F Hamilton)
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevski)
Cryptonomicon (Neal Stephenson)
Deed of Paksenarrion Series ( Elizabeth Moon )
Demon trilogy ( Peter V. Brett )
Dirk Gently Series (Douglas Adams)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Philip K Dick)
Emma (Jane Austen)
Espedair Street (Iain Banks)
Familias Regnant Series ( Elizabeth Moon )
Fight Club (Chuck Palahniuk)
For Whom the Bell Tolls (Ernest Hemingway)
Fountains of Paradise ( Arthur C. Clarke )
Gisli Sursson's Saga (unknown)
Good Omens (Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett)
Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
Hercule Poirot (series; Agatha Christie)
Horatio Hornblower (series; CS Forester)
House of Leaves - Mark Danielewski
Inspector Maigret stories ( Georges Simenon )
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
Johnny Got His Gun (Dalton Trumbo)
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (Susanna Clarke)
Jurrasic Park (Michael Crichton)
Kay Scarpetta Mysteries ( Patricia Cornwell )
Magician (Raymond E. Feist)
Nausea (Jean-Paul Sartre)
Necronomicon (H.P. Lovecraft)
Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)
Nights Dawn trilogy (Peter F Hamilton)
Of Mice and Men (John Steinbeck)
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (Ken Kesey)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
Redwall (series; Brian Jacques)
Slaughterhouse Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
Tess of the D'urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)
The Chronicles of Narnia (series; C.S. Lewis)
The Chrysalids (John Wyndham)
The City and the Stars (Arthur C. Clarke)
The Colour Out of Space - H.P. Lovecraft
The Cradle ( Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee )
The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevski)
The Da Vinci Code ( Dan Brown )
The Historian ( Elizabeth Kostova )
The Iliad (Homer)
The Jaz Parks series ( Jennifer Rardin )
The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (Douglas Adams)
The Man in the High Castle (Philip K Dick)
The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
The Night Angel Trilogy ( Brent Weeks )
The Nine Tailors (Dorothy Sayers)
The Odyssey (Homer)
The Phantom Tollbooth (Norton Juster)
The Rama Quadrilogy ( Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Le )
The Silmarillion (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Somnambulist (Jonathan Barnes)
The Tempest ( William Shakespear )
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
The Wish List (Eoin Colfer)
The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook (Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht)
The Yearling (Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings)
Toxin ( Robin Cook )
Twilight ( Stephenie Meyer )
Ubik (Phillip K. Dick)
Ulysses (James Joyce)
Vector ( Robin Cook )
Vespers (Jeff Rovin)
Watership Down (Rcihard Adams)
Xanth (series; Piers Anthony)
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby turret » Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:41 pm UTC

If books that are a part of a series are put up as a series, shouldn't Eoin Colfer be up there with Douglas Adams?
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Patch » Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:56 pm UTC

Vorkosigan Saga (series) by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (series) by Douglas Adams
Discworld (series) by Terry Pratchett
Roadmarks by Roger Zelazny
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
Accelerando by Charles Stross
Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog by Ysabeau Wilce
Santiago: a Myth of the Far Future by Mike Resnick
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Candide by Voltaire
Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
Howl's Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones
Tunnel in the Sky by Robert Heinlein
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Microscopic cog » Fri Oct 29, 2010 12:17 pm UTC

turret wrote:If books that are a part of a series are put up as a series, shouldn't Eoin Colfer be up there with Douglas Adams?


If people haven't said they were part of a series, I haven't put them up as series, because I don't knooooow.

But after googling, the book by Eoin Colfer listed in our list of lists is The Wish List, which is according to Wikipedia, a standalone novel.

Let me know if there are more series, I'm unaware of though. :)
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby turret » Fri Oct 29, 2010 3:58 pm UTC

I actually meant that as Colfer wrote And Another Thing which is considered canon, and part of the Hitchhiker continuity, he should be considered one of the writers of the The Hitchhiker's Guide series.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Microscopic cog » Fri Oct 29, 2010 4:04 pm UTC

Ah right, I get what you mean. We actually have that book at home.

Hmm, this is a difficult case. It is considered to be the next book in the series, so I think that is more important than the author. I'll put it under the Hichhiker's Guide, with a little note saying the book is included when somebody will vote for it. Agree?
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby turret » Fri Oct 29, 2010 4:05 pm UTC

I have little to no problems with that.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Slpee » Fri Oct 29, 2010 8:49 pm UTC

In that case, I retract my vote for HG2G.
I hate to be a downer on this, and I love Eoin Colfer as a writer, but i just didn't like And Another Thing as a part of the series.
I felt it didn't fit too well with what Adams created, it just seemed forced and awkward.

I don't want to derail the thread with this, so please carry on with the voting.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Aiwendil42 » Fri Oct 29, 2010 11:19 pm UTC

Yeah, that's the problem I was getting at with counting series together.

At the very least, I'd suggest that only series written by a single author be counted together, thus leaving And Another Thing out of the Hitchhiker series.

Also, if the Ender series is counted together, I'd like to retract my vote for Ender's Game.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Microscopic cog » Sat Oct 30, 2010 9:56 am UTC

Aiwendil42 wrote:Yeah, that's the problem I was getting at with counting series together.

At the very least, I'd suggest that only series written by a single author be counted together, thus leaving And Another Thing out of the Hitchhiker series.

Also, if the Ender series is counted together, I'd like to retract my vote for Ender's Game.


Alright, I'll count And another thing as a different book but that's the final version. It's a difficult case, with the different authors and all but we'll leave it to this.

For Ender's Game, if you look at the list, it isn't listed as a series as nobody voted for the entire series. So I wasn't really aware of the whole series. I guess it's also the best way to put it up there, as people seem to like Ender's Game but not the entire series.

tl;dr: And another thing is seperated from HHGTTG and Ender's Game is extracted from the entire series.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Adacore » Tue Nov 02, 2010 1:53 pm UTC

Microscopic cog wrote:For Ender's Game, if you look at the list, it isn't listed as a series as nobody voted for the entire series. So I wasn't really aware of the whole series. I guess it's also the best way to put it up there, as people seem to like Ender's Game but not the entire series.

Personally, I do like the entire series and would vote for it as a series. I actually think some of the Shadow books are up there with Ender's Game in terms of quality. I agree Children of the Mind and Xenocide (and to a lesser extent Speaker for the Dead) aren't quite as good, but the series as a whole is, imo.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby JQH » Tue Nov 02, 2010 6:51 pm UTC

Coyote Series by Allen Steele
Miles Vorkosigan Series by Lois McMaster Bujold
End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov
Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov (and I mean the original trilogy, I wasn't too keen on the later additions)

Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove
Turtledove's other sequence involving the South winning the US Civil War, started with "How Few Remain" and continues to WWII (so far)

Change Series by S.M. Stirling
Event Series by S.M. Stirling. This is linked to the above but takes place in an alternative Bronze Age so I consider it a separate series.

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

Postby Midnight » Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:16 pm UTC

Fuck Ulysses.
uhhhh fuck.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby ozymandias87 » Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:51 am UTC

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series (Douglas Adams)
Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
Discworld Series (Terry Pratchet)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
American Gods (Neil Gaiman)
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby ian » Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:37 am UTC

Microscopic cog wrote:tl;dr: And another thing is seperated from HHGTTG and Ender's Game is extracted from the entire series.

i think this is a good thing to go with.

the series thing is such a difficult thing to deal with and perhaps need to be dealt with on a case by case basis. people generally don't refer to individual LotR and HP books, but Ender's game is more refered to than the series.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Microscopic cog » Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:04 pm UTC

Adacore wrote:
Microscopic cog wrote:For Ender's Game, if you look at the list, it isn't listed as a series as nobody voted for the entire series. So I wasn't really aware of the whole series. I guess it's also the best way to put it up there, as people seem to like Ender's Game but not the entire series.

Personally, I do like the entire series and would vote for it as a series. I actually think some of the Shadow books are up there with Ender's Game in terms of quality. I agree Children of the Mind and Xenocide (and to a lesser extent Speaker for the Dead) aren't quite as good, but the series as a whole is, imo.


Want me to put your vote as for the entire series or what?

Turtledove's other sequence involving the South winning the US Civil War, started with "How Few Remain" and continues to WWII (so far)


Eeeh....? Counting this as one series. Even though the series consists out of smaller series and has no official title. Putting it up as Southern Victory series.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby JQH » Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:41 pm UTC

One which should appeal to people here:

Attack of The Unsinkable Rubber Ducks by Christopher Brookmyer.
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Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Postby Microscopic cog » Thu Nov 04, 2010 6:54 pm UTC

Is that a vote? :P
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