Top 10 of Any Genre

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  1. Seak

    Seak and I like to party.

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    I always see top ten lists of favorite fantasy or sci-fi, but I looked and looked, and maybe I'm still too new to really figure things out, and couldn't find a thread about your favorite books of all time.

    I'll start mine out. I'm thinking favorite individual books (of any genre you can think of) of all time. I'm usually a fantasy fan, but I really love some other books as well.

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo - Dumas
    2. The Lord of the Rings - JRRT
    3. The Sirens of Titan - Vonnegut
    4. Ender's Game - Card
    5. A Song of Ice and Fire - Martin
    6. Fahrenheit 451 - Bradbury
    7. The Silmarillion - JRRT
    8. Magician - Feist
    9. Watership Down - Adams
    10. Wheel of Time - Jordan
     
  2. Randy M.

    Randy M. Registered User

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    MAINSTREAM:
    Absalom, Absalom by William Faulkner
    The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

    MYSTERY:
    The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
    The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    HORROR:
    The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
    At the Mountains of Madness and Other Stories by H. P. Lovecraft

    S.F.:
    Davy by Edgar Pangborn
    Star Light, Star Bright by Alfred Bester

    FANTASY:
    The Land of Laughs by Jonathan Carroll
    The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietsche by Peter Beagle


    And, of course, I reserve the right to create another list with entirely different entries whenever my whim commands.

    Randy M.
     
  3. Seak

    Seak and I like to party.

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    I think that's what keeps me reading. I hope to be able to supplant something in my top 10 every time I start a new novel.
     
  4. Aurian

    Aurian Dragon Lady

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    This is too hard, since my top 10 seems to change on a regular basis.

    I also consider trilogies as one unit because they are generally one complete story, just published in multiple books ;-)

    In random order...


    Symphony of the Ages (trilogy) by Elizabeth Haydon.
    A Good Dog by John Katz
    Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop
    Queen of the Orcs Trilogy by Morgan Howell
    Poison Study, Magic Study, Fire Study by Maria Snyder
    Earth by David Brin
    The Neanderthal Parallax Trilogy by Robert J. Sawyer
    Jurassic Park & Lost World by Michael Criteon
    Book of Joby by Mark Ferrari
    Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
     
  5. AuntiePam

    AuntiePam Cranky old broad

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    The Dollmaker by Harriett Simpson Arnow -- this has been my number one book for many years. The story starts in Appalachia in the early 1940's and follows a hill country family to Detroit, where the father has found work in a steel mill. I think I'd get more people to read it but the dialect puts them off.

    Heart of the Country by Greg Matthews -- historical fiction set in the American West. The hero is a misanthropic hunchbacked buffalo hunter. I'm gonna re-read this someday and see if it holds up.

    Serena by Ron Rash -- a new favorite, about an evil woman (think Lady MacBeth but without her guilt) in a logging community in the Carolinas in the 1920's.

    The Stand by Stephen King. I've read it three times, and I'm even coming to like the ending.

    A Song of Ice and Fire -- yeah, it's cheating to count this as one book.

    Fingersmith by Sarah Waters -- rich historical novel with a great twist.

    Eifelheim by Michael Flynn -- not quite time travel but with a time travel feel. What happens when aliens (the space kind, not undocumented workers) crash land in a Bavarian village in the mid 1300's.

    Morality Play by Barry Unsworth. I've read a lot of historical fiction, but this is the first one that gave me a real understanding of the power of religion in medieval lives.
     
  6. Fung Koo

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    Some of my favourite semi-recent reads, independent of genre (that I can think of today, and subject to change without notice):

    You Shall Know Our Velocity! - Dave Eggers
    The Swan - Roald Dahl
    Mr. Norrell & Jonathan Strange - Susanna Clarke
    G. - John Berger
    Ender's Game + Shadow - Orson Scott Card
    Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
    Excession - Iain M. Banks
    The Crow Road - Iain Banks
    The Road - Cormac McCarthy
    The Star - Arthur C. Clarke
    The Rabbits - John Marsden & Shaun Tan
    The Red Tree - Shaun Tan
    Maus - Art Spiegelman

    And on and on...
     
  7. Seak

    Seak and I like to party.

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    I'm in the middle of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and it's already one of my favorites. I'll have to update my list pretty soon.

    A coworker just recommended The Road to me this morning. What are the odds? I guess I have to read it now, it sounds pretty good.
     
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    There's about to be a movie version of The Road released. I'd recommend getting it read before it comes out!
     
  9. kged

    kged Gloriam Imperator

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    Ad hoc, with the usual proviso about changing it at will...

    The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    If This Is A Man/The Truce by Primo Levi
    If Not Now, When? by Primo Levi
    Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
    Persuasion by Jane Austen
    1984 by George Orwell
    The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    The Prince of Nothing by R Scott Bakker
    Samurai by Hisako Matsubara
     
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    Guess who's getting himself a Christmas gift? ;)
     
  11. Forest Elf

    Forest Elf ~ JoElle ~

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    My 10 favorite books, fiction and non-fiction and in no particular order:

    * A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare
    * The Princess Bride - William Goldman
    * The Meaning of Trees - Fred Hageneder
    * Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen
    * The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth - Jonny Bowden
    * The Madhatter's Guide to Chocolate - Rhett DeVane
    * My Book House (12 volume set) - Olive Beaupre Miller
    * Faeries - Brian Froud and Alan Lee
    * Little Men - Louisa May Alcott
    * The Complete Calvin & Hobbes - Bill Watterson


    (This list does NOT include the published novels I wrote. It also does not include the one I just finished writing, which really really is my #1 favorite.)
     
  12. Overcast

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    Lists are fun!

    10) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, despite its flaws.
    9) A Game of Thrones by GRRM
    8) Shogun by James Clavell
    7) Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
    6) Freaky Deaky by Elmore Leonard
    5) Do Androids Dream of Elictric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick
    4) Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erickson
    3) V for Vendetta by Alan Moore & David Lloyd
    2) Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
    1) A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
     
  13. FremenWarrior

    FremenWarrior The bird of Hermes

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    Some of my Favourite works of fiction:

    10) A Scanner Darkly- Phillip.K.Dick
    9) Sahara- Clive Cussler
    8) The Hound Of The Baskervilles-Arthur Conan Doyle
    7) A Clockwork Orange- Anthony Burgess
    6) Stormbringer- Michael Moorcock
    5) The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy- Douglas Adams
    4) Great Expectations- Charles Dickens
    3) Dune- Frank Herbert
    2) Gormenghast Trilogy- Mervyn Peake
    1) 1984-George Orwell
     
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  14. suciul

    suciul Read interesting books

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    In no particular order since it's hard for me to compare books between genres, but these are books I read at least 10 times across the years and still remain favorites and keeping only one mention per author since a lot of Dumas and Waltari are true and tried favorites of mine:

    Master and Margarita by M. Bulgakov
    Masters of Rome by C. McCullough - 7 volume series
    The Revolution Series by A. Dumas - Joseph Balsamo, Queen's Necklace, Ange Pitou, Countess of Charny
    The Accursed Kings (Rois Maudits) by M. Druon - 7 book series
    Pride and Prejudice by J. Austen
    Use of Weapons by IM Banks
    The Roman duology by M. Waltari - Secrets of the Kingdom/The Roman
    The Gulag Archipelago by A. Solzhenitsyn - not exactly fiction but worth of a Nobel prize for literature and still the best indictment of communism ever
    Arabian Nights - translation by R. Burton - 10+ volumes and still the best urban fantasy ever
    Night's Dawn Trilog by P. Hamilton

    Recent books that may make the list but only if I keep rereading them and enjoying them in a 10 year period for the standalones, and of course if the rest of the books are still keeping up the excellence for the series:

    Anathem by N. Stephenson
    2666 by R. Bolano
    Les Bienveillantes/Kindly Ones by J. Littell
    Shadow of the Wind/Angel's Game series by CR Zafon
    PoN trilogy by S. Bakker (gotta see how the Aspect series turns out too here)
    ASoIaF series by GRRM
     
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    This is number eleven on my list, no doubt.
     
  16. Bond

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    In no particular order:

    - The Kings of Chess: A History of Chess Traced Through the Lives of Its Greatest Players (William Roland Hartston)
    - Baroque Chess Openings, Or, How to Play Your Betters at Chess and on Occasion Win (Richard Wincor)
    - The Middle Game in Chess (Reuben Fine)
    - The Immortal Games of Capablanca (Fred Reinfeld)
    - The Encyclopedia of Chess Openings
    - Chess Life and Review Volumes 1 & 2
    - The ABCs of Chess (Bruce Pandolfini)
    - Tigran Petrosian: His life and games (Victor Vasiliev)
    - Lasker's Manual of Chess (Emanuel Lasker)
    - Handbuch des Schachspiels (Paul Rudolf von Bilguer)
     
  17. Miriamele

    Miriamele Witch of the Woods

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    Hmm...I am developing a sneaking suspicion that Bond likes to play chess...:D

    This thread is fun. I'm going to look back over my book journal for the past few years, compile a list and come back to post it. :)
     
  18. Mithfânion

    Mithfânion Lord of the Wild Hunt

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    Suciul

    Intrigued by the title I looked this up and found the English translation due in March. What makes this such a good book then? It does look interesting, and at a 1,000 pages, massive.
     
  19. suciul

    suciul Read interesting books

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    I definitely want to read the translation asap - which ironically is not by the author who is American - since my French is so-so, though the book is easy to read.

    The book sold tons of copies in Europe - in France they printed something like 10k first print, and within a week or so they needed 200k copies - and got all literary prizes (Goncourt, Academie) because it's truly fascinating, but it will all depend on how you take the narrator, one former SS/SD - the SD was the elite of the SS - Officer PhD. Maximilien Aue, sort of protegee of Himmler himself, intellectual, French educated since his mother was French, bisexual in a Nazi Germany where homosexuality was in practice punishable by death, currently living as an executive in France with his wife, twin children and writing his memoirs trying to justify what happened in the war.

    And unrepentant to the end at least of war crimes, though his family and personal life is even more tortuous.

    Only at the end the book unravels a little bit, but there are so many scenes that stay with you - without spoilers, there is one "philosophical" conversation with a Jewish young educated woman on the edge of the famous Kiev pit where the Nazi shot and buried tens of thousands, with Max sent by his CO to personally shoot some Jews because he got a reputation for squeamishness - Max was the officer in charge of records of a team that was exterminating Jews in Ukraine, but he avoided the killings himself and that would not do for his CO - there is another one with a Russian Commissar POW in Stalingrad, and then of course everything with his twin sister, with his mother and step father and the mysterious twin boys they adopted in occupied France, with his powerful protectors...

    The pages turn by themselves and I am really curious how the book will be received in the English speaking world...
     
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    Miriamele Witch of the Woods

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    This was difficult, but here's my top ten:

    - War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
    - Last Light of the Sun by Guy Kay
    - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
    - The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan
    - Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
    - A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuin
    - The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
    - Shogun by James Clavell
    - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    - Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

    If I really wanted to pick my very favourite fiction books the list would have to be about thirty books.