Top 10 of Any Genre

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  1. algernoninc

    algernoninc Now I'm an axolotl

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    such a difficult choice :
    1) Antoine de Saint-Exupery - The Little Prince or The Citadel
    2) Boris Pasternak - Doctor Zhivago
    3) Marguerite Duras - Le Marin du Gibraltar or L'Amant
    4) Gabriel Garcia Marques - Cento Anos de Soledad
    5) a book by Raymond Chandler
    6) Frank Herbert - Dune
    7) Louis de Bernieres - Captain Corelli's Mandolin
    8) a book by Nevil Shute
    9) Guy Gavriel Kay - Sailing to Sarantium
    10) a book by Dick Francis

    I wish i could add Faulkner, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Isabel Allende, Mario Vargas Llosa, Joseph Conrad, John Updike, Milan Kundera, Iris Murdoch, Peter Hoeg, Nick Hornby ... but then the list would never end.
     
  2. Miriamele

    Miriamele Witch of the Woods

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    algernoninc, I almost listed Guy Kay's Sailing to Sarantium too, along with Lord of Emperors...those two books were just awesome. I never thought I would have found a scene about a chariot race exciting!
     
  3. dingaleboom

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    I love lists!

    My ten favorites:

    1. Watership Down - Richard Adams
    2. Titus Groan - Mervyn Peake
    3. It - Stephen King
    4. Jennie - Paul Galico
    5. Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay
    6. Memories Of Ice - Steven Erikson
    7. Skeleton Crew - Stephen King
    8. the Way The Crow Flies - Mary Ann McDonald
    9. A Game Of Thrones - George RR Martin
    10. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
     
  4. algernoninc

    algernoninc Now I'm an axolotl

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    for me Sarantium is one book, split by the publishers for marketing reasons, that's why i only mention the first installment. It is my favorite Kay book for various personal reasons [I was already familiar with Ana Comnena and Robert Graves treatment of the same period, the question of artist integrity in a totalitarian regime, the low intensity magical elements], the rest of the top ten candidates are similarly selected for personal affinities, not objective literary value.
    After Sarantium, I want more historical fantasy and this year i hope to include in my reading both Dorothy Dunnet "House of Niccolo" and Colleen McCullough "Masters of Rome".
     
  5. suciul

    suciul Read interesting books

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    Together with Mary Renault's Greek loose series of novels from Theseus to Alexander the above two are some of the best modern historical fiction longish series I've ever read, though they are quite different in styles and approaches.

    Masters of Rome is almost encyclopedic, with a dry irony and cutting tone that may put some off, but the main characters that dominate the series from Lucius Cornelius and Gaius Marius to Caesar and Pompey and finally Octavian, Cleopatra and Antony (!) are just pitch perfect, so that this series makes my top 10 of all series/novels read

    House of Niccolo is quite different in style and story, full of long range plans and plots, twists and turns that could be foreseen here and there and it reads in many ways like an epic fantasy series without magic/supernatural, but with everything else from mysterious orphans to exotic travels, fortune reversals... To some extent that took a little bit of my enjoyment for the series and it ranks just below the top series of all times for me, since while in an epic fantasy series like Kushiel (which leaving aside the sex, magic and religion has some similarities to House of Niccolo in style, plot, action) I have a lower threshold for my suspension of disbelief, in a historical epic my threshold for suspension of disbelief is much higher. Still House of Niccolo is a great series and I even got the 2 volume companion to it, since I liked it so much
     
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    In no particular order

    Shadow of the Wind - Carlso Ruiz Zaffon
    The Asian Saga(6 books) - James Clavell
    A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
    Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
    American Pyscho - Brett Easton Ellis
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
    Farenheit 451 - Ray Brabury
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
    Lord of the Rings - Tolkien
    It - Stephen King
    The complete works of Edgar Allen Poe
     
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  7. Eldanuumea

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    I am actually sitting here trying to come up with a list of my top 10 in ANY genre after 50 years of reading......:eek:

    Well, here's an initaial, very off-the-cuff list, in no particular order:

    Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Lord of the Rings - Tolkien
    ........(because when I got to the part where Gollum bites off Frodo's finger, I frightened my family with my outraged shouting.)
    Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
    The Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann
    Magister Ludi - Hermann Hesse
    Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey
    Breaking Dawn - Stephanie Meyer
    ........(in case that seems like a strange choice, let me say that my mouth dropped open in shocked surprise for a full two minutes during this book, and that qualifies it, IMHO)
    The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
    To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
     
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    Here is my list, although it is subject to change without warning. :D
    These are in no particular order.

    Little, Big by John Crowley
    Winter Rose by Patricia McKillip
    The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke
    A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller
    Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
    The Door Into Summer by Robert Heinlein
    Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
    The Fifth Head of Cerberus by Gene Wolfe
    Lolita by Vladamir Nabokov
    Contact by Carl Sagan
     
  9. Winter

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    In no particular order, reserve the right, etc.

    - Crooked Little Vein - Warren Ellis
    - The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
    - Fragile Things - Neil Gaiman
    - Altered Carbon - Richard K. Morgan
    - Starship Troopers - Heinlein
    - Good Omens - Gaiman/Pratchett
    - Midnight Tides - Steven Erikson
    - The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch
    - A Game of Thrones - Martin
    - Shadowbridge/Lord Tophet - Greg Frost.
     
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    1) Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

    Elswewhere:

    Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
    Old man's war - John Scalzi
    The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch
    I am Legend - Richard Matheson
    Hyperion - Dan Simmons
    King Solomon's mines - H Rider Haggard
    George's marvellous medicine - Roald Dahl
    High Fidelity - Nick Hornby
    The Stars my destination - Alfred Bester
     
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    My top ten:

    Warren /All the Kings Men
    Steinbeck/The Grapes of Wrath
    Salinger/The Catcher in the Rye
    Hemingway/For Whom the Bell Tolls
    Hemingway/The Sun Also Rises
    Melville/Moby Dick
    Cervantes/Don Quixote
    Vonnegut/Cats Cradle
    Heller /Catch 22
    Hijeulos/The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
     
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    Oh wow, someone else actually read Mambo Kings! That is a great read, also a good film, but hardly anyone I know has heard of either.

    Looks like we're a pretty well-read bunch of folks.;)
     
  13. Colonel Worf

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    1. Dune by Frank Herbert
    2. God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert
    3. The Dark Beyond the Stars by Frank M. Robinson
    4. Jupiter by Ben Bova
    5. The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
    6. Bag of Bones by Stephen King
    7. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
    8. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
    9. Forever War by Joe Haldeman
    10. Deepsix by Jack McDevitt
     
  14. Seak

    Seak and I like to party.

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    I love Starship Troopers. Keep it on the Bounce.
     
  15. Bob Gray

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    Mainstream: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

    Horror: IT by Stephen King
    Pet Semetary by Stephen King
    At the Mountains of Madness and Other Stories by H.P. Lovecraft
    Summer of Night by Dan Simmons

    Fantasy: LotR by J.R.R. Tolkien
    WoT by Robert Jordan
    The Belgariad by David Eddings
    The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

    Crime/Mystery: Headhunter by Michael Slade

    YA: Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

    I don't read much Sci-fi so I don't have a favorite.
     
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    mshnd06 the Rake

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    At the moment:

    1) Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
    2) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    3) The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
    4) Cien Anos de Soledad by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    5) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    6) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
    7) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    8) White Noise by Don Delillo
    9) A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    10) The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
     
  17. ClaraJ

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    I decided to pick one by each author. God, this was hard.

    1. Night Watch - Terry Pratchett
    2. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
    3. Diary of an Emotional Idiot - Maggie Estep
    4. The Fault in our Stars - John Green
    5. A Wild Sheep Chase - Haruki Murakami
    6. Fall on Your Knees - Ann-Marie MacDonald
    7. Gun, With Occasional Music - Jonathan Lethem
    8. On A Pale Horse - Piers Anthony
    9. Girl Goddess #9 - Francesca Lia Block
    10. The Last Good Kiss - James Crumley
     
  18. Surt

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    My top ten in no specific order:

    Ligotti - Teatro Grottesco
    Dostoevsky - Crime & Punishment (or Brothers Karamazov)
    Bulgakov - Master & Margarita
    Tolstoy - War and Peace
    Martin - Storm of Swords
    Wolfe - Book of The New Sun (sorry, can't choose)
    Mieville - The Scar
    McCarthy - Blood Meridian (or The Crossing)
    Kay - Lions of Al-Rassan
    Holdstock - Lavondyss

    My no 11 would be Lovecraft - At The Mountains of Madness & Other Stories, but unfortunately there wasn't enough room. Sorry, HP.
     
  19. suciul

    suciul Read interesting books

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    Including titles unavailable in English (*), while for some titles I used the better known original title than the English one:

    1. Noaptea de Sanziene (The Forbidden Forest) by Mircea Eliade
    2*. Caderea Constantinopolelui (Fall of Constatinople) by Vintila Corbul
    3. The Roman by Mika Waltari
    4. The Masters of Rome (7 vols) by Colleen McCullough
    5. Les Rois Maudits (The Accursed Kings 7 vols) by Maurice Druon
    6*. Sfarsit de Mileniu (Chronicle of the 20th Century, 7 vols) by Radu Tudoran
    7. Use of Weapons by IM Banks
    8. The Honorverse (23 vols and counting) by David Weber
    9. The Night's Dawn (3 vols) by Peter Hamilton
    10. ASOIAF (5 vols and counting) by George RR Martin

    If only books available in English count the extra 2 would be:

    11: The Kushiel Legacy (9 vols) by Jacqueline Carey
    12: Roma sub Rosa (13 vols and counting) by Steven Saylor
     
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    In no particular order

    1.Dune-Bar none the greatest science fiction novel ever.
    2.A Song of Fire and Ice series
    3.Jonathan Strange and Mr.Norrell
    4.Ringworld
    5.The Vampire Chronicles
    6.The Works of H.P. Lovecraft
    7. Looking For Alaska
    8.The Elric Saga
    9.The Dark Tower series
    10.Stranger In A Strange Land

    Others that make me wish this were a top twelve:
    11.The Conan Stories
    12.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

    In less traditional forms of literature:
    V For Vendetta
    The Watchmen