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    Severn, we have probably terabytes of threads on sffworld about current reading, recommendations, specific authors, specific books, all piecemeal, but this format is like a great big summary of opinion, for series anyway. I look at the trends, more than the specific ratings. Which series are usually at the top, which are less well thought of. Also, I'm mightily impressed by the quantity of reading represented here!

    (In my case I've missed most series, because I made a point of avoiding them completely until recently.)

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    The Book of the New Sun, Wolfe: 10
    The Book of the Long Sun, Wolfe: 8
    The Book of the Short Sun, Wolfe: 9
    The Wizard Knight, Wolfe: 10
    Song of Ice and Fire, Martin: 9.5
    The Lord of the Rings: 9.0
    Farseer, Hobb: 9.5
    Tawny Man, Hobb: 8.5
    Liveship Traders, Hobb: 9
    Soldiers Son, Hobb: 8.5
    The Gentleman Bastards, Lynch: 8.5
    Merlin Trilogy, Steward: 9
    The Camulod Chronicles, Whyte: 8
    Hyperion, Simmons: 9.5
    Endymion, Simmons: 9
    Illium/Olympos, Simmons: 8
    Shannara, Brooks: 7 (The first couples books only)
    Kingdoms Of Thorn and Bone, Keyes: 6
    Hitchhikers, Adams: 6
    Malazan, Erikson: 6 (at least so far based on the first book, Gardens of the Moon)
    Wheel of Time, Jordan: 5 ( Later books suck horribly)
    Sword of Truth, Goodkind: 5
    The Dark Tower Series, King: 7
    The Tripods Trilogy, Christopher: 9
    The Sword of the Spirits Trilogy, Christopher: 7.5
    The His Dark Materials Trilogy, Pullman: 6
    The Chronicles of Narnia, Lewis: 6
    The Dark Elf Trilogy, Salvatore: 6
    Harry Potter, Rowling: 5
    Recluce, Modesitt: 4
    The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Donaldson: 4
    Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, Williams: 3
    The Belgariad, Eddings: 0.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Werthead View Post
    Because to engage in an in-depth discussion of each of the series on my list would take a ridiculous amount of time, basically


    If I wasn't completely tired right now, and don't wish to incite a thread overthrow, or appear spiteful and mean-spirited, I'd go hunt for previous in-depth discussions on each book in everyone's list, and copy and paste key paragraphs here.

    So there.

    Hey, four hours isn't much to work with. My 'so there' stands.

    Oh, Intensity, is it possible this is also a boast-thread? As in 'look how much I've read.' Sigh, mind you, we know most people who post regularly here have read lots. Jeez, I'm not usually this much of a trouble-maker, for some reason I'm just quite taken with this rating thing. In a fascinated, bit-of-meat-stuck-in-your-teeth kind of way that I have to prod at.

    I'm going to lie down and let it go now.
    Last edited by Severn; July 31st, 2007 at 09:48 PM.

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    The Corwin cycle - 9
    The Farseer trilogy - 8.7
    Lord of the Rings - 8.5
    His dark materials - 8.3
    Majipoor - 8
    Tales of the King's Blades - 7.8
    The Empire trilogy - 7.8
    The Discworld - 7.6
    Les Trois Lunes de Tanjor - 7.5
    Arcadia - 7.5
    Winterheim - 7.2
    La Pierre de Tu-Hadj - 7
    The Riftwar saga - 7
    Les Chroniques des Crépusculaires - 7
    Drenai - 7
    Les Chroniques des Féals - 7
    The Belgariad - 6.7
    Krondor's sons - 6.5
    The dark elf trilogy - 6.3
    Chronicles of the Raven - 6.2
    The Elric saga - 6.1
    Le secret de Ji - 5.4
    La Moïra - 5
    Shannara - 2
    Last edited by The_Declaration; August 3rd, 2007 at 05:40 PM.

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    Really? 10s? 10 out of 10 means flawless. Do this many people really think that all the series that they've given tens are without room for improvement? I don't think I can honestly name something I've read that isn't without faults. Not that these faults are major compared with the quality of the books, but given something a 10 out of 10 is a bit too bold in my opinion.

    I guess I'll rate a few while I'm ranting.

    A Song of Ice and Fire-9.5
    His Dark Materials-9ish
    Lord of the Rings-7.8
    Harry Potter-9ish
    Sword of Truth (haven't read all of this one yet, but still)-7
    Chronicles of Narnia-7
    Discworld-8.5

    I know a lot of people won't agree with these, but that's the magic of opinions... they're allowed to vary.

    -SS

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    Well in my ratings at least on page 1, 10 means to me the best book IMO, and it scales down after that.

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    If I ever end up doing a "number ranking" for books read, I think I'll do it in a Fibonacci Sequence. Think that would help with the understanding of my likes and dislikes, since I never assign "numbers" in any of my reviews anywhere on the blogosphere?

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    The Hobbit: 8
    The Lord of the Rings: 10
    The Chronicles of Narnia: 7
    Dune: 10
    Harry Potter Saga: 9
    The Dark Tower: 9.5
    The Sword of Truth: 3
    The Wheel of Time: 8
    A Song of Ice & Fire: 9
    The Fionavar Tapestry: 4
    Tailchaser's Song: 6
    The Dragonbone Chair: 6
    The Prince of Nothing: 5
    The Book of the New Sun: 10
    The Belgariad: 6
    The Sword of Shannara: 4
    Word/Void Series: 7
    Watchmen: 9.5

    I'm currently re-reading Gardens of the Moon in an effort to read all the way through the Malazan books this time. The first time I finished GOTM, got about 1/3rd of the way through Deadhouse Gates and then got impatient and skipped on to A Song of Ice & Fire. I always meant to get back to the rest of the Malazan books, but it's only happening just now. I'll rate the Malazan books when I can do it as a whole.

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    Really? 10s? 10 out of 10 means flawless. Do this many people really think that all the series that they've given tens are without room for improvement? I don't think I can honestly name something I've read that isn't without faults. Not that these faults are major compared with the quality of the books, but given something a 10 out of 10 is a bit too bold in my opinion.
    I share that sentiment. Even my most highly rated books like The Silmarillion, The Merlin Trilogy, Fool's Fate or The Song of Ice and Fire get a 9 or 9.5. But a perfect 10?

    [Post edited by request. Hobbit]
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    Some friendly advise. Have you considered simply not browsing this thread instead of posting multiple times about how it is not to your taste, even though you see other posters do take the time to post in it and obviously do see a point to it? Especially when you start suggesting people post here to boast?

    -Mith

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    Malazan Book of the Fallen, Steven Erikson: 10
    A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin: 10
    The First Chronicles of Amber (Corwin), Roger Zelazny: 10
    The Bas-lag trilogy (PSS, TS, IC), China Miéville: 9
    The Prince of Nothing, R. Scott Bakker: 9
    The Liveship Traders, Robin Hobb: 9
    The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan: 8 (I have faith in the last book)
    The Dark Tower, Stephen King: 8
    The Farseer Trilogy, Robin Hobb: 8
    The First Law, Joe Abercrombie: 8 (This might easily turn to nine when the series is complete.)
    The Second Chronicles of Amber (Merlin), Roger Zelazny: 8
    The Tawny Man, Robin Hobb: 8
    The Gentleman Bastard Sequence, Scott Lynch: 8
    The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien: 8
    The Coldfire Trilogy, C.S. Friedman: 7
    The Black Jewels Trilogy, Anne Bishop: 7
    The Soldier Son Trilogy, Robin Hobb: 7
    The Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Greg Keyes (only read the first two books yet): 7
    Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling: 7
    The Serpentwar Saga, Raymond E. Feist: 7
    The Riftwar Saga, Raymond E. Feist: 6
    The Conclave of Shadows, Raymond E. Feist: 5

    There are some series (The Dressen files, The Book of all Hours, The Black Company, The Tales of the Dying earth et cetera...) which I have read only one or two book(s) of and therefore feel I can't rate. And ten points does not necessarily mean perfect for everyone, to me ten points equals absolutely fantastic. But not perfect.

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    I have a very hard time with lists like this simply because I want so much to like each thing that I read (otherwise, why bother?) As time goes on, though, I've become more and more... well, picky is too strong of a word, but I guess selective would work. Hopefully I'll re-read a lot of stuff that I've read in the past, come back to this thread and edit this post with a list.

    Or it'll take long enough that I'll just need to start a new thread.

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    Thank you all for your list. I am now reading some new books because of it.

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    "Rate sci-fi novels/series you've read out of 10 (order by best to worst)"
    http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17769

    Click on the above link to view/post on the sci fi thread. Thank you.

    The "trend" is the most useful part about these lists. If a poster gives high rating to Book A-B-C-D and I also rate A-C-D highly, I will go to Amazon and check out Book B. Similar taste. If I like what I see, I would buy it.

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    Rate alternate history novels/series you have read out of 10 (from best to worst)

    http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showthread.php?p=412893

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