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    Top 5 Novels of the Decade

    its November 2009, the first decade of the new millennium has come to an end. What are you top 5 novels of this decade?

    p.s. the novels MUST have been released between 2000-2009. we've all read alot of great novels in the last 9 years that did not come out in the past decade, so please don't list them. If you're not sure when your novel was released check out Fantastic Fiction

    List only 5 (one tie) in order. im looking forward to seeing everyone's lists...

    Novels
    1. From the corner of his eye, 2000 (Dean Koontz)
    2. Sarantine Mosaic, 2000 (Guy Gavriel kay)
    3. Black Man, 2006 ( Richard K. Morgan)
    4. Speaks the Nightbird, 2002 ( Robert R. McCammon)
    5. The Terror, 2007 (Dan Simmons)


    Movies (if you feel like it)
    1. City of God, 2002
    2. Oldboy, 2003
    3. lord of the Rings, 2001-2003
    4. Requiem for a Dream, 2000
    5. Kill Bill I & II, 2003-2004
    Last edited by kauldron26; December 1st, 2009 at 04:25 PM. Reason: i totally forgot from the corner of his eye came out in 2000

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    Edited once I remembered some more

    1) A Storm of Swords
    2) Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
    3) The Road
    4) Memories of Ice
    5) Anathem
    Last edited by ThornofCamorr; November 19th, 2009 at 08:38 PM.

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    It never entered my mind algernoninc's Avatar
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    decade: 2001 - 2010 ! isn't this the accepted definition?

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    No dude. The 90s aren't from 1991-2000. They're from 1990-1999. There's no reason this accepted definition doesn't carry on into the 00s.

    There's a debate about when a millenium or a century or whatever starts and ends, but decades are pretty clear cut.

    Anyway, 5 is way too short, so I shun your rules! I damn them to Hell. All these books are cool.

    1. A Storm of Swords - GRRM (2000)
    2. A Feast for Crows - GRRM (2005)
    3. Last Argument of Kings - Joe Abercrombie (2008)
    4. The Warrior Prophet - R. Scott Bakker (2005)
    5. Best Served Cold - Joe Abercrombie (2009)
    6. The Ten Thousand - Paul Kearney (2008)
    7. Thunderer - Felix Gilman (2007)
    8. Dragon In Chains - Daniel Fox (2009)
    9. The Gone-Away World - Nick Harkaway (2008)
    10. Altered Carbon - Richard Morgan (2002)
    11. The Thousandfold Thought - R. Scott Bakker (2006)
    12. Deadhouse Gates -Steven Eriksson (2000)
    13. The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch (2006)
    14. Evil For Evil - KJ Parker (2006)
    15. Ship of Destiny - Robin Hobb (2000)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThornofCamorr View Post
    1) Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
    2) The Road

    cant think of any others :/
    I find it hilarious that the guy called ThornofCamorr can't think of any other excellent books that came out in this time span.

    No books that inspired your name came out in June 2006 or a popular sequel in July 2007 with the third eagerly anticipated?

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    No particular order, and probably off-center from the majority of responses you'll get,

    Threshold by Caitlin Kiernan
    Coraline by Neil Gaiman
    The Night Country by Stewart O'Nan
    The Red of His Shadow by Mayra Montero
    My Work Is Not Yet Done by Thomas Ligotti


    Now, my list of top 5 books of the decade would be a mix of the above and these,

    The Feesters in the Lake and Other Stories by Bob Leman
    The Ghost Stories of Murial Spark
    In the Palace of Repose by Holly Phillips
    The Gist Hunter and Other Stories by Matt Hughes (arguably s.f., but really blurs the line)
    The Bone Key by Sarah Monette

    Randy M.

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    At the moment:

    1) The Separation by Christopher Priest
    2) A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
    3) Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds
    4) Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
    5) Brasyl by Ian McDonald
    6) Black Man by Richard Morgan
    7) Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson
    8) Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton
    9) Look to Windward by Iain M. Banks
    10) Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Suzanna Clarke

    Bubbling under:
    Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson
    Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    Best Served Cold & Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
    Retribution Falls & The Braided Path Trilogy by Chris Wooding
    The Prince of Nothing Trilogy by R. Scott Bakker
    Un Lun Dun & The City and the City by China Mieville
    A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham
    The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
    Star Wars: The New Jedi Order - Traitor by Matt Woodring Stover
    The Ten Thousand by Paul Kearney
    Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds
    Fallen Dragon & The Temporal Void by Peter F. Hamilton
    Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
    The Truth, Night Watch & Nation by Terry Pratchett
    The Troy Trilogy by David and Stella Gemmell
    The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
    The Terror by Dan Simmons
    A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
    HARM by Brian W. Aldiss

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    Hard to pick just 5

    1, The Road , Cormack McCarthy
    2, Deadhouse Gates , Steven Erikson
    3, Storm of Swords , George R R Martin
    4, reserved
    5, reserved

    Struggling to decide between books from Al Reynolds / Iain M Banks / Peter F Hamiltion , for positions 4 and 5.

    Notable :

    Name of the Wind
    Last Argument of Kings
    Lies of Locke Lamora
    Unto Leviathan
    The Ten Thousand

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    All lists begin and end with a Rahl (pbuh)...

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    Overall:

    The Amazing Adventures of Kaliver and Clay by Michael Chabon
    Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy
    Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
    House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

    Genre Fiction:

    A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
    Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
    Perdito Street Station by China Mieville
    The Warrior Prophet by R. Scott Bakker
    Anansi Boys by Neil Gaimon
    Last edited by Patrick Sanders; November 20th, 2009 at 09:51 AM.

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    Here I would list like this:

    Mainstream:

    1. Les Bienveillantes/The Kindly Ones - Jonathan Littell (Fr 2006, Engl 2009)
    2. 2666 - Robert Bolano (Spanish 2006, Engl 2008)
    3. The Dream of Scipio - Iain Pears (2002)
    4. Europe Central - William Vollmann (2005)
    5-tie The Blind Assassin - Margaret Atwood (2000)
    5-tie Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell (2004)
    5-tie Vengeance of Rome - Michael Moorcock (2006)


    Fantasy:

    1. The Scar - China Mieville (2002)
    2. The Darkness That Came Before - Scott Bakker (2004)
    3. Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey (2001)
    4. Before They Are Hanged - Joe Abercrombie (2007)
    5. Storm of Swords - GRRM (2000)


    SF:

    1. Anathem - Neal Stephenson (2008)
    2. Pandora's Star - Peter Hamilton (2004)
    3. At All Costs - David Weber (2005)
    4. Stone - Adam Roberts (2002)
    5. Omega - Christopher Evans (2008)

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    hey werthead, im a big fan of ur blog and i read it every day

    i didnt know u enjoyed perdido street station that much. matter of fact im just finishing it and im not as blown away as i expected to be.... didnt much live up to the hype. u also had it as 4 stars,since u dont have a review on ur blog u mind sharing what you liked about it so much especially when u rank it higher than novels that uve given higher stars like black man, ten thousand, prince of nothing and mistborn.

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    Difficult, but we're not quite there, yet. So a provisional list might look like:

    1. Memories of Ice - Steven Erickson
    2. A Storm of Swords - G.R.R. Martin
    3. The Roumanian tetralogy - Paul Park (the entire series would be the only fair option)
    4. Harry Potter (again, all of the series, if published this decade)
    5. (no idea, as yet)

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    Gaiman: American Gods
    Three Days to Never by Tim Powers
    George R. R. Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire
    Clarke - Jonathan Strange and Mr. Morrell
    Joe Abercrombie The First Law

    maybe
    Lies of Locke Lamore, Scott Lynch

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    Quote Originally Posted by l3gacy View Post
    I find it hilarious that the guy called ThornofCamorr can't think of any other excellent books that came out in this time span.

    No books that inspired your name came out in June 2006 or a popular sequel in July 2007 with the third eagerly anticipated?
    I mean they were really cool, but best of the decade, nih. Maybe I shouldve named myself Jonathan Strange.

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