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1. The Darkness that Comes Before

2. The Warrior Prophet

3. Disciple of the Dog

4. The Unholy Consult

5. The Thousandfold Thought

6. Neuropath

7. The White Luck Warrior

8. The Judging Eye

9. The Great Ordeal

um ...

10. Blindsight by Peter Watts

 

Please don’t let your perception of this list be distorted by your cognitively limited causal conscious experience.

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52 minutes ago, john said:

1. The Darkness that Comes Before

2. The Warrior Prophet

3. Disciple of the Dog

4. The Unholy Consult

5. The Thousandfold Thought

6. Neuropath

7. The White Luck Warrior

8. The Judging Eye

9. The Great Ordeal

um ...

10. Blindsight by Peter Watts

 

Please don’t let your perception of this list be distorted by your cognitively limited causal conscious experience.

Where's Light, Truth, and Gravity???????????????

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Top 5 sci-fi/fantasy 

Dune

Lies of Lock Lamorra 

LoTR

Neuromancer

The first five Amber books

 

Top 5 'literature' category

Master and Commander, O'Brien 

Watership Down 

The Yiddish Policeman's Union, Chabon (or Kavalier + Clay)

100 Years of Solitude 

The Long Goodbye, Chandler 

 


These are favorite books - I've read many great/'better' books which were also kind of depressing and so while I appreciate the greatness, I'm not dying to reread 'Things Fall Apart' and the like too many times. Perhaps that's lame of me, but my leisure time is more for my mental renewal vs. getting sad or stressed out (see also not watching movies like 'Requiem for a Dream', etc...)

 

 

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On 7/17/2019 at 2:22 PM, john said:

1. The Darkness that Comes Before

2. The Warrior Prophet

3. Disciple of the Dog

4. The Unholy Consult

5. The Thousandfold Thought

6. Neuropath

7. The White Luck Warrior

8. The Judging Eye

9. The Great Ordeal

um ...

10. Blindsight by Peter Watts

 

Please don’t let your perception of this list be distorted by your cognitively limited causal conscious experience.

Hahaha.And all Canadian too. 

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10 minutes ago, maarsen said:

Hahaha.And all Canadian too. 

And all joking aside, most of these are great, thought provoking books.  Deep thinkers, those Canadians.

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On 7/16/2019 at 12:14 PM, Maithanet said:

I don't blame Bakker for being unable to come up with answers as creative as what we had on the board.  There was some pretty intense speculation by a couple dozen people over the course of years.  Within that pressure cooker the good ideas were revealed and the bad ones forgotten, and some of the theories were indeed very interesting and worth exploring.  But instead we got TUC. 

I am a warrior of ages, Asshole. Ages.  

*punches self in the face like an Opus Dei person thorning themselves*

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No Order:  Books in series often mush together for me so hard to pick one.  

 

Shogun, James Clavell

All Quiet on the Western Front, Remarque

Midnight Tides, Erikson (which is weird since I quit the series about book 9)

Use of Weapons, Banks

Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck

Song of Ice and Fire (no idea which)

Saxon Tales, Cornwell (like the show very much too)

The Thousandfold Thought or The Darkness that Comes Before, Bakker

The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco

Heroes Die or Caine Black Knife, Stover

The Walking Drum, Louis L'Amour

The Count of Monte Cristo, Dumas

 

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The Book of Lost Tales, Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien

The Worm Ouroboros, Eddison

Vision of the Future, Zahn

Arthurian Romances, Chrétien

Le Morte Darthur, Malory

A Storm of Swords, Martin

The Last Battle, Lewis

A Princess of Mars, Burroughs

The Dying Earth, Vance

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On 7/25/2019 at 8:29 AM, wolverine said:

Shogun, James Clavell

Oh nice one. I read that probably 15 years ago and absolutely loved it. Made me want to learn Japanese. 

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Posted (edited)

1 - Dangerous Liaisons (Choderlos de Laclos)

2 - Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)

3 - The Silmarillon (Tolkien)

4 - Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes)

5 - The Giver (Lois Lowry)

6 - The Power and the Glory (Graham Greene)

7 - Memoirs of Hadrien (Marguerite Yourcenar)

8 - Do androïds dream of electronic sheeps? (Philip K Dick)

9 - Charmed Life (Diana Wynne Jones)

10 - The Scar (Bruce Lowery)

And so many more: HP, LOTR, Hyperion, all Flaubert and Maupassant novels and short stories, all XIXth century Russian novelists...

No need to divide the ranking between fantasy, science-fiction and "classic": the single criteria is the writting. If you are engulfed in the story by each word, each sentence, each paragraph, each chapter, all perfectly built and matching like Russian dolls, with vivid and poetic and efficient descriptions and dialogues, you're reading a good book! No matter if it's the story of an elf conquering the galaxy because of some prophecy or the story of the daily life of a shy handmaiden in a Scottish manor.

 

Edited by Yet another Arya !

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LOTR.  Tolkien

Hyperion.  Simmons

A Confederacy of Dunces.  Toole

The Library at Mount Char.  Hawkins

The Demolished Man.  Bester

The Stars My Destination.  Bester

How The Light Gets In.  Penny

A Storm of Swords.  Martin

Lions of Al-Rassan.  Kay

Lord of the Silver Bow.  Gemmell

 

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this is a nearly impossible ask

best therefore to canalize the consequent decalogues into respectable subgenres, for instance, the top ten erotic literature shall be the priapeia, the kama sutra, aretino's ragionamenti, rochester's sodom, cleland's memoirs of a woman of pleasure, de sade's 120 days of sodom, sacher-masoch's venus in furs, krafft-ebing's psychopathia sexualis, genet's lady of the flowers, ballard's crash,

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@Quinze I forgot A Confederacy of Dunces, the kind of novel even our distant descendants will find sharp and accurate...

@sologdin I like the term of "respectable subgenres" :-D And I'd like that book reviewers bear in mind that there is no non-respectable subgenres...

I read all Sade's books (unwillingly!) and excepted Philosophy in the Boudoir that was vaguely funny, I found the other rather boring, especially 120 Days of Sodom (unfinished story with gruesome descriptions, at least Juliette/Justine were well writted and genuinely erotic). I acknowledge I missed the point of the ramping revolt against everything, (including eroticism itself? At least what eroticism was supposed to be in late XVIII century?) that runs throughout this book, but I would not call it an erotic novel.

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10 hours ago, sologdin said:

this is a nearly impossible ask

best therefore to canalize the consequent decalogues into respectable subgenres, for instance, the top ten erotic literature shall be the priapeia, the kama sutra, aretino's ragionamenti, rochester's sodom, cleland's memoirs of a woman of pleasure, de sade's 120 days of sodom, sacher-masoch's venus in furs, krafft-ebing's psychopathia sexualis, genet's lady of the flowers, ballard's crash,

Where's 'The Wise Man's Fear' on this list of top ten erotic novels? I call BS.

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the appropriate sublist would be 'top ten erotic epic fantasy serial novels,': dunno if rothfuss for sex ninjas & virgin training via faerie can be on there, or the fat pink masts and myrish swamps in martin.  maybe lillith's brood for the radical alterity of the sex acts (which are reminiscent of the aliens in the gods themselves). RSB on the ground floor, of course, as an update of the chaste tolkien setting by merging it with de sade. malory states that we're in the 'lusty month of may,' but doesn't deliver anything remotely pornographic.  i wish milton could be on this sublist; he has great descriptions of angels and demons and adam & eve, pre- and post-lapsarian.

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Just remembered Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman. Add it to my list!

I was gonna take something off my previous 10, but then I thought, "Fuck it. This is the internet. There, are, no, rules."

 

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