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Put me down for

... the LotR and Silmarillion

... Dune stories (originals only)

... aSoIaF, naturally

... PoN series

... Earthsea series and others by LeGuin

... Harry Potter (even though i think the last book kinda sucked a bit.)

That's all I can think of offhand.

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If I may include epic poems as "books":

The Illiad Homer

The Odyssey Homer

The Aeneid Vergil

Beowulf Unknown

A Song of Ice and Fire GRRM

Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkein

The Sprawl Trilogy William Gibson

"The Call of Cthulhu" HP Lovecraft

"Beyond the Black River" Robert E. Howard (novellas count, right?)

Dune Frank E Herbert

The First Amber Cycle(Corwin) esp Nine Princes in Amber

The Book of the New Sun Gene Wolfe

Childhood's End Arthur C Clarke

Galapagos Kurt Vonnegut

A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

The Book of Skulls Robert Silverberg

Starship Troopers Robert Heinlein

1984 George Orwell

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The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R Tolkien

The Silmarillion - J.R.R Tolkien

The Demon Princes - Jack Vance

1984 - George Orwell

Watership Down - Richard Adams

Saga of the Exiles - Julian May

Chronicles of Thomas Covenant - Stephen Donaldson

Lyonesse - Jack Vance

Planet of Adventure - Jack Vance

Dune - Frank Herbert

Startide Rising - David Brin

Servant of the Empire - Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts

The True Game - Sheri Tepper

Doomsday Book - Connie Willis

Prince of Nothing - Scott Bakker

Good Omens - Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

The Scar - China Mieville

The Player of Games - Iain M Banks

Alastor - Jack Vance

The Cadwal Chronicles - Jack Vance

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The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

The Brothers Karamazov (Bratya Karamazovy) - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Inheritors - William Golding

Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

Gros-Câlin - Romain Gary (As Émile Ajar)

Hero of Our Time - Mikhail Lermontov

Wild Stories (Divi razkazi) - Nikolay Haytov

Small Gods - Terry Pratchett

The Scorpion God - William Golding


TLOTR - J.R.R Tolkien

The Jewess of Toledo, aka Spanish Ballad - Lion Feuchtwanger

Wolves’ Hunt (Haika za Valci, not translated to English AFAIK) - Ivailo Petrov

The Twelve Chairs (Dvenadtsat stulev) - Ilf and Petrov

Journey to Ixtlan - Carlos Castaneda

Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

The Moon and Sixpence - Somerset Maugham

Dead Souls - Nikolai Gogol

Perhaps out of tune.

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Could somebody with Power please unsticky this for greater attention and add "VOTE NOW (or never)" to the title?

With quick, possibly flawed, mental arithmetic, I think we've got 89 votes so far, and I've got only a handful left to tabulate. It would be nice if we could get another 10-15...

I only guarrentee tabulating up until the 100th vote, so get your vote in now! If, when I get to the 100th, there's a few more votes been cast, of course I'll include them too, but I'm going to get to the 100th, include any votes that have been cast as of the time I tabulate the 100th, and then start working out the results - I'm not necessarily going to come back the next day to look for more votes. Although I might, who knows.

If, on the other hand, I come back here and find that there have been another thirty or forty ballots cast, I'll take that as a sign that this isn't finished, that it's just been in a lull, and keep on counting. But I think, given the slow speed at which people are voting now, that we're coming to the natural end, and I'd like to wrap things up.

If nothing else, it's galling to have a big list of ballots and to not be able to process them in any way because I know more votes are going to be cast - particularly since for the lower-down-the-list books, a handful of votes (even just one vote) will make a big difference. [Obviously, higher up the list it's pretty foregone - I confidently predict that both A Song of Ice and Fire AND Lord of the Rings will get mentioned...]

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The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Arrgh! Forgot this.

Umm...... Are you aware that this is a genre list Dreadwolf?

At first I kept thinking I had missed out on some speculative elements in Dostoyevski.

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City of Saints and Madmen - Jeff Vandermeer

Perdido Street Station - China Mieville

Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

At the Mountains of Madness - H.P. Lovecraft

Dune - Frank Herbert

The Scar - China Mieville

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

A Song of Ice and Fire - George R.R. Martin

Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Prince of Nothing - R. Scott Bakker

Beowulf - anonymous

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - anonymous

The Shining - Stephen King

The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch

I Am Legend - Richard Matheson

The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (collection) - H.P. Lovecraft

Watchmen - Alan Moore

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Arrgh! Forgot this.

At first I kept thinking I had missed out on some speculative elements in Dostoyevski.

Umm...... Are you aware that this is a genre list Dreadwolf?

Sorry but the list I gave includes almost everything I have ever read.

Now seriously I saw it is genre in OP, then took a quick look what other posters listed and saw many references to <Iliad>. Strange or not but I connect it more with my students readings (I mean it is 100 pct classic and thought I am formally wrong It is the last book I will call fantasy or fantastic).

And BTW Journey to Ixtlan – is claimed to be non fiction but RL reportage.

Now About Dostoyevski

<The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.>

A short fantasy tale that once won in an improvised contest during the Spring feast in my town was:

<A son wake up one morning and told to his mother:

- My dream is to become a labourer some day.

- It is very good my son.>

It was first discarded but then the jury found it not only fantastic but quite unrealistic. :)

Whatever. I should not do that. Listing top 20 is not my cup of tee anyway. You may discard mine.

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LOTR JRR Tolkien

Dune Frank Herbert

ASOIAF George Martin

The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Long Price Daniel Abraham

Black Man Richard Morgan

The Lions of Al-Rassan Guy Gavriel Kay

Do Androids dream of electric sheep? Philip K. Dick

The Dispossessed Ursula Le Guin

Lord of Light Roger Zelazny

The Riddle-master Patricia McKillip

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell Susanna Clarke

The Anubis Gate Tim Powers

The Ice People (La Nuit des Temps) René Barjavel

Lyonnesse Jack Vance

The Picture of Dorian Grey Oscar Wilde

Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes

The Dark is rising Susan Cooper

Frankenstein Mary Shelley

The Princess Bride William Goldman

edited to add Shelley

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TLotR Tolkien


The Dispossessed Ursula K. LeGuin

The Silmarillion Tolkien

The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood

Ender's Game Orson Scott Card

Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut

Planet of Exile Ursula K. LeGuin

A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle

Another Roadside Attraction Tom Robbins

Good Omens Gaiman/ Pratchett

Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood

The Blue Sword Robin McKinley

His Dark Materials Phillip Pullman

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister Gregory Maguire

The Road Cormac McCarthy

The Year of the Flood Margaret Atwood

The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. LeGuin

The Forbidden Tower Marion Zimmer Bradley

Peter Pan J.M. Barrie

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Ender's Game - [Ender's Series] - Orson Scott Card

A Storm of Swords - [A Song of Ice and Fire] - George RR Martin

[The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant] - Stephen Donaldson

[The Gap Series] - Stephen Donaldson

[Wheel of Time] – Robert Jordan

Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami

Dune - Frank Herbert

[The Tapestry of Fionavar] - Guy Gavriel Kay

Hyperion - [Hyperion Cantos] - Dan Simmons

Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson

[Chronicles of Amber] - Roger Zelazny

Small Gods - [Discworld Series] - Terry Pratchett

[The Acts of Caine] - Matthew Stover

[The Long Price Quartet] - Daniel Abraham

1984- George Orwell

[The Liveship Traders] - Robin Hobb

Deadhouse Gates - [Malazan Books of the Fallen] - Steven Erikson

Dead Beat - [Dresden Files] - Jim Butcher

Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes

River of Gods - Ian McDonald

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Dune Frank Herbert

Ender's Game Orson Scott Card

Harry Potter series JK Rowling

Discworld Terry Pratchett

Speaker for the Dead Orson Scott Card

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell Susanna Clarke

Wild Seed Octavia Butler

Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien

The Dark is Rising Susan Cooper

The Lord of the Flies William Golding

The Stand Stephen King

A Song of Ice and Fire George RR Martin

The Giver Lois Lowry

Starship Troopers Robert Heinlein

Prince of Nothing Scott R Bakker

Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Liveship Traders Robin Hobb

The Road Cormac McCarthy

Kafka on the Shore Haruki Murakami

American Gods Neil Gaiman

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This is a list I'm posting on behalf of my girlfriend, in accordance with the rules about lists from non-board members. Do not confuse this with my list from page one of the thread. This is my grilfriend's list, not mine. This is important to me. This is the list of MY GIRLFRIEND. My better half. My spouse. My fiancée. My significant other. The love of my life. My soulmate. My consort. The apple of my eye. THE MISSUS. You got that? Have I made myself clear? THIS IS NOT MY LIST! Right? RIGHT?

OK then.

And no snark. Yeah, I'm looking at YOU!

And in case she reads this: I love you darling. And I love your list. Thanks for leaving off Meyer.

Here we go:

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Harry Potter Series by Joanne K. Rowling

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Die unendliche Geschichte [The Neverending Story] by Michael Ende

A Song Of Ice And Fire by George R.R. Martin

Kabalmysteriet [The Solitaire Mystery] by Jostein Gaarder

The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb

The Neschan trilogy by Ralf Isau

The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar

Fool On The Hill by Matt Ruff

The Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

The Painted Man by Peter V. Brett

The Alanna series by Tamora Pierce

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Watership Down by Richard Adams

The Riddle Master trilogy by Patricia A. McKillip

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Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges

The Silmarillion by Tolkien

Baudolino by Umberto Eco

The Darkness That Comes Before by Bakker

Lions of Al-Rassan by G.G. Kay

1984 by Orwell

Look to Windward by Banks

*added: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Marques

The Road by McCarthy

Snow Crash by Stephenson

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Iron Council by China Miéville

Sandman by Neil Gaiman

A Song of Ice and Fire

Foundation and Empire by Asimov

the Alice-stories by Lewis Carrol

Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson

Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

Farseer-triology by Robin Hobb

Dune by Frank Herbert

Edit: Left out ancient authors (Plato, Homer and Rumi would certainly be up there, as well as th unknown author(s) of Gilgamesh and of the Gisle Sursson-saga).

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I think I'll probably call a halt to this at the end of (my) tomorrow. I'm really getting bored of not being able to do anything because I'm waiting for a small handful of votes every day. There's no reason why we really need 100 votes, and we're almost there anyway - we could well get there tomorrow.

A note: it's interesting how much effect reading votes seems to have on voters. Certain books definitely have had big runs followed by silence. An example: "One Hundred Years of Solitude" was massive early on, but now hasn't been seen in dozens of pages. "American Gods" rose from nowhere to a dominating streak at one point. And so on.

EDIT: OK Falagar, did you go back in time and make that post, or did you just prophesy which book I'd mention by name as not having been voted for in ages?

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Lord of the Rings - Tolkien


Planet of Adventure - Jack Vance

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

Dreamsongs - GRRM

Warlord Trilogy - Bernard Cornwell

Conan Chronicles - Robert E Howard

Dresden Files - Jim Butcher (screw you guys, my list)

Demon Princes - Jack Vance

Fevre Dream - GRRM

The Silmarillion - Tolkien

Watchmen - Allen Moore

The Once and Future King - T.H. White

Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch

First Law Trilogy - Joe Abercrombie

Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss

The Stand - Stephen King

Harry Potter - JK Rowling

Assassin Trillogy - Robin Hobb

Old Man's War - John Scalzi

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Memories of Ice - Steven Erikson

A Storm of Swords - George RR Martin

Hyperion - Dan Simmons

Lucifer's Hammer - Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle

Legend - David Gemmell

Reality Dysfunction - Peter F. Hamilton

Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson

Dune - Frank Herbert

Prince of Spring - Daniel Abrahamson

Dead Beat - Jim Butcher

Maker of Universes - Philip Jose Farmer

Conan - Robert E Howard

Black Company - Glen Cook

Sea of Silver Light - Tad Williams

Cry of the Newborn - James Barclay

Well of Ascension - Brandon Sanderson

Altered Carbon - Richard Morgan

The Road - Cormack McCarthy

Neuromancer - William Gibson

Winterbirth - Brian Ruckley

Far too limiting, leaving out a ton of really good books from Abercrombie, Asimov, Vance, Jordan, Weber, Coe, Kenyon, Simon Green, etc, etc.

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