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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These were selected by popular vote and then culled from there based on criteria of whether they're sciencefictionantasy-y enough to qualify. So right from the start, it's kind of gamed by stuff that's extremely popular but might not necessarily be the most meritorious.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

13 for me (but there are 3 others on the list that I've started but never finished). My hubby went through it last night, and I think he figured he's read about 85 of them.

We were pretty surprised at the number of Neal Stephenson books. Hubby also thought it was weird that Butcher's Codex Alera series won out over Dresden, especially if it was a true popularity contest.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

15. but it reminded me of that time i read Flowers for Algernon and it was a bummer
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hahaha omg I only got 8. (And okay two more I started but never finished I suppose.)

Fanfiction has truly ruined me, I read all the damned time but none of it is like... published.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

15. Thank goodness Watchmen and Sandman are on there.

If you have nothing else to do, more lists here:
http://www.listchallenges.com/lists/books
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mouse wrote:
some of there choices do seem odd. i've read connie willis' the doomsday book (because i likes to say nothing of the dog) but i really hated it - there were so many gaping holes in the story.

Ha! A novel whose main plot complication is that someone can't be reached on the phone... in the future! As if anyone is more than arm's length from a phone now. But otherwise, it was pretty good.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll be going to Poland for the whole week next week and I need a good book. Good as in no shitty characters doing shitty things like saving shitty damsels in distress and other women negative trope bullcrap. I've dropped many a book because I can't stand that kind of thing.

I like detective, fantasy and thrillers. I love it when they're combined. Anyone have a suggestion? (I love Agatha Christie but I read all of her works D=)

Preferably in excellent English so I can brush up on my grammar a bit.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm at 67, which I suspect Las will beat, but until she does I guess I'm the champion at wasting my time in this particular way.

There's another 20 I would have read if I'd happened across them on a used bookshelf, but there are a surprising few I've never heard of. Who is Brandon Sanderson, and how did he sneak into the top 50?

The highest ranked I haven't read is Name of the Wind by Rothfuss. Does anyone recommend it?

Yinello wrote:
I like detective, fantasy and thrillers.

The City & the City by China Mieville, The Long Fall by Walter Mosely
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

18. I might've forgotten a book or two due to the fact that book titles don't always translate literally. Although back when I was really into fantasy and sci-fi I went more for depth than width, i e I read a bunch of other Asimov books (buts strangely never the Foundation Trilogy) and William Gibson books. Plus I own about a bookshelf's worth of Terry Pratchett because between 12-15 I had the crazy ambition to read and own everything he has ever done. Which incidentally means I also own one book by Neil Gaiman. Well co-authored by anyway.

I've been meaning to borrow some China Mieville from the library. Seemed pretty cool when I browsed through a few of them. Also, like me, he's a trotskyist. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sojobo wrote:

Yinello wrote:
I like detective, fantasy and thrillers.

The City & the City by China Mieville, The Long Fall by Walter Mosely


Ooh thanks! These look excellent! I hope I can find them at the bookstore (don't really feel like online buying)

Other suggestions from others is loved in case I don't find these.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yinello wrote:
Sojobo wrote:

Yinello wrote:
I like detective, fantasy and thrillers.

The City & the City by China Mieville, The Long Fall by Walter Mosely


Ooh thanks! These look excellent! I hope I can find them at the bookstore (don't really feel like online buying)

Other suggestions from others is loved in case I don't find these.

I suppose Joe Hill qualifies as Dark Fantasy. I especially recommend 21st Century Ghost Stories.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sojobo wrote:
The highest ranked I haven't read is Name of the Wind by Rothfuss. Does anyone recommend it?


Enthusiastically, yes.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Him wrote:
I suppose Joe Hill qualifies as Dark Fantasy. I especially recommend 21st Century Ghost Stories.


The balloon story, my god that was rough.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arc Tempest wrote:
Sojobo wrote:
The highest ranked I haven't read is Name of the Wind by Rothfuss. Does anyone recommend it?


Enthusiastically, yes.


YES YES YES! *ahem*

Also, I love Brandon Sanderson. His Mistborn trilogy is excellent and Way of the Kings is good too if I can ever get through it. I just finished The Rithmatist a couple months ago too. Sanderson was the one tasked with completing the Wheel of Time series after Robert Jordan died. So he's certainly not a nobody.
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