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The Bellinghman
Date: 2011-03-03 10:56
Subject: Another book meme
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(Gacked from nwhyte)

Another books read meme: Tor.com have been conducting an online poll on the best sf/f novel of the last decade. As usual, bold the ones you have read, italicise those you have started but not finished, and strike through those you didn't like.

Old Man's War, by John Scalzi
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss
Blindsight, by Peter Watts
Kushiel's Dart, by Jacqueline Carey
A Storm of Swords, by George R.R. Martin
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
Mistborn: The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson
Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
Towers of Midnight, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
The Way of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
The Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch
Night Watch, by Terry Pratchett
The Gathering Storm, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
Knife of Dreams, by Robert Jordan
The Curse of Chalion, by Lois McMaster Bujold
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling
Altered Carbon, by Richard K. Morgan
Spin, by Robert Charles Wilson
Mistborn: The Hero of Ages, by Brandon Sanderson
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Deadhouse Gates, by Steven Erikson
His Majesty's Dragon, by Naomi Novik
The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi
Mistborn: The Well of Ascension, by Brandon Sanderson
Changes, by Jim Butcher
Winter's Heart, by Robert Jordan
Crossroads of Twilight, by Robert Jordan
Revelation Space, by Alastair Reynolds
New Spring, by Robert Jordan
The Blade Itself, by Joe Abercrombie
Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
Paladin of Souls, by Lois McMaster Bujold
A Feast For Crows, by George R.R. Martin
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
Memories of Ice, by Steven Erikson
The Scar, by China Mieville
The City & The City, by China Mieville
Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow
Accelerando, by Charles Stross
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K. Rowling
The Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon
Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
The Darkness That Comes Before, by R. Scott Bakker
A Shadow in Summer, by Daniel Abraham
The Price of Spring, by Daniel Abraham

I've not bothered marking the interminable Wheel of Time books that I've read - I got about half a dozen or so volumes into it, but never finished the story. In principle, I should italicise them all, but I can't be bothered.

There are some in that list I've not read and should - Blindsight and Spin, for example. But there's a bunch of what appears very generic Extruded Fantasy Product. And as fas as the GRRM is concerned, I'll read it when it's complete.
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Nicholas: buzz
User: nwhyte
Date: 2011-03-03 08:36 (UTC)
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If you have only read the first half dozen Wheel of Time books, you won't have read any on this list - since the cutoff date is 2000, the first in the series here is the ninth, Winter's Heart.

On the other hand, GRRM is very good - at least the first two vols are - even if as yet incomplete.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2011-03-03 08:44 (UTC)
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As far as the WoT story is concerned, I hadn't thought back to when I'd given up on them - that it was before any of the ones on the list would indeed appear to be the case.

I'm a fan of GRRM - but as you say, it's incomplete, and I do not like to wait a huge long time between parts of a story.
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Alex McLintock
User: alexmc
Date: 2011-03-03 08:57 (UTC)
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God, how depressing. I think I have only read about three of these.


Not a terribly good list though.
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Alex McLintock
User: alexmc
Date: 2011-03-03 17:43 (UTC)
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Accelerando is, after all, the one he was happy to give away :-)
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jon_a_five
User: jon_a_five
Date: 2011-03-03 09:48 (UTC)
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I've read many of these but this sort of list is only useful if you really like to read new books - many of these are on my 'wants' list that I'll read sometime in the future when I see them in a charity shop or on Bookmooch.
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Perdita
User: perdita_fysh
Date: 2011-03-03 13:35 (UTC)
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That looks like a good list to consult if I fancy something new and want a recommendation. Conversley I can recommend Time Traveller's Wife as very good.
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