Requesting help from readers…

Okay, so many may not know I am a really, really! avid reader.  Seriously, I’ve read hundreds of books, thousands of posts, still reading online blogs, stories, and have a list of webcomics I frequent often…

But, I’ve ran out of books I know that are good…  to be specific, Science Fiction, Fantasy books…  Now I am looking for more to read…

But  in the meantime check my list I made below of my top 100 books (read and too read list)

John The Aussie

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So I get very bored when I am crook and so I have decided to create a list of Sci Fi Novels “Must reads” for those people who enjoy their Sci Fi – Fantasy.

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Let’s start with J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, and begin with his The Silmarillion, which is basically the mythopoesis of middle earth. Next of course is The Hobbit which basically leads us into the well known trilogy dubbed ‘Lord of the rings’. These three are titled The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. The reason I started with the Middle Earth Collection is because that almost every Novel written afterwards you will find a touch of Tolkienesque (Yes it is a word. It is even in the Oxford Dictionary).

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Thus these 5 are the start of my list and any hereafter are in no particular order. And if you notice the same author a few times, it’s because I like their writing style.

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Okay next 27 books are from David Eddings and the Shannara Series. The prequel of the series is First King of Shannara which is followed up The Sword of Shannara trilogy starting with the novel of the same name which is greatly followed by both The Elfstones of Shannara and The Wishsong of Shannara. (Which by the way is being made into movies!!!!!) Now throw in Indomitable and Dark Wraith of Shannara and we now have the Original Shannara series.

The tetralogy that follows next is known as The Heritage of Shannara. These are entitled The Scions of Shannara, The Druid of Shannara, The Elf Queen of Shannara and The Talismans of Shannara.

The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara trilogy which follows consists of the books Ilse Witch, Antrax, and Morgawr.

The last written series (last written becasue more is yet to come) High Druid of Shannara trilogy, these novels are named Jarka Ruus, Tanequil, and Straken.

Now we throw in the The world and Void series (Running with the Demon, A Knight of the Word, Angel Fire East ) and the series which bridges The World and Void series with Shannara,The Genesis of Shannara trilogy titled Armageddon’s Children, The Elves of Cintra and The Gypsy Morph.

Now there is a duology and a trilogy which are to be wrriten as yet (one is released already in August but I have not read it). The Dualogy is comprised of Bearers of the Black Staff and The Measure of the Magic (Legends of Shannara Duology). The trilogy series’ name has not yet been released nor has the book titles. But there are three.

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Total = 32

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Now of course let’s talk David Edding and the Belgariad series – Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician’s Gambit, Castle of Wizardry and Enchanters’ End Game. Which was epically followed by The Molloreon series – Guardians of the West, King of the Murgos, Demon Lord of Karanda, Sorceress of Darshiva and The Seeress of Kell.

Written Later was the prequels, Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress (Written with Leigh Eddings). And later written with his wife Leigh was The Rivan Codex.

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Total = 45

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Markus Heitz wrote a series of books which put dwarves at the forefront of herohood. The Books are named The Dwarves, War of the Dwarves, Revenge of the Dwarves.  Now my father is picky when it comes to good reading, and he agreed this was a good trilogy… I really hope another book is written.

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Total = 48

John The Aussie

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J. K. Rowling hit the world with a storm when she published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and followed them up with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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Total = 55

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Now I think I’m cheating by putting this next one in here but I loved the PC games and I enjoyed the first book. I never got to reading the others novels by Frank Herbert nor any of the novels from his son Brian and other sci fi author Kevin J. Anderson. But If I include Brians 10 continuations this attempt at reviews will end shortly. (Trust me it’s tempting) But I will only Include Frank Herbert’s Dune’s Novels Dune , Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune,

Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse: Dune . ~

Total = 61

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The Stone and the Flute by Hans Bemmann was brilliant novel and I wish more were translated to English.

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Total = 62

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David Eddings portrayed Sparhawk and his entourage brilliantly in The Elenium trilogy and the sequel Tamuli trilogy. The Elenium series are titled The Diamond Throne, The Ruby Knight and The Sapphire Rose. The Tamuli consisted of Domes of Fire, The Shining Ones and The Hidden City.

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Total = 68

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A classic – very classic – would be The Lost Continent: The Story of Atlantis written by C. J. Cutcliffe.

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Total = 69

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Chronicles of Narnia are flooding the cinemas at the moment just like Harry Potter(just not as successful) and in chronological order I have read these all. And like my wife being disappointed in the Harry Potter series (reading the books first) I am dissapointed in the movies of Narnia. The Novels are The Magician’s Nephew, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The horse and his Boy, Prince Caspian, The voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Silver Chair and The Last Chair.

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Total = 76

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Lewis Carroll’s Alice in wonderland and Through the looking glass cannot miss this list

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Total = 78

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Now I was thinking in throwing in some Roald Dhal or even throw in in Wizard of Oz series but I decided to go with I am Legend by Richard Matheson, this novel is what got me hooked on what now is dubbed “Survival Movies”.  It also has nothing to do with zombies or Will Smith.  Though the movie was inspired by the book, the storylines are mighty different.

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Total = 79

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Now as a kid my favorite movie was both Fantasia (yes the f’ing musical) and The Phantom Tollbooth which unsurprisingly came from a book with the same name. The Author of this book, Norton Juster, definitely wrote this with teaching kids a few moral values.

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Total = 80

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Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Something wicked comes this way, Hell even tales of the crypt barely gave me nightmares as a kid, but the two horrors that spooked the shit out of me when I was a kid was from Stephen King. From watching the movie to reading the book The Shining the movie did not phase me, but the writing of Stephen King drew me into the book like I was there and god damn that man can scare and he caught me once again when I read Pet Semetary. I know it’s not so much fantasy but damn it was a good book.

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Total = 81

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I hate to admit it I really do but I am going to have to put in Stephenie Meyers “Saga” I hate the movies compared to the books, hell If I did not read the books I put the Twilight movies into the 14 year old heartbreak bullshit movie pile. But I read the books and Have to admit by the time I got to the end I enjoyed her writing . Just not her ending. Seriously you would have had so many more men I mean Millions go watch the last movie if there was an epic battle between the Volturi (Voltarons) and the vampire gathering and the Quileute shape shifters. but no had to be all fucking daisies. Anyway, the epic build of novels with the sappiest ending are called Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.

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Total = 85

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So we are nearing the end and I am wishing that I actually did put in those 10 Dune novels. But than I started singing some song I have no Idea the name is but I add in Never ending story when they emergency, and Boom I have flashbacks of one of my favorite childhood movies than remember the difference in the book when I read it in school and thought HEY ITS A SCI FI BOOK!!! So Never Ending Story (I had to Google the Author) written by Michael Ende end up on my list.

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Total = 86

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I am a fanatic with ancient history and their stories, fables and myths and the following book written by Homer got me hooked, The Odyssey. This book got me into studying the gods of forgotten religions and it spread to the demigods and their travels. But it was Homer that started it all for me.

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Total = 87

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I love the Discworld books from Terry Pratchet But I think I could of started with these and finished the list, I am not sure I haven’t read them all yet. But another book he wrote was (pun) Apocalyptic Good Omens.~

Total = 89

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Now did anyone ever read The Princess Bride or did everyone just see the movie. From the mind of William Goldman the book and movie are not that different so don’t bother unless you think it’s necessary.

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Total = 90

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The Quicksilver Trilogy got me putting my nose thru the books spine. Stan Nicholls’ Quicksilver Rising, Quick Zenith and Quicksilver Twilight were a great quick read trilogy. I am yet to read The Orc Series and the Nightshade Trilogy. But I plan too.

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Total = 93

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David and Leigh Eddings wrote a standalone book about a professional thief. The redemption of Althalus. Althalus’ character and his friends on his journey got me hooked as bad as Belgarath and Polgara did on theirs. I really love the way both David and Leigh wrote.

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Total = 94

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So My last Six are from an Australian Author name Isobelle Carmody, she first got me hooked on her books with The Gathering, Scatterlings, and a few others, but what got me liking her most was her series dubbed the same as the first in the series, Obernewtyn. Thus followed The Farseekers, Ashling, The Keeping Place, Wavesong and The Stone Key.

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This ends my 100 top sci fi fantasy and with some I have yet to read and plan to I may even bump this list to 150 yet.

Any feedback would be great!

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~ by John the Aussie on February 23, 2012.

59 Responses to “Requesting help from readers…”

  1. This is a great list, except we can disagree on Twilight. I’ve read them, and literally forced myself to turn every page. I just could not have any sympathy for or interest in a character who has no life, no personality, no hobbies, no interests, and no opinions of her own, her entire being is derived from the man she’s dating. Great message to send to 12 year old girls!

    • Meh, I didn’t read it because of her, I read it because the fight scenes were pretty well written… And the banter / hatred of the teenage wolf and the princess vampire were actually fun to read…

      I have to really admit, the movies sucked, badly, really badly… But the books, well I disliked the first, thought the next two were alright (coulda added LOTS more to sex scene and the epic battle of nothingness at the end pissed me off…

      If she continued with a spinoff of the Egyptians, I would like to read that story…

  2. Wait… I think I need to be specific… I like good reads… Classics are great, I was thinking the Paolini ‘quadlot’ after reading an update from smalone2112 …

    But I am looking for THICK, reads in particular…

  3. Impressive list! I’ve read most of those myself! I have a few suggestions that I didn’t see in your list.

    Raymond E. Feist has a good set of books starting with Magician, then SIlverthorn and A Darkness at Sethanon. He continued his Riftwar saga with a whole slew of pretty thick books. Great epic story lines!

    I’ve recently read The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams, it was a decent read with very rich history and characters. It’s the first book in a series. I’ve not read any of the others but they’re on my list!

    Another book is Dragonmaster by Chris Bunch. An awesome story about dragons, but not the typical mythical dragon you’d expect but the raw, brutish dragon that’s much more realistic. Excellent read and a decent size too at 864 pages!

    After watching the TV series Game of Thrones I bought the first book, A Song of Fire and Ice on my Kindle. It’s very good, lots of history and plenty of everything, politics, family feuds, sex, epic battles and loads more. There are 5 books I think so far in that series.

    My last recommendation is for Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. Plenty of people say they won’t or don’t read SK because he writes trash or they don’t like horror. The Dark Tower series is one of the best stories I’ve ever read, it has so many elements that it’s impossible to place it one genre slot. The story is stunning and the characters are extremely well crafted.

    If you haven’t read any of those then I reckon they’ll keep you busy for a while at least!

    • The list are thsoe that really stuck in my mind, and a few that were recent, so still fresh…

      I checked the Riftwar series out… That WILL keep me busy for a while… They really do seem good from the previews…

      I’ve added Dragonbone to the list, along with the Dragonmaster.

      OMG the ‘A Son of Fire and Ice’ book and its follow ups!! I’ve been meaning to read these for so long now! Thanks for the reminder.

      I like SK. I’m surprised I’ve never had someone suggest his Dark Tower series… To be honest, I walk into a book shop, see a book and buy it… If a book isn’t in a store I rarely know about it, except words of mouth.

      Cheers for the suggestions Dave.

  4. Have you tried Robert Jordan’s Wheel of time seies? They’re awesome. Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth books are too. The Darwath trilogy by Barbara Hambly is one of my favorites. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini.
    Orson Scott Card has a ton of great books. Ender’s Game books, and the Homecoming series.

    Uuuuum..Anathem by Neal Stephenson.
    Clive cussler is my favorite author(tied with Rober Jordan) but I doubt you’d like that kind of book..

    • As a side note…Host by Steph Meyer is waaaaay better than the Twilight books

    • WOW!! I read the first book and prequel of the Wheel of time series. The Eye of the World, actually I still have it. I really should start back into it, I picked it off the shelf when I was in my ninth year of schooling…

      Terry Goodkind’s “Debt of Bones” was a good read followed by ‘Legends’. Though I think I still hold ‘Law of Nines’ on my shelf at home. I enjoyed all three books. So consider the Terry added.

      I’ll trade you Dawath trilogy for the Windrose Chronicles. I hope she keeps the same writing style.

      Christopher Paolini has been sitting on my list for a while now, and unfortunately I never paid attention to the movie title when I watched it and I hope the book isn’t spoilt for me. (Eragon)

      I’ve read the book ‘Ender Game’ – it was a filler during a few lunch breaks… However I’ve not read the series of books. I read the Empire and Hidden Empire also and found them very political, yet I liked them.

      I’ll give Anathem by Neal Stephenson a chance.

      Although I prefer scifi fantasy, it doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy other styles. Clives “Spartan Gold”, “Lost Empire” and “The Kingdom” were a very very good read. Sahara, Dragon, Cyclops, I’ve read also. I like Dirk, and I like the twists of history, conspiracy and impossible situations Clive creates.

      These have been added to the ever growing list, Thanks Rifle!

  5. I second George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series – so far there are 5 books with 2 more slated to come in future. They are mesmerizing if you enjoy fantasy reads.

    I loved Madeleine L’Engle’s Wrinkle Quintet that starts with A Wrinkle in Time. I read the first in the series at the age of 10 and I was hooked.

    I have also enjoyed everything by Marion Zimmer Bradley. She wrote an alternate account of the story of Camelot and Merlin etc but from the perspective of the women. It was a wonderful story – The Forest House was my favourite of the series. She also has written other fantasy series like The Darkover Series (which spanned quite a few novels) and The Shadow’s Gate Series.

    I think that should give you a good place to start 🙂 Hope it has helped!

    Julie

    • I’ve heard only good things about the Song of Fire and Ice series and I beleive after I finish my current three books I will be purchasing the hardcover versions from Martin.

      Wait,,, Wrinkle in time was a series of books? I read that in primary school for a book report…

      I’ve got the shadow Gate series, somewhere… Maybe in one of the boxes hiding somewhere after the moves… or my father has them hidden somewhere, I hope they weren’t lost in the floods along with the hundreds ruined. Marion’s books I see often just had always priotized a book or series ahead of them… Time to ensure they go onto the list…

      Thanks Julianne.

      • You are welcome John 🙂

        And many are surprised to find out that A Wrinkle in Time was a series – and a good one! I hope you enjoy it!

        I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with Marion ZB – she’s one of my favourites!

  6. How about Ursula Le Guin? The Left Hand of Darkness was brilliant, as was The Lathe of Heaven.

    I don’t generally read that genre, but I also really love the Otherland series by Tad Williams. My husband reads all things George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, and Robert Jordan.

    I also agree with the above comment on SK’s Dark Tower series. Seriously great reads there.

    Happy Reading! 🙂

    • I remember ‘The rose Compass’ from my school days, but much of else I must of missed. ‘The Earth Sea’ series looks like a good read as well as the Hain universe. I remember Lathe of Heaven from the first TV movie, never realized it was based from a book.

      Williams however shocked me with Tailchaser, a book through the eyes of a cat. His collection of short stories in ‘Rite’ were amazing too…

      Overall I think it’s time to delve deeper into the works of the Le Guin and Tad Williams.

  7. R A Salvatore was suggested to me by a friend. I actually included this friend in a side story WZF (See side link –>>)

    I’ve heard lots of great things about the TSR series, and I have to admit, I liked some of the console and PC games…

    So I have my list to finish before Xmas now… I’ll let ya’s all know how I go with reading… I think many will have to be electronic unfortunately, I so love the feel of weight and the dry finger tips attempting to turn a page, the smell of the paper, the sound of turning pages and the random bookmarks.

  8. Try Brandon Sanderson: I like the free-standing Elantris and Warbreaker. The series are interesting but, for my taste, go on too long. Similarly, George R R Martin starts A Song of Ice and Fire brilliantly with A Game of Thrones but gets a bit tiresome as we get into the fourth book. I’ve had the fifth for months but haven’t bothered to read it.

  9. Have you read any of James Rollins early work, such as Amazonia, or Excavation? Along with Ice Hunt his early books are sci-fi/adventure. His later books are good too, but they are more of the military/adventure/thriller genre. I loved your list, as it gave me some new ideas on what to pick up next……..thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • James Rollins has been added to the ever growing list. I’m glad my list has helped and I hope that the suggestions of others have to.

      That was the plan, but I never expected such a great response.

      Thankyou

    • I totally forgot to mention Rollins when I spelled out my original list! Subterranean is one of my all-time favourite books! I read absolutely everything that he writes – I’m sure you’ll enjoy him!

  10. On a list starting with Tolkien, I expected to see Beowulf, but didn’t (or did I just overlook it?). Tolkien was the scholar who brought Beowulf out of the category of “history and ethnography” into “literature” with a wonderful article. The Seamus Heaney translation/version is the best, for my money.

    • Seamus Heaney you say? Added to the list.

      Ya know, I have a book somewhere that includes beowulf, I need to start emptying boxes because I probably have a lot of these books or parts of the series hidden.

      The Tolkien, Beowulf wasn’t included because I was aiming for the middle earth series. That and I’ve only read other authors stories of the warrior. I think It’s about time I read Tolkiens version.

      Thanks heaps.

  11. An author you may like is Piers Anthony, his Incarnations of immortality series (dealing with the incarnations of death, time, fate, etc ) or the Xanth Series.

    • There are so many genres of SciFi I need to break into it seems. Pier Anthony has been added to list with his Incarnation and Xanth series.

      Thanks Mr Ape.

      • Okay John, I looked around your blog for *ten minutes* trying to find a private way to contact you but I couldn’t…and if it’s glaringly obvious, like right in front of my face in big freakin’ honkin’ neon lights then I apologize, I’m not stupid just old, but anyway, since you said you read a lot and you really like sci-fi fantasy, and you’re looking for suggestions, might I suggest my own “Young Republican, Yuppie Princess”? It’s a sci-fi fantasy story of a tightassed Young Republican (okay, she’s as American as her creator) and her fantasy-role-playing geeky friends and their adventures in an alternate universe. While she looks down on the others privately (and sometimes not so much) guess who’s the only one out of her element in the medieval world they enter?

        I can promise you it’s got lots of humour and is heavily mined with numerous ’80s references. The e-book is only $2.99 at Amazon.

        And I’m sorry if it’s totally inappropriate to post this here but I swear to Goddess on my cherished Loverboy MP3s that I spent at *least* ten minutes trying to find a way to say this to you privately!!!

        If you try it and you hate it I totally owe you an expensive coffee at the overpriced coffee kiosk of your choice, okay? Here it’s Starbucks but I have no idea what they have in Giant Spiderland.

        Anyway, have a great day!

      • Self promotion is welcome anywhere on my site, as long as it’s relevant. So all is well.

        It has been added to the list, but will be a while before I make my way down to it after so many suggestions.

        As for the coffee, let’s just go an iced coffee, but I doubt I will hate it. There really hasn’t been a book that I hated, though only one I couldn’t read.

  12. My recommendations would be CS Friedman’s Coldfire Trilogy. (Wikipedia: http://bit.ly/GN8FeQ) If you’re liking Raymond Feist, then you will love these three (now I hear potentially four) books. Rich scenery, evocative and often scary characters, and a backdrop that is awesome.

    I think you would also like Raymond Feist’s and Janny Wurts’ addition to his universe first established in Magician. The Empire Trilogy, started with Daughter of the Empire (Wikipedia: http://bit.ly/GKLUHm) starts on the other side of the Rift, in Kelewan, a world of magic and intrigue. Strong characters pepper this series and the motivations hinted about in the first series come into their own in this one.

    My last recommendation is for my one of my favorite science fiction series, the Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons (Wikipedia: http://bit.ly/GMWPUy). A fully realized universe so full of stories, myths, legends its hard to figure out where and what you should be focused on. He describes an Empire of worlds unlike anything seen in SF for a long time. Partake and enjoy.

    I could do this all day, but I suspect these 11 books should keep you entertained for at least a month. Savor them.

    • These three authors just keep popping up and are sitting way up the top of the list at the moment. I learn more about each of their series every time they are suggested to me.

      My birthday is going to contain enough paper to build a tree…

  13. I’ll have to keep this post handy for when I am done with my current list. (Mid way through A Feast for Crows & A Dance with Dragons by GRRM, Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance, The 12 Saga of Darren Shan books aka Cirque Du Freak by Darren O’Shaughnessy, & some other ones I can’t recall ATM) I have a 13 gig folder of ebooks. Thanks for recommending the books & the like over at my gaming blog.

    • Ooh, the reviews of those books online look good… More added!!

      Wholly shit! 13gig! I am so jealous.

      No worries, your gaming blog keeps me up to date to with what is good, mediocre and crap in the gaming world. Also the touch of humor keeps me reading the email updates.

      • Thanks! I try Its tricky trying to keep fresh content for 2 blogs. As to the gaming site I used to have a staff of 6 now its just me. Thanks for following I’m glad you enjoy it. Don’t be jealous of the size of it remember it’s not the size but how you use it.Hehe but on serious note lots of them are reference books having to do with arts, graphic design, photography etc.

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  15. For a classic, galaxy-spanning sci-fi series, I love “The Saga of the Seven Suns” by Kevin J. Anderson.
    Book 1: Hidden Empire (2002)
    Book 2: A Forest of Stars (2003)
    Book 3: Horizon Storms (2004)
    Book 4: Scattered Suns (2005)
    Book 5: Of Fire And Night (2006)
    Book 6: Metal Swarm (2007)
    Book 7: The Ashes of Worlds (2008)
    (the last book completes the story)

    And for a complex fantasy series, I love Stephen R. Donaldson’s “Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever”:
    1) Lord Foul’s Bane
    2) The Illearth War
    3) The Power that Preserves

    then
    1) The Wounded Land
    2) The One Tree
    3) White Gold Wielder

    then
    1) The Runes of the Earth
    2) Fatal Revenant
    3) Against All Things Ending
    4) The Last Dark (the END, pub. expected 2013)

    • Whoah… okay it’s official, I’m building a new bookshelf this weekend… Just to keep up with the demand…

      Both these authors have great reviews (beside the ones from those that don’t like sci fi) and it seems they make the list also…

      Thanks John!

      PS Great name!

  16. I think you may have missed out on the scariest Stephen King book ever written (so far) – “It”. You didn’t mention it on your list, so I assume you haven’t read “It” yet. Check it out!

    • I have to admit the book instilled more fear in comparison to the movie. ‘It’ was actually fun to read, as much fun horror can be. I really couldn’t fit in every book I have read, or remember them all for that matter.

      So I designed the list to encourage chatter, throwing in some of the most recent, some of the unseen, the old, some local talent and all of which I actually enjoyed.

      The response has been phenomenal and I really hope to get the oppurtinity this year to read them all, otherwise they get added onto next years list. I hope more so that I enjoy them so much I can create a new list for next year.

  17. Harry Turtledove’s brilliant alternative histories are a good read.

  18. Ian Bank’s books are my current scifi favorites. The “Culture” is a wonderful universe that he’s created.

  19. I may have missed this in the list or comments, but try “Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World” by Haruki Murakami. It is kind of science fiction and surrealism but most of his books are fascinating, challenging and very well written. Also, don’t think I saw David Brin on your list. His uplift series is awesome.

    • Neither had been suggested yet mate, thanks for the suggestions. I read a few snippits of David Brin’s Uplift series and it seems it’s right up my alley.

      Both Uplift and the bool Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, will be added to the list. Thanks!

  20. I never seem to be able to get into the fantasy/wizardry/sorcery books. All the unusual names and places just get me confused. I generally like the older horror and sci-fi. I grew up with them at the movies when I was a kid. I still watch many of the oldies on TCM. They just had a mini marathon the other morning showing, The H Man, Them, The Magnetic Monster, and others. I also like the Frankenstein movies and the old Dracula ones as well.

    Most of the horror movies today are either slasher flicks, and or bimbo flicks. Some are both. Those chainsaw and slasher movies are all garbage as far as I’m concerned. They mostly depend on computer graphics for effects.

    In my opinion, the re-makes of the older movies usually don’t hit the mark. Although the re-makes of Body Snatchers, War of the Worlds, were alright. Re-makes of Invaders from Mars, The Day the Earth Stood Still and others weren’t that good.

    My favorite author of all time is Ray Bradbury. He writes beautiful sentences which are amazing to me. I’ve read a lot of his works and seen the movies that came out of them, e.g. Fahrenheit 451 and The Illustrated Man.

    I did see The Princess Bride, and I watch it whenever it is on TV. It’s wonderful on many levels.

    This whole post of your covers such a huge area, it would take a book on the subject to get it all out. This is just a small sample of my thoughts on the subject.

    • The same goes for Sci Fi Space / Dimension / Planetary… It’s all in the imagination… So many people get confused the same way with stories based in foreign nations and their cities, states, names and colloquialisms(?)… Also plenty of times with alternative ancient history novels.

      I always prefered books over the movies and tv series (except Jurrasic Park), though many of the movies I do enjoy all the same.

      The idea of the post is to bring out the favourites, the best, the ones in the forefront of everyones mind. Why? Because it’s either new or it was a great book / series…

      Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is actually a book I’ve been meaning to read, thanks for the reminder.

  21. I recommend getting an e-book reader. All of your top picks can easily fit on one and you’ll have a ton of room for more. I have converted to one and it’s nice to have a library at your fingertips.

    • I thought about it, but between my phone and laptop I don’t need one. I really do prefer paper, but have read many e-books. I’m a bargain hunter at thrift stores and second hand book stores getting the novels for so much cheaper.

      Maybe one day I’ll get an electronic reader… Just not soon. Thanks for the suggestion mate.

      • Sure. Just mentioning it. I wanted to get a book published in 1953, but the cheapest I could find it online was $70 plus shipping. It was free in the Gutenburg Library. I also have paper books. At one time I had over 4000 physical books and my house was stuffed. I currently have over 8500 e-books and they all fit on a mini-SD card the size of my pinky fingernail. I have read most of what’s on your list, which is a very nice list btw.

  22. I’m enjoying your blog. Good post

  23. I have read a book that is a fantasy set in ancient china. Can’t remember the name somthing mirror. Will look it up and let you know. Good list!:-)

  24. Wow, that’s a lot of comments and suggestions and there’s also your other post about it and I don’t have much time right now to read them all and see whether people have suggested these or not…but I would say (not in this order):

    – the Percy Jackson series (yes, it’s mainly for kids just like Harry Potter, and the guy who has written these books isn’t as talented as Rowling, but the mythological idea was great…)

    – I’ve seen someone recommending the Marion Zimmer Bradley Avalon saga, which is great, but the Arthurian legend has soooo many good stuff…I’d recommend the really old stuff, like The quest of the holy grail (there are several versions in several different countries) – the books by Chrétien de Troyes, Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte D’Arthur…

    – there’s the nordic mythology literature which is great…Edda/Gilgamesh/Ragnarok and such…it’s been very fashionable lately LOL

    – the books by Philip K Dick!!!!! I’d recommend Time out of joint, Do androids dream of electric sheep? (bah, that one’s a classic!), Ubik and The man in the high castle

    – Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, of course!!!! (but there’s other good stuff written by him, too!)

    – EVERYBODY’s talking about the George R Martin’s Song of fire and ice series/Game of Thrones series…haven’t read it and haven’t seen the TV adaptation, but I’ve heard very very good things about it…

    – it’s not really fantasy or science fiction, but the Musashi books by EIJI YOSHIKAWA are the besssstttt japanese books 😀 Very epic and awesome hehehehe Don’t be intimidated by the size…it’s so pleasant you read it extremely fast!

    – there’s also the classic arabian One Thousand and One Nights, which I have ALWAYS wanted to read and still couldn’t…:/ I’ve bought it though, which is the first step, right? 😛

    – Jorge Luis Borges and Cortázar have very interesting stuff, you should see if any of their books have been translated into English…

    – well, anything by Edgar Allan Poe, right? 😛

    – Guy de Maupassant has greeeeat supernatural stories like Le Horla…

    – H. G. Wells, anyone?? 🙂

    ok, gotta go now, but if I come up with anything else, I’ll let you know, because I’m also crazy about these things 😀

    • Oh wow hey, sorry your comment was hiding in my spam filter box….

      What a great starter list, whilst some I have already managed to get through, there is always room for additionals…

      One thing I learnt however, is that if an Author releases an extremely great novel, do not ever expect another one from the Author to be just great too… So now I just expect all books to be pretty good…

      Except for Eddings and Brookes… I only expect the best from them…

      • It’s ok, WordPress sometimes does that!!! (I also need to check my spam box more often, btw!!) I’m very easy to please – great books, good books…not being completely SUCKY, I like them all in general 😀 I’ve never read anything by Eddings…I should check him, shouldn’t I??

      • Aye, you should. Try starting with The Redemption of Althalus written by himself and his wife. If you like this, move onto his different book series.

  25. Name of the Wind and (oops forgot the title) by Patrick Rothfuss. Best fantasy I have read in a really long time.

Go on, give us a yarn or two, mate.

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