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#1 Jul 16 2004 at 12:51 PM Rating: Excellent
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Black company series glen cook can write

Shannara series

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#2 Jul 17 2004 at 12:52 PM Rating: Decent
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Is that it?? yeppers i think i can do better than that.

Belgariad and Mallorian: David Eddings

LotR : JRR Tolkein

The Illearth War <Cronicles of Thomas covenant>: Donald Stevenson

The Pendragon series: Steven Lawhead

The Magician series: Raymond E Fiest.

Eon and Eternity: Greg Bear

Grunts: Mary Gentle

The Pern Series: Anne McCaffery

The Singers Series: Anne McCaffery

The Rowen Series: Anne McCaffery

The Ender series: Orsen Scott Card

The Drizzt Do'Urden Series: R.A.Salvatore

Mission Earth: R Hubbard

and thats off the top of my head.

all the above are worth reading and come to well over 100 quality reads. If you are really strong will read The Wheel of Time by R Jorden, be warned it's dull as **** after book 5-6 and he hasn't finished it yet.
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#3 Jul 17 2004 at 6:23 PM Rating: Decent
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LotR : JRR Tolkein, The Illearth War <Cronicles of Thomas covenant>: Donald Stevenson, The Ender series: Orsen Scott Card

I've read all of those series, and I've also read 4 of the books to the Earthfall series by Card. I also have liked *most* of the New Jedi Order series in Star Wars.
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#4 Jul 18 2004 at 9:42 AM Rating: Excellent
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It's old now and no longer officially linked, but
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hey Allakhazam, did you see that Mike resnik just put out a sequal to Santiago?
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#6 Jul 19 2004 at 6:52 PM Rating: Excellent
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Don't forget the Dune series.
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#7 Jul 29 2004 at 2:52 AM Rating: Excellent
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Yes! Dune! ^^
These are my favorite books of all time, I love Frank Herbert.
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#8 Sep 03 2004 at 8:41 PM Rating: Good
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Nice choices, allakhazam.

My top 3 series would probably be

1) Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galazy - Douglas Adams

2) Chronicles Series - Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman

3) The Belgariad / The Mallorean - David Eddings

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#9 Sep 05 2004 at 3:25 AM Rating: Excellent
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My list off top of my head, forgive the fantasy slant as I am more a fantasy then sci-fi fan.

No particular order:
Dune series: the new ones about the Butlerian Jihad are good.
Lord of the Rings + Silmarillion: no comments needed.
The Rhapsody Trilogy by Haydon: Great great story, best new works I have read in a while.
The DragonCrown Cycle by Stackpole series: Pretty standard well done stuff.
Memory Sorrow Thorn series by Tad Williams:Well done, hidden prince series.
Witch World Series by Andre Norton: Good short books, helped get me into reading.
Riftwar and other series by Feist: Enjoyable, fun books.
Clerics Quintent by R.A. Salvatore: I enjoyed these more than the Drizz't books, and those were well done.
Mithgars books by Dennis L. McKiernan: skip the first three books in this series, they will just make you think badly done Tolkien, the rest become much better and more independent of Tolkien.

Short quick list off top of my head.
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#10 Sep 17 2004 at 10:34 PM Rating: Excellent
Besides what's mentioned above, I have fond memories of:

The Wizard of Earthsea series (Ursula K LeGuin)
The Deryni, Camber, etc. series (Katherine Kurtz)
#11 Nov 14 2004 at 2:05 PM Rating: Excellent
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The Deed of Paksenarrion - If you havent read it go out and buy it right now. *Elizabeth Moon*

And stop after the second book and pretend you had to wait a year. *cry*

also, to the thread starter. HOW DARE YOU PUT L.Ron Hubbards MISSION EARTH series (dekology) on a list of good books. You should be sodomized with a flagpole. That piece of gutter trash scarred my fragile psyche as a child by being the most dragged out and regurgitated piece of badly written tripe ever. Others, if you think Wheel of Time needs to WRAP IT UP, imagine if only 1 of the books was good, but that book was stretched out to ten books because the author wanted to make it 10 books and call it a dekology because he had serious ***** envy of Heinlein's writing proliference. Admittedly Hubbard wins the "Bet my writing will start a religion first" bet (though Stranger did start a cult.) But er scientology... yea. *evil demonic laughter fading into the blackness a tortured soul*

Dont read it, dont start it, let it fade into obscurity. *le rant - over*
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#12 Nov 14 2004 at 2:06 PM Rating: Excellent
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sorry, not starter, 1 past.
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#13 Nov 27 2004 at 7:02 AM Rating: Decent
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HOW DARE YOU PUT L.Ron Hubbards MISSION EARTH series (dekology) on a list of good books. You should be sodomized with a flagpole. That piece of gutter trash scarred my fragile psyche as a child by being the most dragged out and regurgitated piece of badly written tripe ever.
Ahh i see that the beauty of Irony and Satire is too much for your fragile brain.

Nevermind thats why there are authors like Terry Brooks for the Monotonous, pale tasteless fiction that takes zero risks. Almost writing by numbers if you like.

On a serious note, I like the Mission Earth series because it was different and funny in a way that Mr Pratchet is for the first few books.
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#14 Dec 13 2004 at 12:10 PM Rating: Excellent
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The following authors have, in my opinion, never written a bad story (that I have read):

F. Paul Wilson
Terry Prachet

And I consider the following books on my favorites list:
The LaNague Chronicles
Every Repairman Jack novel (all read)
Every Dark Tower novel (all read)
Every Adversary Cycle novel (all read)
Every DiscWorld novel
Wheel of Time (not for everyone, I like the drawn out series)
The Wayfarer redemption (even with the overly used Deus ex Machina) (all read)
The Galatic Center Series (Hope you up to date on your theoretical physics) (all read)

I've also read and enjoyed much of what the previous posters have mentioned. I honestly don't care what other people read half as much as I care that they are reading.

Right now I'm working through some more F. Paul Wilson, Terry Prachett's Reaperman, and Dean Koontz Fear Nothing.

#15 Feb 28 2005 at 12:02 PM Rating: Good
Of course Anything Anne Mccaffrey rocks. I'm a avid Sci-fi/Fantasy reader, These are some of my faves:

Dragon Prince Series: Melanie Rawn
Circle of Magic: Tamora Pierce
Crown of Stars: Kate Elliot
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#16 Apr 08 2005 at 11:14 AM Rating: Excellent
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Let's see, without looking at my library at home...

Roger Zelazny's Amber series... along with many other books by him such as This Immortal and The Dreammaster.

Isaac Asimov's Robot and Foundation series. Will Smith's I, Robot is interesting, but it's not the book, btw

Terry Pratchett's Discworld series... funny fantasy, but still intelligent

George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire... hard core, brutal fantasy series without a lot of silly magic

Orson Scott Card's Ender series and Memory of Earth series... each unusual in their own ways, and breaks out of the episodic formula route of many types of series

Herbert's Dune--'nuff said

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Mists of Avalon (shame on TNT for trying to make a movie of it!)

Mary Stewart's Merlin series... nice take on the character

Jack Whyte's Camulod chronicles... if you can get past the stupid *** scenes from time to time, one of the best realistic versions of the Arthur legend I've read

Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth... for the first 5 or so books anyways...

Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time... for the first 4 or so books...

Dragonlance... the core books by Weis and Hickman

Timothy Zahn's Star Wars books... a lot better than Lucas has done with the prequels

Select Robert Heilein books... such as Friday, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Stranger in a Strange Land... although his need to have everyone sleep with everyone does get old after so many books...

Select Piers Anthony... although, don't expect to read too many of his as they quickly become forumaic, and the way he depicts children makes me think he's a closet pedophile

Douglas Adams... wondering what the new movie will be like?

arrgh... that's all I can think of right now... but that's only the tip of the ice berg!
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#17 May 01 2005 at 4:04 AM Rating: Good
Quite alot of good books listed here. One series I would add is Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat series. They are pretty good for comic relief in a science fiction format but, yes like alot of series, the first few are the best and after that it's alot of the same. The first books worth reading tho.

Another Harrison series worth reading is the Deathworld Triliogy. Deathworld has very little comic relief, its a super race vs death planet thing.
#18 May 05 2005 at 10:39 PM Rating: Good
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Besides the obvious classics, Tolkien, Herbert, Adams, etc., some sci-fi books I enjoy are these;

John Ringo's Legacy of the Aldenatta series, which includes A Hymn Before Battle, Gust Front, When the Devil Dances, and ****'s Faire. Also the Council Wars series with There Will Be Dragons, Emerald Sea, and Against the Tide.

E.E. "Doc" Smith's Lensman series (my name is from these) and Skylark series are both awesome, albiet dated.

Michael Crichton of Jurassic Park, Timeline (book was much better than the movie), and Sphere

Of course many many more.
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#19 May 14 2005 at 1:26 AM Rating: Good
Greetings:) I am a admin from the site Dalerone linked I saw the topic and wanted to add my list of 101 favorite novels/series/collections with a little synopsis and cover pic included HERE. My list doesn't include Goodkind, Jordan, Brooks, Eddings, nor any Dragonlance novel as I wanted my list to have some amount of integrity:) I am working on rounding it out to 200 as we speak, but anyways for conversatiosn sake check it out:)

Edited, Sat May 14 02:27:44 2005 by AinulindaleFBS
#20 May 24 2005 at 2:47 AM Rating: Good
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George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire... hard core, brutal fantasy series without a lot of silly magic

I was hoping someone would mention this. This is SOOO good. Do yourself a favor and at least give the first 50 pages a try, you'll be hooked.
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#21 May 25 2005 at 4:16 AM Rating: Good
I posted my 101 earlier and jsut finished extending it to 200 all with desciption/synopsis.

My new list can be found at my Blog HERE

200 novels/series and no mention of Brooks, Eddings, Jordan, Goodkind, or Weis and Hickman or any overated, derivative, and contrived authors.

#22 Nov 12 2005 at 3:48 AM Rating: Good
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So what is your beef with Weis and Hickman? I have read many of their book and they are all very good. Granted not as heady as Frank Herbert but I don’t think they set out to start a new religion. The books they write weren’t meant to be college level reading. All their characters are interesting and deep enough to make you like them and morn their loss when they die. I found myself cheering on the heroes and at the same time I could empathize with the villains and see what made them become the way they are.
I think their books hold an important place in fantasy writing and they certainly don’t deserve to be labeled with the vicious words you used to describe them.
When I feel like reading deep works I will get a Shakespeare or Frank Herbert book. But sometimes I don’t want to read a book that requires me to consult a dictionary every other page. Those are the times that stories by Weis and Hickman or R.A. Salvatore take me on another adventure filled with excitement and fun with the occasional nail biting drama that I have come to expect from these great writers. I think the only reason your bashing them is so you can use big words like swords to make yourself seem like a scholar, and that a little light adventure reading is beneath you and your 30 pound brain.
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#23 Dec 29 2005 at 3:39 AM Rating: Decent
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Black company series glen cook can write

If that's not an endorsement I don't know what is.
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#24 Feb 11 2006 at 1:44 AM Rating: Excellent
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Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Mariller

excellent book if I may say so myself. (more for the female population as it has some romance in it.)

#25 Aug 10 2006 at 10:38 AM Rating: Good
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Love threads like these, give me new books to read =D

my list;

- Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steve Erikson (series of 10 books, now on the 6th) If you haven't read this yet, read it. It's amazing and extremely complex. The man is brilliant

- Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchet

- The Sandman graphic novels by Neil Gaiman. Amazing how he managed to put pretty much all Deities (myth or religious) in one big story line.

- Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny RIP. First book was published in 1970 which is hard to remember when reading these books.
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#26 Aug 12 2006 at 3:08 PM Rating: Default
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Been a while since i did my first post on this thread and i thought i would add a couple of authors to the list.

Farseer Trilogy: Robin Hobb
Deverry Series: Katherine Kerr
Chronicles of castle Brass: Micheal Moorcock (How's that for old school?)
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#27 Aug 16 2006 at 3:24 PM Rating: Good
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The Deed of Paksenarrion - If you havent read it go out and buy it right now. *Elizabeth Moon*

That book was just awesome. I was lucky enough to get in the trade size with all 3 books combined into one volume (I'm big into just one-volume trilogies). The first time I read it, it took me less than a weekend to finish. I still will just pick it up and read parts of it.

Because that trilogy was so well written, I bought other works by Elizabeth Moon and just wanted my money back. They just weren't as well done.

Edit: Forgot to add my good book list:

Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop
Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon
Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (at least the first 4-5 books)
The Belgariad by David Eddings
The Shannara Series by Terry Brooks
Cryptonomicon and the Baroque Cycle trilogy by Neal Stephenson

Edited, Aug 16th 2006 at 4:30pm EDT by Thumbelyna
#28 Aug 18 2006 at 11:12 AM Rating: Excellent
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Because that trilogy was so well written, I bought other works by Elizabeth Moon and just wanted my money back. They just weren't as well done.
The Legacy of Gird one was a good read and reminded me more of the first Paksenarrion novel. More stuff about military life and large scale conflicts as opposed to three guys in a dungeon type stuff. Which was what I liked about the first Paks novel when she joins the mercenary corp and less about the middle movel where it reads like a standard Forgotten Realms potboiler. The third was a decent mixture of the two.

The follow up Gird book wasn't worth reading though.

And, yes, I bought some of Moon's science fiction and never finished a one of them.
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#29 Aug 19 2006 at 5:28 PM Rating: Decent
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The Illuminatus Trilogy.. by Robert Shea and Anton Wilson. I think those are the authors.. lol. My absolute favorite book (the first in the series) and trilogy.
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#30 Aug 21 2006 at 5:29 AM Rating: Decent
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Terry Brooks: Word and the Void series. I am an avid Brooks fan and I think these are his best yet.

Neil Gaiman: American Gods. Not much to say but this book is probably my favorite in my collection.

Kevin Anderson and Brian Herbert: Prelude to Dune, Legends of Dune.

J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter. When you get past the media hype, you have a wonderfully written series that keeps you wanting more.
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#31 Aug 25 2006 at 5:15 AM Rating: Good
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Farseer Trilogy: Robin Hobb

Yes, yes yes =)

I never thought such horrible cliches (******* child who is really an heir to the throne and can talk to animals) could make such fantastic reading ;)

I'd also add her Liveship Trilogy to that; partly for how it ties in with the Farseer trilogy, and partly because every time I read it I'm amazed by how much I hate the character Malta at the beginning, and how much I love her by the end, without a hackneyed epiphany moment 'Oh, I see that I was a brat, I'll be nice now!'

I can't believe nobody has mentioned William Gibson - The Sprawl trilogy (Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive) and the Bridge trilogy (Idoru, Virtual Light, All Tomorrow's Parties) are fascinating reads. I have no clue what the **** is going on half the time, but it's **** cool. (Kinda like watching Akira.)

Edit to link to William Gibson's website; he has the first chapter of all his books up there:

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#32 Aug 25 2006 at 8:47 AM Rating: Decent
I've seen alot of familiar, and some not so familiar titles/authors listed here. But there's one author I havent seen listed here that I have found particularly engrossing, Mercedes Lackey. Her Valdemar books are(from my experience) really good reads. Her writing style reminds me of Anne McCaffrey in how she deals with human interactions in a way that just sucks you in. I've read literally thousands of books in my 28 years, but Scifi/Fantasy remains by far my favorite. Jordan, Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, Weis/Hickman, Card, Asimov, Brooks, the list goes on. L. Ron Hubbard had a REALLY excellent book in Battlefield earth(which they of course butchered all to **** in the movie), but I read one of his Mission: Earth books when I was 15, and found it disturbing as ****(this from someone who was obsessed with King, and Koontz novels at the time). The few novels King writes that border into the fantasy realm were pretty good, like Talisman, Black House, The Eyes of the Dragon, and The one Dark Tower book I've managed to read. Basically anything that stimulates the imagination, be it a book, comic, or game, and I'm hooked!
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#33 Aug 27 2006 at 10:15 PM Rating: Decent
I consider Alternate History to be Sci-fi.

My good book list:

Harry Turtledove is probably my favourite author. He's probably the best alternate history author there is.

Guns Of The South

The Southern Victory Series(what if the south had won the civil war?):
How Few Remain
Great War: American Front
Great War: Walk In ****
Great War: BreakThroughs
American Empire: Blood & Iron
American Empire: The Center Cannot Hold
American Empire: The Victorious Opposition
Settling Accounts: Return Engagement
Settling Accounts: Drive To The East

Worldwar Series(Aliens attack during world war 2)

Pacific War Series(What if Japan had sent more than just a fleet to Hawaii and taken it over?)

In The Presence Of Mine Enemies

**** good books.
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#34 Aug 31 2006 at 7:02 AM Rating: Decent
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Richard Matheson's "I am Legend" > you all.

Too bad about Will Smith though.
#35 Aug 31 2006 at 11:47 PM Rating: Decent
Pretty much anything by:

Chuck Palahniuk

As someone else said, the core Dragon Lance books

Hunter S Thompson

(Not exactly books but) Some of the recently released comic book compilations, Infinity Gauntlet, Maximum Carnage, Hellboy, SinCity etc.

Kurt Vonnegut

The Darktower Series

Noam Chomsky writes some very interesting reads (they can be a touch on the boring and slow side, but very informative).
#36 Sep 08 2006 at 2:24 AM Rating: Decent
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Most of the stuff by David Gemmell. Sure he may have liked to reuse the same basic plot theme over and over again, but ***** it :D its like reading one great book, with diffrent characters and locations each time.
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#37 Sep 09 2006 at 6:01 AM Rating: Good
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Farseer Trilogy: Robin Hobb

Also the Tawny Man trilogy, follow on. Was even better, IMO.

The Axis trilogy by Sara Douglass is pretty good.

The best by far has gotta be the Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson. IMO also :P
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