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This forum is to tell the community the best novel you have read. Please keep it to one to keep the list small, but you can list two if you feel like you must.
For myself: Anathem by Neal Stephenson, I love a book that can create an entire new world and put it in my head.
The list so far:
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Hunger Games Suzanne Collins
Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin
Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind
Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Worlds of the Crystal Moon and Beyonders
Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (series)
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Ulysses by James Joyce
Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card
1984 by George Orwell
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
La Ciudad y los Perros by Mario Vargas Llosa (English translation: The Time of the Hero)
DragonLance series by multiple authors
The Wind-Up Girl by Paulo Bacigalupi
The Fountain Head by Ayn Rand
The Coffee Trader by David Liss
Discworld by Terry Pratchett
Jonathan Strange and Mr.Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles D|ckens
A Christmas Carol by Charles D|ckens
Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
Hitchhiker's Trilogy by Douglas Adams
Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Watchman by Alan Moore
Sin City by Frank Miller
The Prince by Pournelle and Stirling
The Chronicles of the Black Company by Glenn Cook
The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
The Eye of the Sibyl by Phillip K. D|ck
The Secret History of the American Empire by John Perkins
Conservatives Without Conscience by John W. Dean
Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destroyed the Legislative, Exaecutive, and Judicial Branches by Mitch Cullin
Saint by Ted Dekker
House by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti
Hungry Cities Chronicles by Philip Reeve
Eon by Alison Goodman
Duma Key by Stephen King
Blood Reaver by Aaron Dembski-Bowden
HH: Age of Darkness - Edited by Christian Dunn
Kushiel's Legacy by Jacqueline Carey
Takeshi Kovacs (series) by Richard K. Morgan
Culture novels by Iain Banks
The Coldfire trilogy by C.S. Friedman
The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Drizzt Do'Urden (series) by R.A. Salvatore
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
Necronomican: The Best Weird Tales of H.P. Lovecraft
Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Dune series by Frank Herbert
Space Odysseys 2001, 2010, 2061, and 3001 by Arthur C. Clarke
Empire by Orson Scott Card
Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk
A Song to Fire and Ice by George R.R. Martin
The Warded Man by Peter V Brett
Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb
Tawny Man trilogy by Robin Hobb
Four Lords of the Diamond (series) by Jack L. Chalker
Twilight series by Stephanie Meyers
The Gaunt's Ghosts series by Dan Abnett
The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind
Pinheads & Patriots by Bill O'Reilly
Arguing with Idiots by Glenn Beck
Malazan series by Steven Erickson
Neuromancer by William Gibson
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Fallout: Equestria by KKat
Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Island by Aldous Huxley
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
The Wheel of Time by James Oliver Rigney, Jr.
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
Bloodcurdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre: The Best of H.P.Lovecraft by H.P Lovecraft
The Inheritance Cycle (series) by Christopher Paolini
The Hunter's Apprentice by John Flanagan
Keep posting and sharing!
note: I just filled in all of the missing authors, if I got it wrong then let me know!
Edited by zeek on 2/9/2013 10:22 AM PST
I'm on the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy. I'm shocked at how good the writing is.
The first book is definately the best. But the entire series is amazing.
I also finished reading Water for Elephants a couple weeks ago and thought it was pretty good.
On book 12 of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (take one unit jazz-solo-era detective novel and two units magic, blend well, sprinkle hilarious snark liberally, and garnish with modern-day Chicago). Incredibly well written series, and it's funny as all get out.
If that doesn't pique your interest, you have no soul.
rofl fantasy novels
Well, makes sense to me. Warcraft and Starcraft are both fantasy worlds (though StarCraft is much more SciFi). My mom does get me to read the occasional thriller though, I've read a few Jack Reacher books and I enjoyed the King and Maxwell and Camel Club series by David Baldacci.
Sorry, bit off topic.
Catch-22 is my favorite.
Ulysses was deep.
Ender's Game was entertaining and I loved the rest of the series (haven't read the last to Bean books).
Other must reads: 1984, Invisible Man, A Clockwork Orange, Of Mice and Men.
Read those and I'll assign your next texts.
Look I even italicized them!
Edited by DrSillypants on 5/5/2011 7:54 PM PDT
La ciudad y los perros, Mario Vargas Llosa
The English title is something like "The Time of the Hero"; I don't remember exactly.
Ender's was good and Speaker was at least unique, but I thought Xeno was pretty awful. OSC got way too weird for me.
Edited by Laconic on 5/6/2011 3:22 AM PDT
I was thinking about starting that series, but I'm going to re-read the Wheel of Time before A Memory of Light comes out.
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