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NPR's Sci-Fi Book List

Bold if you've read, italicize ones you fully intend to read, underline if it's a book or series you've read part but not all of.

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell

7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss

19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
22. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
23. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood

24. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
25. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke

26. The Stand, by Stephen King
27. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
28. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury

29. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
30. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
31. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
32. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey Never held my interest for long
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller

36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny

41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley - I don't think I finished it. I wasn't enjoying it
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien Tried - failed
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan

51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson

54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God's Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man's War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
77. The Kushiel's Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey

78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher

87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov

95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

Writer's Block: FWB

Sure, the pros are obvious—but what are the cons of having a friend with benefits?

Feel like I'm using the writer's blocks to just make me post something. Without having had the experience myself, obvious potential complications

1) The benefits aren't very good and get in the way of the friendship
2) One starts thinking of it as something more than FWB
3) It's not exclusive which can be risky if eith or both are hooking-up outside of it
4) Expectations of benefits can get in the way of personal freedom. They aren't your only friend and just because they want a booty call doesn't mean you have to put out. Of course, I suppose that's an issue even in a non-FWB relationship.

Writer's Block: A novel idea

Which book would you want to see turned into a videogame?

Ooh.. I like this one. It has to be a book with a definite visual style, something practically unique. I'd probably choose Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan which is kerosenepunk World War I with fierce kerosene powered robots fighting bioengineered flying whales.

Writer's Block: Love is a battlefield

Which five songs would you absolutely play at your friend's wedding reception, and why?

This is a fun one.

This first song was originally designed to be a parody of Bob Dylan's music, which was very popular at the time, but it's just a great song about two people together
Stealers Wheel - Stuck in the Middle With You

On the other hand, this song is about it being my friends' wedding as this is a popular joke song that we've had play at every one so far
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round

This is a more recent acquisition for my collection and it's not really danceable, but during the conversation portion I'd want to fit this one in
Ray LaMontagne - Forever My Friend

The last two are selfish first our first dance song. Difficult and my wife's dress kept tripping her up
Louis Armstrong -We Have All the Time in the World

This was the last dance at our own wedding 'nuff said
B.B. King & Eric Clapton - Come Rain Come Shine

Writer's Block: The winning ticket

What would be your first purchase if you won the lottery?

Hmm.. I guess paying off the house doesn't count. Once I get done setting up the college fund for my son, taking care of outstanding debts, taxes and general investing stuff, probably I'd buy the new car I've not been able to decide on for the past year.

Jeffxandra's Book Awards for 2010

Okay, so I give awards based upon books I read in 2010, not on when they were actually released. I read 149 books (including children's & manga) last year. Feel free to pipe up on the ones you've read. I don't have a paid account so no polls. :)

Best Fiction Book I Read This Year: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Best Non-Fiction Book IRTY: The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land by Thomas Asbridge

Best Book IRTY that (I hope) Doesn't Make Me Sound Like a Pretentious Twit: Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron - by Jasper Fforde

Best Anthology IRTY: Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Best Book (Not From My Childhood) IRTY to Matt: The Runaway Mummy: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex

Best Manga/Graphic Novel: Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba

Harry Turtledove Award for "Why Am I Still Reading This?: The Full Metal Panic series by Shouji Gatou. I gave up on this one after the end of the first series. A mess of poor artwork and storytelling.

Everyone Else Loved it But I Didn't: American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham. Wasn't really bad, just ordinary.

Everyone Else Loved it But I Didn't (Sci-Fi/Fantasy): Boneshaker by Cherie Priest - I'm not actually sure everyone loved it, but it does get mentioned on popular steampunk book lists so I guess it's true. Summer action movie quality; that's not an endorsement. Try the Leviathan (admittedly more kerosene than steampunk) series instead

Author Everyone Loves Who Didn't Impress Me: China Mieville. This is a bit disingenuous because I do want to read more of his stuff, but The City & The City took a great concept and failed on the execution.

Worst Book: The Coming Economic Armageddon by David Jeremiah- Poor grasp of economics plus bad biblical scholarship equals a recipe for disaster

The full list. Manga just listed once regardless of the number of volumesCollapse )

Hey mscongeniality

Please tell me you caught Friday's Batman Brave & the Bold

Cue marag rage in 4...3....2...

Well it's June 30th and I just finished a book. Might as well see how things are going this year

1. My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon - P.N. Elrod (ed)
2. The Partly Cloudy Patriot - Sarah Vowell
3. Death from the Skies: These are the ways the world will end - Philip Plait
4. Root and Branch: Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall, and the Struggle to End Segregation - Rawn James Jr.
5. Taking on the System: Rules for Change in the Digital Era: Markos Moulitsas Zuniga
6. Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afganistan and Pakisatan - Greg Mortenson
7. Heavy Metal Pulp: Pleasure Model: Netherworld Book One - Christopher Rowley
8. Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry for your.. Brains - Ryan Mecum
9. Eye of the Red Tsar: A Novel of Suspense - Sam Eastland
10. The Vesuvius Club: A Bit of Fluff - Mark Gatiss
11. The Future Church: How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church - John Allen
12. The Crusades: An Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land - Thomas Asbridge
13. Storm Front - Jim Butcher*
14. Grave Peril - Jim Butcher*
15. Death Masks - Jim Butcher*
16. Turn Coat - Jim Butcher *
17. Changes - Jim Butcher
18. Residential Construction Management - Joseph A. Griffin
19. American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House - Jon Meacham
20. Bel Canto - Ann Patchett
21. Odd and the Frost Giants - Neil Gaiman
22. Sir Apropros of Nothing - Peter David
23. The Prayer Amendment: A Satire of Southern Politics and Religion - Dennis Hale
24. New World Monkeys: A Novel - Nancy Mauro
25. Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War - W. Craig Reed
26. Spice & Wolf Vol 1 - Isuna Hasekura
27. Inherent Vice - Thomas Pynchon
28. The City & the City - China Mieville

* Rereads
Add on 68 (egad!) manga volumes and five children's books to get 101 total, yeesh.

Best Book I've Read So Far This Year - The Crusades
Best Fiction Book IRSFTY - Bel Canto
Worst Book IRSFTY - My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon
Worst Non-Fiction IRSFTY (also happens to be written by a guy who can probably kick my ass) - Red November
Best Manga Volume IRSFTY - Death Note Vol 12
Worst Manga Volume IRSFTY - Full Metal Panic Vol 5

Now this is odd

So I'm going down to visit my sister (and others) this weekend and I decided to try the increasingly unreliable Google maps, since I haven't been to visit her since she moved.

10. Follow signs for I-95 S/Richmond and merge onto Henry G Shirley Memorial Hwy 0.6 mi
11. Merge onto I-95 S 12.2 mi
12. Take exit 156 toward State Route 784 E/Rippon Landing 1.1 mi
13. Follow signs for Rest Area 0.6 mi
14. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-95 S and merge onto I-95 S 70.9 mi
15. Take exit 84B for I-295 toward

Are they ordering me to take a rest midway through the trip?



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