sugoll (sugoll) wrote,

Book memage

1) Look at the list, copy and paste it into your own journal.
2) Mark those you have read however you want.
3) Feel free to tell your friends what you thought of them.

Bold = Read it, or read at least one in the series.

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien - But didn't really enjoy it. Hated the pacing, didn't care about Merry and Pippin, and just wanted to get back to Sam and Frodo. Loved the films, though.
2. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien - Found it more enjoyable than LotR. And it's far easier to see a parent reading a chapter at a time to offspring.
3. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien - And this is where Christopher Tolkien should have stopped.
4. Foundation series, Isaac Asimov - Nope.
5. Robot series, Isaac Asimov - Nope.
6. Dune, Frank Herbert - Thought it was dreadful.
7. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein - Nope.
8. Earthsea series, Ursula le Guin - Although I remember practically nothing about it.
9. Neuromancer, William Gibson - Loved the style, but was continually bothered about how the decks would work, damnit. Was thoroughly unsurprised to discover that Gibson knew fuck all about computers.
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury - Nope.
11. The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham - Honestly, I'm not sure. I think I have, but might be confusing it with the Beeb's adaptation. I know I've read The Chrysalids
12. A Book of the New Sun series, Gene Wolfe - Yes, and I was miserable the entire time. It really narked me, because I kept thinking, "what's wrong with me that I can't see how wonderful this is?" I think we were in Skye at the time...
13. Discworld series, Terry Pratchett - Adore these. El Tel can't keep a character as a villain for more than a single book, and it's good that he's slowed down.
14. Sandman series, Neil Gaiman - Lord, yes. I adore these.
15. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams - But I wish there weren't so many.
16. Dragonriders of Pern series, Anne McCaffery - Just a couple. The White Dragon, and something else. Forget what. Zzz.
17. Interview with the Vampire series, Anne Rice. Uh, nope.
18. The Shining, Stephen King. Nope. By and large, don't do horror. Never read any King.
19. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula le Guin - Shamefully, no.
20. The Chronicles of Amber, Roger Zelazny - Nope.
21. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke - Nope. No Clarke at all, in fact. Also, can't see what the fuss is about the film.
22. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke. - See above.
23. Ringworld, Larry Niven - No Niven in my past.
24. Elric of Melnibone series, Michael Moorcock - I've read precisely one Moorcock (a Jerry Cornelius). I've read it twice, and both times, it was complete wank.
25. The Dying Earth series, Jack Vance. Nope.
26. Lyonesse series, Jack Vance. Nor this. Nor any Vance, in fact.
27. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever, Stephen Donaldson. Some bits of this (and its follow-on) I enjoyed, but Lord, it was a struggle, and I've no plans to ever read anything else of his.
28. A Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin - Nope.
29. The Worm Ourobouros, E.R. Eddison - Nope.
30. Conan series, Robert E. Howard - Nope.
31. Lankhmar series, Fritz Leiber - Nope.
32. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick - I've read some short stories by Dick, but I don't think I've read this.
33. The Time Machine, H.G. Wells - Nope.
34. The Invisible Man, H.G. Wells - Uh-uh.
35. The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells - 'Fraid not.
36. Eon, Greg Bear - No Bear. Not really that bothered, either.
37. Book of the First Law series, Joe Abercrombie - Yes. Only finished it last month, thought it was highly enjoyable.
38. Miss Marple stories, Agatha Christie - Don't think so. I've read one Christie, I think, and felt hugely cheated that she introduced a new character right at the end that turned out to be the murderer.
39. Hercule Poirot stories, Agatha Christie - And I'm pretty sure it wasn't a Poirot. Suchet gives me the willies, too.
40. Lord Peter Wimsey stories, Dorothy L. Sayers - Nope. But I have read The Invisibles, and I gather Mister Six is a direct steal.
41. The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett - This is a book?
42. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan - Nope.
43. Sherlock Holmes stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Started working my way through a copy of Complete, and got bogged down. Found them rather unengaging, to be honest. There's a bookmark at the start of Chapter 8 of Baskervilles, so presumably even the most famous didn't entice me.
44. Cthulhu Mythos, H.P. Lovecraft - Again, some. I remember very little about it.
45. Inspector Wexford stories, Ruth Rendell - Nope.
46. Adam Dalgliesh stories, P.D. James - Nope.
47. Philip Marlowe stories, Raymond Chandler - Nope.
48. The Godfather, Mario Puzo - Nope.
49. The Day of the Jackal, Frederick Forsyth - I think I have, but I couldn't swear to it.
50. The Fourth Protocol, Frederick Forsyth - Same here. I'm sure I've read one of them, but not sure which.
51. Smiley series, John le Carre - Nope.
52. Gentleman Bastard series, Scott Lynch - The what?
53. The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Steven Erikson - Nope. Saw him at Worldcon, but had never heard of him before then.
54. Watchmen series, Alan Moore - Yes, but less enthralled by it than everyone else. The pirates subplot I could lose entirely. Much prefer V for Vendetta.
55. Maus, Art Spiegelman - Not yet. Really should.
56. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller - I liked the concept, but Miller's writing and art don't work for me. And that's before I knew anything about Miller.
57. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi - Yes. At least, I think I've read the second volume. Definitely read the first.
58. Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling - Oh yes.
59. Chrestomanci series, Diana Wynne-Jones - First two or three, but I'm pretty sure I haven't yet finished k's box-set.
60 Ryhope Wood series, Robert Holdstock - Nope.
61. Wilt series, Tom Sharpe - Two or three of them. Nice idea, hugely, hugely dated.
62. Riftwar Cycle, Raymond E. Feist -Only the first three, and that's 'cause I thought it was a fixed-length trilogy. Also: "Pug"?
63. Temeraire series, Naomi Novik - Not yet. Vaguely curious.
64. Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis - Never. it's one of the Great Children's Classics Sugoll Somehow Managed to Avoid.
65. His Dark Materials series, Phillip Pullman - Though I remember very little of it, and sort of missed the point.
66. Dragonlance series, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman - Um, no.  Don't be silly.
67. Twilight saga, Stephanie Meyer - Careful, now.
68. The Night's Dawn trilogy, Peter F. Hamilton - No. I've read his earlier Mindstar trilogy (in reverse order, and prefer them that way...), but was put off by the sheer size of everything else that followed.
69. Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer - Nope.
70. Honor Harrington series, David Weber - Nope. And it always makes me think of Modesty Blaise by way of The Avengers...
71. Hannibal Lecter series, Thomas Harris - Lord, no.
72. The Dark Tower series, Stephen King. - Remember what I said at 18.
73. It, Stephen King - See above.
74. The Rats series, James Herbert - Nope. Read a bit of The Fog, though.
75. Dirk Gently series, Douglas Adams - I thought the first was magical, and beautifully crafted. The second punctured the DG character fatally by making him the viewpoint and destroying the possibility that he really *did* know what he was doing. He could (and probably was) a Doctor, up that point.
76. Jeeves and Wooster stories, P.G. Wodehouse  - No. I probably should, and I'd probably hate them.
77. The da Vinci Code, Dan Brown - I have. (I got it from a charity shop.) I enjoyed it in a no-brain kind of way, actually, and found the opening Louvre sequence hilariously preposterous.
78. The Culture Series, Iain M. Banks - Three, I think. Phlebas, Games, Weapons. Much less entranced by them than others.
79. The Duncton series, William Horwood  - Not familiar with this.
80. The Illuminatus! trilogy, Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson - Enjoyed this, and give Shea the credit, since Masks of the Illuminati (just by Wilson) was just trippy bollocks.
81. The Aberystwyth series, Malcom Pryce - Never heard of it.
82. Morse stories, Colin Dexter - Managed to entirely avoid Morse.
83. Navajo Tribal Police stories, Tony Hillerman - Arfle barfle gloop?
84. The Ipcress File, Len Deighton - Nope.
85. Enigma, Robert Harris - Nope.
86. Fatherland, Robert Harris - No intention of doing so.
87. The Constant Gardener, John le Carre - No le Carre at all.
88. The House of Cards trilogy, Michael Dobbs - Just the telly version.
89. The Dark is Rising saga, Susan Cooper - Adore this. Even the horrifying stereotyping is worth putting up with, for the joy of a teenage boy with a Destiny who is not a complete arse.
90. Psychotechnic League and Polesotechnic League series, Poul Anderson - I have no idea what this is.
91. Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton - Lord, no.
92. Star Wars: Thrawn trilogy, Timothy Zahn - Nope. Read a couple of Republic Commando books by Karen Traviss, though, and quite enjoyed them.
93. Ender's Game series, Orson Scott Card - Nope.
94. Gormenghast series, Meryvn Peake - Christ, but I couldn't get into this. Gave up really early on. Couldn't stand the writing. Nor could I stand the BBC's TV adaptation.
95. Miles Vorkosigan saga, Lois McMaster Bujold - Just a couple. I should read more. Like, all the rest.
96. The Once and Future King, T.H. White - Nah.
97. Fighting Fantasy books, Ian Livingston & Steve Jackson - C'mon, really - has anyone read all of them? Think I got through the first seven, or thereabouts, then realised they were never going to stop.
98. The Stainless Steel Rat series, Harry Harrison - Loved them as a teenager. Find them utterly unreadable now. Still amused by Harrison's fondness for vehicles powered by big, huge fuck-off flywheels. Actually, has Harrison written more in the past couple of decades?
99. The Lensman series, E.E. 'Doc' Smith - Bought the whole lot from Andromeda, same time as New Sun. Threw the first away very, very quickly, Utterly unbearable. (My, but that was a productive shopping trip.)
100. The Cadfael stories, Ellis Peters - Nope. No interest.

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