The Worst Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Horror Books
What are the worst fantasy, science fiction and horror books that you have read?
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 996,064 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 127,284 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 798,383 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 650,156 ratings
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 10,283 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 79,238 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 430,514 ratings
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 293,073 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 214,934 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 138,257 ratings
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4.58 of 5 stars 4.58 avg rating — 1,334,349 ratings
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3.12 of 5 stars 3.12 avg rating — 4,341 ratings
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 3,081,562 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 39,681 ratings
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 741,382 ratings
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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 429,760 ratings
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 1,388,301 ratings
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 1,327,465 ratings
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 1,045,710 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 12,287 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 179,538 ratings
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3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 2,035 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 777,536 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 337,402 ratings
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3.35 of 5 stars 3.35 avg rating — 808 ratings
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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 71,691 ratings
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 3,308,792 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 202,232 ratings
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 45,548 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 35,508 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 14,101 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 479,353 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 134,193 ratings
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 70,704 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 905,739 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 70,318 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 386,626 ratings
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3.25 of 5 stars 3.25 avg rating — 23,788 ratings
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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 1,384 ratings
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3.32 of 5 stars 3.32 avg rating — 8,259 ratings
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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 88,582 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 184,519 ratings
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 16,105 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 56,583 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 33,386 ratings
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 81,940 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 17,694 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 161,887 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 248,220 ratings
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 48,867 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 30,517 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 35,102 ratings
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 1,562 ratings
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 135,516 ratings
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 13,329 ratings
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 41,662 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 2,053 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 122,576 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 12,269 ratings
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 28,665 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 59,851 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 72,000 ratings
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 490,202 ratings
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 221 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 11,829 ratings
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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 1,944 ratings
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 8,957 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 310,990 ratings
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 49,931 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 25,343 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 10,251 ratings
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 49,488 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 97,837 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 32,705 ratings
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 9,127 ratings
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 88,986 ratings
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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 10,358 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 592,684 ratings
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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 2,965 ratings
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3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 1,398 ratings
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 20,902 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 4,240 ratings
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 22,865 ratings
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 11,739 ratings
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 2,823 ratings
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382 books · 298 voters · list created November 28th, 2008 by Rora (votes) .
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Rora 1205 books
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 2549 books
506 friends
Antoine 948 books
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Alysia 15 books
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David 17 books
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Jeffrey 30 books
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Thomas 29 books
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Ken 24 books
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message 1: by LazerWraith (new)

LazerWraith Lol...many of these book only have one vote by a disgruntled reader.


message 2: by Esmë (new)

Esmë I don't like this list very much. How can you put a masterpiece like Dune with the Twilight books?


message 3: by LazerWraith (new)

LazerWraith Esmë wrote: "I don't like this list very much. How can you put a masterpiece like Dune with the Twilight books?"

Only 3 people voted for it, compared to about 70 for Twilight.


message 4: by Tnkw01 (new)

Tnkw01 I believe if one looks at authors as well as book titles a pattern starts to form.


message 5: by Jestersinc (new)

Jestersinc Seems like this list is biased and prejudiced against some authors, how does a book qualify as a bad book ? I have some good memories reading some of these books on the list. Yes I do not like the Twilight series, however I do not think they are bad books, because they are commercially successful does not make them bad, my wife thoroughly enjoyed the Twilight series.


message 6: by Esmë (new)

Esmë Jestersinc wrote: "Seems like this list is biased and prejudiced against some authors, how does a book qualify as a bad book ? I have some good memories reading some of these books on the list. Yes I do not like the ..."

I agree, commercial success does not mean a book is "bad". However, I think the Twilight books are "bad" as they are written badly, and the characters lack any depth at all.


message 7: by Caitlin (new)

Caitlin ....harry potter is here why??


message 8: by Justin (new)

Justin I agree with all of the above statements. This website is for people who love reading, so maybe a "Best Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, etc." list would be more appropriate.


message 9: by Tammie (new)

Tammie A whole lot of these books on this list are neither sci-fi nor horror.
Eragon, Harry Potter, The Golden Compass, even Twilight. None of those are the right genre.


message 10: by Artemas (new)

Artemas Whoever voted for The Lies of Locke Lamora is an absolute fool.


message 11: by Roseanne (new)

Roseanne Eh, people have different tastes in books... doesn't mean it's a "worst" this list should be deleted and banned and tarred and feathered by the goodreads.com staff.... This is ridiculous...


message 12: by Roseanne (new)

Roseanne and This person...

http://www.goodreads.com/list/user_vo...

Roseanne wrote: "banned and tarred and feathered by the goodreads.com staff."


message 13: by Artemas (new)

Artemas Roseanne wrote: "and This person...

http://www.goodreads.com/list/user_vo...

Roseanne wrote: "banned and tarred and feathered by the goodreads.com staff.""


Agreed. I'm not sure why these people always feel the need to clump Fantasy/Scifi/Horror together anyways. I've yet to see a poll like this for a mashup of Romance/Mystery/Westerns. ;)


message 14: by Artemas (new)

Artemas The Road isn't fantasy, horror, OR scifi. It's a novel.


message 15: by [deleted user] (new)

I always love to see 50 Shits of Grey in "Worst [whatever]" lists, but seriously, isn't it supposed to be fantasy/sci fi/horror?
It doesn't even fit the genre, people add books without even reading what the list is about.


message 16: by [deleted user] (new)

Roseanne wrote: "and This person...

http://www.goodreads.com/list/user_vo...

Roseanne wrote: "banned and tarred and feathered by the goodreads.com staff.""


I'm not quite sure what you mean. You want to ban, tar and feather this user?
If yes, why?


message 17: by Artemas (new)

Artemas Fifty shits! *made me choke on my water


message 18: by [deleted user] (new)

Artemas wrote: "Fifty shits! *made me choke on my water"

Serves you right for drinking water, Bayaz. Shouldn't you be driking wine right now? :P


message 19: by Artemas (new)

Artemas Beer maybe, but I'm at work and it's frowned upon.


message 20: by LazerWraith (new)

LazerWraith Roseanne wrote: "and This person...

http://www.goodreads.com/list/user_vo...

Roseanne wrote: "banned and tarred and feathered by the goodreads.com staff.""


I think this person should just stop reading fiction. lol


message 21: by [deleted user] (new)

I don't have a problem with her votes and I certainly don't think the solution is to write off an entire genre just because you disliked some books. The "if you don't like this or that book then stop reading this genre" argument is bullshit and a very poor debating tool.
But, I guess that respecting other people's opinions is too much to ask in Good "Troll Land" Reads, no?
Now, probably Lazer's comment was tongue in cheek, I can't tell. But if this Roseanne character actually believes that this user should be banned, tarred and feathered then I suggest she visits a shrink ASAP. She's obviously disturbed.


message 22: by Artemas (new)

Artemas Kelley wrote: "Can we UNvote for certain books on this list? Other than the Comments, is there an outlet for expressing strong disagreement with the appearance of certain books on a list?

Pratchett's "Making Mon..."


What would be the point of removing someone's vote on a list where they are being asked to vote for books they didn't enjoy?


Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship To #10: I voted for The Lies of Locke Lamora because to me it read as very juvenile, all teen-boy-wish-fulfillment and no substance. Then the only female character of any importance got stuffed in the fridge and I was done. It's obviously a very popular book, but hey, there are books I love on this list too, and Goodreads would be a very boring place if everybody agreed.


message 24: by Özgür (new)

Özgür Deniz Caitlin wrote: "....harry potter is here why??"
Hp is not a good book :|


message 25: by Avaminn (new)

Avaminn F'nett 50 Shades of Grey should not be on here. It may be terrible, but it's not fantasy.


message 26: by Jacob (new)

Jacob Spencer How can you put Harry Potter on here? It's a fucking classic fantasy. Arguably the best fantasy series of all time. Game of Thrones? Why is Game of Thrones on here? It's great too.


message 27: by Jacob (new)

Jacob Spencer Misery? Are you kidding me? This is so ridiculous. A few of these books are actually very good, and no one, I mean no one, sane, can put these books on here. Twilight, I totally agree. It sucks ass, but Misery and Harry Potter...God help this miserable society if people are putting books like that on this list.


message 28: by Jacob (new)

Jacob Spencer You know, I think a lot of these books are those people haven't even read. It's probably a bunch of Twilight fans angry about Stephen King saying Twilight sucks and so they put his masterpieces on this list.


message 29: by Avaminn (new)

Avaminn F'nett Jacob wrote: "How can you put Harry Potter on here? It's a fucking classic fantasy. Arguably the best fantasy series of all time. Game of Thrones? Why is Game of Thrones on here? It's great too."

Harry Potter is very good, but the best of all time? Really? I think it's the best children's fantasy of all time, but not fantasy over all.


message 30: by Jacob (new)

Jacob Spencer Avaminn wrote: "Jacob wrote: "How can you put Harry Potter on here? It's a fucking classic fantasy. Arguably the best fantasy series of all time. Game of Thrones? Why is Game of Thrones on here? It's great to..."

Avaminn, note I said "arguably". That doesn't mean it is, just that it is accepted by a decent chunk as the best.


message 31: by Avaminn (new)

Avaminn F'nett I have to admit, though, that I am surprised Harry Potter is so high up on the list. I did not know that many people disliked it.


message 32: by Avaminn (new)

Avaminn F'nett Avaminn wrote: "50 Shades of Grey should not be on here. It may be terrible, but it's not fantasy."

And it still hasn't been removed...


message 33: by Roseanne (new)

Roseanne It's a list, not truth. Truth is different for different people. Or else we'd be clones and therefore boring. Differences are beautiful... People that make these kinds of lists just like drama-making. And well, I don't feel like partaking, so I have yet to vote. Besides 139 people thinking a book sucks is like a speck of dust on my wine glass; just a flick of the wrist and they're *poof* gone. There's quadrillions of people who enjoy these books, and so what? Do they have bad tastes? NO. They just don't have the same tastes as ... what? 139 people? Right, Like I should care.... 139 people can not even make a dent on the fandom of trillions. Just saying.


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