NPR Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books
NPR's Summer 2011 Top 100
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The average Goodreads member has read 24 out of 100 books on this list — how many have you read?
1 Fahrenheit 451
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 763,696 ratings
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2 The Fellowship of the Ring ...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 1,146,475 ratings
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3 1984
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 1,306,866 ratings
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4 Dune (Dune Chronicles, #1)
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 356,699 ratings
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5 Ender's Game (The Ender Qui...
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 614,531 ratings
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6 A Game of Thrones (A Song o...
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 779,537 ratings
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7 The Hitchhiker's Guide to t...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 707,558 ratings
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8 Slaughterhouse-Five
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 619,327 ratings
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9 The Handmaid's Tale
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 353,470 ratings
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10 Brave New World
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 736,077 ratings
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11 The Time Machine
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 184,102 ratings
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12 The Princess Bride
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 447,356 ratings
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13 Animal Farm
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,332,903 ratings
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14 Do Androids Dream of Electr...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 145,712 ratings
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15 Contact
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 63,320 ratings
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16 Foundation (Foundation, #1)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 196,753 ratings
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17 The Left Hand of Darkness (...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 40,517 ratings
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18 The War of the Worlds
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 111,581 ratings
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18 The Road
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 390,539 ratings
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20 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norre...
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 101,407 ratings
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21 The Time Traveler's Wife
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 904,536 ratings
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22 Twenty Thousand Leagues Und...
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 79,936 ratings
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23 Frankenstein
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 614,632 ratings
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24 Neuromancer (Sprawl #1)
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 149,376 ratings
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25 The Silmarillion
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 106,371 ratings
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26 I, Robot (Robot, #0.1)
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 127,982 ratings
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27 Stranger in a Strange Land
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 166,920 ratings
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28 American Gods (American God...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 290,913 ratings
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29 Watchmen
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 284,378 ratings
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29 Watership Down
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 212,851 ratings
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31 A Canticle for Leibowitz (S...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 46,633 ratings
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32 Snow Crash
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 129,685 ratings
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33 The Stand
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 309,545 ratings
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34 Assassin's Apprentice (Fars...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 84,071 ratings
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35 Flowers for Algernon
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 211,174 ratings
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36 Doomsday Book (Oxford Time ...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 22,057 ratings
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37 The Martian Chronicles
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 96,732 ratings
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38 The Eye of the World (Wheel...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 154,122 ratings
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39 Outlander (Outlander, #1)
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 288,327 ratings
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40 The Mists of Avalon (Avalon...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 127,667 ratings
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40 Childhood's End
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 57,037 ratings
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42 2001: A Space Odyssey (Spac...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 110,267 ratings
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42 Starship Troopers
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 89,230 ratings
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44 The Name of the Wind (The K...
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4.55 of 5 stars 4.55 avg rating — 201,492 ratings
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45 Neverwhere
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 176,782 ratings
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45 The Dispossessed (Hainish C...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 30,661 ratings
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47 The Once and Future King (T...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 65,727 ratings
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48 Stardust
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 181,950 ratings
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49 World War Z: An Oral Histor...
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 224,035 ratings
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50 Cryptonomicon (Cryptonomico...
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 55,110 ratings
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51 The Last Unicorn (The Last ...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 59,235 ratings
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52 Rendezvous with Rama (Rama,...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 63,029 ratings
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53 The Forever War
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 61,636 ratings
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54 Wicked: The Life and Times ...
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 398,825 ratings
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55 Perdido Street Station (Bas...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 30,709 ratings
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56 The Eyre Affair (Thursday N...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 69,852 ratings
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57 Red Mars (Mars Trilogy, #1)
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 29,707 ratings
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58 The Dark Tower (The Dark To...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 66,547 ratings
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59 Out of the Silent Planet (S...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 38,554 ratings
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60 Cat's Cradle
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 185,305 ratings
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61 The Sandman, Vol. 1: Prelud...
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 93,303 ratings
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62 The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 57,127 ratings
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63 Dragonflight (Pern: Dragonr...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 66,990 ratings
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63 The Sword of Truth Gift Set...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 1,221 ratings
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65 Mistborn: The Final Empire ...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 116,980 ratings
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66 Shards of Honour  (Vorkosig...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 11,761 ratings
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67 Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 74,031 ratings
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68 Small Gods (Discworld, #13)
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 56,651 ratings
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69 Old Man's War (Old Man's Wa...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 56,319 ratings
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70 The Sword of Shannara Trilo...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 11,400 ratings
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71 Something Wicked This Way C...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 48,672 ratings
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72 Magician: Apprentice (The R...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 40,014 ratings
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72 The Diamond Age
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 45,428 ratings
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74 Sunshine
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 23,078 ratings
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75 Consider Phlebas (Culture, #1)
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 29,891 ratings
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76 The Crystal Cave (Arthurian...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 26,629 ratings
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77 A Clockwork Orange
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 320,933 ratings
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78 Heir to the Empire (Star Wa...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 34,593 ratings
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79 The Chronicles of Amber (Am...
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 6,929 ratings
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80 The Belgariad: Volume One
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 10,082 ratings
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81 The Mote in God's Eye (Moti...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 37,529 ratings
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82 The Complete Chronicles of ...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 1,995 ratings
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83 Homeland (Forgotten Realms:...
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 30,991 ratings
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84 The Way of Kings (The Storm...
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4.6 of 5 stars 4.60 avg rating — 72,154 ratings
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85 Going Postal (Discworld, #33)
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 53,407 ratings
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85 Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Tr...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 37,614 ratings
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87 Journey to the Center of th...
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 70,558 ratings
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88 I Am Legend and Other Stories
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 76,980 ratings
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88 Furies of Calderon (Codex A...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 43,433 ratings
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90 The Illustrated Man
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 36,348 ratings
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91 A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 24,757 ratings
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92 Anathem
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 31,586 ratings
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93 The Caves of Steel (Robot, #1)
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 35,366 ratings
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94 A Spell for Chameleon (Xant...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 23,779 ratings
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95 Ringworld (Ringworld, #1)
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 52,885 ratings
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96 The Chronicles of Thomas Co...
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 8,773 ratings
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97 Gardens of the Moon (The Ma...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 36,320 ratings
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98 The Book of the New Sun
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 1,793 ratings
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99 The Elric Saga Part I (Elri...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 2,994 ratings
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100 Lucifer's Hammer
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 24,988 ratings
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Comments (showing 1-21 of 21) (21 new)

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message 1: by Matt (new)

Matt Thank you for adding this, Anne! I was hoping someone would, largely because I was getting tired of the YA heavy sci-fi and fantasy lists on GoodReads.


message 2: by Tom (new)

Tom Thanks for creating this! I was about to set out to do it, but had the sense to search for it first. I would suggest locking it so additional books are not added by any Joe Schmo out there.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I'm perfectly happy to remove any non-kosher titles that show up.


message 4: by Anne (last edited Aug 15, 2011 05:17PM) (new)

Anne Ah - it's the first list I've ever made, and as silly as I feel...I'm not sure how to lock it. Nor am I sure how to fix changes that were made after votes threw off the order. I suppose it doesn't actually matter, since all of these are the "best" and perhaps it will be better to delve a bit.


message 5: by Matt (new)

Matt I'd definitely say to lock it down so that no other books are added, but I think it's interesting to see how the list differs based on what the voters here like. You could put a comment in for the book's NPR rank for each book, but that could take a while.


message 6: by Anne (new)

Anne And how does one lock the list?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I have no idea about locking an active list.


message 8: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Thanks for taking the time to make this list!


message 9: by Brian (new)

Brian If you go to the edit list page, there's a "static" checkbox. If you check that, then people can't add to the list. Cool bonus is that it becomes eligible for being a list challenge and people can compare how many they've read with their friends. :)

There should be an "(edit)" button for you near the top of the page...usually it's right after the description, but you haven't added one, so not sure what it'll look like actually, but it should be somewhere just under the page title.


message 10: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Aug 20, 2011 06:58AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I don't see it on the page; theoretically speaking, where on the edit page would it be?

Or is it available only to the list creator?

ETA: Just checked a list I created a few years ago; I don't see it on that "edit" page, either.


message 11: by Brian (new)

Brian Only the creator can get to the edit page and check the 'static' box. So hopefully Anne comes back soon to protect the list! :)

Hm, not sure why you can't edit that old list of yours. Can you post the list ID? Or the URL for the list page? I'll take a look and see if I can figure out why.


message 12: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Aug 20, 2011 08:18PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It's not actually a list I'd like to freeze, I was just testing to see if I could see such a box. Here's the list - http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/38... .


message 13: by Brian (new)

Brian Hm, weird, looks like you should be able to edit it. Sorry, I guess the box is actually labeled "Static list", and has a little '?' next to it that explains that if you check it, then only you and librarians can edit.

Just to check, you can click the "edit" link and get to the edit list page, right? It shows Title, Description, Tags and then the checkbox?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I can use the edit page on that one - title, description, tags, below that "combine duplicates" and "remove particular books." And that's all that's on it.


message 15: by Anne (new)

Anne I am back! But I can't check static - the only options are Title, Description, and Tags (as Susanna said). Perhaps you have to be a librarian?

Can I give someone else access to do it?


message 16: by Brian (new)

Brian Oh, I didn't realize that it was a special permission. After talking to Daniel, my understanding is that only superlibrarians can do it right now, so I marked this one as static myself. So Anne, let me know if you need me to re-open it (e.g. if someone slipped a book in there somewhere... ;) ).

Thanks Anne and Susanna for pointing this out!


message 17: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Aug 22, 2011 09:02PM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Anne wrote: "I am back! But I can't check static - the only options are Title, Description, and Tags (as Susanna said). Perhaps you have to be a librarian?

Can I give someone else access to do it?"


I don't think being a librarian helps - I am one.

ETA: I see, you need to be a SuperLibrarian. Thanks, Brian!


message 18: by Anne (new)

Anne Looks good to me! Thank you very much for your help. Unfortunately, things got moved around a bit, but as we discussed earlier...don't think it'll matter if some digging is required.


message 19: by J (new)

J Austill I really appreciate this list. At work, we are having a challenge to read the whole 100. But it would be nice if I am Legend was listed as just that book rather than I am Legend and other Stories as I only read the one book.


message 20: by Roger (new)

Roger This list has been guiding my recreational reading for some time now. Too many dystopian novels for my taste, but they are really good - you just have to space them out or you'll get majorly depressed.


message 21: by Bob (new)

Bob Here's the link to npr's list, aug 2011.
http://www.npr.org/2011/08/11/1390858...


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