Best Books of the Decade: 1980's
201 Dance Dance Dance (The Rat,...
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202 Slaves of New York
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203 The Broom of the System
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204 The Ruby in the Smoke (Sall...
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204 Follow the River
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206 The Commitments
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207 Superfudge (Fudge, #3)
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208 One Writer's Beginnings (Wi...
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209 Proof
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210 Love You Forever
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211 Dragonseye (Pern, #14)
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212 Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern ...
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213 The Counterlife
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213 Battle Cry of Freedom: The ...
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215 Nerilka's Story (Pern, #8)
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216 The Potter's Field (Chronic...
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217 The Hermit of Eyton Forest ...
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217 Firestarter
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219 What's Bred in the Bone (Co...
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220 Dragonsdawn (Pern, #9)
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221 Dragon's Egg
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222 The Body
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223 Firefly Summer
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223 Dances with Wolves (Dances ...
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225 Boy: Tales of Childhood
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226 The Dance of Anger: A Woman...
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227 The Man With a Load of Misc...
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227 Sphere
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229 Talking God (Navajo Mysteri...
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230 I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon
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231 Earthly Powers
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231 Tar Baby
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231 The Dead of Jericho (Inspec...
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234 Continental Drift
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234 The New Enchanted Broccoli ...
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236 Story of My Life
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236 ...And Ladies of the Club
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236 The Mosquito Coast
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239 The Tommyknockers
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240 Wonderful Life: The Burgess...
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241 A Severed Wasp
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241 The Renegades of Pern (Pern...
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243 Schindler's List
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244 Going Solo
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245 The Magicians of Caprona (C...
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246 The Wandering Fire (The Fio...
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246 Catch Me If You Can: The Tr...
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248 Growing Up
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248 The Number of the Beast
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248 Mockingbird
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248 Dragons of Autumn Twilight ...
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252 Dragons of Winter Night (Dr...
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253 The Mismeasure of Man
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254 The Closing of the American...
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255 Noises Off
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256 Foundation and Earth (Found...
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257 The New York Trilogy
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258 Light Thickens (Roderick Al...
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258 Animalia
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260 Watchers
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261 The Transmigration of Timot...
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262 The Temple Of My Familiar
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263 Break In (Kit Fielding, #1)
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264 Swordspoint (Riverside, #1)
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264 If Not Now, When?
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264 The Confession of Brother H...
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267 Waterland
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268 The Dark Wind (Navajo Myste...
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269 Polar Star (Arkady Renko, #2)
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269 The Panda's Thumb: More Ref...
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271 Albion's Seed: Four British...
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272 The Wheel of Fortune
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272 Prelude to Foundation (Foun...
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274 Batman: Arkham Asylum - A S...
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275 Weaveworld
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275 The Cardinal of the Kremlin...
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277 The Collected Stories of Ph...
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277 Shame
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279 The Ghostway (Navajo Myster...
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279 The Songlines
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281 Away from Home (Grandma's A...
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281 Witch Week (Chrestomanci, #3)
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283 The Weaker Vessel
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283 Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
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285 Just as Long as We're Together
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285 The Silver Pigs (Marcus Did...
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287 A Ring of Endless Light (Au...
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288 People of Darkness (Navajo ...
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289 Girl With Curious Hair
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290 Bolt (Kit Fielding, #2)
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291 To Sail Beyond the Sunset
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292 The Shadow of the Torturer ...
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292 Davita's Harp
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294 Timescape
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294 A Countess Below Stairs
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296 Peek-a-Boo!
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297 The Prodigal Daughter (Kane...
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298 The Darkest Road (The Fiona...
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299 The Compass Rose
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300 Startide Rising (The Uplift...
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message 1: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular It wouldn't let me vote for Bukowski's Ham on rye which was published in 1982.


message 2: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular Ah, fixed it now. Good old librarian status.


message 3: by Jan C (new)

Jan C Why is John Steinbeck's The Pearl on this list? I read it in the '60s so how can it be on a best list of the '80s?


message 4: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular Just removed it. The first date of publication was set at 1945 so it must have been an error that someone had already corrected but not noticed that it appeared on this list.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Farmer Boy, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, certainly does not belong on this list - it was first published in 1933.


message 6: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular Susanna wrote: "Farmer Boy, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, certainly does not belong on this list - it was first published in 1933."

done.


message 7: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn I have NO idea when the 80's occurred, wasn't it some time ago ? I know it was after the 60s but other than that I have no clue. I have, it seems, a kind of Billy Pilgrim past, just a big lake of s-- stuff in which we are all just paddling around.
Am surprised they had books then, and good books too judging from this list. I voted for a bunch of them.....What about Ellis Peters' "A Morbid Taste for Bones" Tell the truth when I hear her name I just think of Derek Jacobi in his Benedictine pharmacy (apothecary ?).


message 8: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited Oct 09, 2009 11:54AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Why not A Morbid Taste for Bones? Because it was first published in 1977. It would be eligible for the 1970s list. Where I just added it, actually.


message 9: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular Thom wrote: "I have NO idea when the 80's occurred, wasn't it some time ago ? I know it was after the 60s but other than that I have no clue. I have, it seems, a kind of Billy Pilgrim past, just a big lake of..."

Well don't you have a bizzarre sense of humour(?)


message 10: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Killthepopular wrote: "Thom wrote: "I have NO idea when the 80's occurred, wasn't it some time ago ? I know it was after the 60s but other than that I have no clue. I have, it seems, a kind of Billy Pilgrim past, just ..."

Dear Kill, I am 68. My kids (kids no longer) talk about "80s music" and I have small notion of what they mean by it, or when they say "Oh that's so 80's !" Am afraid I will embarrass them (prob. have) by acting "80s" without even knowing it. Assume you are British because you spell the word "humoUr". Yeah....You probably put petrol in the lorry and take the lift to the underground. Don't mind me---am about to be consigned to the dustbin of history. PeaceOut, Thom D.


message 11: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular Never before has someone so conclusively put me in my place for belonging to a country that has a marginally different dialect from the bastard state that it fathered.

Sir, i am humbled.


message 12: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn You should not be. I am always impressed when I hear English. As Professor Henry Higgins said, and quite rightly, "In America they haven't spoken it for years". Better a lorry than "Maa rig". Good Thoughts, Thom


message 13: by Killthepopular (new)

Killthepopular porno for marx wrote: "wanted to get serpent & the rainbow by wade davis up here but it told me it wasn't published in the 80s. wrong again, goodreads!"

I've edited the publication date to 1985. You can add it now.


message 14: by Anita (new)

Anita Larry McMurtrys' novel Lonesome Dove won the Pulitzer in 1986 so it had to be published that year or the one before. It should be included on this list. Where else can one find such a sweeping, boldly honest epic of the old west?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Yeah, I agree, 1920 as an Original Publication Date for Lonesome Dove is fairly ridiculous.

Fixed.


message 16: by Chris (new)

Chris Johnson Watchmen's the best piece of art the 80's saw, but when it comes to NOVELS, "Beloved" or "Blood Meridian" ahhhhhhhhhh my gosh! Can go back and forth on which one is the best of the decade.


message 17: by Chris (new)

Chris Johnson more people need to vote on this 80's list.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed:

Snow in April, by Rosamund Pilcher (1972)


message 19: by Myles (new)

Myles Deleted Tangerine (1997)


message 20: by Callum (new)

Callum fantastic site


message 21: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Man I love this site I found so many I wanted to read. I could be in paradise for along time just reading. I can't wait.


message 22: by Sebastian (new)

Sebastian I thought the eighties were pretty cool. Good movies, comics were well written, and music was better. I'm not sure if you were talking about the 80s being a giant river of shit people were paddling around or if you were referring to you your own life (I'm not trying to be rude, I literally think that's what your figuratively talking about).


message 23: by Victor (new)

Victor Antonov The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was published on Oct 12, 1979 and it should be removed from this list (#11 as of Nov 23, 2012). It is already #1 in 1970s :)


message 24: by Donna (last edited Nov 05, 2013 02:09PM) (new)

Donna I am amazed at how many outstanding books came out during this time period. I voted for the two more recent decades, which were good, and then I clicked on this one. Bonanza!


message 25: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Ruedin The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy removed. Published in 1979.


message 26: by Julian (new)

Julian Meynell The King James Version of The Bible is #100 on this list. I think it might have been written earlier than the 1980s. Perhaps the 40s? Should be removed.


message 27: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Ruedin Julian wrote: "The King James Version of The Bible is #100 on this list. I think it might have been written earlier than the 1980s. Perhaps the 40s? Should be removed."

*snort*


message 28: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Ran check for duplicates: none found.

Removed: King James' Bible (published 1611); Renault's Funeral Games (pub. 1958); Vaniegem's Revolution (pub. 1967); Jeffers' Collected Poetry 1920-28 (pub. in separate volumes 1920-28).


message 29: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Removed: Sheridan, School for Scandal etc. (pub. 1777);
Mahfouz, Children of the Alley (pub. 1959); Ionesco, The Lesson (pub. 1951).


message 30: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 1 book removed.


message 31: by Paul (new)

Paul Bowes Checked for duplicates: 1 book removed.


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