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1,165 books · 1,236 voters · list created August 11th, 2011 by Boots (votes) .
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Boots 360 books
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Kris 2408 books
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Michael 1706 books
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Don 967 books
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Jlawrence 1638 books
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Kevin 4014 books
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Jessica 1487 books
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Sandi 1617 books
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message 1: by Boots (new)

Boots When series are counted as one I feel like I've read a shamefully low amount of books, either that or a shamefully high amount of series, but whichever it is I can't fill 100 spots because of it.

I intend to add books as I read them and adjust my order of favorites accordingly, I hope everyone who votes does the same. Hopefully in the end we'll have a fairly good idea of what Sword and Laser's Top-100 looks like.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Where can I find the original list?


message 3: by Boots (new)

Boots Susanna wrote: "Where can I find the original list?"

This list was inspired by the NPR Top-100 for The Sword and Laser book club.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Ah, so you're not limiting to it, then? (As I see the list currently has 147 books on it.)


message 5: by Boots (last edited Aug 12, 2011 10:23AM) (new)

Boots No, I kind of thought the best way to do it was let everyone choose their own personal 100 favorites and then whatever has made it into the Top-100 on the list will be the Top-100. But now that you mention it, it could end up the Top-∞. To be honest I hadn't really taken it into consideration.


message 6: by Christopher (new)

Christopher That is a great list so far...


message 7: by Kris (new)

Kris Boots this is working great...I had about 70 books I voted for but I now can fill out nmy list based on the bigger list everyone is adig to...genius..


message 8: by Andrew (new)

Andrew I can't believe that 'Moon' and 'Starship Troopers' are ahead of 'Stranger'. On my personal list, Troopers would be somewhere around wrapped in concrete and sent into orbit. Glad to see 'Golden Compass' getting some love. After I finished my backreading for S&L 'Subtle Knife' was the first thing I grabbed.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I, personally, think that The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is a better novel than Stranger in a Strange Land (haven't read Starship Troopers); but it's fun when tastes vary.


message 10: by Philip (new)

Philip Very good idea Boots. The list is a very efficient way to add to my to-read shelf.

The NPR list has Cryptonomicon at #53. I think it's an outstanding book, but I question it's place among Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Neal Stephenson is hard to label, but I consider this book speculative fiction and historical fiction.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It's a hard boundary sometimes to figure out, the one between science fiction and speculative fiction.

I often think the ones critics respect get the latter title! Like The Handmaid's Tale.


message 12: by Sffgeek (new)

Sffgeek .


message 13: by Ayrton (new)

Ayrton None ofe Jules Verne? Why?


message 14: by Kadivs (last edited Mar 08, 2013 07:09AM) (new)

Kadivs In normal SF-toplists on GR, I have read the majority of books, at least in the top 30. In this one, I've read a single book and the one I'm currently reading is in it as well. Something tells me it's a bit heavy on the fantasy side or, alternatively, differs greatly from all other toplists. (It lacks everything by verne, has not even the classics like "We", 1984 and so on in it and so on)


message 15: by Boots (new)

Boots I count forty-eight sci-fi books in the top one-hundred. Jules Verne and many other classics are on the list, just not in the top one-hundred.


message 16: by [deleted user] (new)

What does S&L mean?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads "Sword and Laser" - as in the Sword and Laser Book Club.


message 18: by Boots (new)

Boots I'm sorry I thought I had put that in the description.


message 19: by Michael (new)

Michael It looks like somebody manipulated the poll.


message 20: by Boots (new)

Boots I noticed that last night. It looks like they did it with a whole pile of different polls. The book has more poll votes than reviews.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Just tell me what you want removed.


message 22: by Michael (new)

Michael Susanna wrote: "Just tell me what you want removed."
Cryonic: A Zombie Novel
379 people voted for it out of nowhere.
The books only has 288 ratings and 33 reviews.

The "S&L Top-100 Science Fiction, Fantasy Titles" isn't the only list on which it suddenly appeared: http://www.goodreads.com/list/book/15...


message 24: by Michael (new)

Michael Susanna wrote: "Gone."
Thanks.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Most of those look to be "opinion" lists, so I think I'll have to leave it unless requested by the list starters.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Michael wrote: "Susanna wrote: "Gone."
Thanks."


No problem.


message 27: by Kevin (last edited Aug 11, 2013 03:49PM) (new)

Kevin Cryonic: A Zombie Novel is showing up everywhere. I just sent a complaint and asked for it to be removed from The Definitive Horror List.

I hope some one in charge contacts this author and puts a stop to his antics.

These list may be opinion based, but they are created for reference, not for authors to push their books by creating multiple accounts and voting various times on their work.

I encourage everyone who voted on this list to rate Cryonic: A Zombie Novel 1 STAR to teach this guy a lesson. We have already begun giving him 1 star ratings at our horror list. His book rating has dropped from 4.25 points to 3.98 in a matter of a couple days. LETS KEEP IT UP!


message 28: by Matt (new)

Matt No love for the Barsoom series


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