On Mon, 3 Feb 2020 15:47:40 -0700, David Johnston
Post by David Johnston Post by Lynn McGuire
1. 1984. I read it because it was an "important book". Well at least
I'm not as voracious a reader as most here, but my ongoing attempt to
read all the Hugo winners helped me get a semi-decent score on this
1. 1984. Bought it while I was out looking for Hugo winners but
haven't gotten around to reading it yet. Will eventually.
2. 2001, A Space Odyssey. Read it in high school in the early 80s
after seeing the movie. Loved both. Talked my first college roommate
into going to see a on-campus showing of the movie - on the way out of
the theater, he said "Do I get a prize for sitting through that piece
of shit?" Can't win 'em all, I guess.
3. A Canticle for Liebowitz. This had been on my "want to read" list
for ages, and I finally read it in 2018 as part of my Hugo quest.
Really liked it.
4. A Game of Thrones. Saw the HBO series, and that was probably
enough for me. My wife has read all the existing books and keeps
trying to get me to read them, but I'm not starting unless he finishes
the damned thing, and doubtful even then.
5. A Wizard of Earthsea. Read the original "trilogy". Found out
later there were more books in the series, but was not moved to seek
them out. Oddly, my favorite of the first three was the second one,
in which Ged doesn't even show up until half-way through.
6. A Wrinkle in Time. Read it and its sequels as a kid and loved
them. Read Wrinkle to my daughter when she was little and...she did
not share my enthusiasm.
7. Altered Carbon. Haven't read it. The title sounds familiar...is
there a movie or TV series based on this?
8. American Gods. Sitting on my Hugo bookshelf waiting to be read.
I've been going in chronological order, but a local bartender keeps
telling me I should skip ahead to this one.
9. Among Others. On the Hugo shelf, waiting.
10. Ancillary Justice. Also on the upcoming Hugo shelf, along with
11. Annihilation. Saw the movie, didn't realize it was based on a
book. Movie was pretty weird (in a good way), maybe I should give the
book a try someday.
12. Assassin's Apprentice. Nope.
13. Blood Music. Had a copy in hand at a used book store recently,
but I had to institute a "no buying non-Hugo books until you read all
of the Hugo winners" rule, so I put it back.
14. Brave New World. Sitting on the shelf next to 1984 waiting to be
15. Childhood's End. Very nearly broke the "no buying non-Hugo
books" rule to pick this up, but stayed strong. I'll get to it
16. Cloud Atlas. Haven't read it, haven't seen the movie. From here
on out, I'm just going to skip the "haven't experienced it" books.
19. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. The book that got me into
PKD, who has become one of my favorite authors. Bought it because of
Blade Runner (of course) - I love the movie, and like the book even
20. Doomsday Book. On the Hugo shelf, waiting.
21. Dragonflight. I read the first few Pern books back in the 80s.
Don't remember much about them, but I know I read them.
22. Dune. I've slogged through this thing a few times (and have read
all five sequels a couple times) trying to figure out why so many
people rave about them. I still don't get it.
23. Ender's Game. Read it for the Hugo quest and saw the "twist"
ending coming from a mile away. Also saw the movie. Wasn't all that
thrilled with either of them. Speaker For the Dead didn't do it for
me either. Glad I don't have to read any more Card.
24. Fahrenheit 451. Read it, it was OK but not my favorite Bradbury.
26. Frankenstein. I feel like I've absorbed most of this novel
through popular culture, but I've never actually read it.
27. Good Omens. On my "to be read eventually" list.
31. H.P. Lovecraft Tales. As other have said, I didn't read the
specific collection on the Amazon page, but I have read a "best of
Lovecraft" collection. Oddly enough, it was given to me by another
bartender. Very literate bartenders at the local brewpub.
32. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I've seen all the movies,
or at least they've been playing in rooms that I've been in at some
point. Since one of them won a Hugo, I guess I'll be reading the
series eventually. Both my wife and daughter have read them all and
have been bugging me for years to read them. Not really looking
forward to it.
34. Howls Moving Castle. Took my daughter to a showing of the movie
at the local branch of Penn State when she was deep in an anime phase.
I don't think either of us understood it. Didn't know it was based on
a book until just recently.
35. Hyperion. This is where I'm at in my Hugo quest. Read the first
two, currently reading Endymion. Started off really well, got a bit
overcomplicated and then way too metaphysical in book two, now seems
to have turned into a very straightforward adventure story. Odd
37. I, Robot. I've read all the Robot, Empire and Foundation books.
One of my all-time favorite series. And yes, I even like the way
Asimov tied them all together.
39. Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norrel. On the upcoming Hugo shelf.
42. Lord Foul's Bane. Read the original trilogy in college because a
friend found out that I liked The Lord of the Rings and assured me I'd
like the Covenant books. And to be fair, the first trilogy wasn't
bad. Didn't care much for the second trilogy. Only recently found
out that he's since added more books to the series, but I'm not at all
tempted to read them. Actually liked the "Mirror of her Dreams" books
43. Neuromancer. Read it, liked it, but the whole film-noir style
was a tad overdone.
45. Old Man's War. Another one that I almost bought at a used book
store but had to put back.
46. Outlander. My wife has read them all and watched the TV series,
but hasn't once suggested that I might like them. I'll take that as a
48. Perdido Street Station. I kept running into this book while
looking for The City and The City. Didn't buy it.
49. Ready Player One. Another bartender recommendation (different
bar - is there a high correlation between bartenders and SF fans?),
but I haven't read it or seen the movie yet. Probably will
50. Red Mars. The whole trilogy is sitting on the Hugo shelf,
52. Ringworld. About two pages into reading it for the Hugo quest, I
realized that I had read it back in high school. Read it again anyway
because I really like it.
55. Slaughterhouse Five. Read this back around high school age too.
Don't remember much other than enjoying it.
57. Solaris. Saw the movie. The Clooney version. Not sure if that
58. Starship Troopers.
60. Stranger in a Strange Land. I read a lot of Heinlein for my Hugo
quest, and quickly found out that I just don't like his books. Not
the early novels, not the later stuff, none of it. I just don't dig
his style. That said, the first half of SiaSL wasn't bad, but it went
downhill fast in the second half.
61. The Color of Magic. On my "to be read eventually" list.
62. The Curse of Chalion. On the Hugo shelf, waiting.
64. The Dispossessed. The Hugo quest has also shown me that I'm not
a big Le Guin fan. The stories aren't bad, but I find it hard to get
into her "literary" writing style and I feel like every paragraph is
trying to bash me over the head with a moral. Of her books that I've
read, this was probably my least favorite. I might read it again some
time putting the chapters in chronological order to see if that
66. The Eye of World. Goddamned Wheel of Time series. A co-worker
gave me the first two books. He failed to mention that they were the
beginning of a never-ending series. I read the whole thing (I'm
obsessive that way), but man did it get tedious in the later Jordan
volumes. It's pretty bad when a series is noticably improved by the
author dying and letting someone else step in to finish it. I should
probably read some other Sanderson eventually. Anyway, this was one
of the very few book series that, as soon as I was done reading it, I
got rid of the whole thing because I knew I'd never want to read it
67. The Forever War. Read for the Hugo quest. I'm not a big milSF
fan, but it wasn't bad.
69. The Gunslinger. Love the first book and the one that's a
flashback to Roland's youth. I thought the series went downhill when
King decided to bring in characters from Earth, and the last few books
really sucked. You could tell he was rushing through it just to get
the series finished. I mean, he set up this big cross-over with The
Stand that could have been amazing...then never did anything with it.
71. Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy. One of my all-time favorite
series. Sci-fi meets Pythonesque humor? Sign me up. I could have
done with another half-dozen of these, even if the last couple books
weren't quite up to the standards of the first couple.
72. The Hobbit. A favorite.
75. The Left Hand of Darkness. Of the Le Guin I've read, this was
probably my favorite. Still not a book I liked all that much though.
76. The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe. One of the first fantasy
series I ever read. Even as a kid, I thought the religous allegories
were a bit heavy-handed.
77. The Lord of the Rings. Possibly my favorite book of all time. I
also love the Peter Jackson movies, so sue me (but hated what he did
to The Hobbit). When the LotR movies came out on DVD, my daughter
(who was three or four at the time) wanted to watch them, but my wife
and I thought they were too scary for her. So I read the entire book
to her as a bedtime story, about 5-10 pages or so a night. Took
around half a year. By the end, she had decided that Merry and Pippin
were her new imaginary friends.
79. The Martian. Loved the movie, should probably read the book
80. The Martian Chronicles. An early SF favorite. I was inspired to
read the book by the TV miniseries in 1980, which puts it around
seventh grade. Perfect fit.
83. The Princess Bride. I liked the movie. Should probably read the
84. The Road. Saw the movie. Not sure if I can say I actually liked
it. Doubt I'll read the book.
88. The Stars My Destination. I've almost bought this one in used
book stores multiple times. I'll get to it eventually.
89. The Sword of Shannara. I'm about 50% sure I read this in high
school or college but don't remember anything at all about it. Maybe
I just saw it in book stores and thought it looked like something I'd
like, but never got around to buying.
90. The Time Machine. I *think* I read it, but it might be like
Frankenstein where I've just absorbed the story over the years. But I
distinctly remember the parts about Morlocks freaking me out, so maybe
I had to read it for school? I dunno.
93. The Windup Girl. On the Hugo shelf, waiting.
94. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. I went on the ride at Disney World
in the 70s. Does that count?
BTW, the two that you missed were Red Rising by Pierce Brown and The
Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. I haven't read either of them.