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Philmophlegm's Genre List
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philmophlegm's rules:

1) Look at the list, copy and paste it into your own journal.
2) Mark those you have read however you want.
3) Feel free to tell your friends what you thought of them.



Mine are bold where I have read the entire series or the whole of the book. Where I have only read some of the series or gave up on the book, I have used italics.

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien First read at about 16, after reading (in ASF) that it tied in to Lewis's Interplanetary trilogy, which I'd just read. For a long time I read it every year or so. I have the collectors' edition of the BBC radio version but nowadays I tend to sit down and watch the films at a single sitting. I love the films, even though I know exactly which lines have been moved from where.

2. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien I read this after LotR and didn't think much of it. I still don't.
3. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien A major disappointment after years of waiting. Will not read again.
4. Foundation series, Isaac Asimov Foundation and Empire was one of the first adult books I bought. I was eleven. I ought to read it again to get all the late Roman Empire references, which I missed at the time.
5. Robot series, Isaac Asimov All the early stories. I still think Caves of Steel is damn near perfect as a hard SF detective novel – works on all levels. Possibly Asimov's best book. I have not read and have no intention of reading The Robots of Dawn and such.
6. Dune, Frank Herbert This is one I read as the Analog serials, before book publication. I still love it to death. I also quite like Dune Messiah but there I stop.
7. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein. Not one of his best books. On the other hand, not as bad as the unspeakable I Will Fear No Evil. A reasonable book before the brilliant The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, his last decent work.
8. Earthsea series, Ursula le Guin. I own the first edition British hardbacks of the first trilogy, bought as they came out. I don't normally buy hardbacks. Just so you all know. Not very keen on the recent ones.
9. Neuromancer, William Gibson A fine book, though the author has since written better.
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury - read from the library as a teenager. I feel no great urge to get my own copy,
11. The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham See 10, above. One of the original cosy catastrophes. The film is laughable, the TV series boring.
12. A Book of the New Sun series, Gene Wolfe I can't get on with Wolfe.
13. Discworld series, Terry Pratchett Not all of them. I like the Vimes books best.
14. Sandman series, Neil Gaiman This got me back into comics after ten years cold turkey. I picked up a cheap copy of A Doll's House and started collecting the comic at that point. I also own a lot of the spin-offs. My favourite comic book series of all time, bar none. A major achievement.
15. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams Much prefer the radio series, and the first series at that.
16. Dragonriders of Pern series, Anne McCaffery Not all of them, for pity's sake. I gave up after The White Dragon, an incredibly twee book. I like Minstrel's filk, though. Seriously, this is not worth bothering with after the first two books.
17. Interview with the Vampire series, Anne Rice
18. The Shining, Stephen King
19. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula le Guin Brilliant book. Le Guin's best, IMHO.
20. The Chronicles of Amber, Roger Zelazny The first five are really one single book, superbly written. A great favourite which I re-read recently and found much in it I had not noticed before. However, the next five, which I have also read, are vile and should be avoided at all costs. Of course, none of these are as good as Lord of Light, possibly my favourite SF novel of all time.
21. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Arthur C. Clarke Crap novelisation of a film that is long on visuals and short on logic.
22. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke. The best of the later Clarkes, and the original Big Dumb Object.
23. Ringworld, Larry Niven He still can't write character, but the ideas are fun. (Robert Day once characterised David Brin as "Niven with characters" which is why I prefer him.)
24. Elric of Melnibone series, Michael Moorcock I like Stealer of Souls and Stormbringer. Unfortunately, all his fantasies are the same and I was glad to give up.
25. The Dying Earth series, Jack Vance
26. Lyonesse series, Jack Vance Read everything that Jack Vance wrote, and remember very little of it.
27. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever, Stephen Donaldson I think it was three chapters into The Power that Preserves that I though, "Why am I reading this crap?" and stopped.
28. A Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin Got fed up with these after the second book where nothing had happened. I wish he'd go back to writing books like the brilliant Fevre Dream and the best rock horror novel of all time, The Armageddon Rag
29. The Worm Ourobouros, E.R. Eddison All three of the Venus books, actually.
30. Conan series, Robert E. Howard I've read some, but they really aren't my kind of thing.
31. Lankhmar series, Fritz Leiber Once again, early books brilliant, later ones crap.
32. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick Not my favourite Dick.
33. The Time Machine, H.G. Wells .
34. The Invisible Man, H.G. Wells
35. The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells
and lots of other Wells, but a long time ago.
36. Eon, Greg Bear
37. Book of the First Law series, Joe Abercrombie
38. Miss Marple stories, Agatha Christie
39. Hercule Poirot stories, Agatha Christie
I think I read everything Christie wrote when I was in my 20s, but own hardly any of her books now.
40. Lord Peter Wimsey stories, Dorothy L. Sayers Again, I prefer the early books and, truth to tell, much prefer Margery Allingham.
41. The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
42. The Thirty-Nine Steps, John Buchan but not fond.
43. Sherlock Holmes stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Read many times and much loved.
44. Cthulhu Mythos, H.P. Lovecraft. Well, I just went out and bought the special edition... I've also read most of the Cthulhu mythos written by other people, and have actually written one myself (a crossover with Tales of the Gold Monkey
45. Inspector Wexford stories, Ruth Rendell
46. Adam Dalgliesh stories, P.D. James
47. Philip Marlowe stories, Raymond Chandler inamac is the Chandler fan.
48. The Godfather, Mario Puzo
49. The Day of the Jackal, Frederick Forsyth
50. The Fourth Protocol, Frederick Forsyth
51. Smiley series, John le Carre
52. Gentleman Bastard series, Scott Lynch. I gave up on the first one, despite getting a freebie copy. Must have another go sometime.
53. The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Steven Erikson
54. Watchmen series, Alan Moore though I'm not really an Alan Moore fan and prefer The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen anyway. Watchmen is, like all his comics, not understandable if you aren't steeped in superheroes/
55. Maus, Art Spiegelman
56. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller Another graphic novel of which I am not particularly fond.
57. Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
58. Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling Cross between Anthony Buckeridge and the The Books of Magic. I prefer the latter. However, Rowling can write a page turner.
59. Chrestomanci series, Diana Wynne-Jones I think I have read most of Diana's books, even the small press stuff. This is a fun series, but not as much fun as the Howl books (though House of Many Ways suffers badly from a lack of Sophie and Howl) or as good as, say, The Spellcoats.
60 Ryhope Wood series, Robert Holdstock Not read the last two, but I will get around to them.
61. Wilt series, Tom Sharpe
62. Riftwar Cycle, Raymond E. Feist Most of them. I really have trouble with a hero called Pug, and the whole thing seemed to be a transcribed role-playing game. Not original enough for me.
63. Temeraire series, Naomi Novik. I quite enjoyed the first one, but by the third I was bored – and wondering why she was imposing an allegory of a problem more acute in the US on the UK. Also, the physics doesn't work.
64. Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis. The Horse and His Boy was the first fantasy I ever read, and I read it because I thought it was a pony book. (I was snobbish at 10, and loved SF and hated fantasy – or thought I did.) I can't read them now – too much about the morality makes me very angry.
65. His Dark Materials series, Phillip Pullman I discovered this when the first book was out in paperback and the second in hardback. Guess who bought The Amber Spyglass on publication day! I love these books.
66. Dragonlance series, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
67. Twilight saga, Stephanie Meyer
68. The Night's Dawn trilogy, Peter F. Hamilton There are Hamilton books I like, but these are not they.
69. Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer The idea is better than the execution, but fun books all the same.
70. Honor Harrington series, David Weber
71. Hannibal Lecter series, Thomas Harris
72. The Dark Tower series, Stephen King.
73. It, Stephen King
74. The Rats series, James Herbert
75. Dirk Gently series, Douglas Adams
76. Jeeves and Wooster stories, P.G. Wodehouse And the Psmith books. And the Blandings books.
77. The da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
78. The Culture Series, Iain M. Banks Have missed a few. I think Use of Weapons is stunning.
79. The Duncton series, William Horwood
80. The Illuminatus! trilogy, Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson Ah, the best detective/horror/sex/Cthulhu mythos/conspiracy trilogy of all time. Actually, brilliant.
81. The Aberystwyth series, Malcom Pryce Tried. Failed.
82. Morse stories, Colin Dexter. Some. Not my favourite series but decent reads.
83. Navajo Tribal Police stories, Tony Hillerman The odd one. Not overly impressed.
84. The Ipcress File, Len Deighton The entire series. And "Now, my name is not Harry and never has been." Quote by the unnamed hero from, I think, Funeral in Berlin but it is many, many years since I read the books.
85. Enigma, Robert Harris
86. Fatherland, Robert Harris I need to read this!
87. The Constant Gardener, John le Carre
88. The House of Cards trilogy, Michael Dobbs
89. The Dark is Rising saga, Susan Cooper I was not impressed by Over Sea, Under Stone when I read it at about age 12 – therefore I was stunned by The Dark is Rising when it came out (and it was written many years later than OS,US). I still tend to avoid the first book, but The Dark is Rising and The Grey King are stunning, if flawed, chidrens' fantasies.
90. Psychotechnic League and Polesotechnic League series, Poul Anderson Read everything Anderson wrote. Own most of it.
91. Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton
92. Star Wars: Thrawn trilogy, Timothy Zahn .
93. Ender's Game series, Orson Scott Card Have not read Ender's Shadow. I like Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead though.
94. Gormenghast series, Meryvn Peake Never got around to Titus Alone. Not hideously keen.
95. Miles Vorkosigan saga, Lois McMaster Bujold But of course. However, I have to say I prefer Aral and Cordelia (and even Mark) to Miles, who is a brat. It probably explains my total adoration for A Civil Campaign. Oh, Ghod, that dinner party... even now I can't think about it without howling with laughter.
96. The Once and Future King, T.H. White. There are three great Arthurian writers – Malory, Tennyson, and T.H. White.
97. Fighting Fantasy books, Ian Livingston & Steve Jackson
98. The Stainless Steel Rat series, Harry Harrison Once again, a series that started well and got increasingly boring as time went on.
99. The Lensman series, E.E. 'Doc' Smith Oddly, I read all of these. Plus all the Skylark books, and Subspace Explorers and The Spacehounds of IPC. I love Clarissa.
100. The Cadfael stories, Ellis Peters She doesn't get the right mindset for the period. Sorry, but she doesn't.