top 100 sci-fi books

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clok1966
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http://www.npr.org/2011/08/11/139085843/your-picks-top-100-science-ficti...
Just some food for thought, not video gam related, but we talked about this before. I kind of like this list, I have read about half of them (makes me feel good in some wierd way). WHile I wouldnt Put LOTR at #1, its pretty hard to argu with its placement there. The one really great thing about lists like this is I can pick a few out that I HAVENT read. Im really glad to see WOT at 13.. while I would put it much higher, that is all opinion. One thing is CONAN on the list.. when you think of some of the great books, Dragonlance, Bezerk, The BOLO series and it made the list make me exteremly happy. I have never thouhgt of teh CONAN books as GREAT in the same area as LOTR, as it was the book series that got me really started on fantasy books. Maybe thats another reason I like these lists.. when you see a confermation of something you love it does make you feel good. One i find strange is the DARK TOWER books.. Some great writing, but to no end.Its like some great story with teh last chapter ripped out. I guess all sories shouldnt have a ending in the traditional sence. That series left far to many lose end for me to enjoy. It reminds me again that I need to Read Starship troopers.. I did enjoy the movie.. but I really need ot read that book.

davyK
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SPOILER ALERTFor me The Dark

SPOILER ALERT

For me The Dark Tower Series peaked at book 4 - Wizards and Glass. It was still good after that and I stayed to the end but it definitely felt a bit forced - the intro of himself later in the series jolted a bit but the idea he was exploring there is an interesting one.

I saw the film of IT a long time ago and I read the book recently. My memory of the film is very dim but doubt it matches the book.

clok1966
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Well i must admit a lack of

Well i must admit a lack of love for King, incredible detail in his books, but sometimes i feel like that guy that comes in at the end of a joke, you just dont get it. The Dark Tower is friends favorite book so I read it and just felt like somebody took every interesting idea of 10 books and slammed them toghter. He does stuff like sticking what appears to be modern day New York and a child from it in his world but never finished letting you know if that was it or not. As a avid Robert E Howard reader I probeley shouldnt be saying much, his books are all teeth and blood with little in the way of feeling. Like an Asian action movie, the story just has to hold the action toghter, it doesnt have to make lots of sence. Also my reason for not being a Huge LoTR fan.. his writing is so detailed you almost forget there is a story. His action scneces are described so well your there, but the boring stuff is described in the same detail and tht gets old. I guess I'm saying the guy can Write, its just not somthing i want to read. Like a great golf player, I understand the true skill it takes, but I hate watching it.. that doesnt make it any less impressive.

With all that said, I'm far from cultured.. in fact the exact oposite. I could watch old Kung Fu movies non stop.. and while they are so horrilby impossible (jumps, moves, flying kicks, etc) they are one thing never, boring. Laughable, impossilbe, complelty unrealistic.. they keep you wonder what the heck they will do next, not with long slow camera rolls through a medow, but with training montage about 2X4 being broke over guys heads, glass shard punching, crap that cant happen.. again, seldom slowing down. I know I'm a product of that entertainment. Unrefined, crude and still showing some signs of the stuff the human race needs to be rid of. but its me..

And I know im in the minority on most of this Dark Tower has some excellent reviews and most of my friends love it (as well as LoTR) that is why I read it. Maybe the whole problem is I like his movies, not his books (king) and most of his movies are not well loved. Though I have yet to see IT ... and Curry is a favorite of mine. I alwasy liked KKoontz a bit better then King.. but i do think King is more a writer then Koontz was.. King is steak, Koonts is a burger..

davyK
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have read quite a few of

have read quite a few of those. the term scifi is used quite loosely here. If you read anything this year read Cloud Atlas - not on the list - but defies being classified. Could be sci-fi....

I actually liked the end of the Dark Tower series..read all 7 books last year on my Kindle.

Bill Loguidice
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Awesome list, though, yeah, I

Awesome list, though, yeah, I wouldn't necessarily consider some of those like "The Princess Bride" necessarily sci-fi...

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