Good Books I've Read And Remember List In No Particular Order
If you have trouble finding the book title/sequels, just Google it.
There aren't many non-fiction ones in here since for some reason their titles are hard to remember.
Last Updated: 05/27/08 00:13
The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan - Best series I've ever read.
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - I'm pretty sure everyone will like this one.
Ender's Shadow and sequels by Orson Scott Card - parallel novels to Ender's Game.
The Shannara series by Terry Brooks - Quite a world, with series within the Shannara series like the Wishsong or the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara.
The Ryanverse series by Tom Clancy - The series doesn't actually have a name, but lots of people call it the Ryanverse after the character in the novels, Ryan.
The World War series by Harry Turtledove - Really interesting alternative history series. Aliens, what else would stop World War II?
The Colonization series by Harry Turtledove - Sequel to the World War series. There's an epilogue novel. I've forgotten the name and am too lazy to search for it. Go find it yourself.
The Legacy of the Alldenata by John Ringo - The library doesn't have a name for this series, but the publisher lists this as the series name. The first book in the series is A Hymn Before Battle.
The March Upcountry Series by David Weber and John Ringo
Ilium by Dan Simmons - The sequel is Olympos. Quite an odd book, managing to incorporate Homer's Iliad and quantum physics together into an absorbing story with references to Shakespeare and other old stories. Robots, idiotic and care-free Earth population, mysterious technology, monsters, Little Green Men on Mars, Greek gods and heroes and the battle for Troy. What more could you ask for?
Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear - Sequel is Darwin's Children. Human evolution, viruses, junk DNA, and global fear.
The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien - The classic fantasy story. Humans, elves, dwarves, hobbits, orcs, and other magical creatures. Throw in some evil and good wizards. Mix with magic and add a dash of the One Ring. Don't forget the Simarillion with Christopher Tolkien.
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - Magic in today's modern world. What's with all these great fantasy books from Britain anyways? Never mind don't answer that, already know.
The Tales of Alvin Maker series by Orson Scott Card - First book is Seventh Son. Alternative history, with magic.
Spin State by Chris Moriarty - This is the book that got me started reading about quantum physics.
The Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Conan Arthur Doyle - The most recoginizable fictional detective ever. Really interesting stories. It's fun seeing if you can solve the mystery before the solution is revealed. I recommend reading them all at once in one book, like The Complete Sherlock Holmes.
The Star Trek series by various authors - They're all good, but I avoid the books futuring the original series. The ones by William Shatner are especially good as are the ones featuring Q, that omnipotent being that delights in annoying Captain Picard and goes to Captain (Aunt) Janeway for parenting advice (being omnipotent doesn't help when you child is too).
The Death Gate Cycle series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman - Really engrossing series with a surprise twist in the last few books. Dragon Wing is the first book.
True Game by Sheri Tepper - True Game is actually the series name, but the series has been published in one book called True Game. Borrowing that book is probably best so that you don't have to wait for the next one to arrive before countinuing the series.
The Dune: House Trilogy series by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson - The first book is House Atreides. Don't bother with the actualy Dune series, they're boring.
The Legends of Dune series by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson - The first book is The Butlerian Jihad. I'll say again, don't bother with the actual Dune series, they're boring.
The Xanth series by Piers Anthony - Tons of books in this series, haven't read them in order, haven't read them all, and I don't care. It's a funny book for those times you need a laugh. People who enjoy puns and word-play will really like this series.
The Coldfire trilogy by C.S. Friedman - Really great trilogy with magic, space colonization, and forgotten technologies. Focuses more on the magic though.
The Foundation series originally by Issac Asimov, added on to by David Brin, Greg Bear, and Gregory Benford - viewed by many people as the greatest sci-fi series ever, it was started by the legendary (in sci-fi) Issac Asimov, who I think invented the three laws of robotics used in many sci-fi novels.
Utopia by Lincoln Child - Highly advanced theme park in the near future. Guess what happens? I could, terrorist attack of course.
The Saga of Recluce series by L.E. Modesitt Jr. - Great fantasy series. Except for the last few books, they've usually taken place at different times. An odd thing about this series is that if you read the books in the order they were published, at first, the Order magicians are the heroes, then the Chaos magicians are the heroes. What makes this series really interesting is that the magic has theories behind it in the book, the two sides being Order and Chaos. Kind of like science, with a magic twist. The time period seems to be pre-technological most of the time, however, in some books, technology exists. Examples would be the Fall of Angels, featuring a high-tech war in space, Magi'i of Cyador, featuring a Chaos empire with magic-based technology, and in the Magic Engineer and the books that come in the time period after, a steam engines and cannons are utilized. Among the best fantasy series I've read ever. Probably the second best, after the Wheel of Time.
The Honor Harrington series by David Weber - Sci-fi series with the main players being the Manticoran Empire (democracy with a queen that actually has power) and the People's Republic of Haven (Socialist, essentially, Communism). The Solarian League (huge bureaucracy that has Earth as one of its members) exists as a minor character, only occasionally mentioned, albeit, an extremely powerful group that could wipe either side out. In series that aren't part of the Honor Harrington series but part of its universe, the Solarian League does become a main player with the People's Republic being pushed to the side lines and referred to as a distant war.
The Phule series by Robert L. Asprin and Peter J. Heck - Hilarious series featuring an incompetent bunch of losers led by a really wealthy and competent guy.
Earth by David Brin - Interesting book to me, probably boring to you. Let's start playing around with singularities. Oops, we just let a miniscule black hole fall into the centre of the Earth, what now? This book has sooo many plot twists it'll drive you nuts. But I like it, science, the environment, the ultimate weapon on Earth, what fun!
The Dilbert comic books by Scott Adams - It's my favourite engineer Dilbert with a dog I'd like to own, Dogbert!
The Foxtrot comic books by Bill Amend - My favourite dysfunctional family on paper!
The Citizen Dog comic books by Mark O'Hare - Who's the master, the dog or the human?
Thriving On Stupidity In The Twenty-First Century by Scott Adams - Stupidity is everywhere thanks to induhviduals. Learn to thrive on it.
Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook by Scott Adams - Learn how to turn into a pointy-haired boss.
The Joy of Work : Dilbert's Guide to Finding Happiness at the Expense of Your Co-Workers by Scott Adams - Who cares about your co-workers, it's your happiness that counts.
The Dilbert Principle: A Cubicle's-Eye View of Bosses, Meetings, Management Fads & Other Workplace Afflictions by Scott Adams - What really goes on in the corporate workplace.
Clues for the Clueless: Dogbert's Big Book of Manners by Scott Adams - Don't you want to learn how to behave properly?
Build a better life by stealing office supplies : Dogbert's Big Book of Business by Scott Adams - Why not?
God's Debris by Scott Adams - Not a Dilbert book. It's a really small book, but stuffed with thoughts and ideas. Interesting plot too. Will make you head spin. Sequel is The Religion War, but it's not as good, think-wise. Too much concentration on the plot I think. The first format was better, where the plot was secondary to the questions.
The Sword Of Truth series by Terry Goodkind - Interesting series, will be finishing it up as soon as I get it from the library.
The Mars Trilogy series by Kim Stanley Robinson - I've forgotten what this is about, except it has to do with the colonization of Mars obviously.
The Silicon Dagger by Jack Williamson - Really interesting. A small American town develops the perfect shield and declares independence from the United States. By perfect shield, I mean, perfect shield. It can stop everything from passing but can be tuned to let sunlight, water, and air in. Although I suppose the gov't could've used a giant laser and blinded everyone in there or something.
The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris - Non-fiction, read it if you want. I'd suggest people read it, but I know most, if not all, of you would be bored by it.
Kiln People by David Brin - Quite engrossing. And the chapter titles are like little jokes.
The Welkin Weasels series by Garry Kilworth - Thunder Oak is the first one. This series was soooo good. Imagine if you will, little animals like weasels and stoats running a whole society on an island, complete with little boats and bridges and police officers, politicians and taverns. And here's the thing that made it really good. Humans DO exist in it. No one knows where they went though. One day, they just disappeared.
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams - Odd. But interesting. I know the movie's out, but that'll just ruin it. Books are ALWAYS better.
Beyond Infinity by Gregory Benford - It seems this book is the sequel to Beyond the Fall of Night. I'll have to read that. Good book. Interesting. For me. Shut up and read it. Sci-fi is the best.
Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton - Rejuvenation, wormholes, nukes, and aliens, what more can you ask for? Must read sequel. I heard it'll be a trilogy. Mmm... Trilogies...
Saturn by Ben Bova - Put some humans on a giant spaceship, add fanatics, mix in a social experiment, set sights on Saturn, mix with greed.
Ben Bova's um... Planet series? Anyways, he's got a series of books, each titled after a planet in our solar system and our moon (Like Saturn) They're pretty good. Hee hee, Flower Dragon. Sound familiar? No? Translate to Cantonese. Maybe then you'd get it.
The Hythrun Chronicles series by Jennifer Fallon - Why did I ever decide to write comments for every single book?!?! Screw it. It's a good book, just read it.
A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin - Mmmm... Nice thick series full of plot twists, lots of detail, and political maneuvring. Perfect. Magic doesn't steal the show either. It's more of a side thing that sometimes pokes into our thoughts.
The Company Series by Kage Baker - A really good read, with a nice concept. Mmm... Gotta love time travel.
Gentlemen & Players by Joanne Harris - Simply a masterpiece. Will go right alongside Eye of the World as one of the best novels I have ever read. Look for the 06/30/06 12:14 entry for a longer review.
Chocolat by Joanne Harris - This book was actually turned into a movie a couple of years ago. Won lots of awards too I think. Or at least nominated for lots of awards. The book's really good. And kept making me want to eat chocolate whenever I read it.
Anvil of the World by Kage Baker - Not much on details, but it was entertaining.
Game, Set, & Match by Len Deighton - It's a rollercoaster. Exciting, then boring, then exciting, then boring, etc. It's okay I guess. Also published in three separate volumes. Berlin Game, Mexico Set, and London Match. Nice and thick. Like twice as thick as my laptop I think, so about 3 inches of reading. Yum.
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell - A friend of mine gave this book to me. It's such an excellent read! Non-fiction, in case you were wondering. Fads, trends, and epidemics make more sense after reading this book. Lots of neat little facts in here too! Read it, it's good.
Freaks of the Storm: From Flying Cows To Stealing Thunder, The World's Strangest True Weather Stories by Randy Cerveny - It's good for commercial breaks on TV and those times when you've got like 10 minutes but nothing to do. Quite interesting, since it also gives explanations for the events usually. You can also find out where the phrase stealing one's thunder comes from and other interesting little tidbits.
Singularity by Bill DeSmedt - Author is working on sequel called Dualism. Good book. Too lazy to say more. Don't want to give away the story either.
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner - It's like Tipping Point, only way better. If you're one of those people who wonder why I think economics is fun, read this book and find out!
Animal Farm by George Orwell - Thought-provoking.
Coming Up For Air by George Orwell - Thought-provoking.
Keep The Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell - Thought-provoking.
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell - Thought-provoking. I'm so lazy, lol.
The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold - It's the first book in a series that I haven't found a name for yet. Religion is a major theme in it, but it's still a nice read.
Flashforward by Robert J. Sawyer - I actually read this book a while ago, but only recently discovered the title. I recall it being a very good novel.
Adiamante by L.E. Modesitt Jr. - Interesting view on the formation of stable societies.
The Eternity Artifact by L.E. Modesitt Jr. - REALLY good read.
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman - First book is called The Golden Compass. Got turned into a movie, and there were all these silly protests against it. The story is just so riveting.
The Dragon's Eye by JoŽl Champetier - I just dredged this up from the depths of my memory. Can't recall ANY major plot points, so I'm going to reread it again then change this description. I do recall it being pretty engrossing though.
The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons - First book is titled Hyperion, and was written such that it was a series of short stories strung together inside the main one.
The Skolian Empire series by Catherine Asaro - First book is titled primary inversion. Asaro's a physicist. You don't need any other reason to start reading this.
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