NPR has moved onto the second leg in their quest to determine the top 100 SFF novels or series ever written. They have posted a list of a few hundred titles composed from responses that they received back in June when they asked for people to nominate 5 novels or series. Now, they are asking people to submit their votes for the top 10.
Being the responsible geek that I am, I voted. But I really wanted to vote in the fairest way possible so I quickly came up with these rules to follow:
- I would only vote for a book or series if I had read it.
- I would only vote for a book or series that I felt was worthy of the honor.
So, with those two simple rules in mind, I ended up voting for the following:
- The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
- Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
- The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
- The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
- The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson*
- Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi
- The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
- The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
*I have not actually read the entire Mistborn trilogy, but I’m currently reading the third novel right now and I have a good enough feel for the series that I felt it was worthy of a vote.
Now, my rules definitely knocked out some very notable works, but a few that might have had my vote if I were farther in the series include The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, The Dark Tower by Stephen King, and The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie. I like all of those pretty well (especially First Law), but I felt that I haven’t yet experienced enough of the series to vote for any of them.
Perhaps the biggest surprise was that I did not vote for The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, but that’s only because IT WASN’T ON THE LIST! That’s just blasphemy! I’m currently reading Ghost Story, the 13th novel in the series and I can say that The Dresden Files one of the most entertaining series that I have ever read and I definitely would have selected it over several of my choices.
What is really peculiar is that Butcher’s Codex Alera made the cut. I’ve read the first five. They’re pretty good, but Dresden is Butcher’s masterwork, his flagship. In protest, I’m displaying the cover of Ghost Story as image for this post.
The final results will be posted later this month. If you haven’t voted, get over to NPR and do it!