Everything

 

 

 

#..

Author

Title

Year

Pub-

lished

Genre

Date Read

Grade

Rate /5

Own

Rev

Summary

1.      

Tolkien, J.R.R.

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: Part 1

1954

Fantasy

1981?

2nd 1990s

A++

5

Own

No

This one hardly needs an introduction…

2.      

Tolkien, J.R.R.

The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings: Part 2

1954

Fantasy

1981?

2nd 1990s

A++

5

Own

No

This one hardly needs an introduction…

3.      

Tolkien, J.R.R.

The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: Part 3

1955

Fantasy

1981?

2nd 1990s

A++

5

Own

No

This one hardly needs an introduction…

4.      

Banks, Iain M.

Use of Weapons

(Culture series)

1990

SF

1999

A+

4.5

Own

No

Brilliant style, mood, climax: stinging best of an excellent series

5.      

Card, Orson Scott

Ender’s Game

(Book 1 of the Ender saga)

1985

SF

1999

A+

4.5

Own

No

Classic, clever taut plot, powerful convincing brutal narrative

6.      

Dumas, Alexandre

The Count of Monte Cristo

1844

Action / Historical Fiction

2003/12

A+

4.5

ebook

Rev

Huge (common) and coherent (rare) epic; Tolkienesque scope, Shakespearian vibe

7.      

Hornby, Nick

About a Boy

1998

Novel

2002/01

A+

4.5

Own

Rev

Well written, often funny, nice balance of hope and realism, read in one session

8.      

Lewis, C.S.

The Great Divorce

1946

Fantasy

(Christian)

1980s

A+

4.5

Own

No

Brief, potent, inspiring theological speculative allegory

9.      

Martin, George R.R.

A Game of Thrones

(Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire)

1997

Fantasy

2001

A+

4.5

Own

No

Majestic, unpredictable, engaging, striking

10.  

Tolkien, J.R.R.

The Hobbit

The Lord of the Rings prequel

1937

Fantasy / Juvenile

1979?

2nd 1990s

A+

4.5

Own

No

Enchanting story, rich world

11.  

Adams, Douglas

The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

(A Trilogy in Four Parts)

1979

1980

1982

1984

SF / Humour

1980s?

A

4

Yes

No

A must read/listen to

12.  

Adams, Douglas

Life, The Universe and Everything

(The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy 3)

1982

Humour/ SF

1980s/?

A

4

Own

No

Clever, funny, original, post-modern themes

13.  

Adams, Douglas

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

1987

Humour/ SF

1980s/?

2nd: 2004/07

A

4

Own

Rev

P.G. Wodehouse meets Dr. Who: a complete pleasure

14.  

Anderson,

Poul & Karen

Faith

(In ‘After the King: Stories in Honour of J.R.R. Tolkien’)

1992

Fantasy

(Short Story)

2002/07

A

4

Own

Rev

Excellent mood, a worthy tribute

15.  

Calvino, Italo

If On A Winters Night A Traveller

1979

Novel / Humour

2011/02

A

4

No

Rev

Postmodern, self-aware, deconstructive – but also fun and engaging

16.  

Clarke, Arthur C.

Childhood's End

1953

SF

2015/03

A

4

Own

Rev

Wow

17.  

Doyle, Arthur Conan

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

1892

Crime / Short Stories

1980s

A

4

Own

Rev

Thoroughly enjoyable

18.  

Eliot, George

Middlemarch

1874

Novel

2012/04

A

4

Own

Rev

Clever, insightful, original, potent, engaging - what else do you want?

19.  

Elton, Ben

Popcorn

1997

Thriller / Humour (Black Comedy)

2001/12

A

4

Own

Rev

Clever, funny, incisive: works as a thriller and as satire

20.  

Feynman, Richard

Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman

1985

NF – Biography

2014/09

A

4

No

Rev

A total pleasure. Deservedly an instant classic

21.  

Gemmell, David

Midnight Falcon

The Rigante series, Book 2

1999

Fantasy

2008/02

A

4

Own

Rev

Thoroughly enjoyable, legendary characters with flesh, intelligent ideas, engaging morality, coherent plot

22.  

Goldsworthy, Peter

Maestro

1989

Novel

1990

A

4

Own

No

Child prodigy in authentic seventies Australia

23.  

Haddon, Mark

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

2003

Crime / Novel

2005/03

A

4

No

Rev

Triumphant autistic fantasy. Authentic characters, engaging narrative and excellent structure

24.  

Hesse, Herman

Siddhartha

1922

Novel

1998

A

4

Own

No

Beautifully readable fictional presentation of the life and enlightenment of Siddhartha

25.  

Hornby, Nick

High Fidelity

1995

Novel (Humour)

2002/05

A

4

No

Rev

Very readable, penetrating on commitment, honest, well plotted

26.  

Hornby, Nick

How To Be Good

2001

Novel (Humour)

2002/07

A

4

No

Rev

Good characters, poignant without being preachy

27.  

Ishiguro,  Kazuo

When We Were Orphans

2000

Novel (Detective)

2001/11

A

4

No

Rev

Black, very clever subversion of mannered detective novel to deliver stinging theme

28.  

Larsson, Steig

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Millenium Trilogy 1

2006

Crime

2013/04

A

4

No

Rev

Satisfying, cold, intellectual, brutal, spare, engaging, original

29.  

Lehane, Dennis

A Drink Before the War

Kenzie/Gennaro 1

1994

Crime

2010/12

A

4

Own

Rev

Thoroughly enjoyable

30.  

Levi, Primo

If This Is A Man

1947

NF

(Autobiography)

2010/12

A

4

No

Rev

Chilling, potent, witness testimony of 11 months in Auschwitz

31.  

Lewis, C.S.

Voyage to Venus

(or Perelandra)

1943

SF

1980s

A

4

Own

No

Christian insights in imagined dialogue with contemporary unfallen Eve

32.  

Lewis, C.S.

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe

(Book 2 of the Narnia series)

1950

Fantasy / Juvenile

1970s

2nd

2005/05

A

4

Own

Rev

Fabulous Christian allegory

33.  

Lively, Penelope

Moon Tiger

1987

Novel

2001

A

4

Own

No

Great mood, characters, and potent historical settings

34.  

Martin, George R.R.

Steel & Snow

A Storm of Swords 1

(Book 3, Part 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire)

2000

Fantasy

2002/03

A

4

Own

Rev

Structure still concerning, but some great moments and salient themes

35.  

Micallef, Shaun

Smithereens

2004

Humour

2011/04

A

4

No

Rev

Consistent. Hilarious. Surreal. Uniquely Micallef. Only to be taken in small doses.

36.  

Milligan, Spike

Puckoon

1963

Humour

1990s?

A

4

Own

No

Hilarious

37.  

Mitchell, David

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

2010

Historical Fiction

2014/09

A

4

No

Rev

Ably integrated research, rich characters, interesting plot lines, satisfying and engaging from start to finish

38.  

O’Brian, Patrick

The Fortune of War

(Aubrey/Maturin 6)

1979

Historical Fiction / Action

2010/07

A

4

Yes

Rev

Thoroughly enjoyable

39.  

Pérez-Reverte, Arturo

The Fencing Master

1999

(trans.)

Crime / Historical Fiction

1999

A

4

No

No

Sophisticated. Stunning climax

40.  

Remarque, Erich Maria

All Quiet On The Western Front

1929

War (Auto-biography)

2003/02

A

4

Own

Rev

Powerful. Awful. Profound.

41.  

Tolkien, J.R.R.

The Silmarillion

1977

Fantasy

1999?

A

4

Own

No

Potent, magical, epic

42.  

Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea

Book 1 of the Earthsea series

1968

Fantasy /

Juvenile

1970s

2nd:

2008/01

A

4

Own

Rev

Real sense of magic, depth, legend

43.  

Voigt, Cynthia

A Solitary Blue

Tillerman Series 3

1983

Novel (Juvenile)

2013/05

A

4

Own

Rev

Poignant and powerful without shouting. Moreso because it *doesn’t* shout

44.  

Wodehouse, P.G.

A Damsel in Distress

1919

Humour

2002/12

A

4

Own

Rev

Delightful. Hilarious scenes and dialogue. Unparalleled narration.

45.  

Wolfe, Gene

The Knight

Book 1 of The Wizard Knight

2004

Fantasy

2007/06

A

4

Own

Rev

A satisfying hero drawn from rich earlier traditions

46.  

Banks, Iain M.

The Algebraist

2004

SF

2011/06

A-

3.75

No

Rev

Banks is very good

47.  

Lodge, David

Home Truths

1999

Novel

2011/12

A-

3.75

Own

Rev

Assured, fluid, clever, insightful, entertaining – Lodge enjoying his strengths

48.  

London, Jack

The Call of the Wild

And Other Stories

1903

Action

2010/06

A-

3.75

Own

Rev

Robust, Conan-style, over the top mythical dog stories

49.  

O’Brian, Patrick

Treason's Harbour

1983

Historical Fiction

2012/07

A-

3.75

Own

Rev

Exotic locations and people, interesting twists of plot, fascinating historical perspectives, and all within an utterly satisfying frame

50.  

Wodehouse, P.G.

Something Fresh

1915

Humour

2012/11

A-

3.75

Own

Rev

Postmodern Wodehouse

51.  

Anderson, Poul

My Object All Sublime

1961

SF /

Short Story

2003/12

A-

3.7

Own

No

Killer twist

52.  

Asimov, Isaac

Second Foundation

(Book 3 of the Foundation trilogy)

1964

SF

1980s

A-

3.7

Own

No

Dramatically the best of the series

53.  

Barry, Dave

Dave Barry's Greatest Hits

1988

Humour

2005/07

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Consistently funny collection of newspaper columns

54.  

Chandler, Raymond

The Big Sleep

1939

Crime

1990?

A-

3.7

Own

No

Great ‘hardboiled’ mood, powerful and witty figures of speech

55.  

Chandler, Raymond

Farewell My Lovely

1940

Crime

1994

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Original, dry humour with heart in the mean streets

56.  

Chandler, Raymond

The Lady In The Lake

1943

Crime

1997?

A-

3.7

Own

No

Great ‘hardboiled’ mood, powerful and witty figures of speech

57.  

Chandler, Raymond

The Long Good-Bye

1953

Crime

1994

A-

3.7

Own

No

Great ‘hardboiled’ mood, powerful and witty figures of speech

58.  

Dozois, Gardner (Ed.)

The Year's Best Science Fiction, 9th Annual Collection

1992

SF / Short Stories

2006/02

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Best of 1991. Consistently good

59.  

Durrell, Gerald

My Family and Other Animals

1956

Humour/ Non-Fiction/ Auto-biography

2001/12

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Amusing recollections of an animal mad kid about his eccentric family

60.  

Elton, Ben

The First Casualty

2005

Historical Fiction / Crime

2007/01

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Alternate political characters enhance rather than overwhelm WW1 crime story

61.  

Forsyth, Frederick

No Comebacks

1982

Short Stories

1985

2nd 2007/10

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Meticulous, able, satisfying

62.  

Gaiman, Neil

Stardust

1999

Fantasy

2006/08

A-

3.7

No

Rev

Very satisfying mix of fairy tale and fantasy

63.  

Gemmell, David

The Legend Of Deathwalker

(Drenai Tales, Book 7)

1996

Fantasy (Heroic)

2003/03

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Solid, perfectly balanced heroic fantasy

64.  

Harrison, Harry

A Stainless Steel Rat is Born

1985

SF/ Humour

1980s

A-

3.7

Own

No

Excellent prequel to the consistent humorous series

65.  

Heller, Joseph

Catch 22

1955

Novel / War

1985

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Killer satire, hilarious but black humour, drunkenly uninhibited

66.  

Irving, John

The World According to Garp

1978

Novel

1992

A-

3.7

Own

No

Funny, striking, constantly moving

67.  

Keillor, Garrison

We Are Still Married

1989

(1982 – 1989)

Humour (Essays)

Anthology

2002/04

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Inconsistent but often manages warmth & whimsicality without sentimentality

68.  

Keillor, Garrison

Wobegon Boy

1997

Novel

2001/03

A-

3.7

Own

No

Slow moving but warmly funny, and even some kick

69.  

Kerr, Katharine

Daggerspell

(Volume 1 of the Deverry series)

1986

Fantasy

1992/12

2nd:

2004/10

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Original, capable karmic fantasy

70.  

Kipling, Rudyard

The Jungle Book

1894

Juvenile / Short Stories

1988

A-

3.7

Own

No

Entertaining, skilful, moving. Profound underlying myth

71.  

Kipling, Rudyard

The Second Jungle Book

1895

Juvenile / Short Stories

1988

A-

3.7

Own

No

Sequel atypically as good as original – Undertakers brilliant

72.  

Le Guin, Ursula K.

Semley's Necklace

In ‘The Wind’s Twelve Quarters’

1964

Short Stories / Fantasy / SF

2014/08

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Wonderful evocation of a fantasy legend somehow effectively incorporating SF elements

73.  

Le Guin, Ursula K.

The Left Hand of Darkness

1969

SF

2007/03

A-

3.7

No

Rev

Manages a rare gravity and dignity

74.  

Lewis, C.S.

Prince Caspian

(Book 4 of the Narnia series)

1951

Fantasy / Juvenile

1970s

A-

3.7

Own

No

‘The Return to Narnia’

75.  

Lewis, C.S.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

(Book 5 of the Narnia series)

1952

Fantasy / Juvenile

1970s

A-

3.7

Own

No

Narnia’s Odyssey

76.  

Lewis, C.S.

The Silver Chair

(Book 6 of the Narnia series)

1953

Fantasy / Juvenile

1970s

A-

3.7

Own

No

Slightly darker tale of rescue

77.  

Lewis, C.S.

The Magician’s Nephew

(Book 1 of the Narnia series)

1955

Fantasy / Juvenile

1970s

A-

3.7

Own

No

Lion, witch and wardrobe prequel

78.  

Lewis, C.S.

The Last Battle

(Book 7 of the Narnia series)

1956

Fantasy / Juvenile

1970s

A-

3.7

Own

No

Antichrist, eschatology and Armageddon for kids! Courageous undertaking

79.  

Lively, Penelope

Passing On

1989

Novel

2002/08

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Some good characters, patient story with a kick, a bit preachy

80.  

Lodge, David

How Far Can You Go?

1980

Novel

2002/01

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Perceptive case studies of how Vatican II, the pill, and changing social values affected adherents

81.  

Macdonald, George

The Princess and Curdie

1882

Juvenile/ Fantasy

1999

A-

3.7

Own

No

Enchanting

82.  

O’Brian, Patrick

Master and Commander

Aubrey/Maturin, Book 1

1970

Historical Fiction/ Action

(High Seas Adventure)

2001

2nd: 2006/04

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Impressive sense of another (amazing) time, people and place

83.  

O’Brian, Patrick

Post Captain

Aubrey/Maturin, Book 2

1972

Historical Fiction/ Action

(High Seas Adventure)

2002/12

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Engaging and fascinating characters, settings and action

 

84.  

Robinson, Kim Stanley

Red Mars

1992

SF

2002/03

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Impressive epic of colonisation of Mars – depth in characters, setting and plot

85.  

Rodda, Emily

The Forests of Silence

2000

Fantasy / Juvenile

2005/05

A-

3.7

No

Rev

Enjoyable straight-ahead swords and sorcery for kids

86.  

Smith, E. E.

Gray Lensman

1951

SF

2013/12

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Politically/socially juvenile, but fantastic scope and originality

87.  

Steinbeck, John

Of Mice and Men

1937

Novella

1991?

A-

3.7

Own

No

Stinging, poignant, bleak, insightful

88.  

Stewart, Mary

The Crystal Cave

Book 1 in the Merlin saga

1970

Fantasy

1980?

2nd: 2004/08

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Young Merlin enchantingly evoked

89.  

Tyler, Anne

Breathing Lessons

1988

Novel

2002/06

A-

3.7

Own

Rev

Insightful, humorous, sad, believable

90.  

0’Brian, Patrick

Desolation Island

 

 

2009/12

B+

3.5

Own

No

 

91.  

Adams, Douglas

The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul

 

 

2008/04

B+

3.5

 

No

 

92.  

Adams, Douglas

The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul

(Dirk Gently series)

1988

Humour/ SF

1980s/?

B+

3.5

Own

No

Somewhat surreal second ‘Dirk Gently’ novel

93.  

Adams, Douglas

Mostly Harmless

(The 5th book in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy trilogy)

1992

Humour/ SF

2003/12

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Enjoyable hotchpotch of action, humour, SF satire and post-modern philosophy

94.  

Adams, Douglas & Carwardine, Mark

Last Chance to See

1990

NF (Biology)

1991

2nd: 2004/11

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Engaging narration of endangered species and their protectors

95.  

Allbeury, Ted

Hostage

1983

Action

(Spy)

2012/01

B+

3.5

No

Rev

More spy psychology than action, which enhances. And from an author with some idea of what he was talking about

96.  

Asimov, Isaac

Foundation

(Book 1 of the Foundation trilogy)

1951

SF

1980s

2nd:

2006/09

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

A decent idea engagingly realised

97.  

Bach, Richard

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

1972

Short Story

1980s

2nd: 2004?

B+

3.5

Own

No

Ultra optimistic anti-Ecclesiastes parable: every discipline is eternally meaningful

98.  

Banks, Iain

Whit

 

 

2009/10

B+

3.5

No

No

 

99.  

Banks, Iain

Espedair Street 

1987

Novel

2000

B+

3.5

Own

No

Anecdotes, soul-searching and recovery of depressed fictional ex-rock star

100.             

Banks, Iain

The Business

1999

Novel

2002/10

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Hi-tech business woman moves between 1st and 3rd World

101.             

Banks, Iain M.

Look Towards Windward

 

 

2009/04

B+

3.5

 

No

 

102.             

Banks, Iain M.

The Player of Games

(Culture series)

1989

SF

2001

B+

3.5

Own

No

Typically sophisticated and striking ‘Culture’ novel

103.             

Banks, Iain M.

Feersum Endjinn

1994

SF

2006/11

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Potentially great book (ride, ideas, characters) reduced to very good by plot

104.             

Barker, Pat

Regeneration

Book 1 of the Regeneration trilogy

1991

Novel / Historical Fiction / War

2008/01

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Insightful WW1 profiles from well researched imagined psychological counselling sessions with the ‘shell-shocked’

105.             

Barry, Dave

Bad Habits

 

 

2009/08

B+

3.5

No

No

 

106.             

Beagle, Peter S.

The Folk of the Air

 

 

2008/08

B+

3.5

No

No

 

107.             

Beagle, Peter S.

Tamsin

1999

Fantasy (Ghost)

2011/06

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Deft characterisation of a teenage girl, evocative writing, silly climax

108.             

Bear, Greg

Blood Music

1985

SF

2003/04

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Genetic thriller apocalypse odyssey

109.             

Bradbury, Ray

The Day it Rained Forever

1959

SF/

Short Stories

1998

B+

3.5

Own

No

Richer moods than the usual single idea SF short stories

110.             

Bryson, Bill

A Walk in the Woods

1997

NF / Travel

2007/03

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Able narrative, good mix of research and humour

111.             

Bryson, Bill

At Home

2010

Non-Fiction

(History)

2013/03

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Researching and cherry-picking interesting snippets of 19th English lifestyle

112.             

Card, Orson Scott

The Speaker for the Dead

(Book 2 of the Ender saga)

1986

SF

2001?

B+

3.5

Own

No

Flawed overpopulated sequel, but some great lines given to the Speaker

113.             

Card, Orson Scott

Seventh Son

(The Tales of Alvin Maker 1)

1987

SF

2000?

B+

3.5

Own

No

Messianic child magic in US pioneering alternative history

114.             

Card, Orson Scott

Prentice Alvin

(The Tales of Alvin Maker 3)

1989

SF

2001?

B+

3.5

Own

No

Magical/messianic Alvin moves into manhood. Series back on track

115.             

Card, Orson Scott

The Memory of Earth

Homecoming, Vol. 1

1992

SF

2007/05

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Intriguing deep future saturated in Old Testament flavour, characters and dilemmas

116.             

Card, Orson Scott

Magic Street

2005

Fantasy (Urban)

2009/01

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Bravely/foolishly mixing faery with contemporary US black community

117.             

Cherryh, C.J.

Gate of Ivrel

(Book 1 of The Chronicles of Morgaine)

1976

SF

1993/06

B+

3.5

Own

No

1st of the dark, compelling, morally tortured ‘Morgaine’ series

118.             

Cherryh, C.J.

Well of Ishiuan

(Book 2 of The Chronicles of Morgaine)

1978

SF

1993/06

B+

3.5

Own

No

2nd of the dark, compelling, morally tortured ‘Morgaine’ series

119.             

Cherryh, C.J.

Fires of Azeroth

(Book 3 of The Chronicles of Morgaine)

1979

SF

1993/06

B+

3.5

Own

No

3rd of the dark, compelling, morally tortured ‘Morgaine’ series

120.             

Cherryh, C.J.

Cukoo’s Egg

1985

SF

1994

B+

3.5

No

No

Unusually tight (for Cherryh) story of a human raised in a demanding alien discipline

121.             

Clarke, Arthur C.

Imperial Earth

 

 

2008?

B+

3.5

No

No

 

122.             

Courtney, Bryce

The Power of One

1989

Thriller

1990s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Enjoyable, gripping. Boy to successful man story in apartheid South Africa

123.             

Culotta, Nino

They’re a Weird Mob

1957

Humour

1980s

B+

3.5

No

No

Ingenuous Italian Australian plays with stereotype aussie slang/behaviour

124.             

Dahl, Roald

Boy

1984

Non-Fiction / Autobiography

1990s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Interesting, brief, readable stories from his childhood

125.             

Dalrymple, William

From the Holy Mountain: A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium

1998

Non-fiction / History / Travel

2001/09?

B+

3.5

No

No

Fascinating physical/historical journey through remnants of ancient Christianity in Muslim strongholds

126.             

Diaz, Bernal

The Conquest of New Spain

1570 (circa)

(1963, this translation)

Non-fiction/ History (Auto-biography)

2002/04

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Incredible eye-witness account of Cortes’ conquest

127.             

Dick, Phillip K.

The Man in the High Castle

 

 

2008/09

B+

3.5

Own

No

 

128.             

Doyle, Arthur Conan

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

1893

Crime / Short Stories

1980s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Clever ideas, engaging lead characters

129.             

Doyle, Arthur Conan

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

1905

Crime / Short Stories

1980s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Clever ideas, engaging lead characters

130.             

Doyle, Arthur Conan

The Lost World

1912

SF / Thriller (Novella)

1996

B+

3.5

Own

No

The unforgettable Professor Challenger finds living dinosaurs!

131.             

Doyle, Arthur Conan

The Poison Belt

1913

SF / Short Story

1996

B+

3.5

Own

No

Classic SF model – a short story based around a daunting ‘what if’

132.             

Doyle, Arthur Conan

The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes

1927

Crime / Short Stories

1980s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Clever ideas, engaging lead characters

133.             

Dumas, Alexandre

The Three Musketeers

1844

Action / Historical Fiction

1980s

2nd:

2009/02

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Action, flawed but heroic personalities, fascinating alternate historical values

134.             

Eddings, David

Pawn of Prophecy

(Book One of the Belgariad)

1982

Fantasy

1991

B+

3.5

Own

No

Enjoyable adolescent fluff

135.             

Eddings, David

Queen of Sorcery

(Book Two of the Belgariad)

1982

Fantasy

1992

B+

3.5

Own

No

Enjoyable adolescent fluff

136.             

Elton, Ben

Stark

1989

Humour

1990s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Consistently funny, unsubtle satire and environmental message

137.             

Elton, Ben

Gridlock

1991

Humour

1990s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Weird juxtaposition: thriller plot narrated by (good!) stand-up comedian

138.             

Feist, Raymond E.

Magician

1982

Fantasy

1991

B+

3.5

Own

No

Enjoyable ride and D&D characters, some originality in mixing European and Japanese medieval type cultures

139.             

Fforde, Jasper

The Eyre Affair

Thursday Next, Book 1

2001

SF/ Humour/ Crime/ Thriller

2005/01

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

As good as, worse and better than Adams or Pratchett

140.             

Fforde, Jasper

The Big Over Easy

2005

Humour / Crime / SF

2006/02

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Another enjoyable excursion

141.             

Flannery, Tim

Throwim Way Leg

1998

NF Biology / Anthropology

2006/08

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Interesting PNG treks: biology and anthropology

142.             

Fleming, Ian

Casino Royale

(Audio Book)

 

Action (Spy)

2013/10

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Well narrated, different composition to movies – more romance, less action, darker

143.             

Forester, C.S.

Poo Poo and the Dragons

1942

Juvenile

2007/03

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Enjoyed by parent and child simultaneously

144.             

Gemmell, David

Legend

Drenai Tales, Book 1

1984

Fantasy

2007/08

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Cliché settings, stereotype mythical fighters and damsels, but he does it so well!

145.             

Gemmell, David

Quest for Lost Heroes

Drenai Tales, Book 3

1990

Fantasy

2006/10

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Another solid effort

146.             

Gemmell, David

Druss the Legend

(Drenai Tales, Book 6)

1993

Fantasy (Heroic)

2004/07

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Yep, he’s a Conan-style dead-set legend

147.             

Gibson, William

Neuromancer

1984

SF (Cyber-punk)

2002/04

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Groundbreaking cyberpunk, wild ride, ultimately shallow characters

148.             

Gilbert, Michael

The Oyster Catchers

 

 

2011/10

B+

3.5

Own

No

 

149.             

Goldsworthy,

Peter

Wish

1995

Novel (SF?)

2003/01

B+/F

3.5 / 1

Own

Rev

As ever well written but ultimately a deeply offensive theme

150.             

Goldsworthy, Peter

Little Deaths

1993

Short Stories

1995/12

B+

3.5

Own

No

Consistent, well-written, affecting

151.             

Griffin, William

C.S. Lewis - The Authentic Voice

1986

Non-fiction / Biography

2006/01

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Interesting vignettes from all the years of Lewis’ life from age twenty-seven

152.             

Hall, Rich

Magnificent Bastards

2009

Humour / Short Stories

2014/07

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Wonderfully laconic, entertaining narration around often surprisingly dark subjects

153.             

Hammett, Dashiell

Nightmare Town

1923-34

Crime/Short Stories

2005/12

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Capable, original Chandler precursor

154.             

Hammett, Dashiell

The Glass Key

1931

Crime

2014/05

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Fascinating alternative world and spin on heroism

155.             

Harris, Robert

Fatherland

1992

Action /

Historical Fiction

2015/06

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Filmic clichés, but able characterisation and pacing never sacrificed to novel Nazi hook

156.             

Harris, Robert

PMQ

in ‘Speaking With the Angel’ (Edited by Nick Hornby)

2000

Humour (Short Story)

2003/03

B+

3.5

No

No

Amusing frightfully British narration of PM in a sitcom style sketch 

157.             

Harrison, Harry

The Stainless Steel Rat

1961

SF/ Humour

1980s

2nd:

2007/06

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Classic likeable master-thief in comic but workable SF environment

158.             

Harrison, Harry

The Stainless Steel Rat’s Revenge

1970

SF/ Humour

1980s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Enjoyable James Bond/Pimpernel farce in space ships

159.             

Harrison, Harry

The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World

1972

SF/ Humour

1991/11

B+

3.5

Own

No

Enjoyable James Bond/Pimpernel farce in space ships

160.             

Harrison, Harry

Stainless Steel Visions

1993

SF/ Short Stories

1990s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Ranging between action, humour, comment – pretty consistent

161.             

Harrison, Harry

Galactic Dreams

1994

SF/ Short Stories

1990s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Ranging between action, humour, comment – pretty consistent

162.             

Hart, John

King of Lies

2006

Crime

2014/02

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

 

163.             

Herbert, Frank

Dune

1965

SF

1990s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Original. Grand.

164.             

Herriot, James

If Only They Could Talk

1970

Short Stories / Humour / Autobiography

1990s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Light and formulaic, but charming and amusing country vet recollections

165.             

Herriot, James

Let Sleeping Vets Lie

1973

Short Stories / Humour / Autobiography

1990s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Light and formulaic, but charming and amusing country vet recollections

166.             

Herriot, James

Every Living Thing

1992

Short Stories / Humour / Autobiography

1990s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Light and formulaic, but charming and amusing country vet recollections

167.             

Horowitz, Anthony

The House of Silk

2011

Crime

2012/03

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Impressive, satisfying, but falls into some of the Moffat/Gattiss disappointments

168.             

Howard

Coming of Conan

 

 

2008/08

B+

3.5

Own

No

 

169.             

Howey, Hugh

Wool

2013

SF / Action

2014/11

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Unapologetically formulaic, but cohesive and engaging

170.             

Huxley, Aldous

Brave New World

1932

SF

1983

B+

3.5

Own

No

Disturbingly relevant extrapolation to a dystopic ultimately permissive society

171.             

Keillor, Garrison

Lake Wobegon Days

1985

Short Stories /

Historical Fiction /

Humour

2005/01

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Nostalgic, languid, imaginative, warm, whimsical, indulgently tangental

172.             

Kerr, Katharine

Darkspell

(Volume 2 of the Deverry series)

1987

(Revised 1994)

Fantasy

1993

2nd:

2005/04

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Still coherent, and some nice moments

173.             

Kipling, Rudyard

Short Stories: Volume 1

1901

-1912

Short Stories

1988/03

B+

3.5

Own

No

Pretty consistent

174.             

Kress, Nancy

Crossfire

 

SF

2014/05

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Old school SF without the wafer thin characters

175.             

Larsson, Steig

The Girl Who Played With Fire

Millenium Trilogy 2

2006

Action

2013/03

B+

3.5

Yes

Rev

Capable thriller, at heart deeply conventional, but originally wrapped heroine

176.             

Larsson, Steig

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

2007

Action

2014/01

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

A little repetitive, but impressively weaves a final story into the overstory

177.             

Le Carré, John

The Spy who came in from the Cold

1963

Action

1998

B+

3.5

Own

No

Dark, trendsetting, anti-heroic cold war machinations

178.             

Le Guin, Ursula

Tales from Earthsea

2001

Fantasy/Short Stories

2012/06

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Five tales, one great, three good, and one disappointing

179.             

Le Guin, Ursula K.

The Darkness Box

In ‘The Wind’s Twelve Quarters’

1964

Short Stories / Fantasy

2014/08

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Clever realisation of an evocative idea

180.             

Le Guin, Ursula K.

The Word of Unbinding

In ‘The Wind’s Twelve Quarters’

1964

Short Stories / Fantasy

2014/08

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Great key elements already in place in early Earthsea musings

181.             

Lehane, Denis

Sacred

1997

Crime

2011/09

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Some nice pacing, humour and dialogue. Still problems of scale

182.             

Lehane, Denis

Gone, Baby, Gone

1998

Crime

2012/11

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Flawed, but not the scale problem of previous novels in the series. Killer moral dilemma climax.

183.             

Lehane, Dennis

Prayers For Rain

1999

Crime

2013/07

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Mostly a great ride, just skirts around another dealbreaking scale flaw, vigilantism oversimplified

184.             

Levi, Primo

The Wrench

1978

Novel / Short Stories

2003/06

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Gracefully narrated stories of a tradesman’s jobs and values

185.             

Levi, Primo

A Tranquil Star

2007

(1949-86)

Short Stories

2011/06

B+

3.5

No

Rev

Understated yet engaging style. Mainly SF type ‘what if’s’

186.             

Lewis, C.S.

Prince Caspian

 

 

2013/05

B+

3.5

 

No

 

187.             

Lewis, C.S.

Out Of the Silent Planet

1938

SF

1980s

2nd -

2002/11

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Characters personify philosophical viewpoints in a classically Wellsian setting

188.             

Lewis, C.S.

That Hideous Strength

1945

SF

1980s

B+

3.5

Own

No

Lewis incorporates his love of Christianity, renaissance angelic conceits and Merlin in SF conspiracy novel

189.             

Lively, Penelope

Judgement Day

1980

Novel

2005/09

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Clinical, able, honest, searching, manipulative

190.             

Lively, Penelope

Heat Wave

1996

Novel

2004/11

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Potent, capable, slow-moving, tragic, venomous

191.             

Lodge, David

Ginger, You’re Barmy

1962

Novel

1999?

B+

3.5

Own

No

Honest picture of the inanities of national service

192.             

Lodge, David

Out of the Shelter

1970

(This revised edn. 1985)

Novel

1998?

B+

3.5

Own

No

Semi-autobiographical coming of age story of English youth in post-war Germany

193.             

Lodge, David

Changing Places

1975

Novel / Humour

1992?

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

A middle-aged daydream

194.             

Lodge, David

Small World

1984

Novel / Humour

1991?

B+

3.5

No

No

Second of the clever and funny Rummidge Uni series

195.             

Lodge, David

Nice Work

1988

Novel

1988

B+

3.5

Own

No

Industry meets academia, inevitable humour, lecture and adultery

196.             

Lodge, David

Paradise News

 

1991

Novel

2002/11

B+

3.5

Own

Rev

Funny, touching, insightful, morally and thematically flawed

197.             

Lodge, David

Therapy

 

1995

Novel