Westeros.org Book List – V.



The Actual List.

Italics mark series; underlines mark single novels (although there is considerable subjectivity in this distinction in some cases). Bold marks the eleven books that are comprised by the Greats List.

The Affirmation – Christopher Priest

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon

The Anubis Gates – Tim Powers

The Autumn of the Patriarch – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Black Company – Glen Cooke

Blindness – Jose Saramago

The Book of the New Sun – Gene Wolfe

Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

A Canticle for Leibowitz – Walter M. Miller, Jr. (further thoughts HERE)

Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut

Childhood’s End – Arthur C. Clarke

China Mountain Zhang – Maureen McHugh

The Chronicles of Amber – Roger Zelazny

The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, and The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant) Stephen Donaldson

A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess

The H.P. Lovecraft Omnibus – H.P. Lovecraft

The Dark Tower – Stephen King

Discworld – Terry Pratchett* [See Note]

The Dispossessed – Ursula K. Le Guin

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick

Doomsday Book – Connie Willis

Downbelow Station – C.J. Cherryh

Dracula – Bram Stoker

Dune – Frank Herbert

The Dying Earth – Jack Vance

The Dying of the Light – George R.R. Martin

The Earthsea Trilogy – Ursula K. Le Guin

The Empire Trilogy – Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts

Ender’s Quartet – Orson Scott Card

The Farseer Trilogy – Robin Hobb

The Fencer Trilogy – K.J. Parker

Fevre Dream – George R.R. Martin

Fictions – Jorge Luis Borges (reviewed in two parts: HERE and HERE)

The Forever War – Joe Haldeman

The Foundation Trilogy – Isaac Asimov

The Gap Series – Stephen Donaldson

Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

The Gormenghast Trilogy – Mervyn Peake

A Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

The Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling

Hellblazer – Garth Ennis

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy in Five Parts – Douglas Adams

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

Hyperion – Dan Simmons

I Am Legend – Richard Matheson

The Illiad – Homer

Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino

The Iron Dragon’s Daughter – Michael Swanwick

The Last Unicorn – Peter S. Beagle

The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula K. Le Guin

The Lions of Al-Rassan – Guy Gavriel Kay

Little, Big – John Crowley

The Liveship Traders – Robin Hobb

Lord of Light – Roger Zelazny

The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien

Lucifer’s Hammer – David Niven and Jerry Pournelle

The Lyonesse Trilogy– Jack Vance

The Glass Bead Game – Hermann Hesse

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ – Jose Saramago

The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick

The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov

Memory, Sorrow and Thorn – Tad Williams

Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress – Robert A. Heinlein

Le Morte D’Arthur – Thomas Mallory

Mythago Wood – Robert Holdstock

Neuromancer – William Gibson

The Night’s Dawn Trilogy – Peter F. Hamilton

Nineteen Eighty-Four – George Orwell

Odyssey – Homer

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Only Forward – Michael Marshall Smith

Otherland – Tad Williams

Permutation City – Greg Egan

Planet of Adventure – Jack Vance

The Prestige – Christopher Priest

Replay – Ken Grimwood

The Riddle-Master Trilogy – Patricia A. McKillip

Sandman – Neil Gaiman

The Sarantine Mosaic – Guy Gavriel Kay

Shardik – Richard Adams

The Silmarillion – J.R.R. Tolkien

Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut

Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson

Solaris – Stanislaw Lem

The Soldier Trilogy (Soldier of the Mist, Soldier of Arete, and Soldier of Sidon)– Gene Wolfe

A Song of Ice and Fire – George R.R. Martin

The Stand – Stephen King

The Stars My Destination – Alfred Bester

Starship Troopers – Robert A. Heinlein

Tigana – Guy Gavriel Kay

The Tooth Fairy – Graham Joyce

Transmetropolitan – Warren Ellis

Use of Weapons – Iain M. Banks

The Warlord Trilogy – Bernard Cornwell

Watchmen – Alan Moore

Watership Down – Richard Adams

We – Yevgeny Zamyatin

The Wheel of Time – Robert Jordan

Honourable Mentions: Salem’s Lot (Stephen King), Till We Have Faces (C.S. Lewis),  The Once and Future King (T.H. White), The Elric Series (Michael Moorcock), A Fire Upon The Deep (Vernor Vinge), Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury), The Vorkosigan Saga (Lois McMaster Bujold), The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry), Gravity’s Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon), and The Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri).

*Nota Bene: The Discworld series is extremely long, and variable in style and quality, with litte connexion between many of the novels, and so would probably have better been considered as separate novels. However, the voting was overwhelmingly for it as a series. Furthermore, the most popular individual Discworld book, Night Watch, is generally considered one of the least independent books, and one of the least appropriate for beginners. The second-most mentioned book, Small Gods, is a standalone novel with few connexions to any other novels in the series, and is therefore probably a better starting point for newcomers; however, I didn’t feel it would be legitimate to promote it over Night Watch in this vote (it is not my place to make these decisions), and so rather than list the less accessible book, I acquiesced to the popular voting pattern and listed the entire series, with the addition of this explanatory note.


The Twenty-First Century List

Acts of Caine – Matthew Stover

Black Man – Richard Morgan

The First Law Trilogy – Joe Abercrombie

The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch

The Long Price Quartet – Daniel Abraham

The Malazan Book of the Fallen – Steven Erikson

The Orphan’s Tales – Cathrynne M. Valente

Prince of Nothing – R. Scott Bakker

The Scar – China Mièville

Stories of Your Life and Others – Ted Chiang

Honourable Mentions: The Road (Cormac McCarthy), American Gods (Neil Gaiman), City of Saints and Madmen (Jeff Vandermeer), Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell), Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (Susanna Clarke), The Wizard Knight (Gene Wolfe), Chasm City (Alastair Reynolds), Anathem (Neal Stephenson), and The Separation (Christopher Priest).


6 thoughts on “Westeros.org Book List – V.

  1. nac says:

    For some reason, I just can’t get enough of your long, rambling reviews. Thanks, and more please!

    PS. Recommendation: Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling. The cover features praise by both GRR Martin and Robin Hobb.

  2. vacuouswastrel says:

    Thank you!

    I remember hearing about BDT some years back when Hobb recommended it, but haven’t heard it mentioned that often since. I’ll have to look into it at some point, although at present my pile of things to read is a bit congested: I’ve got two pulp fantasies I want to re-read (well, that’s unfair to one of them, I think), plus I’ve finally bought “The Stars My Destination” and it’s quite short, so that’ll be soon. Then I’ve got the third of the Empire novels to finish, I quite want to re-read The Carpet People (the third Johnny book will wait, as it’s at my parents’ house, and it’s the perfect type of thing to read over a weekend visiting them – light and short)… and then I’ve got Perdido Street Station looming on my bookshelf, although it’s been looming for some time now and I can’t swear I’ll actually manage to try it.

    I know that sounds to some people like a list of books to last a weekend at most, but as I think I’ve said elsewhere, I’ve got a strange love/hate relationship with reading these days. I’d almost rather do anything but read a book – even though when I AM reading a book it’s almost impossible to stop me.

    This comment rambling enough for you?

    Anyway: thanks for the recommendation. It reminded me of something I’d heard spoken well of, but had forgotten about. It’s at least got it back on my radar (oh dear gods, did I just use that phrase? well, never mind).

  3. nac says:

    Recommendation: The Stone Dance of the Chameleon by Ricardo Pinto.

  4. nac says:

    (just be prepared for some serious rambling)

  5. nac says:

    read kushiel’s dart by jacqueline carey

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