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HiveMind
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http://www.randomhouse.com/modernlibrary/100best/novels.html

There is an interesting list here, comparing
the Boardlist to a Readers list. What are
your thoughts on this list contrast?

I will withold my own opinions for a moment.
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HM,

I guess the battle of the books has been fought and lost. LRHubbard? AynRand? FrankHerbert:Dune? Not readers lists in any case. May as well just cede the competition to TVGuide and let StevenKing, TomClancey and JKRowling take the rest by pagecount. Tolkien???
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Sadly, I heard that the Scientologists
offered a buy back incentive to its members
in order to get Hubbard's books in the top
range. This might be false info but I have
heard it in more than one place, and it seems
to fit with the way of the Scientologist.

As for Ayn Rand, I like some of her stuff.
I read anthem quite a while ago, and I am
reading Atlas Shrugged but I already believe
they don't have a place in the top 25.

I loved Dune, and much of the series that
followed. Same thing, I don't think it
belongs in the top 25.

LOTR. I believe that does have a spot in the
top 25, maybe not 4 but I really appreciate
Tolkein's work especially as a linguistic
and cultural explorative. (also this list
was compiled long before the movies so that
had no influence)

Animal Farm, 1984, Grapes of Wrath, Lord of
the Flies, The Catcher In The Rye... alot
of easy classics, ok yeah, yeah...

A Clockwork Orange. I will always love this
book, but only the complete, 21 chapter
version and not the americanized version that
the movie was made after. I would slip this
in the top 100, though where I do not know.

I have some computer science texts that would
fit better in the top 100 list than some of
the books I saw there...They have a crummy
plot but at least one does not feel that they
have engaged in some necromantic enervation
when finished reading them, as some of those
top 100 books must... Battlefield Earth? Help
us if that belongs in 3rd place.
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might suggest some books for a pop list:

Frank Herbert: Dosadi Experiment
John Bruner: Stand on Zanzibar
C. S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters
James Joyce: Portrait of the Artist...
Ernest Hemmingway: The Old Man and the Sea
William Buroughs: Naked Lunch
Umberto Eco: The Name of the Rose
Philip K Dick: UBIK
William Gibson: Neuromancer

...
and do check out the technical notes on the lectures by LRonHubbard. Amazing.


Though certainly not as if 'the best books written/published in the last century, just as good books.

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Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold probably never will make the top 100 list but it might well be the best novel about magic and magicians. Great fun. Not to be missed.
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I'm a bit puzzled as to why the Readers List had chosen so many of Ann Rand and Hubbards's novels. I have read some of their material but admit not a big fan.
Egads! Milton's Paradise Lost didn't make the list? Oh well, on the other hand I can see why. :O) What about Clan of the Cave Bear? I'm suprised that didn't make the top 50. Was happy however, that my two favorite, Lord of the Rings and To Kill a Mockingbird were both there.
Very suprised that Portnoy's Complaint was listed by the Board as while no doubt funny not a literary masterpiece but that's just my opinion. Which makes me question who "The Board " is? I would be interested to find out. I was pleased that I have read many of the books on both list but have not yet read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". I am now curious about that one and will have to try to find it in my many forays in second hand book shops.
Thanks Hivemind, Jontown and Snilsson for your input I enjoyed this post very much.
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Glad you enjoyed it! I think its odd to see
so many Rand and Hubbard novels too.
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On 2003-02-25 13:45, snilsson wrote:
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold probably never will make the top 100 list but it might well be the best novel about magic and magicians. Great fun. Not to be missed.


Hmmm...

Carter is great fun, and although at the moment it is riding high in the lists, I would dispute that it is the best novel about magic and magicians. This is of course a matter of opinion, but can I suggest two other contenders:

The Magus by John Fowles
The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies

These have been around for years now, and although they are still in print, they are not being heavily hyped, so some people may not be aware of them. They are great literature in their own right (which Carter isn't really) as well as excellent reading.
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It's an interesting list. It just doesn't get any better than "Grapes of Wrath," "Slaughterhouse-Five," "Portnoy's Complaint," and "The Sun also Rises."

However after suffering through books like "the Moviegoer," "Bellow's "Henderson the Rain King," and the absurdly boring "The Sheltering Sky," I've decided not to use these 100 books as any sort of recommendation list. As always, to each their own.
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