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100 Best Novels - The Reader's List

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1.ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand

"Who is John Galt?..."

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2.THE FOUNTAINHEAD by Ayn Rand

"Howard Roark laughed..."

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3.BATTLEFIELD EARTH by L. Ron Hubbard

"Man," said Terl, "is an endangered species..."

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4.THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. Tolkien

"When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday..."

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5.TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

"Scout, the narrator, remembers the summer that her brother Jem broke his arm, and she looks back over the years to recall the incidents that..."

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6.1984 by George Orwell

"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen..."

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7.ANTHEM by Ayn Rand

"It is a sin to write this ..."

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8.WE THE LIVING by Ayn Rand

"Petrograd smelt of carbolic acid..."

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9.The Invaders Plan (Mission Earth Series vol. 1) by L. Ron Hubbard

"Hi there! I am 54 Charlee Nine..."

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10.FEAR by L. Ron Hubbard

"Lurking, that lovely spring day, in the office of Dr. Chalmers..."

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11.ULYSSES by James Joyce

"Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed..."

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12.CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller

"It was love at first sight..."

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13.THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

"In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since..."

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14.DUNE by Frank Herbert

"In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to..."

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15.THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS by Robert Heinlein

"I see in Lunaya Pravda that Luna City Council has passed on first reading a bill to examine, license, inspect - and tax - public food vendors ..."

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16.STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by Robert Heinlein

"Once upon a time there was a Martian named Valentine Michael Smith..."

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17.A TOWN LIKE ALICE by Nevil Shute

"James MacFadden died in March 1905 when he was forty-seven years old; he was riding in the Driffield Point to Point..."

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18.BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley

"A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories..."

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19.THE CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger

"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know ..."

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20.ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell

"Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the henhouse for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes ..."

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21.GRAVITY'S RAINBOW by Thomas Pynchon

"A screaming comes across the sky..."

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22.THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck

"To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth ..."

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23.SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut

"All this happened, more or less ..."

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24.GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell

"Scarlett O'Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were..."

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25.LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding

"The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon ..."

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26.SHANE by Jack Schaefer

"He rode into our valley in the summer of '89 ..."

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27.TRUSTEE FROM THE TOOLROOM by Nevil Shute

"West Ealing is a suburb to the west of London, and Keith Stewart lives there ..."

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28.A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving

"I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice-not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew..."

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29.THE STAND by Stephen King

"Hapscomb's Texaco sat on Number 93 just north of Arnette, a pissant four-street burg about 110 miles from Houston..."

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30.THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN by John Fowles

"An easterly is the most disagreeable wind in Lyme Bay- Lyme Bay being that largest bite from the underside of England's outstretched southwestern leg -..."

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31.BELOVED by Toni Morrison

"124 was spiteful. Full of a baby's venom..."

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32.THE WORM OUROBOROS by E.R. Eddison

"And the Lord Goldry spake: "We, the lords of Demon-land, do utterly scorn thee, Gorice XI., for the greatest of dastards ..."

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33.THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner

"Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting ..."

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34.LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov

"Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins ..."

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35.MOONHEART by Charles de Lint

"Sara Kendell once read somewhere that the tale of the world is like a tree..."

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36.ABSALOM, ABSALOM! by William Faulkner

"From a little after two o'clock until almost sundown of the long still hot weary dead September afternoon they sat in what Miss Coldfield still called ..."

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37.OF HUMAN BONDAGE by W. Somerset Maugham

"The day broke grey and dull ..."

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38.WISE BLOOD by Flannery O'Connor

"Hazel Motes sat at a forward angle on the green plush train seat, looking one minute at the window as if he might want to..."

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39.UNDER THE VOLCANO by Malcolm Lowry

"Two mountain chains traverse the republic roughly from north to south, forming between them a number of valleys and plateaus ..."

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40.FIFTH BUSINESS by Robertson Davies

"My lifelong involvement with Mrs. Dempster began at 5:58 o'clock p.m. on 27 December 1908, at which time I was ten years and seven months..."

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41.SOMEPLACE TO BE FLYING by Charles de Lint

"The streets were still wet but the storm clouds had moved on as Hank drove south ..."

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42.ON THE ROAD by Jack Kerouac

"I first met Dean not long after my wife and I split up ..."

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43.HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad

"The, Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails, and was at rest ..."

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44.YARROW by Charles de Lint

"Old ghosts lived behind Cat Midhir's eyes, memories that had no home until they came to haunt her..."

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45.AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS by H.P. Lovecraft

"I am forced into speech because men of science have refused ..."

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46.ONE LONELY NIGHT by Mickey Spillane

"Nobody ever walked across the bridge, not on a night like this..."

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47.MEMORY AND DREAM by Charles de Lint

"Katharine Mully had been dead for five years and two months the morning Isabelle received the letter from her ..."

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48.TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf

"YES, of course, if it's fine tomorrow," said Mrs. Ramsay ..."

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49.THE MOVIEGOER by Walker Percy

"This morning I got a note from my aunt asking me to come for lunch ..."

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50.TRADER by Charles de Lint

"If dreams can be portents of what is to come, then I had my fair share of forewarning before my life was stolen away ..."

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51.THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Douglas Adams

"The house stood on a slight rise just on the edge of the village ..."

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52.THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers

"In the town there were two mutes, and they were always together ..."

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53.THE HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood

"We slept in what had once been the gymnasium ..."

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54.BLOOD MERIDIAN by Cormac McCarthy

"See the child..."

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55.A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess

"'What's it going to be then, eh?'"

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56.ON THE BEACH by Nevil Shute

"Lieutenant Commander Peter Holmes of the Royal Australian Navy woke soon after dawn..."

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57.A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce

"Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was ..."

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58.GREENMANTLE by Charles de Lint

"I had just finished breakfast and was filling my pipe when I got Bullivant's telegram..."

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59.ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card

"I've watched through his eyes, I've listened through his ears, and I tell you he's the one..."

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60.THE LITTLE COUNTRY by Charles de Lint

"There were two things Janey Little loved best in the world: music and books, and not necessarily in that order..."

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61.THE RECOGNITIONS by William Gaddis

"Even Camilla had enjoyed masquerades, of the safe sort where the mask may be dropped at that critical moment it presumes itself as reality..."

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62.STARSHIP TROOPERS by Robert Heinlein

"I always get the shakes before a drop..."

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63.THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway

"Robert Cohn was once middleweight boxing champion of Princeton. Do not think that I am very much impressed ..."

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64.THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP by John Irving

Garp's mother, Jenny Fields, was arrested in Boston in 1942 for wounding a man in a movie theater..."

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65.SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Ray Bradbury

"THE SELLER of lightning rods arrived just ahead of the storm..."

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66.THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE by Shirley Jackson

"No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality ..."

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67.AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner

"Jewel and I come up from the field, following the path in single file ..."

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68.TROPIC OF CANCER by Henry Miller

"I am living at the Villa Borghese ..."

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69.INVISIBLE MAN by Ralph Ellison

"It goes a long way back, some twenty years ..."

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70.THE WOOD WIFE by Terri Windling

"Nigel came down the street toward her, his face shadowed with annoyance..."

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71.THE MAGUS by John Fowles

"I was born in 1927, the only child of middle-class parents, both English, and themselves born in the grotesquely elongated shadow, which they never rose sufficiently ..."

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72.THE DOOR INTO SUMMER by Robert Heinlein

"One winter shortly before the six weeks War my tomcat, Petronius the Arbiter, and I lived in an old farmhouse in Connecticut..."

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73.ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE by Robert Pirsig

I can see by my watch, without taking my hand from the left grip of the cycle, that it is eight-thirty in the morning..."

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74.I, CLAUDIUS by Robert Graves

"Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus This-that-and-the-other (for I shall not trouble you yet with all my titles) who was once, and not so long ago ..."

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75.THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London

"Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have know that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tidewater dog, strong ..."

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76.AT SWIM-TWO-BIRDS by Flann O'Brien

"Having placed in my mouth sufficient bread for three minutes' chewing ..."

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77.FARENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury

"It was a pleasure to burn..."

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78.ARROWSMITH by Sinclair Lewis

"The driver of the wagon swaying through forest and swamp of the Ohio wilderness was a ragged girl of fourteen..."

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79.WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams

"The primroses were over..."

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80.NAKED LUNCH by William S. Burroughs

"I can feel the heat closing in, feel them out there making their moves, setting up their devil doll stool pigeons, crooning over my spoon..."

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81.THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER by Tom Clancy

"Captain First Rank Marko Ramius of the Soviet Navy was dressed for the Arctic conditions normal to the Northern Fleet submarine base at Polyarnyy..."

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82.GUILTY PLEASURES by Laurell K. Hamilton

"Willie McCoy had been a jerk before he died..."

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83.THE PUPPET MASTERS by Robert Heinlein

"Were they truly intelligent? ..."

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84.IT by Stephen King

"The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years-if it ever did end-began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat..."

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85.V. by Thomas Pynchon

"Christmas Eve, 1955, Benny Profane, wearing black levis, suede jacket, sneakers and big cowboy hat, happened to pass through Norfolk, Virginia..."

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86.DOUBLE STAR by Robert Heinlein

"If a man walks in dressed like a hick and acting as if he owned the place, he's a spaceman..."

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87.CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY by Robert Heinlein

"LOT NINETY-SEVEN," the auctioneer announced..."

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88.BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh

"I have been here before," I said; I had been there before; first with Sebastian more than twenty years ago on a cloudless day in ..."

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89.LIGHT IN AUGUST by William Faulkner

"Sitting beside the road, watching the wagon mount the hill toward her, Lena thinks, 'I have come from Alabama: a fur piece..."

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90.ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST by Ken Kesey

"They're out there..."

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91.A FAREWELL TO ARMS by Ernest Hemingway

"In the late summer of that year we lived in a house that looked across the river ..."

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92.THE SHELTERING SKY by Paul Bowles

"He awoke, opened his eyes ..."

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93.SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION by Ken Kesey

"Along the western slopes of the Oregon Coastal Range. . .come look ..."

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94.MY ANTONIA by Willa Cather

"I first heard of Antonia' on what seemed to me an interminable journey across the great midland plain of North America..."

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95.MULENGRO by Charles de Lint

"Janfri Yayal watched his house burn down without expression..."

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96.SUTTREE by Cormac McCarthy

"Peering down into the water where the morning sun fashioned wheels of light ..."

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97.MYTHAGO WOOD by Robert Holdstock

"In May 1944 I received my call-up papers and went reluctantly away to war, training at first in the Lake District, then shipping over to..."

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98.ILLUSIONS by Richard Bach

There was a Master come unto the earth, born in the holy land of Indiana, raised in the mystical hills east of Fort Wayne..."

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99.THE CUNNING MAN by Robertson Davies

"Should I have taken the false teeth?..."

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100.THE SATANIC VERSES by Salman Rushdie

"'To be born again,' sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, 'first you have to die..."

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