|World of Watches
|Picked up the first of this series after watching the movie. I was surprised at how well I liked the movie. The first book, of course is completely different but good all the same.
|I read these in junior high. The retelling of these myths was well done by Evangeline Walton and were pretty new to me also.
|I just love the the storytelling in these books. I picked them up after watching the anime.
|The concept alone laid out in To Your Scattered Bodies Go is worth it in this series. The last book in the series seems a little tired though.
|I picked these up after stumbling upon the movie. Odd's character is pretty cool.
|I have the Gateway book sitting around for a long time before reading it. I was surprise that I liked it so much and that it was a series to boot.
|Old Man's War
|What an interesting concept. The series wound down in a direction I didn't care for but the initial concept kept me coming back for more.
|So far so good.
|I was apprehensive at first to read a sci-fi series by Stephen R Donaldson but he did a real good job on these.
|If you like Douglas Adams' humor, these are for you.
|Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
|Read these soon after seeing the BBC TV show on PBS. What can you say about these? You just have to read them...
|There's just something about these first person stories that give you the creeps while enjoying reading them and pulling for a serial killer.
|Great stories for the most part but the ending leaves a lot to be desired.
|My first non-Wheel of Time Brandon Sanderson books.
|Chronicles of Amber
|I just really enjoyed the world created in these books. I read the first five on a trip to and from a football game in college.
|A good fun read. Pretty predicable but, since I couldn't put these down once I started them, I had to rank them higher for that reason.
|Just a two book series but the idea behind this "first encounter" story is really worth the read.
|A disjointed collection of stories told within the same universe. These do not need to be read in order.
|The books that gave birth to the laws of robotics. It combines with the Foundation series also.
|The scope of this tale is amazing. Then it combines with the Robot series.
|Long books but pretty easy to read.
|The publication order and collection of short stories and novellas makes this one of the hardest series to read. I attempted to read them in publication order even though the author suggests otherwise.
|Wheel of Time
|I went ahead and included the prequel book just to be complete.
|This is the six book series but, since I read the omnibus editions, I have that one listed here.
|Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever
|The second trilogy is too boring to include in this list even though it had a good ending. The third series is just too hard to read to make this list.
|Just downright fun stories.
|I included Ender and Shadow books together because it's hard to separate them out chronologically. The Ender series by itself is much better than the Shadow (Bean) books.
|There are supposed to be nine main works in this series. There are a few novellas also.
|This is the original series by Frank Herbert and the two additional works by Brain Herbert and Kevin J Anderson - not any of the others. I include the last two for the sake of completness and since they were supposedly based upon Frank Herbert's own notes even though they are not up to his writing standards.
|Lord of the Rings
|I'll include The Hobbit in this list.