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2013-06-27 11:48:52 AM
No Discworld novel?!

eff you
 
2013-06-27 11:49:01 AM
I'm going to complain that it's not a list.

And going to Entertainment Weekly for a list of the greatest books is like going to a bookstore for a list of the greatest reality shows.
 
2013-06-27 11:58:50 AM
Peculiar sense (and sensibility) of literature they have.
 
2013-06-27 12:04:30 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: No Discworld novel?!

eff you


Pratchett's best work, IMO, wasn't a Discworld novel (though the feel is similar)

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2013-06-27 12:11:47 PM

TuteTibiImperes: Pratchett's best work, IMO, wasn't a Discworld novel (though the feel is similar)


The Angel and Demon was brilliant
The Four Horseman was brilliant
The Agnes Nutter was weird
The anti Christ growing up was boring.
And the Witch Hunters was stupid.


I've re-read that book more times than I want to admit. Love me some Crowley
 
2013-06-27 12:14:13 PM
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2013-06-27 12:32:02 PM
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2013-06-27 12:35:43 PM
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter: The Complete Series (1997-2007)

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2013-06-27 12:52:59 PM
 
2013-06-27 12:53:48 PM
 
2013-06-27 01:03:02 PM
Missing the all time best seller: The Bible
Also missing, the first novel: Don Quixote
The series that let Harry Potter exist: Lord of the Rings
 
2013-06-27 01:28:16 PM
Why is To Kill A Mockinbird not on this list. Idiots.
 
2013-06-27 01:30:01 PM
EW talking about literature... I think I'll skip this one.
 
2013-06-27 01:30:59 PM
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2013-06-27 01:31:15 PM

Schroepnuts: Why is To Kill A Mockinbird not on this list. Idiots.


It's not a list of the most overrated books ever. If it was Mockingbird would definitely have been on it. It's not a bad book but it's not a great work of literature.
 
2013-06-27 01:31:28 PM
I am staring my own list of top ten worst lists of best book lists.  This EW list is currently at number one.
 
2013-06-27 01:32:40 PM
My favorite books (because why the hell not):

'Good Omens' by Gaiman and Pratchett
The Narnia series by Lewis
'Blue Beard' by Vonnegut
'Speaker for the Dead' by Card
'Animal Farm' by Orwell
 
2013-06-27 01:35:39 PM

pkellmey: EW talking about literature... I think I'll skip this one.


Yup
 
2013-06-27 01:36:58 PM

Tarl3k: pkellmey: EW talking about literature... I think I'll skip this one.

Yup


What are some of your favorite books?  Any you would suggest to the group?
 
2013-06-27 01:37:38 PM
No Pratchett, no Tolkien, no Douglas Adams, but they included the Inexplicably Successful Talentless Scottish Hack (Rowling, that is)???  Fark them.
 
2013-06-27 01:41:53 PM
Reads like "The greatest books of all time by someone who just finished their first college English course"
 
2013-06-27 01:42:14 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: No Discworld novel?!

eff you


<3. Also, Good Omens should have definitely been on this list.

While we're at it, The Great Gatsby should only be ranked so high on a list of Worst Books Ever Written. Seriously, it is such a boring piece of garbage.
 
2013-06-27 01:42:15 PM
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I'll just leave this here.....

/Harry Potter are farking for real?
 
2013-06-27 01:47:34 PM

Sybarite: J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter: The Complete Series (1997-2007)

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Great Expectations and Pride and Prejudice both made me drown in misery for months. No assigned reading here - I wanted to see what it was all about. Blerg, I say! Beloved I couldn't even read halfway. Of that whole list, only Potter and Gatsby have I read more than once and continue to enjoy.

So "You's trollin'" could be said about the entirety that list. It's the whole point of lists.
 
2013-06-27 01:48:01 PM
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2013-06-27 01:49:13 PM
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2013-06-27 01:50:39 PM

Carth: Reads like "The greatest books of all time by someone who just finished their first college English course"


Xanadone: No Pratchett, no Tolkien, no Douglas Adams, but they included the Inexplicably Successful Talentless Scottish Hack (Rowling, that is)???  Fark them.


What would you add?  Any suggested reading?
 
2013-06-27 01:54:17 PM
That's why you go to a British publication, and not EW, for a list of great books. Was anyone even asking for such a feature from them? I thought they were the sort of publication who just stuck to "guilty pleasure" reading and "novels that formed the basis of popular films."

Here's a much better list of 100 great novels from The Observer blog on the Guardian, which includes the good books from this list (and the better books by authors like Toni Morrison).

If that's not enough, even this crowd-sourced BBC "Big Read" list has more notable inclusions (amidst some popular stuff) than the EW list.
 
2013-06-27 01:55:43 PM
My Pet Goat not included? Good thing GWB isn't still in the WH, Entertainment Weekly would be the targets of our next missile attack.
 
2013-06-27 01:57:03 PM
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It may not be the greatest novel of all time but its story is true, it happened and it will continue to happen in this country.

Or do you not realize the true meaning of "home is where the heart is"? It means "you ain't got shiat, you won't ever have shiat, and if you ever do get shiat, you won't be able to hold onto it. And there's not a damn thing you can do about it."

Think back a few years. The housing meltdown, the stock market meltdown, under the watch of the POTUS who wanted to privatize Social Security after giving huge tax cuts to the wealthy during two wars.

Yup, home is where the heart is.
 
2013-06-27 01:57:44 PM
Horrible list.  I'll throw out ten of the top 100 for me

A Soldier of the Great War - Helprin
The Brothers K - Duncan
Musashi - Yoshikawa
The Three Musketeers  - Dumas
Catch 22- Heller
A Canticle for Leibowitz - Miller
Dune - Herbert
A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Solzenitsyn
A Prayer for Owen Meany - Irving
I, Claudius - Graves
 
2013-06-27 01:59:42 PM
No everyone poops?
then i'm out.
 
2013-06-27 02:00:52 PM
At least we can all still agree 'the works of Susan Sontag are self indulgent crap'.

/get a hit crash.
 
2013-06-27 02:00:59 PM

dj_spanmaster: Sybarite: J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter: The Complete Series (1997-2007)

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Great Expectations and Pride and Prejudice both made me drown in misery for months. No assigned reading here - I wanted to see what it was all about. Blerg, I say! Beloved I couldn't even read halfway. Of that whole list, only Potter and Gatsby have I read more than once and continue to enjoy.

So "You's trollin'" could be said about the entirety that list. It's the whole point of lists.



"Pride and Prejudice" was greatly improved by the addition of zombies.
 
2013-06-27 02:01:41 PM
Stranger in a Strange Land
Fahrenheit 451
Animal Farm
Monkey Wrench Gang
1984
The Martian Chronicles
The Stand
It
The Talisman
Firestarter

The 'Foundation' series

That would maybe be my list. It might change tomorrow, I personally didn't expect much from EW, but I have to say for all of the snobs out there: I just read the Harry Potter series last fall, and it's a pretty decent series, keeping in mind the overall impact on an entire generation, I'd say it belongs on a best list of some kind, maybe a top 50 or something. Either way, I'm not going to burst a blood vessel like some seem to want to. If it was the Twilight books, that would be a different story.
 
2013-06-27 02:01:47 PM
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2013-06-27 02:02:15 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: At least we can all still agree 'the works of Susan Sontag are self indulgent crap'.

/get a hit crash.



Shut up.
 
2013-06-27 02:02:55 PM
I agree with Anna Karenina.

that might be one of the best novels of all time.

i would remove all of the other books from the list.

i would add The Brothers Karamazov.  although I like The Idiot more as a work of art, i think Brothers Karamazov is a better structured novel.

then, perhaps a book from flaubert and hugo.

and, most importantly, Don Quixote.  it's like the most read novel in the world.

umm... i can think of many others, but tough to decide what goes on a top ten list that aren't just my top ten books.  i think my top ten books are not the same books as i would put on a top ten list for other people.
 
2013-06-27 02:03:01 PM
What? No 50 Shades of Grey?
 
2013-06-27 02:04:33 PM
As Theodor Dostoevsky used to say, what the fark?
 
2013-06-27 02:06:07 PM
The whole top ten list idea is kind of dumb anyway, but this list is exceptionally so for overlooking this:  24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-06-27 02:09:08 PM
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2013-06-27 02:12:28 PM
How can you talk about the greatest books of all time and not include some of the most seminal pieces of literature.
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2013-06-27 02:15:16 PM
Gunny Highway:
'Animal Farm' by Orwell

I strongly agree here.  problem is most people didn't read this when they were young enough, but this book blew my mind when i was younger.  A re-read after that experience is just as enjoyable.
 
2013-06-27 02:15:34 PM
A list like this is impossible.  Ranking the top books of all time is like ranking the most beautiful women of all time.  There's a large amount of subjectivity, bias towards the contemporary, changing perceptions of superior attributes, groupthink, etc....
 
2013-06-27 02:15:43 PM
Nine Parts of Desire - Geraldine Brooks
Mill On The Floss - George Elliott
The Lord of the Rings series - J.R.R. Tokien
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - Annie Dillard
Sinai Tapestry - Edward Whittemore
Underworld - Don DeLillo
Slowness by Milan Kundera
The Death of Virgil - Hermann Broch
The Education of Little Tree - Forest Carter
A Child In Time - Ian McEwan
The Gashlycrumb Tinies - Edward Gorey
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
I Am Legend - Richard Matheson (why no R.I.P. thread for him? or did I miss it?)
Hell House - Richard Matheson
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
Books of Blood Vol. 1-3 - Clive Barker
Weaveworld - Clive Barker
The Damnation Game - Clive Barker
Tourist Season - Carl Hiaasen
Sibyl's Cave - Catherine Padmore

a couple hundred others.
 
2013-06-27 02:16:46 PM

FLMountainMan: Ranking the top books of all time is like ranking the most beautiful women of all time.  There's a large amount of subjectivity, bias towards the contemporary, changing perceptions of superior attributes, groupthink, etc....


Farkers voting for fat chicks...
 
2013-06-27 02:17:33 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: [upload.wikimedia.org image 200x309]

It may not be the greatest novel of all time but its story is true, it happened and it will continue to happen in this country.


List fails without it.  It *is* the greatest novel of all time because its story is true, it happened, and continues to happen in this country.

/ Steinbeck fanboy.
// ALL TIME!!!
 
2013-06-27 02:18:56 PM
This is how genius has a joke on the rest of the planet.

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2013-06-27 02:20:17 PM
No sword of truth?

No enders game?

No pillars of the earth?

List is an abject failure.
 
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