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After six months, six rounds and votes from hundreds of users on 371 nominated books/stories, we have the final results of the contest to determine The Geek's favourite Novels/stories.

You can see the Final here, where Lord of the Rings was the not very surprising overall winner, but 2nd-10th were a lot harder to predict:
[POLLS] The Geek's Favourite Novels/Stories: The Final
There is a link to the previous round in each list.

The initial nominations were put together on this thread: The Geek's Favourite Novels/Stories: Nomination and Discussion Thread. Originally I had a twist for this contest in letting people nominate only a single entry to keep quality high and stop the contest from being too huge. In the end 82 books were nominated in this way and it made for an interesting start. Four of those 82 books made it into the Final where five books competed.

The contest was primarly conducted based on average ratings, but in addition books needed a (gradually increasing) minimum number of ratings to progress from round to round to keep the results relevant to The Geek.

Here is the final rundown:

1 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
2 Dune - Frank Herbert
3 The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
4 A Song of Ice and Fire - George RR Martin
5 1984 - George Orwell
6 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
7 The Sherlock Holmes stories - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
8 The Foundation Trilogy - Isaac Asimov
9 Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
10 The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
11 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
12 Slaughter House Five - Kurt Vonnegut
13 Watchmen - Moore/Gibbons
14 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
15 Animal Farm - George Orwell
16 The Sandman series - Neil Gaiman
17 The Count of Monte Cristo - A. Dumas
18 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
19 Guards, Guards - Terry Pratchett
20 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
21 The Player of Games - Iain M. Banks
22 Lolita - Nabokov
23 All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
24 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
25 The Great Book of Amber - Roger Zelazny
26 The Brothers Karamazov - Dostoevsky
27 Iliad - Homer
28 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
29 The Princess Bride - William Goldman
30 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
31 Neuromancer - William Gibson
32 The Trial - Franz Kafka
33 The Stand - Stephen King
34 Harry Potter Series - J. K. Rowling
35 Lord of Light - Roger Zelazny
36 The Man in the High Castle - Philip K. Dick
37 Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
38 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
39 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
40 A Wizard Of Earthsea - Ursula K Le Guin
41 A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M Miller
42 Ubik - Philip K. Dick
43 I, Robot - Isaac Asimov
44 Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque - Edgar Allan Poe
45 Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption - Stephen King
46 The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
47 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Nest - Ken Kesey
48 Nightfall - Isaac Asimov
49 The Dispossessed - Ursula K. Le Guin
50 Ficciones - Jorge Luis Borges
51 Gardens of the Moon - Steven Erikson
52 Perfume - Patrick Suskind
53 Use of Weapons - Iain M Banks
54 Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino
55 The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
56 A Wild Sheep Chase - Haruki Murakami
57 The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin
58 Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
59 The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
60 Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay
61 From Hell - Moore/Campbell
62 The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
63 The Crow Road - Iain Banks
64 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
65 Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
66 A Prayer For Owen Meany - John Irving
67 Anna Karenina - Tolstoy
68 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
69 Foucault's Pendulum - Umberto Eco
70 Bone - Jeff Smith
71 Watership Down - Richard Adams
72 Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
73 Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
74 Odyssey - Homer
75 The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russel
76 The City And The City - China Mieville
77 Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
78 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
79 The Raven - Edgar Alan Poe
80 The Road - Cormac McCarthy
81 The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
82 The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett
83 Starship Troopers - Robert Heinlein
84 American Gods - Neil Gaiman
85 Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Jules Verne
86 The Hyperion Cantos - Dan Simmons
87 Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke
88 Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein
89 The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
90 World War Z - Max Brooks
91 The Anubis Gates - Tim Powers
92 The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett
93 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
94 Day Of The Triffids - John Wyndham
95 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Verne
96 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
97 Le Morte d'Arthur - Thomas Mallory
98 Frankenstein - Mary Shelly
99 A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
100 Call of the Wild - Jack London

In addtion the following just missed the cut, but are worthy of mention:

War and Peace - Tolstoy
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
Don Quixote de la Mancha - Cervantes
Dying Earth series - Jack Vance
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Twain
Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne
Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follet

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wow, I've read only 10 of the entire list... and most of these were read 20 years ago. I best catch up.

And I do a LOT of reading.
1 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
3 The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
25 The Great Book of Amber - Roger Zelazny
34 Harry Potter Series - J. K. Rowling
62 The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
79 The Raven - Edgar Alan Poe
83 Starship Troopers - Robert Heinlein
90 World War Z - Max Brooks
94 Day Of The Triffids - John Wyndham
96 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson

What no Edgar rice Burroughs? HERESY!
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I'm happy with my standing here - 41 from the top 100 plus 5 from the honourable mentions.

There are a few more I've been meaning to read and a few here which I think I'll need to check out

1 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
2 Dune - Frank Herbert
3 The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
4 A Song of Ice and Fire - George RR Martin
5 1984 - George Orwell
6 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
7 The Sherlock Holmes stories - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
11 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
12 Slaughter House Five - Kurt Vonnegut
13 Watchmen - Moore/Gibbons
14 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
15 Animal Farm - George Orwell
20 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
24 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
25 The Great Book of Amber - Roger Zelazny
31 Neuromancer - William Gibson
32 The Trial - Franz Kafka
33 The Stand - Stephen King
37 Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
38 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
39 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
46 The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
47 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Nest - Ken Kesey
61 From Hell - Moore/Campbell
65 Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
70 Bone - Jeff Smith
73 Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
74 Odyssey - Homer
76 The City And The City - China Mieville
77 Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
78 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
79 The Raven - Edgar Alan Poe
80 The Road - Cormac McCarthy
82 The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett
85 Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Jules Verne
88 Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein
89 The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
94 Day Of The Triffids - John Wyndham
95 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Verne
99 A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
100 Call of the Wild - Jack London

Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury
Don Quixote de la Mancha - Cervantes
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Twain
Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne
Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

Thanks for the list
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That was so fun!!

I've read 32 of them

my original nominee came in at 55
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Love the list kiss I've read 25 books on the list (+2); nice score considering that this list has a strong US influence (most of the voters were Americans, no?).

1 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
3 The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
4 A Song of Ice and Fire - George RR Martin
5 1984 - George Orwell
6 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
10 The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
13 Watchmen - Moore/Gibbons
15 Animal Farm - George Orwell
24 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
27 Iliad - Homer
32 The Trial - Franz Kafka
33 The Stand - Stephen King
34 Harry Potter Series - J. K. Rowling
39 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
44 Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque - Edgar Allan Poe
46 The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
52 Perfume - Patrick Suskind
62 The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
65 Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
71 Watership Down - Richard Adams
74 Odyssey - Homer
78 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
79 The Raven - Edgar Alan Poe
93 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
98 Frankenstein - Mary Shelly

Don Quixote de la Mancha - Cervantes
The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follet

too bad that my favourite writer Walter Moers isn't on the list - his books would fit perfectly on it!
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Happy to see a couple of my nominees made it, at 48 and 89.
This was fun!
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Good thinking on the "I've read x of them" response. Myself I've read 43, though some of those were many years ago.

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Maeve_1981 wrote:
Love the list kiss I've read 25 books on the list (+2); nice score considering that this list has a strong US influence (most of the voters were Americans, no?)

Yes, about 52% of active users on here are from the US. And on top of that there are a lot for the UK, Canada and Australia, so a very strong English first language focus.
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I've read 29 or 30. Most of these were "okay" to "good", but not something I would list as a favorite.

Unfortunately, there are also about 23 that I'd never even heard of. The highest ranked one that I don't recognize is #30, One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.



The list of most frequently-appearing authors is interesting:

Neil Gaiman with 4 -- not surprising, I guess.

Iain M. Banks with 4 -- I was surprised. I've never read anything by him, and the only book I've heard of is Player of Games. I didn't know he was so popular otherwise.

Isaac Asimov with 3.

And then 16 (I think) with 2 each.

Of course some of the entries are for a series of books, most notably JK Rowling, Douglas Adams, Dan Simmons, George RR Martin, and some hack named Tolkein (whom I'm sure 108% of us have read, and surely nobody is basing their opinion on the movies).

Terry Pratchet seems to be the oddity here with two appearances in the Top 100, even though both are books from the same series.

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Twenty-three. I started six others, but just couldn't wade through them. Miscounted initially, looking at one of the replies, rather than the original list.

I've looked for A Clockwork Orange and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest a couple of times, but the libraries in those towns didn't have them. There are a couple others I've wanted to read but just haven't.

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43!

And I own about 5 to be read.
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Rubric wrote:
Iain M. Banks with 4 -- I was surprised. I've never read anything by him, and the only book I've heard of is Player of Games. I didn't know he was so popular otherwise.

The Banks books didn't get many ratings. If the list had been done on straight averages rather than me requiring increasing minimum numbers of votes to get into later rounds then some of them would have placed higher than they do in the rundown. Personally he is one of my favourite authors.
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Read by now:

1 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
2 Dune - Frank Herbert
3 The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
5 1984 - George Orwell
6 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
7 The Sherlock Holmes stories - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
8 The Foundation Trilogy - Isaac Asimov
10 The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
12 Slaughter House Five - Kurt Vonnegut
13 Watchmen - Moore/Gibbons
14 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
15 Animal Farm - George Orwell
18 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
20 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
24 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
27 Iliad - Homer
32 The Trial - Franz Kafka
40 A Wizard Of Earthsea - Ursula K Le Guin
41 A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M Miller
43 I, Robot - Isaac Asimov
44 Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque - Edgar Allan Poe
49 The Dispossessed - Ursula K. Le Guin
52 Perfume - Patrick Suskind
65 Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
69 Foucault's Pendulum - Umberto Eco
70 Bone - Jeff Smith
74 Odyssey - Homer
78 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
79 The Raven - Edgar Alan Poe
83 Starship Troopers - Robert Heinlein
85 Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Jules Verne
95 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Verne
98 Frankenstein - Mary Shelly
99 A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess


War and Peace - Tolstoy
Don Quixote de la Mancha - Cervantes
Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne
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48, and so good to see The City & the city in there. I've been pushing this book since I read it two years ago.

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An interesting read, I'm at about 32 (there are a couple of classics from school I'm not sure were read or not, too long ago).

I'm very surprised at Hamlet posting so high. I usually enjoy seeing Shakespeare performed and would probably enjoy performing it*, but I don't find his plays an entertaining read.



*the audience in this case I'm less certain of.
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I've read 15.

I can now honestly say that I've read the entire Harry Potter series. I started reading it out loud to my son a few years ago. We read the first two books together, but then he insisted on reading the rest of the series himself--and he did (as did his older sister).

Then came time for my youngest child to read it. This time, I was fortunate to be able to read all seven books with her. We finished the last line on Tuesday, and have started reading The Tales of Beedle the Bard together.
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I'm impressed by my fellow geeks, with books by authors like Borges and Garcia Marquez showing up on this list.

Also, many of these books I've never heard of - time to get busy.

And of course LoR #1 is exactly correct...
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Surprised myself by having read 53 of the main list plus 2 off the "honorable mention" list. My first wife once told me she thought I was the best-read person she had ever known, but I see a lot of books on that list that I still want/need to read to consider myself a well-rounded reader.
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33 + 2 here, but pleased with the results. In particular Banks and Gaiman get just desserts, and good to see the likes of Watchmen/Sandman in the lists.

I'm a bit gobsmacked by the Iliad and Odyssey. I can claim to have read the former, but am the only person I know who has, so either we're a bloody well-read crowd on the Geek, or it's been voted for because "ought to". I'm happy to go for BGG elitism - Geeks rock.

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35 from the top 100 and 3 from the "almost made it" group!
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Surprisingly enough (to me at least) I have read 53 + 4 of the books listed. Have to look up some of the rest. I haven't even heard about Iain Banks and he has four book son the list.

1 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
2 Dune - Frank Herbert
3 The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
4 A Song of Ice and Fire - George RR Martin
5 1984 - George Orwell
6 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
7 The Sherlock Holmes stories - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
8 The Foundation Trilogy - Isaac Asimov
9 Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
10 The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
13 Watchmen - Moore/Gibbons
15 Animal Farm - George Orwell
16 The Sandman series - Neil Gaiman
17 The Count of Monte Cristo - A. Dumas
18 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
19 Guards, Guards - Terry Pratchett
23 All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
24 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
25 The Great Book of Amber - Roger Zelazny
26 The Brothers Karamazov - Dostoevsky
27 Iliad - Homer
28 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
29 The Princess Bride - William Goldman
34 Harry Potter Series - J. K. Rowling
35 Lord of Light - Roger Zelazny
37 Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
38 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
39 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
40 A Wizard Of Earthsea - Ursula K Le Guin
43 I, Robot - Isaac Asimov
46 The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
48 Nightfall - Isaac Asimov
49 The Dispossessed - Ursula K. Le Guin
55 The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
59 The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
60 Tigana - Guy Gavriel Kay
62 The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
65 Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
69 Foucault's Pendulum - Umberto Eco
71 Watership Down - Richard Adams
74 Odyssey - Homer
77 Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
78 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
79 The Raven - Edgar Alan Poe
84 American Gods - Neil Gaiman
85 Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Jules Verne
88 Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein
91 The Anubis Gates - Tim Powers
92 The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett
94 Day Of The Triffids - John Wyndham
95 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Verne
98 Frankenstein - Mary Shelly
100 Call of the Wild - Jack London

In addtion the following just missed the cut, but are worthy of mention:

Don Quixote de la Mancha - Cervantes
Dying Earth series - Jack Vance
Around the World in 80 Days - Jules Verne
The Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follet
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34, which is pretty good considering that I don't read a lot of fantasy or sci-fi.
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I've read 52. I don't read fantasy or sci-fi any more (except when reading to my children), but as a teenager I used to read a lot of it.

Edit: "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" as the only Agatha Christie? I've never even heard of that one and I've read at least a dozen of her books! Why that one in particular?
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Cool, I've read 51 of the 100, and 19 of the top 20... I'll definitely refer to this for some future reading. Bookmarked!
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