Neil Gaiman’s top 10

Neil Gaiman’s top 10.

I’m a big Neil Gaiman fan (Sandman rules!) and came across this. I have only read one book on the list, Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light, and that was a while ago.

So… my top books. These are just books I like/love/enjoy, in no particular order.

1. Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. — A hilarious look at the end of the world. After the anti-Christ is misplaced, a demon and angel search for him, along with the original Hell’s Angels and a number of other characters.

2. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. — Not much else to say, is there? A wonderful study of people and relationships, with their feelings and words deftly rendered.

3. War & Peace, by Leo Tolstoy. — Yes, yes, I know. But it’s not as bad as you think. It’s a soap opera, really, and if you can keep up with All My Children, you can read this.

4. Crime & Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky.  — What can I say? I majored in Russian Studies. This was the first major Russian novel I read (but in English) and I was surprised at how readable it was. It’s just a crime novel, but the suspense is in getting the confession, not in finding the culprit.

5. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock — I’m a big science fiction/fantasy fan, and I re-read this series every year or two. It’s a dark sword-and-sorcery epic, full of magic, sorcery, love, murder, betrayal and everything else Moorcock could fit in. What more could you want?

6. … In Death by JD Robb — this is a series of novels by Nora Roberts about a policewoman, Lt. Eve Dallas, in mid-21st century New York city. A dash of murder, a little romance and a pinch of sci-fi. Good stuff.

7. Emma by Jane Austen — Another nicely done work by Ms. Austen, this time focusing on a woman who thinks she’s helping everyone else, but doesn’t see her own faults.

So, I didn’t hit ten, but that doesn’t mean anything. I’ve read tons of books and picking a favorite is difficult.

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