Are you in the mood for some speculative fiction, but not sure what to read? Look no further than SF Signal’s guide to NPR’s top 100 fantasy and science fiction books. There’s something for everyone. Click on the picture to find the original in all its massive glory, and let me know which book the chart led you to. I was led to The Codex Alera by Jim Butcher. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Mr. Butcher. I guess I’ll trust the chart and check it out.

Need Something to Read? Just Answer the Questions and Follow the Arrows

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I dunno about this chart. I took the fantasy side, of course. First it led me to Stephen King (no thanks, I’m not a fan), then to the magical animals (where I’ve already spent plenty of time with Watership Down and Pern), then to alternate history (where I’ve already met Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, and have zero desire to try the romance offering). And after all that, where else did I finally end up? Stuck between Conan the Barbarian and Drizzt. Uh…yeah. There are some books in there that I figure I ought to try — the offerings from… Read more »
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I tried some Stephen King books — The Dark Tower being one of them — many years ago, and just didn’t enjoy his stories. That was a long time ago, so my tastes might have changed…but considering how much good stuff goes unread, I don’t feel like Stephen King really needs me to give him a second chance. I’ll continue looking elsewhere for my reading enjoyment, and plenty of other people will continue stuffing money into SK’s bank account. Back in my teens I read the original Tarzan (and a series of sequels), as well as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John… Read more »
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I loved reading the chart too. I’m afraid that’s as far as I got. I probably won’t read almost any of the books that my many choices took me to. Not that they don’t look interesting, I just don’t spend that much time reading and I always end up reading business/self help books instead of fiction. Although some could argue that the business genre is fiction. :)

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The reading chart was entertaining. I have to say that while I haven’t read all the Conan books, I’ve read enough to say that the original stories by Howard are a must read. Some author that I love said once that he looked at fantasy as a spectrum with Tolkien at one end and Howard at the other. For the life of me I can’t recall if it was GRR Martin, Tad Williams, or David Drake who said it, but I think it is true. Some of the spin offs aren’t that great. I have to come to Drizzt’s defense.… Read more »
riotimus
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On the whole, I don’t think anyone would read them if it weren’t for the exceptional artists they have doing their covers.

The biggest problem I had with FR novels is that they read like the transcription of a RPG. You could actually play the game in so much less time and save yourself a lot of disappointment. While there are moments in Salvatore’s FR books that feel a little like that, the stories are really propelled by the depth of the characters instead of a saga-like series of battles.

R.