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May 27, 2009

Great Books

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The title for this list is overly-simplistic. It should read “Books I’ve Read, Mostly Novels, Probably Not Read Actually But Listened To On Audiobook, Most Of Which Were Checked Out At The Library, For Which I Want To Keep A Running Tally”…but that would be too long. Titles struck indicate the books I’ve already “read”.

Incarnations of Immortality
Note: popular in my youth, but I did not read them – maybe someday
In order of publication:
On a Pale Horse (1983)
Bearing an Hourglass (1984)
With a Tangled Skein (1985)
Wielding a Red Sword (1986)
Being a Green Mother (1987)
For Love of Evil (1988)
And Eternity (1990)
Under a Velvet Cloak (2007)

Isaac Asimov Novels
Foundation Series
Robot Series
Empire Series

Jack Higgins Novels
Note: more to come…
Bad Company

Jack Ryan / John Clark Series (Tom Clancy)
In order of plot chronology:
Without Remorse (1993)
Patriot Games (1987)
Red Rabbit (2002)
The Hunt for Red October (1984)
The Cardinal of the Kremlin (1988)
Clear and Present Danger (1989)
The Sum of All Fears (1991)
Debt of Honor (1994)
Executive Orders (1996)
Rainbow Six (1998)
The Bear and the Dragon (2000)
The Teeth of the Tiger (2003)

Joe Leaphorn / Jim Chee Series (Tony Hillerman)
In order of publication:
The Blessing Way (1970)
Dance Hall of the Dead (1973)
Listening Woman (1978)
People Of Darkness (1980)
The Dark Wind (1982)
The Ghostway (1984)
Skinwalkers (1986)
A Thief of Time (1988)
Talking God (1989)
Coyote Waits (1990)
Sacred Clowns (1993)
The Fallen Man (1996)
The First Eagle (1998)
Hunting Badger (1999)
The Wailing Wind (2002)
The Sinister Pig (2003)
Skeleton Man (2004)
The Shape Shifter (2006)

Judge Dee Series (Robert van Gulik)
In order of plot chronology:
Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee (not part of the later continuity)
The Chinese Gold Murders (663)
Five Auspicious Clouds (663; from “Judge Dee at Work”)
The Red Tape Murders (663; from “Judge Dee at Work”)
He came with the Rain (663; from “Judge Dee at Work”)
The Lacquer Screen (663)
The Chinese Lake Murders (666)
The Morning of the Monkey (666; from “The Monkey and the Tiger”)
The Haunted Monastery (666)
The Murder on the Lotus Pond (666; from “Judge Dee at Work”)
The Chinese Bell Murders (668)
The Two Beggers (668; from “Judge Dee at Work”)
The Wrong Sword (668; from “Judge Dee at Work”)
The Red Pavilion (668)
The Emperor’s Pearl (668)
Necklace and Calabash (668)
Poets and Murder (668)
The Chinese Maze Murders (670)
The Phantom of the Temple (670)
The Coffins of the Emperor (670; from “Judge Dee at Work”)
Murder on New Year’s Eve (670; from “Judge Dee at Work”)
The Chinese Nail Murders (676)
The Night of the Tiger (676; from “The Monkey and the Tiger”)
The Willow Pattern (677)
Murder in Canton (681)

Maeve Binchy Novels
In order of publication:
Light a Penny Candle (1982)
The Lilac Bus (1984)
Echoes (1985)
Firefly Summer (1987)
Silver Wedding (1988)
Circle of Friends (1990)
The Copper Beech (1992)
The Glass Lake (1994)
Evening Class (1996)
Tara Road (1998)
Return Journey (1998)
Scarlet Feather (2000)
Quentins (2002)
Nights of Rain and Stars (2004)
Whitethorn Woods (2006)
Heart and Soul (2008)

Pern Novels (Anne McCaffrey)
Dragonflight (Dragonriders I)
Dragonquest (Dragonriders II)
The White Dragon (Dragonriders III)
Dragonsong (Harper Hall I)
Dragonsinger (Harper Hall II)
Dragondrums (Harper Hall III)

Scot Harvath Series (Brad Thor)
In order of publication:
The Lions of Lucerne (2002)
Path of the Assassin (2003)
State of the Union (2004)
Blowback (2005)
Takedown (2006)
The First Commandment (2007)
The Last Patriot (2008)
The Apostle (2009)

Star Trek: TNG Series

Steven King Novels
Partial list of King’s novels – probably won’t read all of his works.
The Breathing Method
Pet Cemetary
Skeleton Crew
The Stand

The Cat Who… Series (Lilian Jackson Braun)
In order of publication:
The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (1966)
The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern (1967)
The Cat Who Turned On and Off (1968)
The Cat Who Saw Red (1986)
The Cat Who Played Brahms (1987)
The Cat Who Played Post Office (1987)
The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare (1988)
The Cat Who Sniffed Glue (1988)
The Cat Who Went Underground (1989)
The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts (1990)
The Cat Who Lived High (1990)
The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal (1991)
The Cat Who Moved a Mountain (1992)
The Cat Who Wasn’t There (1992)
The Cat Who Went into the Closet (1993)
The Cat Who Came to Breakfast (1994)
The Cat Who Blew the Whistle (1995)
The Cat Who Said Cheese (1996)
The Cat Who Tailed a Thief (1997)
The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (1999)
The Cat Who Saw Stars (copyright, 1998; published, 1999)
The Cat Who Robbed a Bank (2000)
The Cat Who Smelled a Rat (2001)
The Cat Who Went up the Creek (2002)
The Cat Who Brought Down the House (2003)
The Cat Who Talked Turkey (2004)
The Cat Who Went Bananas (2005)
The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (2006)
The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers (2007)
The Cat Who Smelled Smoke (will not be published)

The Time Quartet (Madeline L’Engle)
In order of publication:
A Wrinkle in Time (1962)
A Wind in the Door (1973)
A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978)
Many Waters (1986)

In alphabetic order by title:
Atticus by Ron Hansen
Code to Zero by Ken Follett
Critical Mass by Steve Martini
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton
Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
Enchanted Night by Steven Millhauser
Finn by Jon Clinch
The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams
Father Joe by Tony Hendra
The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Misalliance by Anita Brookner
No Safe Place by Richard North Patterson
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Personal Injuries by Scott Turow
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
Something About a Soldier by Mark Harris
Southern Cross by Patricia Cornwell (not great)
The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry
Violin by Anne Rice
Virtual Light by William Gibson

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