Celebrate Jon Snow's Birthday with 5x $5 Amazon Gift Vouchers

Jon Snow

No Power in the Verse can stop me
Staff member
#1
My Birthday is on the 25th of this month, so I thought I'd do another forum members only giveaway.

I'm putting up 5 five dollar Amazon Vouchers to people who post on this thread with their 5 lists of top 5 books.

Here are the 5 lists you need to make (your top 5 don't have to have an order, but it would be nice): FILL OUT AS MANY LISTS AS YOU CAN, don't worry if you can't fill out one or two.

1) top 5 YA books/series (small criteria, protagonists have to be under 19 at the start of the book or series, can be sci-fi or fantasy)
2) top 5 fantasy series (has to have more than 3 books published [trilogies do not count])
3) top 5 stand-alone fantasy books (if there are rumours of a sequel, then it doesn't count. Has to be straight up stand-alone)
4) top 5 fantasy trilogies (completed)
5) top 5 sci-fi books/series (completed or uncompleted)

You have until 24th of May to submit on this thread. Have fun guys, looking forward to the responses!
 
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Jon Snow

No Power in the Verse can stop me
Staff member
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Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
Staff member
#4
thanks, but a bit early...25th of May! Post your top 5x5 list!
Oh ok lol

I can't, sorry. I haven't read enough of YA. What am I saying, I don't even read YA. And I haven't completed enough trilogies. The rest I could manage I guess, but even that is a stretch.
Just wanted to wish you happy birthday. I don't think I can qualify for this contest.
 

Jon Snow

No Power in the Verse can stop me
Staff member
#5
Oh ok lol

I can't, sorry. I haven't read enough of YA. What am I saying, I don't even read YA. And I haven't completed enough trilogies. The rest I could manage I guess, but even that is a stretch.
Just wanted to wish you happy birthday. I don't think I can qualify for this contest.
Thanks. Well this is a contest for forum members, so I do want everyone to participate. I've edited the post. Fill out as many lists as you can, and that will count as an entry.
 

Antoxx

Journeyed there and back again
#6
Struggled to get 5 on some but here goes:

YA:
Hobbit
Harry Potter
Bartimaeus
Princess Bride
Belgariad

Greater than 3 books:
MBotF
Long Price
World of Time
Harry Potter
Belgariad

Standalone:
Hobbit
Tigana
Princess Bride
Best Served Cold
The Hammer

Trilogy:
Farseer
LotR
First Law
Tawny Man
Mistborn

Can't do the sci fi as haven't read enough.
 

afa

Journeyed there and back again
#7
Hmmm... Don't know if I will qualify. I doubt I've read enough to fill out many of the lists. Also, what qualifies as a 'series'? Do they have to be directly as part of the same series? Let me explain by example - Joe Abercrombie's novels. They're all set in the same world, and are somewhat interconnected, but not directly related. So would his books count as one trilogy and 3 standalones, or would all 6 be part of a 'series'?
 

afa

Journeyed there and back again
#8
Okay, so here is my submission, albeit with some caveats as mentioned in my post above.

1) top 5 YA books/series (small criteria, protagonists have to be under 19 at the start of the book or series, can be sci-fi or fantasy)
Really haven't read many YA, so I've included two Pike series I read a long time ago...

#1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
#2. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
#3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
#4. The Last Vampire series by Chrisopher Pike
#5. The Starlight Crystal by Christopher Pike

2) top 5 fantasy series (has to have more than 3 books published [trilogies do not count])
#1. The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
#2. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
#3. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
#4. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
#5. The Dark Tower by Stephen King

3) top 5 stand-alone fantasy books (if there are rumours of a sequel, then it doesn't count. Has to be straight up stand-alone)
#1. The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie
#2. Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
#3. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
#4. Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin
#5. Red Country by Joe Abercrombie
#1,503,692. Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

4) top 5 fantasy trilogies (completed)
#1. The First Law by Joe Abercrombie
#2. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (the first trilogy)
#3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
#4. Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan
#5. The Night Angel by Brent Weeks (included only because I can't think of another trilogy...)

5) top 5 sci-fi books/series (completed or uncompleted)
Absolutely nothing...
 

Jon Snow

No Power in the Verse can stop me
Staff member
#9
Hmmm... Don't know if I will qualify. I doubt I've read enough to fill out many of the lists. Also, what qualifies as a 'series'? Do they have to be directly as part of the same series? Let me explain by example - Joe Abercrombie's novels. They're all set in the same world, and are somewhat interconnected, but not directly related. So would his books count as one trilogy and 3 standalones, or would all 6 be part of a 'series'?
Welcome back mate.

Guys, just submit what you can. I didn't make it so you guys couldn't enter.

Just wanted to do something rather than just choose 5 forum members to have vouchers =)
 

Laurentius

Super Moderator
Staff member
#11
I took a really long time in putting this together. Added a few lists for fun. Not completely sure about the top 5 fantasy series, as they have to be more than a trilogy. If it was a mix of series/trilogies, the list would look completely different. I guess that's what makes it fun/interesting.

Top 5 YA books/series:
1. Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
2. Rick Riordan - both Olympos and Egyptian series. So much fun.
3. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
4. Vodník by Bryce Moore
5. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Top 5 fantasy series:
1. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
2. Robin Hobb
3. The Folly series by Ben Aaronovitch
4. A Song of Ice and Fire by GRR Martin
5. Black Magician series by Trudi Canavan. Multiple trilogies and standalones.

Top 5 stand-alone fantasy books:
1. Stardust by Neil Gaiman (more of a novella)
2. Warbreaker / Elantris by Brandon Sanderson (if they can be considered a standalone, as he is planning sequels for both)
3. The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
5. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Top 5 fantasy trilogies:
1. The Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb
2. The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
3. The Wooden Man trilogy by Harry Connolly
4. The Tawny Man trilogy by Robin Hobb
5. The Magician trilogy by Lev Grossman (if it ends up being a trilogy. 3rd book is coming, dont know if there will be more yet).
6. Backup if The Magician trilogy doesnt count: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Top sci-fi books/series:
1. Enders Game by Orson Scott Card
2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
3. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
4. Old Mans War by John Scalzi
5. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
6. Dune by Frank Herbert
7. Battlefield Earth by
8. The Martian by Andy Weir
9. Little Brother/Homeland by Cory Doctorow

Top Zombie books:
1. Day by Day: Armageddon by J. L. Bourne
2. Ex-series by peter Clines
3. Dead Mech by Jake Bible
4. Newsflesh series by Mira Grant
5. Raising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregory / Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
6. Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry

Top 5 dislike books/series:
1. Malazan by Steven Erickson
2. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
3. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
4. The Dark Tower series by Stephen King
5. Alchemist series by Anne Lyle / Eli Monpress series by Rachel Aaron
 
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Sneaky Burrito

Crazy Cat Lady
Staff member
#12
#1,503,692. Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
I am glad you're back so you can take my side on this one! Of late, I've felt like one of the only people in these forums who didn't like that book...

Have some work to do but I will try to post lists today. My YA one might be a little different from everyone else's. Here's a confession: I've never read The Hobbit.
 

ofer

Journeyed there and back again
#13
Had to work hard to find 5 YA books (my own confession - never read Harry Potter or The Hunger Games). Ended up with books that I remember reading in my early teens.

YA

1. Ender's game - Orson Scott Card
2. Watership dawn - Richard Adams
3. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
4. Ready player one - Ernest Cline
5. Duncton Wood - William Horwood (if you have children get them this one, it's like the underrated small brother of Watership)

More then 3 books

1. Song of ice and fire - GRR Martin
2. Malazan - Steven Erikson
3. Amber - Roger Zelazny
4. Discword - Terry Pratchett
5. Otherland - Tad Williams
6. Shadowmarch - Tad Williams (in case Otherland is considered SF)

Standalones

1. Lord of Light - Roger Zelazny
2. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
3. Heroes - Joe Abercrombie
4. Knights of Dark Renown - David Gemmel
5. Weaveworld - Clive Barker

Trilogies

1. Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
2. First Law - Joe Abercrombie
3. Farseer - Robin Hobb
4. Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson
5. Black Company - Glen cook (books of the north)
6. Wildship - Robin Hobb (in case Black Company doesn't count)

SF

1. Hyperion - Dan Simmons
2. Foundation - Isaac Asimov
3. The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
4. City - Clifford D. Simak
5. Childhood's end - Arthur C. Clarke

Oh and for @Laurentius Best Zombie movie ever - 28 Days Later.

Happy Birthday :)
 

Darth Tater

Journeyed there and back again
#14
Here is my list:

1. I've only read about 30 stand alone /series so my lists may be lame but I completed every list. A couple of times I noted books I didn't like in order to complete a list. All lists are in order.

2. Thank you but I don't want the $5 certificate. Please give it to Sneaky Burrito (I recall her saying she could use it) or someone else if she declines),

3. Happy Birthday in advance!



YA books
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1. Cathrand Voyage
2.Codex Alera
3.Wheel of Time
4. Night Circus
5.Once and Future King


Fantasy Series (over 3 books)
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1. Cathrand Voyage
2. Codex Alera
3. Dark Tower
4. Deathgate Cycle
5. Dagger and Coin

Stand Alone
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1. The Hobbit
2.Tigana
3. The Talisman
4. Night Circus
5.Once and Future King

Top 5 completed Trilogies
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1. Lord of the Rings
2. Fionovar Tapestry
3. Farseer
4. Renshai Trilogy
5. Dragon Prince Trilogy
( didn't much care for the last three on the list).

Top 5 Science Fiction
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1. Flowers for Algernon
2.The Stand
3. The Time Machine
4. Star Trek Federation
5. War of the Worlds
 

Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
Staff member
#15
1) top 5 YA books/series
  1. The Hobbit
  2. Bartimaeus Sequence series
  3. Coraline
  4. John Cleaver series
  5. Ender's Game
Who knew, I managed to make YA list by other people's standards, although it is my opinion that John Cleaver is no YA.

2) top 5 fantasy series
  1. A Song of Ice and Fire
  2. Saga o Wiedźminie (The Witcher Series)
  3. Дозоры (Watch)
  4. Discworld
  5. /

3) top 5 stand-alone fantasy books
  1. American Gods
  2. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  3. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
  4. The Hobbit
  5. The Princess Bride

4) top 5 fantasy trilogies
I haven't read enough of these, so I'm skipping!

5) top 5 sci-fi books/series
  1. Roadside Picnic
  2. The Stars My Destination
  3. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  4. I Am Legend
  5. Ender's Game
 

Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
Staff member
#17
Not at all YA!!! There is no way i would give this to high school students. I would not make that call as a teacher. Just because a protagonist is a teenager does not make it YA.
I know. But they marketed it as YA, and on GoodReads 245 users have tagged it as YA. (the first book anyway)

 

Sneaky Burrito

Crazy Cat Lady
Staff member
#18
I managed to make YA list by other people's standards
When I finally post mine, I'm sure I'll be borrowing ideas heavily from other people's lists...
 

Sneaky Burrito

Crazy Cat Lady
Staff member
#19
I totally stole most of these from other people's lists...Oh yeah, and they're not in any sort of order. And apologies in advance if I screw up. I caught myself putting trilogies in the standalone list earlier because I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing.

1) top 5 YA books/series (small criteria, protagonists have to be under 19 at the start of the book or series, can be sci-fi or fantasy)

  1. Harry Potter
  2. The Dark is Rising books by Susan Cooper
  3. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  4. Coraline
  5. Codex Alera

2) top 5 fantasy series (has to have more than 3 books published [trilogies do not count])

  1. Malazan
  2. Black Company
  3. Thomas Covenant
  4. Song of Ice and Fire
  5. Long Price

3) top 5 stand-alone fantasy books (if there are rumours of a sequel, then it doesn't count. Has to be straight up stand-alone)

  1. Tigana
  2. The Lions of al-Rassan
  3. Best Served Cold
  4. A Song for Arbonne (apparently I haven't read too many non-GGK standalones)
  5. Sea Change (by SM Wheeler)

4) top 5 fantasy trilogies (completed)

  1. First Law
  2. Fionavar Tapester
  3. Farseer
  4. Mistborn
  5. Lord of the Rings

5) top 5 sci-fi books/series (completed or uncompleted)

Can't do this one. Have read tons and tons of sci fi but it was 20 years ago and I don't remember most of it all that well.
 

blitzburns4

Owns a Ring of Power
#20
Happy Birthday Jon Snow! Thank you so much for doing this, and I hope you have an amazing birthday.

Top Five YA - My proudest list.

5. Septimus Heap by Angie Sage
4. The Pit Dragon Trilogy by Jane Yolen
3. Ranger's Apprentice by John Flannagan
2. Percy Jackson and The Olympians by Rick Riordan
1. Mortal Coils by Eric Nylund

Top Five Fantasy Series

5. The Epic Cycle [The Iliad, The Odyssey, and The Aeneid] by Homer, Virgil
4. Tolkien's Works of Middle Earth [The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Children of Hurin, and The Samirillion.]
3. Brandon Sanderson's Collected Works [Particularly Mistborn and The Stormlight Archive]
2. The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny
1. A Song of Ice and Fire by George Martin

Top Five Sci-Fi Series - Admittedly Pretty Unexperienced Here.

5. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes [Single Book, sorry kind of cheated here.]
4. The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy [Only Partially Read] by Douglas Adams
3. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
2. The Barsoom Series by Edgar Rice Burroughs
1. The Demon Princes by Jack Vance

Top Five Fantasy Books [Cheating here sort of]

5. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
4. The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
3. The Iliad by Homer
2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
1. The Princess Bride by Wiliam Goldman

Fantasy Trilogies? Don't know many.

3. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
1. The Epic Cycle [Only three books remaining]
 
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