When I was growing up, my literature of choice was usually classic children’s books (I read The Secret Garden a dozen times) and the occasional Harlequin romance from my grandmother’s living room, where she kept a basket of them next to her chair. I didn’t join the ranks of science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts until I discovered Harry Potter in the sixth grade. Even then, the furthest I ventured into the genre was Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire series.
Recently it occurred to me that there is an entire wealth of science fiction and fantasy novels that I have never picked up, but are considered classics by lovers of those genres. Legends of Earthsea and The Sword of Truth series are two I have in the house, but there is a whole slew of fantastical books just waiting to be discovered. My goal is twofold. Firstly, to actually read something once in awhile, because seriously, I don’t think I’ve read an actual book in over a year. Secondly, to discover some of the great classics of teh science fiction and fantasy genres and actually sound like I know what I’m talking about with fellow nerds.
On the list:
The John Carter series by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Land That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Legends of Earthsea by Ursula K Leguin
The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind
The Collected Works of Jules Verne
Also HG Wells
Any suggestions for the list?