my list of must-read books as of january 2016

UPDATED 6/2/2016

As someone who grew up on fantasy and pulp novels, I never understood the classics. Most must-read lists seem to have a lot of classics in them. Classics I've tried to read and didn't like. With that in mind, here's my big list of books you HAVE to read before you die. HAVE to. In no order.

The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Condensed Chaos by Phil Hine
The Bee Hunt by Dorothy Porter
The World of Null-A by A.E. Van Vogt
Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway
Necromancer by Gordon R Dickson
Scale-Bright by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
God's War by Kameron Hurley
The Borribles by Michael de Larrabeiti
Jesus On Mars by Philip Jose Farmer
Jirel of Joiry by C.L. Moore
Rumo by Walter Moers
Roadmarks by Roger Zelazny
Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard
Smoke Encrypted Whispers by Samuel Wagan Watson
Retromancer by Robert Rankin
Bonjour Laziness by Corinne Maier
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco 
Snail by Eric Dando
Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson
Excession by Iain M Banks
Of Shadow and Sea by Will Wight
Mystery Man by (Colin) Bateman
Obscenities by Michael Casey
Flow My Tears the Policeman Said by Philip K Dick
Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
Edge no.18: 10 Tombstones to Texas by George G Gilman
Eyes of Prey by John Sandford
Red Diamond Private Eye by Mark Schorr
The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar
A Spectre is Haunting Texas by Fritz Leiber
Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart by Jesse Bullington
Bloodstone by Karl Edward Wagner
Nomad of Time (aka Nomad of the Time Streams) by Michael Moorcock
Rifkind's Challenge - by Lynne Abbey
I, the Jury by Mickey Spillane
Chronicles of the Black Company by Glen Cook
End of the World Blues by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Them by Jon Ronson
Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
Charlie M by Brian Freemantle
The Iron Wolves by Andy Remic
The Hawkline Monster by Richard Brautigan
Death of a Red Heroine by Qiu Xiaolong
Bigger than Hitler - Better than Christ by Rik Mayall
Zerostrata by Andersen Prunty
The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge by Harry Harrison
Children of the Night by Michael Kring
The Unlimited Dream Company by J.G. Ballard
Lecherous Limericks by Isaac Asimov
The Baalbak Quest by David J Kelly
Time Snake and Superclown by Vincent King
Silverglass by JF Rivkin
Legend by David Gemmell
The Red Tree by Shaun Tan


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