Andy Gainey

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Tier 1

Calvin and Hobbes, by Bill Watterson
The Culture series, by Iain M. Banks
The Earthsea series, by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, by Douglas Adams

Tier 2

The Alliance-Union universe, by C. J. Cherryh
The Dirk Gently series, by Douglas Adams
The Ender Quintet, by Orson Scott Card
The Wizardry series, by Rick Cook

Tier 3

  • Animal Farm, by George Orwell
  • Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  • The Coldfire trilogy, by C. S. Friedman
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, by Mark Twain
  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy, by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Temporary Duty Assignment (and its prequel Nice) by A. E. Ash
  • Watership Down, by Richard Adams


Books in this list might very well get moved to one of the three tiers above. But first I need to re-read them, since I've generally only read each of them once, and that one time was quite a while ago. As such, I neither remember clearly what I thought after reading them, nor did I have a very good foundation for critique at that younger age to really make any definite determinations of their worth to me. But to be on this list, I at least need to have a strong suspicion that a second reading would be valuable, reflecting the worth that the books likely hold for me.

  • A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine, L'Engle
  • Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Welcome to the Monkey House, by Kurt Vonnegut
  • 1984, by George Orwell
  • Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children of Dune, by Frank Herbert