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Richard T

As Tolkien, Adams and Azimov have already been mentioned, one cannot forget the great Roger Zelazny and "The Chronicles of Amber" series ... classic geekness.

After all, who wouldn't want to warp space and time by just going for a walk? ... sure would make my evening strolls with the Mrs and wee one (1.66 of one) a bit more interesting!


I read Tim Powers every year. He is such a fantastic storyteller, and I think my favourite would have to be Earthquake Weather and it's sequel, Expiration Date.

Also for some Canadian talent we have Robert Charles Wilson who is fantastic and the often overlooked Nalo Hopkinson. There are many others, but I thought I would throw out just a few to start :)


ok been watching the comments for a bit now, and noone seems to have mentioned Anne McCaffrey, why i don't know, but she is one of my all time favorites, despite her books being mostly for teens.
I can strongly recommend everyone to read both her pern series (it has dragons!) and crystal singer series.

Toby Elliot Newt

One I like is "House of leaves", by Mark Z. Danielewski, this is a truly unique book...
It's read only by nerds...

Maybe these won't count bc they are non fiction, but great nerdbooks: "I am A strange loop" or "GEB" by Douglas Hofstadter.

And one I have for the sake of having it, is "PI volume 2". I know it's completely useless(to me) but I like to show it off at any occasion I get... ;)


I can truly recommend anything by Douglas Adams (Dirk Gently's holistic detective agency is just brilliant, as is the BBC radio adaptation with Billy Boyd), and also Jasper Fforde, Philip Pullman etc.
But I cannot believe Terry Pratchett did not make the list. He has written lots and lots of clever, silly books. Please do check him out (it's for your own good, really).


I'm getting a kindle for Christmas and, after reading your list here I've realized that I NEED a "Don't Panic" skin for it. If I can't find one I may have to see if I can get one custom made. ;) Maybe a Don't panic screen saver would do instead. I'll have to think about that.


Doctor Who is just such a really great book. I recommend it to all of you that didn't read it...It's a must read in a lifetime


HHR is close in my top 10 favorites! My brother got me a version of it one Christmas that looked suspiciously like a Bible. :) I recommend "The Night Angel Trilogy" by Brent Weeks and the "Temeraire" series by Naomi Novik.


HHG* Excuse me. :)

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Those are my go-to geek books when I want a quick read, since they usually only take me a couple of hours to read.

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