Hey, that’s not even the greatest SF novel!
For that I vote for Foundation (really the whole trilogy).
My favorite is Neal Stephensons’ Snow Crash
The Dice Man.
1984 - most definitely a candidate.
Frankenstein the first? I dunno…
Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. Just think of the plot, and in its era - an abused child helps a runaway slave escape to freedom, even though he knows he will burn in hell for stealing someone else’s property…
'til next time;
Huck Finn - Twain - I’ve read nearly everything he published - yes, but the ending…too much of a farce…
I thought that too for a long time, but now I am not so sure it wasn’t meant to be way of lightening the message. Also, hardly the only great book with a lame ending - ever read ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ by Heinlein?
I know there’s a big debate among the literary theorists about the ending to Huck Finn. That it was intended to lighten it up a bit makes sense, but then that sort of sells out the moral power of the book, seems to me.
Stranger in a Strange Land - you know, I’ve not read the “original” version of it. Does it differ much from the first version? I confess, I hardly remember it.
I only remember one version of ‘Stranger’. Although I thought his ‘The Moon is a Harsh Mistress’ was far superior; in fact, better than anything else he ever wrote. which is saying something, because he wrote some great stuff, like ‘Job’, or ‘Podkayne of Mars’!
BTW, a lot of people consider Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ the seminal work of Science Fiction, as well as being perhaps the first totally modern novel…
'til next time;
As for SF: I’ve read Dune three or four times. Good book. The sequels don’t measure up, IMHO, especially not the later ones.
But as for the best book I’ve read, I’d go for “Zorba the Greek”. Been years since I read it, but I remember that feeling I got from that one was: "I don’t want to read this ever again, it’s too much."
Lately I’ve only been reading very lightweight books. Baen books, and things like that. Taking it too easy might be a mistake, though. The mind gets dulled.
P.S. Starship Troopers is my favourite by Robert A.
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The Drawing of the Three, Gunslinger -Stephen King.
I don’t know why, but that one appealed to me, the rest of the trilogy wasn’t bad either.
Another Stephen King fan here. The Stand is the greatest book ever written to me!
One of the only books to actually give me goosebumps!