Monday, 4 August 2014

A list of my favourite novels



How much I actually like a novel seems to bear very little relationship to how much other people like them, at least going by Amazon's customer reviews.   Most novels I start reading I just give up after the first few pages.  Also, where as the vast majority of customer reviews are 5 stars,  for the minority of novels that I actually manage to finish, I would give only an average of 3 stars.  So when I give 5 stars people can be assured I really did like the novel concerned.

The following list of books are the best novels I have read in my life and I would emphatically give them all 5 stars. A good proportion feature time travel!

I have 2 lists, the first list being novels for adults and the second list novels for children.  Clicking on the picture of the book will take you to the relevant Amazon.com page.  Clicking on the title of the book underneath the picture will take you to the relevant page on the UK version of Amazon.

PS Might have made a bit of a mess here.  I'm having to experiment with html code but desirable end results do not appear to be best served by an experimental approach.  So the pictures won't be evenly spaced etc.

Novels for Adults

 

 

James Clavell - Shogun

James Clavell - Shogun

Tim Bowler - Apocalypse
Tim Bowler - Apocalypse

















Felix J.Palma The Map of Time
Felix J.Palma - The Map of Time














Robert Steele Gray Survivor

Robert Steele Gray - Survivor
















Will Hubbell - Cretaceous Sea
Will Hubbell - Cretaceous Sea















Ken Grimwood -- Replay
Ken Grimwood -- Replay
















Tim Powers - The Anubis Gates
Tim Powers - The Anubis Gates

















John Wynham - The Day of the Triffids

John Wynham - The Day of the Triffids
















Isaac Asimov - The End of Eternity
Isaac Asimov - The End of Eternity















A.J. Cronin - Hatter's Castle
A.J. Cronin - Hatter's Castle















A.J. Cronin - Grand Canary
A.J. Cronin - Grand Canary
















Novels for Children 

 

 

 
Enid Blyton -- The Secret Island
Enid Blyton -- The Secret Island















Enid Blyton - The Magic Wishing Chair Again
Enid Blyton - The Magic Wishing Chair Again

















L. Frank Baum -- The Marvelous Land of Oz
L. Frank Baum -- The Marvelous Land of Oz

















Philippa Pearce - Tom's Midnight Garden
Philippa Pearce - Tom's Midnight Garden



















Enid Blyton - House at the Corner
Enid Blyton - House at the Corner
















Enid Blyton - The Enchanted Wood
Enid Blyton - The Enchanted Wood
















C.S. Lewis - The Last Battle
C.S. Lewis - The Last Battle


1 comment:

  1. Replay is brilliant. I like most of those on your list, from back in the day. Never read Cronin though; looks good. Was just having a "favourite books" conversation in the office...

    You might also enjoy:
    * Neal Stephenson's Snowcrash - maybe a bit dated now - and The Diamond Age.
    * Haruki Murakami's Wild Sheep Chase and Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.
    * J.G. Ballard's selected earlier novels, The Drowned World, The Drought, Unlimited Dream Company, Hello America, etc.

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