Top 100 Lists Are an Order of Magnitude Dumber than Top 10 Lists

What’s worse than top 10 lists? Top 100 lists. Of science fiction and fantasy books. Determined by internet voting. Death to you, mediocre popular opinion! And as far as NPR goes, did you guys really need to up your geek pageview count? All right, so fine…. what’d it get wrong?

In the wtf are you on this list list: Wheel of Time, Belgariad, Drizzt, Thrawn, Xanth, Malazan, Kushiel, Alera… Okay, to be fair, I quibble. It’s not a bad reading list – if you remove all of the fantasy series and stick with the stand-alone novels. That makes Tolkien a casualty of war, but I can live with that.

Update (8/12/11): Scalzi does a good job listing good books that are missing from the list, as do some of his commenters. If I had to pick one to add, it’d be something from Kay — Tigana or perhaps The Lions of Al-Rassan.

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