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I'm on The Murder of Roger Ackroyd now. I remember this one has a twist, and I'm pretty sure I know what the twist is, but it's still one of the more enjoyable reads, imo.
Yes, this one was very good, and at the time it was published it was considered very controversial.

I think this really is the only one that set up a ruckus, in that some readers were angry.
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I have a copy of Strange & Norrell floating around my house somewhere. I think I should read that one... if I find it.

I think it's in my son's room. Probably written all over.
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I'll take suggestions, haven't done fantasy/Sci-Fi in a while

In the house

Peter Pan (Barrie)
Timeline (Crichton)
The Lost World (Crichton)
The Nine Billion Names Of God (Clarke)
Damnation Alley (Zelazny)
Utopia (Moore)
Beowulf (Heaney)
Thanos Syndrome (Percy)
The Tommyknockers (King)
Four Past Midnight (King)
Cell (King)
Dreamcatcher (King)
Comet (Sagan)
The Martian (Weir)
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I'll take suggestions, haven't done fantasy/Sci-Fi in a while

In the house

Peter Pan (Barrie)
Timeline (Crichton)
The Lost World (Crichton)
The Nine Billion Names Of God (Clarke)
Damnation Alley (Zelazny)
Utopia (Moore)
Beowulf (Heaney)
Thanos Syndrome (Percy)
The Tommyknockers (King)
Four Past Midnight (King)
Cell (King)
Dreamcatcher (King)
Comet (Sagan)
The Martian (Weir)
I started Peter Pan and am finding it quite boring after the first chapter, which had some solid kid-romance and AAA dad jokes.

I haven't read anything else on your list, besides the Martian, which is fantastic and really unique. Which is odd, because you'd think it wouldn't be unique. It's literally just a guy engineer solving problems to stay alive.
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I'll take suggestions, haven't done fantasy/Sci-Fi in a while

In the house

Peter Pan (Barrie)
Timeline (Crichton)
The Lost World (Crichton)
The Nine Billion Names Of God (Clarke)
Damnation Alley (Zelazny)
Utopia (Moore)
Beowulf (Heaney)
Thanos Syndrome (Percy)
The Tommyknockers (King)
Four Past Midnight (King)
Cell (King)
Dreamcatcher (King)
Comet (Sagan)
The Martian (Weir)
Tommyknockers might be one of King's worst books. Four Past Midnight was a a collection of short novellas of dubious quality if I remember correctly. I liked Different Season more than Four past Midnight.

I haven't read the rest I've always wanted to read the Lost World to compare to movies, just never have gotten around to it.
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Okay, from this list, which ones would y'all recommend?

[also, if you recommend a series, please let me know if it's complete or not. I don't want to read unfinished series right now]
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan

Currently in the middle of this, but haven't read in a year or two. I'm on book 6 I think. series was completed by Brandon sanderson after the death of Jordan. Heard incredible things about his conclusion,but also have heard the books before the last 2 sanderson books are a slog. 10-12 book series.

18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss

fantastic books, but incomplete series and uncertain if it will ever be.

41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings

Middle grades/YA. OK, but probably not for you.

43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson

1st trilogy finished. I loved them. 2nd trilogy set 50 years later became a quadrology (is that a word?); not sure if done, but it's good too. 3rd series coming also.

62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
Meh.

67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
Meh.

69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
Meh.

71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
part of a nine-ology. first 2-3 books done. My 2nd favorite "active" series. Next book due in November.

73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
Meh. I'm on book 3 or 4. Got bored.

86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
Enjoyed, but pretty basic in terms of fantasy tropes, etc. I love butcher, and enjoy his Dresden Files (urban (aka modern) fantasy) series better. Codex is a finished series, while Dresden is on book 16 or 17, which is due out in July. eagerly awaiting. My favorite active series.

88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
Set in the star wars universe after RotJ. Was excellent for its time (1990s, before prequels). To me, "canon" established by the prequels makes it dated because it assumes things directly contradicted by the prequels. But it's still good.
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I was surprised to hear so many recommendations of the Strange and Norrell thing, because I didn't care for it. Then I realized I was thinking of a totally different book, that doesn't even have a similar name "Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore"

D'oh! Not sure how I conflated those two.
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Yeah, if I'm reading Butcher, it's going to be Dresden Files first.
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I was surprised to hear so many recommendations of the Strange and Norrell thing, because I didn't care for it. Then I realized I was thinking of a totally different book, that doesn't even have a similar name "Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore"

D'oh! Not sure how I conflated those two.
Oh, yeah. I didn't like that one. Nor Ready Player One.
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Yeah, if I'm reading Butcher, it's going to be Dresden Files first.
It takes a book or two to get good. Audio narrator is fantastic, Marsters or something -- actor from buffy series.
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