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Joe Hill posted his favorite fifty books today, and others have been joining the fun. Fifty, though...that's an awful lot of books, don't you think? Or maybe not. Here are my fifty favorite novels, in no particular order of preference. I'm not going to add any sort of summary, so you'll just have to trust that each one is written with aplomb and beauty. *laughs* Feel free to share your own.

1. The Anubis Gates - Tim Powers
2. On Stranger Tides - Tim Powers
3. Last Call - Tim Powers
4. Expiration Date - Tim Powers (Don't worry, I do like other authors as well.)
5. The Dark Is Rising - Susan Cooper
6. The Grey King - Susan Cooper
7. The Initiate - Louise Cooper (no relation to Susan, I'm pretty sure.)
8. The Outcast - Louise Cooper
9. The Master - Louise Cooper
10. The Last Stand of the DNA Cowboys - Mick Farren
11. The Touch - F Paul Wilson
12. The Tomb - F Paul Wilson
13. The Keep - F Paul Wilson
14. Nightworld - F Paul Wilson (I mean no disrespect, but I prefer the original version.)
15. A Morbid Taste for Bones - Ellis Peters
16. Camber of Culdi - Katherine Kurtz
17. Saint Camber - Katherine Kurtz
18. Camber the Heretic - Katherine Kurtz
19. Nine Princes in Amber - Roger Zelazny (I named my son after my favorite prince.)
20. A Night in the Lonesome October - Roger Zelazny
21. Jack of Shadows - Roger Zelazny
22. Dune - Frank Herbert (I originally read this book in order to impress a boy in high school. Loved the book, forgot about the boy.)
23. King of the Wind - Marguerite Henry
24. Misty of Chincoteague - Marguerite Henry (I spent several years in childhood convinced my parents had named me after the pony. I was slightly disappointed to learn I was named for the song instead.)
25. The Gunslinger - Stephen King
26. Sweet Silver Blues - Glen Cook
27. Walker of Worlds - Tom DeHaven
28. Flight to the Lonesome Place - Alexander Key (the first writer to whom I wrote a fan letter, and he wrote back. I still have that old letter - meant the world to me.)
29. Soulsmith - Tom Deitz
30. Wordwright - Tom Deitz
31. Dreambuilder - Tom Deitz
32. Sandman Slim - Richard Kadrey
33. A Madness of Angels - Kate Griffin
34. The Devil You Know - Mike Carey
35. The Naming of the Beasts - Mike Carey
36. Snow Crash - Neil Stephenson
37. Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton
38. Harpy's Flight - Megan Lindholm
39. Mad Ship - Robin Hobb
40. Stormbringer - Michael Moorcock
41. Neuromancer - William Gibson
42. Idoru - William Gibson
43. Swords and Deviltry - Fritz Leiber
44. Tales of Mystery and Imagination - Edgar Allan Poe
45. Captain Blood - Rafael Sabatini
46. Missing Melinda - Jacqueline Jackson
47. Villains by Necessity - Eve Forward
48. Tea With the Black Dragon - R A MacAvoy
49. Thieves' World - Robert Asprin
50. Mad Kestrel - Misty Massey (hey, if I don't love my own book, who will?)
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