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Bold if you've read (all of) them, italicise if you've started but not finished (inc some but not all of a series) and strikethrough if you hated them.

The Culture Novels, Iain M Banks (starting 1987) - cheating slightly as I haven't yet read the new one - Banks not someone I generally read in hardback
The Hyperion Cantos, Dan Simmons (starting 1989) - I'm assuming this is just referring to the first two, rather than the disappointing Endymion books
Grass, Sherri S Tepper (1989) - liked, didn't love
The Aleutian Trilogy, Gwyneth Jones (starting 1991) - forget the Bold as Love stuff - this is the best series Jones has written (although the final volume is a little disappointing)
The Mars Trilogy, Kim Stanley Robinson (starting 1992) - agreed.
Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson (1992) - agreed.
The Flower Cities sequence, Kathleen Ann Goonan (starting 1994) - the later books don't quite have the impact of the first but still good reads
Fairyland, Paul McAuley (1996) - didn't hate it, but didn't love it either
Diaspora, Greg Egan (1997) - again, didn't hate it, but it's not Egan's best; I still think he is one of sf's greatest short story writers but has yet to write a novel that worked completely.
Revelation Space, Alastair Reynolds (2000) - it was okay, but he's greatly improved since
The Arabesks, Jon Courtenay Grimwood (starting 2000) - agreed.
Light, M John Harrison (2002) - I got through it but I really didn't get it at all. One of those books that make me think that either everyone who loved it is much cleverer than I am or that the emperor has no clothes.
Stories of Your Life and Others, Ted Chiang (2002) - agreed.
Evolution, Stephen Baxter (2003) - I'm really behind with Baxter's stuff but this one just doesn't really appeal.
Pattern Recognition, William Gibson (2003) - didn't really leave a lasting impression.
Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell (2004) - this was okay, but not as clever as many people seemed to think it was. I enjoyed Ghostwritten more.
Air, Geoff Ryman (2004) - agreed.
River of Gods, Ian McDonald (2004) - agreed.
Accelerando, Charles Stross (2005)
- I've probably read almost all of this in the original short story form (but not, Mr Previn, necessarily in the right order!) Of all the stuff Stross has written this is probably what I've liked least.
Spin, Robert Charles Wilson (2005) - I'm a fan of Wilson and I liked this one, but I'm a bit bemused why it has been put above all his other novels, many of which are equally as good, some of which are better.

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Date: 2008-08-16 12:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] coalescent.livejournal.com
[Egan] has yet to write a novel that worked completely.

I was surprised (http://vectoreditors.wordpress.com/2008/08/14/the-canons-that-came-in-from-the-cold/) that the panel went for Diaspora, too, but I'd hold Distress up as a successful Egan novel; maybe Terenesia as well. Though in principle I agree that if you're going to pick one Egan, it has to be a short story collection.

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Date: 2008-08-16 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kicking-k.livejournal.com
I am feeling ill-read, because I have read NOTHING WHATEVER on this list!

Probably very salutary. Quite a lot of these I haven't even heard of. I have read some of Iain Banks's non-sf, but that's it.

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Date: 2008-08-21 08:05 pm (UTC)
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So you've read them all except Evolution? I would kep it that way if I were you!

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Date: 2008-08-21 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bookzombie.livejournal.com
Yeah, I like quite a lot of Baxter's stuff, but the blurb and what I've heard about that one doesn't really appeal. It doesn't sound as if it has a story to speak of and I like a bit of story...

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