Re: Favorite books by genre
Fantasy Satire/ Parody: Any Terry Pratchett novel, particularly Night Watch. Truly mind-bending allusions and utterly fascinating. Piers Anthony with a much sharper edge.
"Straight" Fantasy: The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I read them as a boy and read them each year around Christmas. The definitive tome on mythology and a turning point personally.
"Straight" Science Fiction: Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut or possibly Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. My second and third favorite books of all time and both are dystopian future-style novels, but with wildly different endings.
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