In our experiences, top ten lists normally have two flaws: they're poorly formatted for quick reading and they are normally wrong. Just check all the comments of any top ten list, and you'll see lots of other folks think the list is wrong, too.
With our TL;DR Top Ten Lists, we're going to fix both problems... with your help. We're just gonna give you a couple of things on our top ten list (to make it faster to read), and you fill out the rest in the comments below (to make sure the list is accurate). Add to the list, argue with us, argue with each other, but most importantly be nice and have fun.
Today's TL;DR Top Ten List topic is:
Top 10 Series to Binge Read!
Binge watching is all the rage now, so we wanted to highlight binge reading! All our choices are series that are complete (so no "Song of Ice and Fire") and might not be exactly what was expected (LOTR, Harry Potter, etc.). However, you can elect any series in your comments below, if you wish. Just make sure to include some reasons for your choice!
- The Elijah Baley Series by Isaac Asimov
This series features a human and a robot: Elijah (sometimes called Lije) Baley (human) and R. Daneel Olivaw (robot). It explores such grand sci-fi topics as friendship, the meaning of "alive," and the conquering of prejudice. And, each novel featured a really keen mystery, too. This can turn into a multi-day binge, if you continue into the Foundation Series (where Lije and R. Daneel show up) and read until your faith in the robot-assured preservation of humanity is cemented.
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy (in more than three parts) by Douglas Adams
We came for the humor and we stayed for the Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters. And we also stayed for the humor. H2G2 is a Mega-epic adventure which taught the reader (through a pained smile of continued mirth) to look at the world in a different way. Read H2G2 in one sitting and you'll find the wonder in things you see everywhere (like fjords and mattresses) and maybe, just maybe, you'll fall someday and miss the ground.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Again, as in #1, we get more mystery. And again, we learn all sorts of lessons as we follow the Baudelaire family as they search for the truth. We learn that not all questions have answers and not all mysteries can be solved. And we also learn the value of the people we hold dear - a treasure beyond any that a family wills to you and a distant relative lusts over. Finally, we learned all sorts of words and authors and junk as we researched all the allusions made in the series. This series is one that leads to further binges!
- The "Swords" series by Fritz Leiber
With the creation of the characters Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser and the city of Lankhmar, Fritz Leiber added a massive chapter to the history of sword and sorcery tales. The Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories were not only full of all the staples of this genre, but also lovingly mocked it. While binging on this series, you'll have fun as characters actually progress (age, mature, settle down, etc.), all the while seeing what made Lankhmar a welcome addition to the AD&D universe.
And now it's your turn. What do you think numbers 5-10 are? Do you agree with our numbers 1-4?
Take to the comments and help us find the Top 10 Series to Binge Read!
Written by Mindel, a certified Master of Disguise (so long as the disguise looks just like him).