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1

Credo by Melvyn Bragg

Credo I'm not the fastest reader in the world, but I'm not the slowest either (that prize goes to my brother. He'll never see this so I can say whatever I want to about him). Of the 55 books I stuffed in my head over the year this was number one. Set in the dark ages, this is a wonderful tale of faith and the early church. Far and away the best book I read in 2000.

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2

The Long Walk by Stephen King (writing as Richard Bachman)

the bachman books From an omnibus version of Bachman's books The Long Walk was one of those stories I couldn't stop reading until it was finished. In case you're wondering there is a difference between King and Bachman. He must be a lot of fun at a party.

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3

The Chronicles of Hawklan by Roger Taylor

the call of the swordthe fallthe waking of orthlundinto narsindal Not the Roger Taylor from Queen. But like the other Roger he is from the UK. A fantastic fantasy series in the high tradition.

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4

Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card

ender's shadow A remarkably entertaining novel, that follows the story of Ender from Bean's point of view.

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5

Illusion by Paula Volsky

illusion A fantasy retelling of the French revolution. An often riveting tale, this is worth seeking out.

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6

Chronicles of Hawkmoon by Michael Moorcock

hawkmoon On to the bottom five. Coming in at number six, Michael Moorcock's Hawkmoon anthology. The White Wolf editions of the Eternal Champion Series have been excellent. Even the Von Bek treasury that I initially did like all that much has stuck with me long after reading it. A very vivid writer.

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7

Endymion / Rise of Endymion by Dan Simmons

endymionrise of endymionPicking up the story of Hyperion. This set of books is remarkable. I've read reviews that have slammed it for being overly gushy, but for me it worked.

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8

The Iron Tower Trilogy (©1984) by Dennis L. McKiernan

the dark tideshadows of doomthe darkest dayThe second series written by Dennis McKiernan, but the first one to see print. Excellent fantasy. You can tell he's fan of the Master.

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9

The Icewind Dale Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore

crystal shardstreams of silverthe halfling's gemThis is the series that put Mister Salvatore on the fantasy map. All of the bells and whistles one would expect from a fantasy series.

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10

Guardian by John Saul

guardianAnd rounding out the top ten, a pretty decent John Saul. Lots of silly unbelievable action and stuff. A lot of hokey fun.

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