These are taken from here. Bold if I've read SF(7) or Fantasy(5). I'm clearly not keeping up with my reading.
1 Scalzi, John : Old Man's War (2005)
2 Stephenson, Neal : Anathem (2008)
3 Bacigalupi, Paolo : The Windup Girl (2009)
4 Wilson, Robert Charles : Spin (2005)
5 Watts, Peter : Blindsight (2006)
6 Morgan, Richard : Altered Carbon (2002)
7 Collins, Suzanne : The Hunger Games (2008)
8 Gibson, William : Pattern Recognition (2003)
9 Mieville, China : The City & the City (2009)
10 Stross, Charles : Accelerando (2005)
11 Mitchell, David : Cloud Atlas (2004)
12 McDonald, Ian : River of Gods (2004)
13 McCarthy, Cormac : The Road (2006)
14 Harrison, M. John : Light (2002)
15* Willis, Connie : Black Out/All Clear (2010)
15* Chabon, Michael : The Yiddish Policemen's Union (2007)
1 Gaiman, Neil : American Gods (2001)
2 Clarke, Susanna : Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2004)
3 Rothfuss, Patrick : The Name of the Wind (2007)
4 Mieville, China : The Scar (2002)
5 Martin, George R. R. : A Feast for Crows (2005)
6 Rowling, J. K. : Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)
7 Bujold, Lois McMaster : The Curse of Chalion (2001)
8 Mieville, China : The City & the City (2009)
9 Fforde, Jasper : The Eyre Affair (2001)
10* Bujold, Lois McMaster : Paladin of Souls (2003)
10* Pratchett, Terry : Night Watch (2002)
12 Gaiman, Neil : Coraline (2002)
13 Wolfe, Gene : The Wizard Knight (2004)
14 Pratchett, Terry : Going Postal (2004)
15* Gaiman, Neil : The Graveyard Book (2008)
15* Lynch, Scott : The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006)
1 Herbert, Frank : Dune (1965)
2 Card, Orson Scott : Ender's Game (1985)
3 Asimov, Isaac : The Foundation Trilogy (1953)
4 Simmons, Dan : Hyperion (1989)
5 Le Guin, Ursula K. : The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
6 Adams, Douglas : The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
7 Orwell, George : Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)
8 Gibson, William : Neuromancer (1984)
9 Bester, Alfred : The Stars My Destination (1957)
10 Bradbury, Ray : Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
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1 Tolkien, J. R. R. : The Lord of the Rings (1955)
2 Martin, George R. R. : A Game of Thrones (1996)
3 Tolkien, J. R. R. : The Hobbit (1937)
4 Le Guin, Ursula K. : A Wizard of Earthsea (1968)
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The four books are:
- Civilization[sic] in Britain, 2000 B.C.
- The Pagan Origin of Fairs
- The Sacred Stone
- Fire Worship in Britain
At the front of each is the synopsis of the series which present's Dexter's thesis on the settlement of Britain and which bears repeating in it's entirety:
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Éric Poindron’s Étrange (*) Questionnaire
(*) Bizarre, extraordinary, singular, surprising. Le Robert Dictionary
1 – Write the first sentence of a novel, short story, or book of the weird yet to be written.
In the Insect House, Matilda was reattaching the legs to the ants.
2 – Without looking at your watch: what time is it?
3 – Look at your watch. What time is it?
4 – How do you explain this — or these — discrepancy(ies) in time?
That's what clocks are for.
5 – Do you believe in meteorological predictions?
I accept their likelihood.
6 – Do you believe in astrological predictions?
7 – Do you gaze at the sky and stars by night?
8 – What do you think of the sky and stars by night?
9 – What were you looking at before starting this questionnaire?
10 – What do cathedrals, churches, mosques, shrines, synagogues, and other religious monuments inspire in you?
11 – What would you have “seen” if you’d been blind?
I don't know.
12 – What would you want to see if you were blind?
13 – Are you afraid?
Only of dentists.
14 – What of?
The metal things they put in your mouth.
15 – What is the last weird film you’ve seen?
16 – Whom are you afraid of?
No one in particular.
17 – Have you ever been lost?
Yes. When I was a kid I got lost in a supermarket, so I went to the Police Station.
18 – Do you believe in ghosts?
19 – What is a ghost?
20 – At this very moment, what sound(s) can you here, apart from the computer?
The Might Boosh and Paula going to bed.
21 – What is the most terrifying sound you’ve ever heard – for example, “the night was like the cry of a wolf”?
A fog horn, close up behind me at a football match.
22 – Have you done something weird today or in the last few days?
I played a computer game and pretended to be a man in diamond armour.
23 – Have you ever been to confession?
No. I was never confirmed.
24 – You’re at confession, so confess the unspeakable.
25 –Without cheating: what is a “cabinet of curiosities”?
A collection of interesting things. Ein Wunderkammer, of things that fascinated the owner.
26 –Do you believe in redemption?
27 – Have you dreamed tonight?
28 – Do you remember your dreams?
Not very often
29 – What was your last dream?
I don't know
30 – What does fog make you think of?
31 – Do you believe in animals that don’t exist?
32 – What do you see on the walls of the room where you are?
A painting by my dead step-father of the countryside in SW France. There's a rabbit, a dog, a horse and a deer, cows a goat and a farmer.
33 – If you became a magician, what would be the first thing you’d do?
34 – What is a madman?
Someone who doesn't fit in, often in an unhappy way.
35 – Are you mad?
I'm not unhappy.
36 – Do you believe in the existence of secret societies?
37 – What was the last weird book you read?
Fancies and Goodnights by John Collier
38 – Would you like to live in a castle?
A bit draughty but plenty of space for books.
39 – Have you seen something weird today?
An invocation to Master of the Great White Lodge
40 – What is the weirdest film you’ve ever seen?
The Falls by Peter Greenaway
41 – Would you like to live in an abandoned train station?
My Mum lives in one. It was quite nice.
42 – Can you see the future?
To a certain extent. It's what maths is for.
43 – Have you considered living abroad?
I have lived abroad, but not through choice.
44 – Where?
45 – Why?
That's where my parents went
46 – What is the weirdest film you’ve ever owned?
The Falls by Peter Greenaway
47 – Would you liked to have lived in a vicarage?
My first residence was a vicarage.
48 – What is the weirdest book you’ve ever read?
That one about the oil conspiracy and sand. [This one:
Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials by Reza Negarestani]
49 – Which do you like better, globes or hourglasses?
50 – Which do you like better, antique magnifying glasses or bladed weapons?
51 – What, in all likelihood, lies in the depths of Loch Ness?
52 – Do you like taxidermied animals?
53 – Do you like walking in the rain?
54 – What goes on in tunnels?
Births and rebirths.
55 – What do you look at when you look away from this questionnaire?
The painting on the wall.
56 – What does this famous line inspire in you: “And when he had crossed the bridge, the phantoms came to meet him.”?
Loss of hope.
57 – Without cheating: where is that famous line from?
I thought it was from something Gothic, Dracula maybe.
58 – Do you like walking in graveyards or the woods by night?
58 – Write the last line of a novel, short story, or book of the weird yet to be written.
In the house, the Queen was reattaching Matilda's legs.
59 – Without looking at your watch: what time is it?
60 – Look at your watch. What time is it?