Once again proving that Americans love a "best-of" list, Time Magazine's book critics have compiled a list of the 100 best novels published...

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Once again proving that Americans love a “best-of” list, Time Magazine’s book critics have compiled a list of the 100 best novels published since Time began publishing in 1923. Listed in alphabetical order, the fiction hall of fame begins with “The Adventures of Augie March” by Saul Bellow and ends with “Wide Sargasso Sea” by Jean Rhys.

A novelist — a live novelist — from the Seattle area made the list: Neal Stephenson for his novel “Snow Crash.” The next nearest Northwesterner is Ken Kesey for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Stephenson is in pretty heady company, including Vladimir Nabokov (“Lolita”), A.S. Byatt (“Possession”) and J.R.R. Tolkien (“Lord of the Rings”). Take the day off, Neal!

For the complete list go to www.time.com, where you can also read the original reviews of the books. There’s also a “talk-back” link where you can argue with the critics about why your favorites weren’t on the list.

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Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times book editor