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Ranking Author Charles Stross’s Best Books (A Bibliography Countdown)

“What are Charles Stross’s Best Books?” We looked at all of Stross’s authored bibliography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the books written by Charles Stross and looked at their Goodreads, Amazon, and LibraryThing scores, ranking them against one another to see which books came out on top. The books are ranked in our list below based on which titles have the highest overall score between all 3 review sites in comparison with all of the other books by the same author. The process isn’t super scientific and in reality, most books aren’t “better” than other books as much as they are just different. That being said, we do enjoy seeing where our favorites landed, and if you aren’t familiar with the author at all, the rankings can help you see what books might be best to start with.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



The Top Book’s Of Charles Stross



42 ) The Lambda Functionary

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 41
  • Amazon: 40
  • LibraryThing: 39


42 ) Ghost Engine

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 41
  • Amazon: 40
  • LibraryThing: 39


41 ) Scratch Monkey

 Scratch Monkey

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 40
  • Amazon: 40
  • LibraryThing: 38


40 ) The Clan Corporate

 The Clan Corporate

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 38
  • Amazon: 38
  • LibraryThing: 36


39 ) The Rapture of the Nerds

 The Rapture of the Nerds

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 39
  • Amazon: 35
  • LibraryThing: 37


37 ) The Trade of Queens

 The Trade of Queens

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 34
  • Amazon: 38
  • LibraryThing: 35


37 ) The Family Trade

 The Family Trade

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 37
  • Amazon: 37
  • LibraryThing: 33


36 ) Invisible Sun

 Invisible Sun

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 24
  • Amazon: 40
  • LibraryThing: 39


35 ) The Revolution Business

 The Revolution Business

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 32
  • Amazon: 36
  • LibraryThing: 29


34 ) Saturn’s Children

 Saturn's Children

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 33
  • Amazon: 27
  • LibraryThing: 34


33 ) The Merchants’ War

 The Merchants' War

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 34
  • Amazon: 31
  • LibraryThing: 28


32 ) Missile Gap

 Missile Gap

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 30
  • Amazon: 31
  • LibraryThing: 29


30 ) The Hidden Family

 The Hidden Family

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 34
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 32


30 ) The Traders’ War

 The Traders' War

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 41
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 39


29 ) Rule 34

 Rule 34

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 31
  • Amazon: 22
  • LibraryThing: 25


28 ) Singularity Sky

 Singularity Sky

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 25
  • Amazon: 27
  • LibraryThing: 24


26 ) Accelerando

 Accelerando

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 21
  • Amazon: 27
  • LibraryThing: 22


26 ) Halting State

 Halting State

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 28
  • Amazon: 22
  • LibraryThing: 20


25 ) Wireless

 Wireless

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 18
  • Amazon: 31
  • LibraryThing: 20


24 ) Toast

 Toast

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 26
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 27


23 ) The Annihilation Score

 The Annihilation Score

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 19
  • Amazon: 31
  • LibraryThing: 12


22 ) Fables from the Fountain

 Fables from the Fountain

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 26
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 17


21 ) Palimpsest

 Palimpsest

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 28
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 14


18 ) Timelike Diplomacy

 Timelike Diplomacy

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 11
  • Amazon: 22
  • LibraryThing: 22


18 ) Iron Sunrise

 Iron Sunrise

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 14
  • Amazon: 27
  • LibraryThing: 14


18 ) A Tall Tail

 A Tall Tail

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 15
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 31


17 ) Dark State

 Dark State

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 4
  • Amazon: 11
  • LibraryThing: 39


16 ) Glasshouse

 Glasshouse

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 21
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 17


15 ) The Revolution Trade

 The Revolution Trade

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 13
  • Amazon: 22
  • LibraryThing: 17


13 ) Equoid

 Equoid

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 16
  • Amazon: 22
  • LibraryThing: 12


13 ) Neptune’s Brood

 Neptune's Brood

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 23
  • Amazon: 11
  • LibraryThing: 16


12 ) Empire Games

 Empire Games

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 12
  • Amazon: 6
  • LibraryThing: 26


11 ) The Bloodline Feud

 The Bloodline Feud

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 19
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 7


10 ) The Atrocity Archives

 The Atrocity Archives

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 17
  • Amazon: 11
  • LibraryThing: 11


9 ) The Jennifer Morgue

 The Jennifer Morgue

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 10
  • Amazon: 9
  • LibraryThing: 9


7 ) The Labyrinth Index

 The Labyrinth Index

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 4
  • Amazon: 6
  • LibraryThing: 10


7 ) The Apocalypse Codex

 The Apocalypse Codex

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 9
  • Amazon: 6
  • LibraryThing: 5


6 ) Approaching Xanadu

 Approaching Xanadu

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 4
  • Amazon: 11
  • LibraryThing: 3


5 ) On Her Majesty’s Occult Service

 On Her Majesty's Occult Service

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 1
  • Amazon: 15
  • LibraryThing: 1


4 ) The Rhesus Chart

 The Rhesus Chart

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 4
  • Amazon: 2
  • LibraryThing: 8


2 ) The Delirium Brief

 The Delirium Brief

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 2
  • Amazon: 4
  • LibraryThing: 6


2 ) The Fuller Memorandum

 The Fuller Memorandum

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 4
  • Amazon: 4
  • LibraryThing: 4


1 ) The Nightmare Stacks

 The Nightmare Stacks

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 3
  • Amazon: 2
  • LibraryThing: 2


Charles Stross’s Best Books



Charles Stross Review Website Bibliography Rankings

BookGoodreadsAmazonLibraryThingOveral Rank
The Nightmare Stacks 3 2 2 1
The Delirium Brief 2 4 6 2
The Fuller Memorandum 4 4 4 2
The Rhesus Chart 4 2 8 4
On Her Majesty’s Occult Service 1 15 1 5
Approaching Xanadu 4 11 3 6
The Labyrinth Index 4 6 10 7
The Apocalypse Codex 9 6 5 7
The Jennifer Morgue 10 9 9 9
The Atrocity Archives 17 11 11 10
The Bloodline Feud 19 15 7 11
Empire Games 12 6 26 12
Equoid 16 22 12 13
Neptune’s Brood 23 11 16 13
The Revolution Trade 13 22 17 15
Glasshouse 21 15 17 16
Dark State 4 11 39 17
Timelike Diplomacy 11 22 22 18
Iron Sunrise 14 27 14 18
A Tall Tail 15 9 31 18
Palimpsest 28 15 14 21
Fables from the Fountain 26 15 17 22
The Annihilation Score 19 31 12 23
Toast 26 15 27 24
Wireless 18 31 20 25
Accelerando 21 27 22 26
Halting State 28 22 20 26
Singularity Sky 25 27 24 28
Rule 34 31 22 25 29
The Hidden Family 34 15 32 30
The Traders’ War 41 1 39 30
Missile Gap 30 31 29 32
The Merchants’ War 34 31 28 33
Saturn’s Children 33 27 34 34
The Revolution Business 32 36 29 35
Invisible Sun 24 40 39 36
The Trade of Queens 34 38 35 37
The Family Trade 37 37 33 37
The Rapture of the Nerds 39 35 37 39
The Clan Corporate 38 38 36 40
Scratch Monkey 40 40 38 41
The Lambda Functionary 41 40 39 42
Ghost Engine 41 40 39 42

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