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Wells was great in his time and possibly in the top 20 ever, but certainly not "the best" ever.
Philip K Dick is probably in the top 10 ever, although definitely not the best, considering the brilliant "new" generation of the last two decades. I read his Man In The High Castle. It was good but not even Dick's best novel, let alone one of the five best sci-fi novels of all time.
Also, it's been a while since I read Tale Of Two Cities but I had to when I saw it under "best violence". Maybe when one looks only at books of old, when there was little violence in print. The list is definitely compiled by someone who hasn't read anything written in the last few decades, imho.
And and and - Guys and Dolls isn't even an actual book/story. The musical was based on a whole raft of short stories by Runyon (which I highly recommend) but there was never one called Guys and Dolls. It has made me reminisce to myself quite how beautiful Marlon Brando was in that film, though, so I'll forgive the list-writer.
And Kurri - you're quite sure you're not prepared to go through your bins for us? I want to know who came up with this so I can internet stalk them.
Hassled - I will look into the depths of the recycling bin tomorrow <never let it be said I won't go the extra mile>, but I posted on a Tuesday, and bin day is Thursday, so the chances are that it is gone forever. (No, I won't go to the tip and scrub about in a huge mountain of trash - there are limits!)