Time Magazine's list of top 100 English-language novels (since 1923)
Knee jerk reactions:
on the inclusion of Animal Farm, Invisible Man (Ellison, not Wells), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Lord of the Flies and To Kill a Mockingbird
on Light in August and The Sound and the Fury
I was surprised by Snow Crash, Neuromancer, The Big Sleep and especially Watchmen.
Snow Crash is my favorite novel, but it and Neuromancer are often considered cornerstone novels in the cyberpunk genre. I didn't expect Time to recognize cyberpunk novels as among two of the "greatest novels" since 1923.
I'm happy, but surprised, that Time recognized the "hard boiled" genre by giving a nod to The Big Sleep.
Last, but certainly not least, the Alan Moore graphic novel(!) (read: comic book) Watchmen made the list?! That's certainly a surprise, albeit a pleasant one. Most critics don't recognize graphic novels as "serious" literature.