What are the best books where the protagonist is a genius?

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    #1The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson is a crime fiction novel published in 2005. This book tells the story of Mikael Blomkvist and his struggle to redeem his honor by solving a murder for a wealthy family.

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    Carolyn Bradley
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I read this book in paper last year and loved it. I also liked the film."
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    #2Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection

    Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection
    Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A brilliant London-based detective, Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess and astute observationskills. He is arguably the most famous fictional detective ever created, and is one of the best known and most universally recognizable literary characters in any genre. 
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    Olivia Thompson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Time does not change great literature This was completely entertaining and no matter how old you are it's still great to read over the ones you enjoyed the first time. What amazes me the most about these stories is that, despite having read through the entire collection a number of times, I seem to find something new each time I read it. Knowing the solution to the mysteries, doesn't seem to diminish the excitement at getting to Holmes' big reveal each time. The characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson become character studies, making you long for the little tidbits that provide more insight into their inner workings."
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    #3The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle)

    The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle)

    The Name of the Wind, the first book in Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicle series, is about Kvothe, who is in search of the meaning of life while going on many adventures, including kidnapping princesses and a burning down of a whole town.

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    Patricia Murray
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book was a bit slow to set up, but so worth it in the end. It reminds me of Harry Potter, if he was a bit older, and a little of Game of Thrones."
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    #4Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)

    Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
    Ender's Game is the first book in The Ender Quintet series by Orson Scott Card which has won the Hugo and Nebula awards. This science fiction novel centers on Ender being trained in military and combat to prepare against an alien attack. 
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    Megan Walters
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "My favorite book where the protagonist is a genius is Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet). It's the first book in the Ender Quintet series by Orson Scott Card. It's an awesome science-fiction story about being trained in the military and combat to prepare for an alien attack. Ender is a great character. There are so many great characters in this book. I really recommend it!"
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    #5Dune (Dune Chronicles)

    Dune (Dune Chronicles)
    Dune by Frank Herbert is the story of Paul Atreides who becomes Muad'Dib and embarks on a journey to avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family, thus bringing to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.
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    Jacob Palmer
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Great adventure book with awesome characters. I recommend to anyone."
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    #6Artemis Fowl

    Artemis Fowl
    When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.
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    Brian Marshall
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Fun book to read. Would be a good read for a young reader for sure. Good characters that young readers might relate to."
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    #7The Martian

    The Martian

    Mark Watney is one of the first humans to walk on Mars, but he's also the first person to die there, officially. After a terrible storm that nearly kills him and forces his crew to be evacuated, Mark, a world-wide known biologist, works hard to survive on the surface of the red planet. 

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    #8The Black Prism (Lightbringer Series)

    The Black Prism (Lightbringer Series)
    High priest, emperor, powerful, charming... Guile has everything a man could ever wish, and in addition to that, he is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. But everything changes when he discovers that he has a son, born in the war that allowed him to rule everyone, so he must decide what's more important. 
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    Lisa Perkins
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Overall, I came away from it feeling "meh". It was typical Brent Weeks' writing style, which I absolutely love, but there were many parts of the story that were a total slog to get through. Kip's character was pretty annoying, and I wanted Karris to be so much more. I'm giving my judgment of annoyance for the Prism's character a pass for now because I think there is a lot more depth to come in the following books. The color analogies really bothered me, too, but I guess you have to define your basis for the magical realm somewhere, so now we have Prism, Spectrum, Chromeria, the White, etc. Okay, fine. I also felt let down by Gavin Guile because it left me with more confusion over his conflicting character rather than mystery."
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    #9The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)

    The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)

    The Da Vinci Code is a novel about Robert Langdon's journey in finding the Louvre. He will face many challenges that includes decoding cryptic messages that involves Leonardo Da Vinci's paintings. 

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    Louis Bryant
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "A great solution. This story is thrilling. It is a stirring and exciting journey that is very, well written."
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    #10Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera)

    Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera)

    Furies of Calderon is the first book in the fantasy series Codex Alera written by Jim Butcher that tells the story of Tavi. He will save the world without powers and his only key is his resourcefulness.

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    Madison Bowman
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The book furies of calderon is a great book that captures your imagination and interest from the get go. The story is focused on our protagonist Tavi who uses only his own genius to help save the world. Some people may think super powers are the only way to save the world, but Tavi proves otherwise!"
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    #11Six of Crows

    Six of Crows

    Six of Crows is the first book in the Six of Crows series. This young adult fantasy fiction novel is written by Leigh Bardugo, and it was published in 2015.

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    Bruce Johnston
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I was looking for a crime novel that would keep my attention. Six of Crows cover caught my eye. I must say, the novel really kept the suspense going."
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    #12The Rosie Project (Don Tillman)

    The Rosie Project (Don Tillman)

    The Rosie Project is a contemporary romance fiction novel written by Graeme Simsion. This is the first novel in the Don Tillman series. It was published in 2013.

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    Carolyn Estrada
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I intended on giving this book as a gift to a friend, but after skimming through the first chapter, I decided to read it. It is both funny and romantic, but what I like most about it is that it has unusual characters. I bought my friend her own copy and she enjoyed it too."

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Best What are the best books where the protagonist is a genius
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Girl with the Dragon TattooBooks 31 Paid
2Sherlock Holmes: The Complete CollectionBooks 27 Paid
3The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle)Books 26 Paid
4Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)Books 24 Paid
5Dune (Dune Chronicles) Books 21 Paid
6Artemis FowlBooks 20 Paid
7The MartianBooks 18 Paid
8The Black Prism (Lightbringer Series)Books 15 Paid
9The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)Books 13 Paid
10Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera)Books 11 Paid
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