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10 June 2008 @ 08:41 pm
Book Parity Meme  
1. You're standing in front of an imaginary bookshelf of all the books you've ever read. Which ones do you most want to re-read? Do you remember why you liked them the first time? this is non-exhaustive - just off the top of my head which means most of them are more recent reads

Ancient Mariners
Lionel Casson
compelling history making use of the drama inherent in all things human
Arabian Nightsgirl power
Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand
stop apologizing for being good at something
Children of the Night
Mercedes Lackey
brain candy
The Chronicles of Tao
Deng Ming-Dao
aphorisms, wisdom
Discworld Night Watch sub-series
Terry Pratchett
brain candy
Bram Stoker
incredible narrative
The Dispossessed
Ursula K. LeGuin
Mary Shelley
thought-provoking, sympathetic monster
Get in the Van
Henry Rollins
thought-provoking, sympathetic monster ;>
The Gift of Fear
Gavin de Becker
thought-provoking, self-awareness
Good Omens
Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
brain candy
The Green Glass Sea
Ellen Klages
gadgetry, girl power
In the Blink of an Eye
Walter Murch
thought-provoking, social anthropology
Kushiel's Dart
Jacqueline Carey
sexy, beautiful imagery
The Lies of Locke Lamora
Scott Lynch
incredible narrative, brain candy, beautiful imagery
The Long Hard Road Out of Hell
Marilyn Manson & Neil Strauss
thought-provoking, compelling narrative
Meaning of Liff
Douglas Adams & John Lloyd
Mote in God's Eye
Jerry Pournelle & Larry Niven
awesome aliens. what.
Neil Gaiman
second city, urbana
Nude Men
Amanda Filipacchi
thought-provoking, macabre
The Oddkins
Dean R. Koontz
the Velveteen Rabbit, except better
The Passion
Jeannette Winterson
beautiful imagery, thought-provoking
Perdido Street Station
China Mieville
beautiful imagery, macabre, urbana
Pride & Prejudice
Jane Austen
romantic, girl power
Queen of the Damned
Anne Rice
compelling narrative, beautiful imagery
Speaker for the Dead
Orson Scott Card
how to deal with the death of people you have really mixed feelings about
Steel Beach
John Varley
first book I read with sex change philosophy
Tao Te Chingaphorisms, wisdom, thought-provoking
What Do You Say After You Say Hellothought-provoking, self-awareness
Why Do Birds
Damon Knight
heh, I can't remember

... Have you read any of these books? Did you like/dislike them?

William Gibson, Octavia Butler, Peter Hamilton, Julian May, Neal Stephenson, Theodore Sturgeon, Isaac Asimov, Robert Louis Stephenson and others deserve books up there, but I'd have to read through the titles to figure out which ones I particularly loved.

2. How did you discover the books listed above?
Books I got at the book store because I thought the titles were cool:
Perdido Street Station, Why Do Birds, Neverwhere, Discworld

Books recommended by friends:
Christopher Sumption, Kris (kfrye), Lauren (dj_stitch), Jake (nplusm), Marc Moorash (moorash), Phil (gkr), Falcone (bitterfun), Jen Williams, WisCon panelists, Daniel Levain, Jayson Lett, Pekka (pegax), my parents and some ex-coworkers recommended some of these.

3. Of these books, which ones are controversial (according to you, not Scholastic Books)?
Nude Men - childhood sexuality
Perdido Street Station - brutality

4. Of these books, which ones would you recommend to anyone without reservation or regard to their literary preferences?
Ancient Mariners, In the Blink of an Eye, Good Omens, Meaning of Liff
Current Mood: reward for good behaviour
sleet01sleet01 on June 12th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)
I thought Steel Beach was incredible and quite moving. Titan, Wizard, and Demon were awe-inspiring in the scope of the world they presented, and Millennium was sort of creepy and weird, but S.B. just felt like a future world filled with real humans.

Kburgunder on June 12th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
I had the Titan, Wizard, Demon trilogy recommended to me by a cool bookstore employee in East Lansing, MI. I tried reading The Globe and had to put it aside it was so bad, so I'm glad to hear there's other good Varley stuff out there, because o.m.g. did I love Steel Beach. It's one of few extremely long books I've read twice.