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Book Meme

Just got back from my Clarion classmate Marjorie Liu's LiveJournal webpetals, where she was responding to a meme and gave eight favorite books -- then challenged others to add theirs in comments. I responded, of course:

In no particular order, here are eight faves:

Dune / Frank Herbert
The Forever War / Joe Haldeman
Sense & Sensibility / Jane Austen
Almost Midnight / Martin Caidin
Marooned / Martin Caidin
The Santaroga Barrier / Frank Herbert
The Lord of the Rings / J.R.R. Tolkien
The Mysterious Island / Jules Verne

Though there are no recent books on this list, that's not to say I don't have any favorite recent books, including some obscure titles no one has read like Tiger Eye by some newbie writer. Old Man's War by John Scalzi. Harry Potters by That Rich Woman. But those on this list are all books that I read repeatedly in the 70s and 80s, savoring the complexities of the writing.

Mmm... books.

Dr. Phil

But Wait, There's More!

Of course it is SO hard to just leave it at that. For example, a more contemporary list would include, again in no particular order:

Harry Potters and The Richest Woman In The World / J. K. Rowling
The Vampire Lestat / Anne Rice
Tiger Eye / Marjorie M. Liu
Old Man's War / John Scalzi
A Talent for War / Jack McDevitt
The Time Traveler's Wife / Audrey Niffenegger
Neuromancer / William Gibson
The Difference Engine / William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
...and any collection which has a Howard Waldrop story in it.

And pulling out another eight books that I read and re-read for years and years:

God Is An Englishman / R. F. Delderfield
Calico Palace / Gwen Bristow
A Tale of Two Cities / Charles Dickens
A Wrinkle in Time / Madeleine L'Engle
The Andromeda Strain / Michael Crichton
Airport / Arthur Hailey
The Hunt for Red October / Tom Clancy
The Best Science Fiction of the Year (1972) / edited by Terry Carr (I carried this around with me over several vacations that year and it has some very memorable short stories)

And If You Order Now, We'll Include...

Oh, but I have a LONG history of reading and re-reading favorite books, so here's yet another eight:

Warday / Whitley Strieber and James W. Kunetka
Stallion Gate / Martin Cruz Smith
Gateway / Frederick Pohl
2001: A Space Odyssey / Arthur C. Clarke
Ender's Game / Orson Scott Card
Songmaster / Orson Scott Card
Congo / Michael Crichton
On the Beach / Nevil Shute

And a non-fiction list:

The Making of the Atomic Bomb / Richard Rhodes
The Soul of a New Machine / Tracy Kidder
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman / Richard Feynman
Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos / Dennis Overbye
The Elegant Universe / Brian Greene
The Hot Zone / Richard Preston
The History of Physics / Isaac Asimov
The Right Stuff / Tom Wolfe

What Fun

Whew. Hardly any work other than I am bad with names and had to look a couple of up. (grin) This is hardly an exhaustive list. Whenever I hear someone talk about "What one book would you want to take with you to a desert isle?" I'm like... one book? It's like why I waited to buy an iPod nano until the 8GB unit came out which might hold ALL my favorite CDs all at once. Why be too selective?

Anyone want to add to the lists -- feel free to consider yourself tagged, too.

Dr. Phil

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