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  1. Alexander, Lloyd — The Black Cauldron
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  7. Dick, Philip K. — Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  8. Cooper, Susan — The Dark Is Rising
  9. Cooper, Susan — Greenwitch
  10. Shaffer, Peter — Amadeus
  11. Anonymous — Go Ask Alice
  12. Cooper, Susan — The Grey King
  13. Martin, Steve — Shopgirl
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  15. Gaiman, Neil — Stardust
  16. Gaiman, Neil — Coraline
  17. Le Guin, Ursula — A Wizard of Earthsea
  18. Le Guin, Ursula — The Tombs of Atuan
  19. Le Guin, Ursula — The Farthest Shore
  20. Le Guin, Ursula — Tehanu
  21. Merton, Thomas — The Seven Storey Mountain: An Autobiography of Faith
  22. Alexander, Lloyd — The Castle of Llyr
  23. Zelazny, Roger — Lord of Light
  24. Card, Orson Scott — Ender's Game
  25. Clarke, Arthur C. — Childhood's End
  26. Grahame, Kenneth — The Wind in the Willows
  27. Dahl, Roald — James and the Giant Peach
  28. Lewis, C.S. — Out of the Silent Planet
  29. Lewis, C.S. — Perelandra
  30. Milne, A.A. — Winnie-the-Pooh
  31. Card, Orson Scott — Speaker for the Dead
  32. Bester, Alfred — The Stars My Destination
  33. Greene, Graham — The Power and the Glory
  34. Gaiman, Neil — Neverwhere
  35. Ballard, J.G. — The Drowned World
  36. Ballard, J.G. — Crash
  37. Joyce, James — The Dubliners
  38. Le Guin, Ursula — Tales from Earthsea
  39. Le Guin, Ursula — The Other Wind
  40. Asimov, Isaac — The Robots of Dawn
  41. Dick, Philip K. — A Scanner Darkly

I was hoping to report that I had finished both the book and the movie. Alas, though, my computer's been out of commission all day, so my download didn't finish. I'll watch the movie either tonight or tomorrow.

One of my friends (I don't remember which of you) summed up all of Dick's œuvre as paranoid fiction. There's always someone out to get everyone, some grand conspiracy. My second Dick novel seems to confirm this idea. A Scanner Darkly is about nothing if not about paranoia. Hell, just reading it made me more paranoid. (I think it's no small coincidence that I haven't been on time for anything since I started reading A Scanner Darkly. Someone's out to get me!)

I enjoyed reading A Scanner Darkly — perhaps not as much as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, but they're both thought-provoking novels. Or is it thought-undermining? I'm not quite sure. I spent part of the novel trying to figure out who the good and bad guys were, who could be trusted, only to find out that at least the bad guys were reliably bad but the good guys couldn't be trusted. Or there are neither good guys nor bad guys, just people who make choices. Fittingly for a novel about drug abuse, this was quite a trip!</p.

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am0
Sep. 15th, 2006 04:33 am (UTC)
Google video
Not appropriate to your post, but your mention of movies reminded me: Google video has a very short video on their site titled something like "Whale Attacks" that is worth seeking out and watching, as is their quickie on a woman parking a car.
spwebdesign
Sep. 15th, 2006 07:13 am (UTC)
Re: Google video
Can you post links?
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