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Book 6

  1. Pohl, Frederik — Gateway (278 pages)
  2. Clement, Hal — Mission of Gravity (193 pages)
  3. Benford, Gregory — Timescape (499 pages)
  4. O'Hare, Mick (editor) — Why Don't Penguins Feet Freeze? and 114 Other Questions (232 pages)
  5. Dos Passos, John — Number One (218 pages)
  6. Heller, Joseph — Catch-22 (457 pages)

Page count: 1,877 of targeted 12,500.

It was a close vote (and not what I would have chosen had I allowed myself more than one vote), but you all chose Catch-22 to be my next book. As the knight guarding the holy grail said to Indiana Jones, "You have chosen wisely."

I can't say anything about this book that hasn't been said a gazillian times. I'll simply say that this book is everything you said it would be. In a way, I'm sad that it's over…and I had a good laugh when it ended.

Since you guys chose so well (and I enjoyed having some of the choice taken away from me), I'm going to post another poll. My next book or two will be something religious, to fulfill my Lenten obligation, but I want you guys to vote for the next book after that. I'll list the nominees below, and you guys pick a winner for me. (Some clarification, as there seemed to be some confusion last time: I do intend to read all of these, hopefully within this next year, since I own them. I'm not trying to determine whether to read them or not, simply the order I do so.) I look forward to seeing what you pick for me.

Which novel should I read next?

Beauty, by Sheri S. Tepper
0(0.0%)
The Book of the New Sun, Volume 1: Shadow and Claw, by Gene Wolfe
1(9.1%)
A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
2(18.2%)
The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin
1(9.1%)
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
1(9.1%)
Neuromancer, by William Gibson
1(9.1%)
Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
1(9.1%)
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
4(36.4%)
Silence, by Shusaku Endo
0(0.0%)

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