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I mentioned in a previous post that I'm doing the 50-book challenge again this year, with a goal of 20 books before I leave the country. Several of you have recommended books. I'm listing 16 books that I definitely plan to include in the first 20. That leaves room for 4 more, if someone wants to recommend something (under 300 pages) that I should read before I leave.

  • Anthony, Piers — Letters to Jenny
  • Alexander, Lloyd — The Black Cauldron
  • Cooper, Susan — Over Sea, Under Stone
                             The Dark Is Rising
                             Thd Grey King
                             Silver on the Tree
  • Dick, Philip K. — Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  • Proulx, Annie — Close Range (which includes "Brokeback Mountain")
  • Asimov, Isaac — The Robots of Dawn
  • Card, Orson Scott — Ender's Game
  • Greene, Graham — The Power and the Glory
  • Grahame, Kenneth — The Wind in the Willows
  • Clarke, Arthur C. — Childhood's End
  • Percy, Walker — The Moviegoer
  • Gibson, William — Neuromancer


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Jan. 3rd, 2006 02:46 am (UTC)
Gotta go with all things Salman Rushdie--though if you don't have a basic understanding of Hindu/Muslim relations in India, Satanic Verses can be a bit confusing. You might want to try The Ground Beneath Her Feet, which I'm actually re-reading this week.

Also, I make a habit of insisting that everyone on the planet read A Confederacy of Dunces. *So* good.
Jan. 3rd, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
I read the first 50 pages of Satanic Versions (and I do know a bit about hindu/muslim things) and I just couldn't stand it. I felt bad about it but sometimes that's how it is. If I feel too alienated by a text, I won't bother. I dont want my reading experience to be a chore or frustrating.
Jan. 3rd, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)
I do have a basic understanding of Hindu/Muslim relations in India, and I do have a copy of Satanic Verses, but I don't think this is one I want to read before I leave. I think I'd enjoy it more when I get to London for some reason.

I've been curious about A Confederacy of Dunces for a while. Maybe I'll check it out.
Jan. 3rd, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
Nicholson Baker: The Mezzanine (very short and hysterical office comedy)

Scott McCloud: Understanding Comics (it's a graphic novel about how graphic novels work! delight!)
Jan. 3rd, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
so, years ago I read the dark is rising books. But I forgot the titles of all of them. In the past year, I started remembering them and feeling a strong urge to reread them but I STILL couldn't remember the titles. I gave it time, no luck. About three days ago, I decided I HAD to figure this out and started looking on amazon, google, the library webpage ... couldn't find it. Finally, I complained to my friend on the phone and he managed to make a coherant google search (I was thinking about it too hard) and found them.
and now you've brought it up - and I'm sure I would've recognized the titles once I read them. It seems that Destiny is insisting I read these right now, so I'd better get on that. Just an odd conspiracy of events.

the blind assassin is too long but it's still one of my favourite books in the history of everything, right behind SiaSL. you should read it someday.
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