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  1. Alexander, Lloyd — The Black Cauldron
  2. Anthony, Piers — Letters to Jenny
  3. Cooper, Susan — Over Sea, Under Stone
  4. Proulx, Annie — Close Range: Wyoming Stories
  5. Kincaid, Jamaica — Lucy
  6. Christie, Agatha — The Unexpected Guest
  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
  14. Cooper, Susan — Silver on the Tree
  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

I have received so many recommendations lately for The Stars My Destination that I decided to ignore what is already on my bookshelf and buy a copy. I suppose I really shouldn't spend money on books, not when I have so many sitting in boxes in Medford waiting to accompany me overseas, but I couldn't resist.

The Stars My Destination is a fun story, well told, with interesting characters and situations. I didn't feel it was anything approaching the best science fiction novel of all time, though. (Amongst books I've read, I think that distinction would have to go to Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness.) Until the final chapter, Bester didn't really give us anything meaty to contemplate. This was a fast-paced adventure, an entertaining race from A to B and back, good fun and not much more. Alas, Bester relied on Deus ex machinae to save his protagonist too often for my tastes. It was a well constructed novel, though, even if it lacked in substance.

Now, onto a meaty little book about corrupt Mexican priests that's been sitting on my shelf tempting me for years…


Jul. 14th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
Sorry, anonymous was me; I forget to log in sometimes and the machine doesn't tell me until it's too late.
Jul. 14th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
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