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Help me decide what to read next year - I did this last year and the year before and found it very useful! (I will post a poll of the books I have read this year tomorrow, all being well; there are still a couple I may finish in the meantime.)

Which of these 100 sf books have you read?

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
9(12.5%)
Quidditch through the ages by J. K. Rowling
0(0.0%)
The Wandering Fire (Fionavar Tapestry #2). by Guy Gavriel Kay
0(0.0%)
The Darkest Road (Fionavar Tapestry #3) by Guy Gavriel Kay
0(0.0%)
Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey
0(0.0%)
Heart of the Sea by Nora Roberts
0(0.0%)
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
0(0.0%)
Kushiel's Justice by Jacqueline Carey
0(0.0%)
A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane
0(0.0%)
1632 by Eric Flint
1(1.4%)
Last Call by Tim Powers
0(0.0%)
Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland
0(0.0%)
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall by Bill Willingham
0(0.0%)
The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones
0(0.0%)
Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones
0(0.0%)
Diaspora by Greg Egan
0(0.0%)
The Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones
0(0.0%)
Lud-in-the-mist by Hope Mirrlees
0(0.0%)
Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey
0(0.0%)
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
0(0.0%)
The Sharing Knife (Passage Book 3) by Lois Mcmaster Bujold
0(0.0%)
A Princess of Roumania by Paul Park
0(0.0%)
Galactic North by Alastair Reynolds
0(0.0%)
Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand
0(0.0%)
The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Selma Lagerlof
1(1.4%)
Toward the End of Time by John Updike
1(1.4%)
Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue) a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms and a Red Dog by Ysabeau S. Wilce
0(0.0%)
The Mermaids Singing by Lisa Carey
0(0.0%)
Dagger Magic by Katherine Kurtz
0(0.0%)
Horizon (The Sharing Knife Book 4) by Lois Mcmaster Bujold
0(0.0%)
Eva by Peter Dickinson
0(0.0%)
Powers by Ursula Le Guin
0(0.0%)
George's Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy Hawking
0(0.0%)
Ha'penny by Jo Walton
0(0.0%)
Shakespeare's Planet by Clifford D. Simak
1(1.4%)
Up the Walls of the World by James Tiptree
0(0.0%)
Ten Thousand Light Years From Home by James Jr Tiptree
0(0.0%)
The Year's Best Science Fiction, Twenty-Fourth Annual Collection (2007) ed. by Gardner Dozois
0(0.0%)
City at the End of Time by Greg Bear
0(0.0%)
The Godmother's Apprentice by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
0(0.0%)
When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke
0(0.0%)
The Queen's Bastard by C.E. Murphy
1(1.4%)
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection (2008) ed. by Gardner Dozois
0(0.0%)
A Guide to Tolkien by David Day
0(0.0%)
The Space Opera Renaissance ed. by David G. Hartwell
0(0.0%)
The Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Theodore Roszak
0(0.0%)
Stopping for a Spell by Diana Wynne Jones
0(0.0%)
White Queen by Gwyneth Jones
0(0.0%)
Cyberabad Days by Ian Mcdonald
0(0.0%)
Earth Logic by Laurie J. Marks
0(0.0%)
Motherlines by Suzy McKee Charnas
0(0.0%)
The Magic Cup by Andrew M. Greeley
0(0.0%)
The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross
0(0.0%)
The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction 2007 ed. by George Mann
0(0.0%)
Half a Crown by Jo Walton
0(0.0%)
Year's Best SF 12 (2007) by David G. Hartwell
0(0.0%)
Understanding the Lord of the Rings: The Best of Tolkien Criticism by Neil D. Isaacs
0(0.0%)
Speaking in Tongues by Ian McDonald
0(0.0%)
North Wind by Gwyneth Jones
0(0.0%)
The Moment of Eclipse by Brian W Aldiss
0(0.0%)
Seasons of Plenty (The Tabitha Jute Trilogy) by Colin Greenland
0(0.0%)
Daredevil: Wake Up v. 3 by Brian Michael Bendis
0(0.0%)
Yearwood by Paul Hazel
0(0.0%)
The Miracle Visitors by Ian Watson
0(0.0%)
The Wizard Knight by Gene Wolfe
0(0.0%)
The Prodigal Troll by Charles Coleman Finlay
0(0.0%)
The Mahabharata
1(1.4%)
Phoenix Cafe by Gwyneth Jones
0(0.0%)
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #4 by Terry Carr
0(0.0%)
Spectrum: A Science Fiction Anthology: No. 4 ed. by Kingsley Amis
0(0.0%)
Irish Magic II: The Changeling/ Earthly Magic/ To Recapture the Light/ Bride Price ed. by Morgan Llywelyn
0(0.0%)
Visions of Wonder: The Science Fiction Research Association Reading Anthology ed. by David G. Hartwell
0(0.0%)
Irish Tales of Terror ed. by Peter Haining
0(0.0%)
Western Shore by Juliet E. McKenna
0(0.0%)
Other Edens: No. 1 ed. by Christopher Evans
0(0.0%)
Fantasy: The Best of the Year 2007 ed. by Rich Horton
0(0.0%)
George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt by Lucy Hawking
0(0.0%)
The Wild Reel by Paul Brandon
0(0.0%)
Mother of Plenty by Colin Greenland
0(0.0%)
Analog 6 ed. by John W Campbell
0(0.0%)
This Mortal Mountain - Volume 3: The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny
0(0.0%)
Interzone 2nd Anthology ed. by John Clute
0(0.0%)
Crowe's Requiem by Mike McCormack
0(0.0%)
The Turing Test by Chris Beckett
0(0.0%)
The Secret History of Science Fiction ed. by James Patrick Kelly
0(0.0%)
Last Exit to Babylon - Volume 4: The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny by Roger Zelazny
0(0.0%)
Forbidden Acts ed. by Nancy A. Collins
0(0.0%)
Transit of Earth (Playboy Science Fiction)
0(0.0%)
The Time Dissolver by Jerry Sohl
0(0.0%)
Other Edens: No. 2 ed. by Christopher Evans
0(0.0%)
The Host by Peter Emshwiller
0(0.0%)
Oracle by Ian Watson
0(0.0%)
Winter Song by Colin Harvey
0(0.0%)
Starry messenger: The best of Galileo
0(0.0%)
The Hidden War by Michael Armstrong
0(0.0%)
Irish tales of terror ed. by Jim McGarry
0(0.0%)
Stories from Ancient Egypt by Joyce A. Tyldesley
0(0.0%)
Far North & Other Dark Tales by Sara Maitland
0(0.0%)
Out of Nowhere by Gerald Whelan
0(0.0%)
Thunderbirds Bumper Storybook: "The Uninvited", "Brink of Disaster", "Sun Probe", "Atlantic Inferno" by Dave Morris
0(0.0%)

And which of these 72 non-sf fiction books and plays have you read ofr seen performed?

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
0(0.0%)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
1(1.4%)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
0(0.0%)
My Sister's Keeper: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
0(0.0%)
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
0(0.0%)
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
0(0.0%)
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
0(0.0%)
The Dubliners by James Joyce
0(0.0%)
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
0(0.0%)
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
0(0.0%)
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
0(0.0%)
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
0(0.0%)
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
0(0.0%)
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
0(0.0%)
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
0(0.0%)
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
0(0.0%)
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence
0(0.0%)
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
0(0.0%)
Tender is the Night by F.Scott Fitzgerald
0(0.0%)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
0(0.0%)
Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
0(0.0%)
Silas Marner by George Eliot
0(0.0%)
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
0(0.0%)
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
0(0.0%)
The History of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
0(0.0%)
The Red and the Black by Stendhal
0(0.0%)
The Castle by Franz Kafka
1(1.4%)
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
0(0.0%)
Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
1(1.4%)
The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
0(0.0%)
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough
0(0.0%)
The Lady and the Unicorn. by Tracy Chevalier
0(0.0%)
Old Goriot by Honore Balzac
0(0.0%)
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
0(0.0%)
Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
0(0.0%)
Washington Square by Henry James
0(0.0%)
A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
1(1.4%)
Beach Music by Pat Conroy
0(0.0%)
Tales of Shakespeare by Charles Lamb
0(0.0%)
Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
0(0.0%)
Out by Natsuo Kirino
1(1.4%)
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
0(0.0%)
Confession of Zeno by Italo Svevo
0(0.0%)
Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
0(0.0%)
The Secret River by Kate Grenville
0(0.0%)
Soul Mountain by Gao Xingjian
0(0.0%)
Rules by Cynthia Lord
0(0.0%)
Islands In The Stream by Ernest Hemingway
0(0.0%)
Njal's Saga
0(0.0%)
Independent People by Halldor Laxness
0(0.0%)
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
0(0.0%)
Resistance by Anita Shreve
0(0.0%)
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
0(0.0%)
Eyeless in Gaza by Aldous Huxley
0(0.0%)
The Sorrows of an American by Siri Hustvedt
0(0.0%)
Thirteen Steps Down: A Novel by Ruth Rendell
0(0.0%)
Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran
0(0.0%)
The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling
0(0.0%)
Land of Green Plums by Herta Muller
0(0.0%)
Holy Disorders by Edmund Crispin
0(0.0%)
Wandering Star by J.M.G. Le Clezio
0(0.0%)
Twilight Whispers by Barbara Delinsky
0(0.0%)
The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser
0(0.0%)
The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson
0(0.0%)
The Emperor's Babe by Bernardine Evaristo
0(0.0%)
Wages of Sin by Andrew M. Greeley
0(0.0%)
With the Light…: Raising an Autistic Child v. 2 by Keiko Tobe
0(0.0%)
With the Light...: Raising an Autistic Child v. 3 by Keiko Tobe
0(0.0%)
The Great Dinosaur Robbery by David Forrest
0(0.0%)
The Oxford Book of Christmas Stories by Dennis Pepper
0(0.0%)
Barbaraal tot op het bot by B. Stok
0(0.0%)
One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing by John Harvey
0(0.0%)

Finally, which of these 71 non-fiction books have you read?

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
2(4.5%)
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Obama Barack
2(4.5%)
The Koran
4(9.1%)
On the Nature of the Universe by Lucretius
0(0.0%)
The Stuff of Thought by Steven Pinker
1(2.3%)
The Panda's Thumb by Stephen Jay Gould
0(0.0%)
Ever Since Darwin by Stephen Jay Gould
0(0.0%)
Untold Stories by Alan Bennett
0(0.0%)
Proust and the Squid by Maryanne Wolf
0(0.0%)
The Language of the Night by Ursula K. Le Guin
1(2.3%)
The Bible: The Biography by Karen Armstrong
0(0.0%)
Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopaedia by David Day
1(2.3%)
Peeling the Onion by Gunter Grass
0(0.0%)
Reading the Oxford English Dictionary by Ammon Shea
0(0.0%)
Pies and Prejudice: In Search of the North by Stuart Maconie
1(2.3%)
Ake: The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka
0(0.0%)
The IRA: A History by Tim Pat Coogan
1(2.3%)
Profiles of the future by Arthur C. Clarke
0(0.0%)
The Portable Greek Historians: The Essence of Herodotus Thucydides Xenophon Polybius edited by M. I. Finley
1(2.3%)
Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey
1(2.3%)
Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain by Ronald Hutton
0(0.0%)
The Kindness of Strangers by Kate Adie
0(0.0%)
A Guide to Tolkien by David Day
0(0.0%)
The Flowering of New England-1815-1865 by Van Wyck Brooks
0(0.0%)
Constantinople by Philip Mansel
0(0.0%)
The Great Tradition by F.R. Leavis
0(0.0%)
The History of the Hobbit: Mr Baggins v. 1 by John D. Rateliff
0(0.0%)
The World of Washington Irving by Van Wyck Brooks
0(0.0%)
The Space Race: The Battle to Rule the Heavens by Deborah Cadbury
0(0.0%)
Rebus's Scotland: A Personal Journey by Ian Rankin
1(2.3%)
Diplomatic Baggage: The Adventures of a Trailing Spouse by Brigid Keenan
0(0.0%)
Understanding the Lord of the Rings: The Best of Tolkien Criticism by Neil D. Isaacs
0(0.0%)
A Book of Silence by Sara Maitland
0(0.0%)
The History of the Hobbit: Return to Bag-End v. 2 by John Rateliff
0(0.0%)
Tintin and the Secret of Literature by Tom McCarthy
0(0.0%)
The Two Faces of Islam by Stephen Schwartz
0(0.0%)
The provinces of the Roman Empire from Caesar to Diocletian by Theodor Mommsen
0(0.0%)
Elizabeth I (Profiles In Power) by Christopher Haigh
0(0.0%)
Mastering Arabic by Jane Wightwick
0(0.0%)
Adventures on the High Teas: In Search of Middle England by Stuart Maconie
0(0.0%)
The Plot Against Pepys by James Long
0(0.0%)
The Cambridge Historical Encyclopedia of Great Britain and Ireland by Christopher Haigh
0(0.0%)
Wars Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places by Paul Collier
0(0.0%)
Prisoner by Dave Rogers
0(0.0%)
History of the Spanish Inquisition by Joseph Perez
0(0.0%)
Ages in Chaos: James Hutton and the Discovery of Deep Time by Stephen Baxter
0(0.0%)
A History of Anthropology by Thomas Hylland Eriksen
0(0.0%)
Toujours Tingo by Adam Jacot de Boinod
0(0.0%)
Ireland in the Age of the Tudors 1447-1603 (2nd Edition) by Steven G. Ellis (1998)
0(0.0%)
Radical Islams Rules: The Worldwide Spread of Extreme Sharia Law by Paul Marshall
0(0.0%)
Half-life of a Zealot by Swanee Hunt
0(0.0%)
The Ancient Languages of Europe by Roger D. Woodard
0(0.0%)
Bits of Me are Falling Apart: Dark Thoughts from the Middle Years by William Leith
0(0.0%)
European Community: The Building of a Union by John Pinder
0(0.0%)
Representing Autism: by Stuart Murray
0(0.0%)
Burghley: William Cecil at the Court of Elizabeth I by Stephen Alford
0(0.0%)
A Viceroy's Vindication? Sir Henry Sidney's Memoir of Service in Ireland 1556-78
0(0.0%)
Faith in Europe?: The Cardinal's Lectures edited by Bob Geldof
0(0.0%)
Shakespeare Handbook by Robert Maslen
0(0.0%)
Essays on Time-based Linguistic Analysis by Charles-James N. Bailey
0(0.0%)
Expanding Eurasia: Russia's European Ambitions by Janusz Bugajski
0(0.0%)
The Charm of Belgium by Brian Lunn
0(0.0%)
International Law and the Question of Western Sahara by Karin Arts
0(0.0%)
Mistress Blanche: Queen Elizabeth I's Confidante by Ruth E. Richardson
0(0.0%)
Fanny Kemble and the lovely land by Constance Wright
0(0.0%)
The Case for Global Democracy: Advocating a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly by Graham Watson
0(0.0%)
Liberal Language: Speeches and Essays 1998-2003 by Graham Watson
0(0.0%)
A People's Peace for Cyprus: Testing public opinion on the options for a comprehensive settlement by Alexandros Lordos
0(0.0%)
On the Way to Diplomacy by Costas M. Constantinou
0(0.0%)
Legacy: A Collection of Personal Testimonies from People Affected by the Troubles in Northern Ireland by BBC Northern Ireland
0(0.0%)
Between structure and No-thing: An annotated reader in Social and Cultural Anthropology by Patrick J. Devlieger
0(0.0%)


I included a text box for recommendations for or against particular books when I did this last year, but I think it is better to invite any such remarks to be posted as comments.

Comments

( 28 comments — Leave a comment )
bopeepsheep
Dec. 30th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
The presence of three of the Chrestomanci books leads me to ask if you've already read Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones. If not, start with that one which is publishing-chronologically the first. Like The Magician's Nephew and Farmer Boy, there are of course fans who put it firmly in its place in the in-world chronology rather than the writing/publishing order, but I think in this case the series suffers a little (some of the stuff in Christopher Chant is more satisfying if you've read Charmed Life first, IMO).

Why don't I have a DWJ-relevant icon??
strange_complex
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
I agree with bopeepsheep about reading Charmed Life before the other Chrestomanci books you've listed if you haven't already. I wholeheartedly recommend all the books from that series individually, though.
girfan
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
A few of the books are on my "to read" pile, and I've probably read a few of the anthologies listed but have forgotten which ones I did.


And, some authors listed (like Stephen Jay Gould) I've read other things by them but not the ones you listed.

communicator
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
I recommend Up the Walls of the World, Soul Mountain and Goodnight Mr Tom
frumiousb
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
I probably actually have read some of the Carey's you list. I got bored of Kushiel and her darts halfway through the available books & don't remember which were which.

I'd *really* recommend the Tim Powers. But then, I really love Tim Powers. :) I can also highly recommend Shakespeare's Planet.

I'd also be curious to hear what you think of the Kay Fionvar books. I loved that series so much as a young woman, but was pretty disappointed with them when I reread two years ago.

Edited at 2009-12-30 05:08 pm (UTC)
tchernabyelo
Dec. 30th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
I didn't think "Shakespeare's Planet" was one of Simak's best, though it is significantly darker in tone than some of his works, and that alone makes it interesting.

Doesn't hold a candle to "Destiny Doll" or "The Goblin Reservation", though.
frumiousb
Dec. 30th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
You're right, but I'm happy to see him on any list at all these days. He's a favorite of mine. Way Station is also lovely.
shana
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Heart of the Sea is the third book in a sequence; I recommend starting with the first one, Brighter than the Sun. If you like it, then continue with Tears of the Moon and Heart of the Sea.
mizkit
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
*writes down all of those QEI titles to read me own self*
yiskah
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
Strong recommendations; The Book Thief; Dubliners; Vernon God Little (though it's a real love-it-or-hate-it book); Secret River. The first and last would probably be the best fiction I've read this year.

Wouldn't bother with the Picoult if I were you.

Loads of those non-fiction ones are going on my List...
raycun
Dec. 30th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
(waves) Vernon God Little hater here. I just don't get what people see there. I'm the same with White Teeth.
sierra_le_oli
Dec. 30th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
Another hater here. Did Not Care and Did Not Finish. Liked White Teeth just fine though.
yiskah
Dec. 31st, 2009 06:30 am (UTC)
I don't think I've ever met anyone else who liked it, actually, aside from my boyfriend-at-the-time who read it around the same time as me! Perhaps nwhyte should steer clear, actually...

I quite liked White Teeth but didn't think it was amazing. I loved On Beauty though.
altariel
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:23 pm (UTC)
'Powers' is one of my favourite books.
seawasp
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
Interesting that in this poll I have read more non-SF than SF. Then again, my opportunity and time to read decreased in the '90s,and REALLY dropped again when I got published, so I'm much more well-read in SF through the late 80s than in the modern era.

You know my lack-of-tastes so it should come as no surprise that I DISrecommend the Joyce. Lady Chatterley's Lover bored me. The others range from very good to okay.
redfiona99
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
My housemate recommends The Wee Free Men. Someone else on my flist really loved The Other Boleyn Girl.

I've read Oliver but didn't think much of it, but I'm just not that good on Dickens. I shall report back on the Origin of the Species because I just bought it from my Christmas pot. I cannot recommend Stephen Jay Gould's work enough, and my Mum was quite happy with Pies and Prejudice, but that might be because Stuart Maconie is from the same neck of the woods as us.
annafdd
Dec. 30th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
The Dubliners and The Conscience of Zeno would go well together. Svevo (whose real name was Aron Ettore Schmitz) lived in Trieste and took English lessons fro Joyce, of whom he became fast friend. They seem to have reached, not totally independently, but clearly steered by much the same forces, points in literature not that much far apart.

Zeno is as important for Italian literature as Dubliners is for Irish, although not as Ulysses.

I tried reading it during the Christmas break, but found it, alas, dated. All the same, I think you would find it interesting.
annafdd
Dec. 30th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
Stephen Jay Gould is one of my all-time intellectual heroes, although my hands-down favourite book of his is The Mismeasure of Man, of course.
coth
Dec. 30th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
I was very taken by Earth Logic and its sequels last year, and burbled to that effect on my LJ (http://coth.livejournal.com/33000.html), though I'm not sure that I would ratify all my enthusiasm if I reread them now. Nevertheless, I found in them a creditable attempt at dealing with post-war truth and reconciliation in a genre which often prefers to focus on war. The Bujold Sharing Knife books are simpler on a similar theme.

Egan's Diaspora is a novel I recommend often as a study of non-communication, and he is a writer I rate hightly.

I would also recommend the Tiptree collections, A Town Like Alice, and the Gould essays.
shinyjenni
Dec. 30th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
I need to read more non-fiction.

There aren't any that I've read but wouldn't recommend, I don't think. Galactic North is next on my book pile, and based on the others of his I've read I'm expecting it to be good! And I third the advice about reading Charmed Life before the other Chrestomanci ones - I started with The Lives of Christopher Chant, which was a mistake.
ecbatan
Dec. 30th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
Of course a lot of that list is very good stuff, so it's hard to say what to read first.

Of the "classics": I love Jane Austen, so I'd say read anything you haven't read by her. I also really like Hemingway, for all he's a bit out of fashion these days -- certainly both THE SUN ALSO RISES and A FAREWELL TO ARMS are worth your while. I read SILAS MARNER several years ago for the first time and was quite pleased -- also, it's short. It's been decades since I read TOM JONES, but I do recall enjoying it.

Of the SF, LUD-IN-THE-MIST is essential, and so is TEN THOUSAND LIGHT YEARS FROM HOME. (And so of course is my book. [grin]) Of the rest, most if not all of what I've read I enjoyed -- particularly the Chrestomanci books (as noted, CHARMED LIFE probably goes best first), also THE WEE FREE MEN -- I've never got on all that well with those of the main sequence Discworld books I've read, but I've really enjoyed the Tiffany Aching ones. I believe the Carr Best of the Year you have is the first one I read "new", as it were, back in the mid-70s -- for that reason it has a bit of a special place in my mind, and anyway Carr's selections were always very sound.
ecbatan
Dec. 30th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
And of course DUBLINERS. Embarrassed not to have cited that. It's essential as well, and it includes one of the greatest short stories of all time, "The Dead".

Also agree on Gould, a fascinating writer of popular science, always worth your time.
raycun
Dec. 30th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
SF - I've read some but not all of the Fables book. I kind of think that this kind of comic series relies on the goodwill of the reader, and Willingham lost mine along the way. Diaspora didn't work for me, I didn't think Egan could keep control of the work at novel length, and the ending was a bit silly. Powers is real late-period Le Guin, determinedly small-scale, ethics/politics to the fore, and maybe a little dry. I liked it, but I'm a fanboy. You should add The Knife of Never Letting Go to your SF list, if you haven't already read it.

If I find new reserves of energy tomorrow I'll say something about the non-SF I've read.
inulro
Dec. 30th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
Can't be of much help other than to say, if you're going to read an Icelandic saga, Njal's Saga would be my recommendation. I'm also partial to the Stendahl. Rebus's Scotland is pretty insubstantial and disappointing.
nwhyte
Feb. 9th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
The Sharing Knife (Passage 13 (19.7%)
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole 12 (18.2%)
Powers by Ursula Le Guin 12 (18.2%)
Ha'penny by Jo Walton 12 (18.2%)
1632 by Eric Flint 11 (16.7%)
Last Call by Tim Powers 11 (16.7%)
Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand 9 (13.6%)
The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross 9 (13.6%)
Half a Crown by Jo Walton 9 (13.6%)
Shakespeare's Planet by Clifford D. Simak 8 (12.1%)
Stopping for a Spell by Diana Wynne Jones 8 (12.1%)



Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence 23 (32.9%)
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio 17 (24.3%)
Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence 17 (24.3%)
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann 16 (22.9%)
The Castle by Franz Kafka 15 (21.4%)
The History of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding 14 (20.0%)
Tales of Shakespeare by Charles Lamb 13 (18.6%)
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe 13 (18.6%)
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman 13 (18.6%)



Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain by Ronald Hutton 3 (6.8%)
Rebus's Scotland: A Personal Journey by Ian Rankin 2 (4.5%)
The Portable Greek Historians: The Essence of Herodotus 2 (4.5%)
Reading the Oxford English Dictionary by Ammon Shea 2 (4.5%)


Edited at 2010-12-22 05:31 pm (UTC)
nwhyte
Aug. 26th, 2010 09:44 am (UTC)
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett 35
The Wandering Fire (Fionavar Tapestry #2). by Guy Gavriel Kay 24
The Darkest Road (Fionavar Tapestry #3) by Guy Gavriel Kay 24
The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones 24
Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones 23
The Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones 23
Diaspora by Greg Egan 17
Quidditch through the ages by J. K. Rowling 16
A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane 16
Lud-in-the-mist by Hope Mirrlees 14
Ten Thousand Light Years From Home by James Jr Tiptree 14

The Sharing Knife (Passage 13
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole 12
Powers by Ursula Le Guin 12
Ha'penny by Jo Walton 12
1632 by Eric Flint 11
Last Call by Tim Powers 11
Up the Walls of the World by James Tiptree 10
Waking the Moon by Elizabeth Hand 9
The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross 9
Half a Crown by Jo Walton 9
Shakespeare's Planet by Clifford D. Simak 8
Stopping for a Spell by Diana Wynne Jones 8
Galactic North by Alastair Reynolds 7
Horizon (The Sharing Knife 7
Eva by Peter Dickinson 7
City at the End of Time by Greg Bear 6
The Queen's Bastard by C.E. Murphy 6
White Queen by Gwyneth Jones 6
Motherlines by Suzy McKee Charnas 6
Other Edens: No. 1 ed. by Christopher Evans 6
Other Edens: No. 2 ed. by Christopher Evans 6
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman 5
A Princess of Roumania by Paul Park 5
Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit 5
Dagger Magic by Katherine Kurtz 5
The Year's Best Science Fiction, Twenty-Fourth Annual Collection 5
The Godmother's Apprentice by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough 5
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection 5
Speaking in Tongues by Ian McDonald 5
Seasons of Plenty (The Tabitha Jute Trilogy) by Colin Greenland 5
The Miracle Visitors by Ian Watson 5
The Mahabharata 5
Mother of Plenty by Colin Greenland 5
Interzone 2nd Anthology ed. by John Clute 5
Kushiel's Scion by Jacqueline Carey 4
Kushiel's Mercy by Jacqueline Carey 4
The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Selma Lagerlof 4
The Magic Cup by Andrew M. Greeley 4
North Wind by Gwyneth Jones 4
Phoenix Cafe by Gwyneth Jones 4
Heart of the Sea by Nora Roberts 3
Kushiel's Justice by Jacqueline Carey 3
The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction 2007 ed. by George Mann 3
Spectrum: A Science Fiction Anthology: No. 4 ed. by Kingsley Amis 3
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall by Bill Willingham 2
Toward the End of Time by John Updike 2
George's Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy Hawking 2
A Guide to Tolkien by David Day 2
Cyberabad Days by Ian Mcdonald 2
The Wizard Knight by Gene Wolfe 2
The Prodigal Troll by Charles Coleman Finlay 2
Irish Magic II: The Changeling/ Earthly Magic/ To Recapture the Light/ Bride Price ed. by Morgan Llywelyn 2
Analog 6 ed. by John W Campbell 2
The Turing Test by Chris Beckett 2

Transit of Earth (Playboy Science Fiction) 2
Oracle by Ian Watson 2

Edited at 2010-12-22 05:32 pm (UTC)
nwhyte
Aug. 26th, 2010 09:46 am (UTC)
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen 34
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen 33
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 33
The Crucible by Arthur Miller 32
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens 31
The Dubliners by James Joyce 30
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey 29
Silas Marner by George Eliot 27
A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen 26

Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence 23
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway 21
Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence 17
The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio 17
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann 16
The Castle by Franz Kafka 15
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute 15
The History of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding 14
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 13
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway 13
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner 13

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman 13
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe 13
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough 13
Tales of Shakespeare by Charles Lamb 13
Tender is the Night by F.Scott Fitzgerald 12
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd 10
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory 10
Njal's Saga 10

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier 9
The Red and the Black by Stendhal 9
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian 9
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky 8
Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis 8
Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre 7
The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy 7
Washington Square by Henry James 7
Eyeless in Gaza by Aldous Huxley 7
Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher 6
Holy Disorders by Edmund Crispin 6
My Sister's Keeper: A Novel by Jodi Picoult 5

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer 5
Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann 5
The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling 5
Old Goriot by Honore Balzac 4
One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing by John Harvey 4
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai 3
Out by Natsuo Kirino 3

The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser 3
The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson 3
The Lady and the Unicorn. by Tracy Chevalier 2
The Secret River by Kate Grenville 2
Islands In The Stream by Ernest Hemingway 2
The Sorrows of an American by Siri Hustvedt 2
Wages of Sin by Andrew M. Greeley 2

Edited at 2010-11-28 09:15 pm (UTC)
nwhyte
Aug. 26th, 2010 09:48 am (UTC)
The Panda's Thumb by Stephen Jay Gould 13
The Language of the Night by Ursula K. Le Guin 11
The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin 10
Profiles of the future by Arthur C. Clarke 10
The Koran 9
Ever Since Darwin by Stephen Jay Gould 8
Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopaedia by David Day 7
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Obama Barack 4
Pies and Prejudice: In Search of the North by Stuart Maconie 4
The IRA: A History by Tim Pat Coogan 4
The Stuff of Thought by Steven Pinker 3
Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey 3

Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain by Ronald Hutton 3
On the Nature of the Universe by Lucretius 2
Reading the Oxford English Dictionary by Ammon Shea 2
The Portable Greek Historians: The Essence of Herodotus 2
The Great Tradition by F.R. Leavis 2
Rebus's Scotland: A Personal Journey by Ian Rankin 2

Edited at 2010-12-22 05:33 pm (UTC)
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