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Yanked from [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll who got it from.
No idea how these were chosen.

60 Essential Science Fiction & Fantasy Reads

Bold the ones that you have read.
I guess I'm pathetic.

Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
Primary Inversion by Catherine Asaro
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear
Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop
Tithe by Holly Black
The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett
Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Synners by Pat Cadigan
Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Survival by Julie E. Czerneda
Tam Lin by Pamela Dean
King's Dragon by Kate Elliott
Black Sun Rising by C.S. Friedman
Slow River by Nicola Griffith
Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly
Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge
Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
The God Stalker Chronicles by P.C. Hodgell
Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
Valor's Choice by Tanya Huff
God's War by Kameron Hurley
The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr
The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein
Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress
Deryni Rising by Katherine Kurtz
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Ash by Malinda Lo
Warchild by Karin Lowachee
Legend by Marie Lu
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
The Thief's Gamble by Juliet E. McKenna
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
Diving into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The Female Man by Joanna Russ
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
A Door Into Ocean by Joan Slonczewski
The Grass King's Concubine by Kari Sperring
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
City of Pearl by Karen Traviss
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree, Jr. I haven't read this collection but have read some of the stories.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
Farthing by Jo Walton
The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

Book Meme

Nov. 29th, 2013 08:21 pm
ltmurnau: (CX)
I know I kind of slacked off with the 30 days of writing meme but eh, I got busy.
I'll get back to it.

Meanwhile, a reading meme nicked from the excellent [livejournal.com profile] emmabovary:

Which book has been on your shelf the longest? Coup d'etat: A Practical Handbook by Edward Luttwak. Had this around since my teens, nicked from my father's bookshelf (no idea why he had it).

What is your current read, your last read and the book you'll read next?
Current read: Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla by David Kilcullen (actually, it should be subtitled The Return of the Urban Guerrilla, and They Mean It This Time, but that's another story).
Last read: The Soldier: His Daily Life Through The Ages by Philip warner (little portraits of soldiers a few centuries apart, from Bronze Age to Ww II, all of them vaguely related to each other).
Next Read: Either Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in Algeria by Alf Heggoy (a 1972 work I never heard of and found by chance) or The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters by Frances Saunders.

What book did everyone like and you hated? Catcher In the Rye. What the hell was that all about?

Which book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't? I dunno - ever since I got a house to live in, the number of books I own but haven't read seems to be greater every year. I look at them when I go to fetch something else, and reflect there may be a few I will never ever get to.

Last page: read it first or wait till the end? Wait to the end, always..

Acknowledgements: Usually a waste of time.

Which book character would you switch places with? None; a book character has to live out the same plot over and over again, and I get to move on.

Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time)? Moby Dick reminds me of my time in Japan, when I actually had time to read the whole damn thing. Though my recall of it isn't great.

Which book has been with you to the most places? I've dragged a few books with me hither and yon. I have a copy of Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis I took to Japan and back.

Used or brand new? Either.

Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book? Mmmm, no. Though the film of 1984 (the one with Richard Burton) was pretty much how I had pictured the book in my head.

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