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From supergee :
"This can be a quick one. Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes."

"A Touch of Strange" by Theodore Sturgeon.
"Norstrilia" by Cordwainer Smith.
"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," CS Lewis.
"The Voyage of the Dawntreader," CS Lewis.
"The Last Battle," CS Lewis.
"Little Lord Fauntleroy," Mrs. F.H. Burnett.
"Beautiful Joe's Paradise," Marshall Saunders.
"A Princess of Mars," Edgar Rice Burroughs.
"A History of God," Karen Armstrong.
"Creatures of Light and Darkness," Roger Zelazny.
"The Lord of the Rings Trilogy," JRR Tolkien.
"Declare," Tim Powers.
"Last Call," Tim Powers.
"Boy Kings and Girl Queens of England," (Author unknown; read as a child.)
"The Best of Cordwainer Smith," Cordwainer Smith (particularly The Game of Rat and Dragon and The Dead Lady of Clown Town.)



Apr. 27th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
What's Norstrilia about? I know I know that title but can't come up with anything.
Apr. 27th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
Oooo!!! Norstrilia is one of the most fantastic books, by one of the most amazing skiffy authors ever, in my really not very humble at all opinion! It is the one novel written by Cordwainer Smith, the pen name for Paul Linebarger, who wrote a series of surreally powerful short stories, many of them based in the same future history, that of "The Instrumentality of Mankind." Norstrilia also takes place in that imagined history, and actually appeared earlier, in a shortened form, under the title of (I think) The Man Who Bought the World. But don't take my word for how amazing, unique, whimsical, powerful, scary, beautiful, sorrowful and joyful Smith's stuff is. Here's a bunch of URLs about the man. (You didn't think I wasn't going to go the TMI information route on something I like this much, did you? *snrt*)
Greg Johnson's review, What NESFA (the New England Science Fiction Association) has to say, and what Wikipedia says about the book. There's a link to Wiki's Cordwainer Smith entry there as well.
Apr. 27th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
I've totally read that. I recognized the nom de plume and the Wiki plot summary jogged my memory.
Apr. 28th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
What did you think of it?
Apr. 30th, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
I liked it but it didn't change my life or anything. In fact my copy of it (I think someone passed it along to me initially??) didn't even make the cut of books to keep. I sell anything I don't think I'd ever reread or loan out to friends. And I suppose "save for the kids" now, too. :-)
May. 1st, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, everyone has their own reaction to books. You've got a more sensible attitude towards book-owning than I do, I note: it's very hard for me to say goodbye, even to books I thought sucked. Because I'm irrational.
May. 1st, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
Oh I wasn't always sensible about what to keep! And frankly, if you ask the mister there're still WAY too many books. But after moving them all several times I just had to get merciless on the shelves. I've been in a library phase for a while now, instead of a used book store phase, so that's also helped to keep things under control.

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