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the 15 book meme via FaceBook 
27th-Aug-2009 04:33 pm
Cats and books
List 15 books you've read that will always stick with you. They should be the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. Tag however many friends you want, including *me*, because I'm interested in seeing what books you lot choose (and might try them myself if I like the title)

1) It by Stephen King (First really long book I ever read.)

2) Adolf Hitler by someone who;s name I don't recall (Read the biography in 3rd grade. It's what started my interest in WW II)

3) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (A very inetersting book. much different than the movies.)

4) Flowers for Alegernon by Daniel Keyes (Read it for a class back in High School. Still sticks with me, since I sometimes feel a bit like Charley.)

5) Great Zeus and All His Children by someone who's name I don't recall (I love Greek mythos. This one was written with an adult audience in mind, so it was a bit less whitewashed than the children's book I wore out as a child.

6) The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings by Jan Harold Brunvand Ph.D (One of the first books on modern folklore I ever read.)

7) Ethan of Athos by Lois McMasters Bujold (While soft sci-fi, this was one of the few books with gay themes I could get away with reading in High School.)

8) The Last Herald-Mage by Mercedes Lackey (Ok, it's a three book series, but the books are well written mind candy about a gay man and his talking horse.)

9) Dragon Lance Chornicles by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis (Again a trilogy, and extremely derivative of Tolkien. However, unlik Tolkien, there's no damn singing druid or 5 page descriptions of the social lives of trees.)

10) Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (I hate this book, I hate Objectivism. However, the book still sticks with me even 15 years after reading it, and I still find myself arguing with her.)

11) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (Read the book after seeing the musical. The book was freaking awesome. Plus the musical made more sense after reading it.)

12) And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (I realize this book had at least 3 titles, but I read it under the listed title. Probably the BEST mystery I ever read.)

13) The Gumshoe, the Witch and the Virtual Corpse by Keith Hartman (Love this book and its sequal The Gumshoe Gorilla. Not only does it combine sci-fi with mystery, the overwhelming theme of how we've built walls around our subsections of society and allowed misundertsanding to fester into hatred is something I probablky undertsnad more than most. Plus the funny is with the author.)

14) Tales of the City by Arimistead Maupin (the 70's in San Francisco. What's not to love?)

15) Illium and Olympos by Dan Simmons (It's kind of one big book he cut in half. Odd books, with meta humans pretending to be gods and reinacting Homer's epic Iliad on Mars while humans left on Earth fight Shakespeareian villians. and mining robots from Jupiter that quote classical poetry.)

Honorable mentions:

Imajica by Clive Barker (Really opened my mind to alternate worlds.)

Metamorphoses by Ovid (Contains the stories of some of my favorite mythos.)
Comments 
27th-Aug-2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
Many of these I haven't read, but agree with you about Frankenstein and I love Mercedes Lackey, Greek myths, and lots of Agatha Christie. Will definitely have to look out for those Gumshoe books!

I'll be posting my 15 in a minute.
27th-Aug-2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
/the first book is really good, once you get used to his writing style. (There's like 17 different narrators, which took a bit of adjustment.) The second isn't as good, but it involves 5 Tom Cruise clones.
28th-Aug-2009 12:39 am (UTC)
You mean Tom Cruise isn't already a clone ... or do I mean robot?
28th-Aug-2009 01:01 am (UTC)
Basically, in 2025, his estate sold off his DNA to anyone who wanted it. Virginia Rockland decided to create an army of clones:)

Edited at 2009-08-28 01:02 am (UTC)
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