robotamputee tagged me in a meme that’s been going around, so here goes:
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
My 10 significant books/series:
1. Young Wizards series by Diane Duane. I could go on for ages and ages about how this book series has shaped my philosophy, carried me through the dark times, and given me some of the best friendships of my life. Special mention must go to A Wizard of Mars, though, because it literally saved my life at one point.
2. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. They’re not perfect by any means, but I grew up reading them and they sure mean a lot to me. Lots of good memories there.
3. Atlantis Found by Clive Cussler. Cussler writes very action-adventurey, nautical, slightly speculative fiction. His writing is cheesy, a bit formulaic, and definitely has problems with sexism and damsels in distress (especially in early books - it’s started to get better lately), but it’s also meticulously researched with paragraphs upon paragraphs of description porn of everything from ships to computers to landscapes to the highly improbable ways his heroes get themselves out of the latest booby trap unscathed. Atlantis Found was the first of his books I ever picked up, and it remains my favorite, despite the fact that I’ve read most of what he’s written (quite a feat, considering he’s written over 50 - I think I’m about 5 books behind at this point. He publishes 2-4 a year!)
4. The Journey Home: A Kryon Parable: The Story of Michael Thomas and the Seven Angels by Lee Carroll. A neighbor used to always recommend these weird spiritual books to my mom and me. Most of them were meh, but this one was quite interesting. It’s not only an engaging story in its own right, but it’s full of uplifting philosophy and left me feeling a bit better about the Universe after I read it.
5. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. This book broke me, mixed up the pieces, and put me back together again entirely different than I was before. Mind-blowing is the only adjective I can even think of to describe the experience.
6. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams. Need I say more?
7. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. Oh my lord, this book. How do I even describe this book. It starts out slowly and builds gradually and subtly. You go into it thinking it’s just a blah historical fiction romance with some purple prose, and before you know it, it’s 3am, you’re halfway in, and you’re utterly lost in a beautiful alternate-universe fantasy world steeped in mythology and allegory with some of the most beautifully crafted prose and incredibly interesting characters that the written word has ever seen. It was a book I wanted to devour as quickly as possible yet savor until the last punctuation mark.
8. Celestial Matters by Richard Garfinkle. Very rarely have I read a science fiction book that takes the genre so literally. Basically, this book is an AU where ancient science is real (only four elements with different laws of physics surrounding them, everything based around Aristotle and Taoist alchemy). So you get space travel and interplanetary warfare alongside the humors. It’s a very interesting juxtaposition that gripped me from start to finish.
9. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Every once in a while I reread this book and am just blown away by every single sentence in it. There’s so much information packed into it and it’s so beautifully crafted. It still affects me as profoundly as the first time I read it.
10. Q in Law by Peter David. Easily the most hilarious book I have ever read. Q versus Lwaxana Troi, and Q comes off the worse for wear. Literally a laugh a page, to the point I was exiled from the house until I finished it because I was annoying my mom so much with my laughter. Full of running gags, exasperated Picard, and more shenanigans than you can shake the Enterprise at.
Sheesh, I don’t remember who’s done this already. If I tag you and you already did it, sorry! You don’t have to do it again! Tagging: enterprising-gentleman, astahfrith, devieklutz, silentmachina, calinaestel, decadentmousse, songofsunset, emitter-of-learjets, maelstromatic, no9jazzst