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Book meme, cos I haven't done one in a while. Ganked from sovietkiki.
Bold I've read, italic I possess but haven't read. (Yes, I must read all the books I have before I buy new ones.) Add four of your own at the end.
The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Great Gatsby - F.Scott Fitzgerald

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter 6) - J.K. Rowling

Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story - George Orwell
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
1984 - George Orwell
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3) - J.K. Rowling

One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4) - J.K. Rowling

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter 5) - J.K. Rowling
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Book 1) - J.K. Rowling
Neuromancer - William Gibson
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
The Secret History - Donna Tartt

A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2) - J.K. Rowling
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Ender’s Game (The Ender Saga) - Orson Scott Card
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Good Omens - Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
Atonement - Ian McEwan

The Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Dune - Frank Herbert
The Unbe[a]rable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
Hey Nostradamus! - Douglas Coupland
The Nature of Blood - Caryl Phillips
Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules - Ed. David Sedaris
Yarn Harlot - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Odd Thomas - Dean Koontz
Spook - Mary Roach
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke
Marley and Me - John Grogan
Gone to the Dogs - Emily Carmichael
Book the 11th: The Grim Grotto: The Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket
State of Fear - Michael Crichton
The Speed of Dark - Elizabeth Moon
Interview with the Vampire - Anne Rice
The Vampire Lestat - Anne Rice
The Snow Fox - Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
The Princess Bride - William Goldman

Luck in the Shadows - Lynn Flewelling
Arthur & George - Julian Barnes
The Seven Dials Mystery - Agatha Christie
The Stupidest Angel - Christopher Moore
Sabine's Notebook - Nick Bantock
Strangers in the Night - Linda Howard
Night Tales (v.1) - Nora Roberts
Reunion - Nora Roberts
White Lies - Linda Howard
Fever Season (Merovingen Nights) - CJ Cherryh
Divine Rite (Merovingen Nights) - CJ Cherryh
Angel With a Sword (Merovingen Nights) - CJ Cherryh
Mount Dragon - Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine
Dreams Underfoot - Charles de Lint
Settling Accounts: Return Engagement - Harry Turtledove
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
Cell - Stephen King
Staying Dead - Laura Anne Gilman
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers - Mary Roach
The Historian - Elizabeth Kostova
Star Trek: S.C.E. #66: Many Splendors - Keith R. A. DeCandido
The Crucible, Book Three: The Crippled Angel - Sara Douglass
Star Trek: Mere Anarchy, Book One: Things Fall Apart - Dayton Ward
Dragonlance Chronicles, Book One: Dragons of Autumn Twilight - Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Star Trek: Mere Anarchy, Book Two: The Centre Cannot Hold - Mike Barr
Duty First: A year in the Life of West Point and the Making of American Leaders - Ed Ruggo
Hit Parade - Lawrence Block
Jpod - Douglas Coupland
Manhattan Transfer - John Dos Passos
The Neon Wilderness - Nelson Algren
The Bride Wore Black - Cornell Woolrich
Rain in the Doorway - Thorne Smith
City of Glass (graphic novel) - Paul Auster with Paul Karasik & David Mazzaucchelli
Star Wars: Republic Commando: Triple Zero - Karen Traviss
The Starslip Crisis Technical Manual - Kristofer Straub
Four Ways to Forgiveness - Ursula K. Le Guin
Star Wars: Corellian Trilogy - Roger MacBride-Allen
Gospel of John - John
Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953 - David Bronstein
How Not To Play Chess - Eugene A Znosko-Borovsky
Stand on Zanzibar - John Brunner
The Accusers - Lindsey Davis
The Quiet American - Graham Greene
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (graphic novel) - Hayao Miyazaki
Kensuke's Kingdom - Michael Morpurgo
Notes from a Big Country - Bill Bryson
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - Douglas Adams

Unto Leviathan - Richard Paul Russo
Fire and Hemlock - Diana Wynne Jones
Busman's Honeymoon - Dorothy L Sayers
Fool on the Hill - Matt Ruff
Join Me - Danny Wallace

The four at the end are four of my favourite books, so you should all read them. Immediately. Bit of a random list, there - you can see where people started adding their own. The top 50 or so are classics, and then it descends into obscurity and Star Trek.



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Oct. 16th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
I've joined the comm - I don't have any communities that just talk about books, I don't think!

I love the Wimsey books. Partly because they're such intelligent crime stories and they always teach you something, and partly because she's got the same angle on emotional stuff and relationships as me, and Peter & Harriet is my total OTP.
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Oct. 17th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
Excellent! I can also squee about Agatha Christie (to an extent), Ian Rankin, Michael Marshall and Christopher Fowler's crime books, if that helps :o)
Oct. 17th, 2006 10:20 am (UTC)
Michael Marshall is pretty damn good. Jay Russell has his moments (I think the two are friends). One or two of Barbara Hambly's crime/thriller books are worth reading too. I can look out the titles if you're interested.

I'd also recommend China Mieville if you've not given his books a go yet (start with Perdido Street Station).

Also - can you recommend good places to visit in Glasgow?
Oct. 17th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I think someone's mentioned Jay Russell to me before. I'll have to look out for him. I'd be interested in the Barbara Hambly titles too!

I've read Perdido Street Station, and I've got one of Mieville's other books but I haven't read it yet. I liked PSS, though.

Places to visit - what kind? Museums, shops, geek stuff?
Oct. 17th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
I have the titles: 'Search the Seven Hills' is a roman mystery, 'Travelling with the Dead' involves vampires, but I recall it as a mystery. I think she did another with the same characters.

'Burning Bright' by Jay Russell I think is the first one with his detective character Marty Burns.

On Glasgow - myself and a friend have a spare afternoon there tomorrow before an unexpected preview. I know about Borders and FP; I used to do shopping trips to Glasgow sometimes, but that's about the limits of what I know about what's to see. Museum/galleries maybe? We've a couple of hours to spend. Any easily overlooked treasures in the geek-field of things? Any recommendations gratefully received! You could email me (see profile) rather than spam here if you'd prefer.
Oct. 17th, 2006 11:07 pm (UTC)
*takes note of books*

Well, museums and galleries, your best bet is Kelvingrove - it's opened again fairly recently and is meant to be great. (I really must get around to going...) Or the Gallery of Modern Art (the big church round the back of Borders) is usually good, too.

Geek-wise, for gaming (board, card, RPG) there's a good shop in the Argyle Market (beside River Island on Argyle St) called Static, and another one off Trongate called the Dragon and George. Also an A1 (general geekery, comics and action figures) next door to Dragon and George. Can't think of anything else offhand...

(Was going to mail this, but my email's gone funny - hope you get it!)
Oct. 17th, 2006 07:59 am (UTC)
Arrgggg! Dan Brown! My eyes!
Oct. 17th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
He's no worse than a lot of other writers, he's just caused a backlash because he got popular! I'd never say they were great literature, but they're entertaining enough. Well, the religion ones anyway.
Oct. 18th, 2006 07:02 am (UTC)
IMHO, don't bother with The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I found it a sick-making book with no redeeming features whatsoever.
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