Where does the good go

Books, books, books!

I’ve abandoned my strategy of getting book reading suggestions from TV personalities…so, I turn to you!

What should I be reading? Comment up a storm! I’m looking for twenty good books.

25 Responses to “Books, books, books!”

  1. Mary Says:

    hmm…not even a hint to narrow down the subject matter?

    Here’s some that I’d recommend:

    Snowcrash, Neal Stephenson
    Neuromancer, William Gibson
    Winter’s Tale, Mark Helprin
    Two Girls Fat and Thin, Mary Gaitskill
    White Teeth, Zadie Smith
    American Tabloid, The Cold Six Thousand, James Ellroy
    Kafka on the Shore, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
    Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
    Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood

  2. Michael Albert Says:

    On the humorous front, anything by Jasper Fforde.

  3. Fisch Says:

    Wow Mary!!!
    My respect for you has just gone up quite a bit, seeing the godfather of cyberpunk and the story that started it all on your list. Very nice.

    A game of thrones-George r. r. martin

  4. Michael Albert Says:

    Oh yeah, in honour of your (elsewhere) co-blogger’s travels to Edinburgh.

    44 Scotland St … Alexander McCall Smith

    And its sequel whose title I cannot recall and which is not googling well just at the moment.

  5. Pokerwolf Says:

    A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving
    Hunting Fish by Jay Greenspan
    Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
    Expecting Someone Taller by Tom Holt

  6. Mary Says:

    Fisch – although I’m a big sci-fi/fantasy fan, I’ve never read any George R. R. Martin, will have to check him out.

    As for Scottish authors I almost added Irvine Welsh to my list but figured Dawn wouldn’t like him. I even think the James Ellroy may be too harsh for her but included it (and The Cold Six Thousand) because it has some Vegas bits in it. If only HBO would do American Tabloid as a series…that book would make some good television.

    I’ve only read some of the Botswana books by McCall Smith, will have to check out the one above.

    Anybody read the new Mark Haddon? I’ve been meaning to pick that up.

    My apologies, this is starting to turn into a “books Mary needs to read” instead of the original purpose of suggesting books for Dawn.

  7. Joe Says:

    Super System 1 & 2
    Tales from the Tilt Boys
    Harrington on Hold ’em Parts 1-3.

    Oh wait.. wrong blog.

    Neil Gaimon- Neverwhere
    Neil Gaimon- American Gods (went to Rock City because of it)
    Philip Roth- Portnoy’s Complaint (but be prepared to squirm at parts)

  8. Heather Says:

    Some good non-fiction reads:
    Blink, by Malcom Gladwell
    Freakonomics, by Steven Levitt
    Mountains beyond Mountains, by Tracy kidder
    Into thin Air, by Jon Krakauer
    Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy, by Lindsay Moran

    For Mary:
    The black jewels trilogy by Anne Bishop

  9. David Says:

    The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. Has some interesting human elements for a sci-fi book.

  10. Alceste Says:

    I’d be happy to lend you the Gaiman books that Joe recommends (which are quite good), but I suspect you would absolutely hate them.

  11. PhantomMut Says:

    “Shadow & Claw” and “Sword & Citadel” by Gene Wolfe. (Actually four books packaged as two.) For that matter, any Gene Wolfe is worth reading, but those are his best.

    A River Runs Through It and Other Stories” by Norman Maclean (The movie was good, the book is great.)

    If you like light fantasy with more going on underneath than you’d think, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series will keep you occupied for a long time. (It’s a good idea to read them in order, but not required.)

    Okay, back to work.

  12. Chugarte Says:

    Don’t comment on other people’s choices… don’t comment on other people’s choices…

    Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis
    Thank You for Smoking – Christopher Buckley
    Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon
    The Master and Margarita – (I can’t believe I can’t remember…)
    The Language Instinct – Stephen Pinker

    I’m reading Middlesex right now and really enjoying it.

  13. Dawn Summers Says:

    Middlesex is my favorite book and I love, love love a Prayer for Owen Meany…of course, I am now fascinated by what Chugarte planned to say about other people’s choices…

    Is SuperSystem 1 still available for purchase?

    Alceste, why would I hate it? Is it a math text?

  14. Mary Says:

    I almost suggested Adventures of Kavalier and Clay too. Another one I left off was Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Froer. Has anyone read or recommend The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem?

    Chugarte’s mantra of not commenting on other people’s choices sounds like mine for musical choices!

  15. Alceste Says:

    Although in the case of Dawn’s muscial choices, any comments that could effect a change would be greatly appreciated by those who have ever spent time stuck in a car with Poddy.

  16. Dawn Summers Says:

    hey, my music is called pop for a reason! IT’S POPULAR!!!

  17. Joe Says:

    Thought it was pop because if you listen to too much of it you wish to put your head in a vice until it POPs

  18. Dawn Summers Says:

    Nope. It’s because it’s popular.

  19. Rick Blaine Says:

    You should read some books that will help you better to understand the White experience.

    “V” – Thomas Pynchon
    “The Talisman” – Peter Straub and Stephen King
    “The Magus” – John Fowles
    “Orlando” – Virginia Woolf
    “The Great World” – David Malouf
    “Martian Chronicles” – Robert Heinlen
    “Battlefield Earth” – L. Ron Hubbard
    “Ender’s Game” – Orson Scott Card
    “The Castle” – Franz Kafka
    “Notes from Underground” – Fyodor Dostoevsky
    “Three Men In A Boat” – Jerome K. Jerome
    “The Big Sleep” – Raymond Chandler
    “Waterland” – Graham Swift

  20. Joe Says:

    “Master of the Game” – Sidney Sheldon

  21. fisch Says:

    Phantom…While Gene Wolfe is probably the best author alive today, and sword and citadel (and the rest of the book of the new sun) is definitely his best work…I don’t think she should start with him. Too in depth stream-of-conscious too quick.

    Start with George r r martin.

  22. Gertie Says:

    “Blindness” by Jose Saramengo (he’s a pulitzer winner)- an inteteresting manufacture of what people might do in a situation of chaos and lawlessness. Oh – and no sight to boot.

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