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  • Dropping by to say hi 🙂

    Thanks for the welcome over at Kij’s 🙂

    I haven’t had the nerve to tackle that particular meme yet — I can imagine it eating a good chunk of afternoon! The Nets of Space sounds absolutely bonkers. Colour me impressed *g*.

    August 08, 2004
  • Re: Dropping by to say hi 🙂

    Hi again. You’re welcome.

    The Nets of Space sounds absolutely bonkers. Colour me impressed…

    Hah. I don’t know that there’s anything to be impressed about; I was just a very indiscriminate reader. You know the old saw: the Golden Age of science fiction is 13.

    August 10, 2004
  • This is nuts! This could go on for thousands of books. Why don’t you just pick ten favorites out of there and then your friends list will read them and swap ten with you?

    August 10, 2004
  • Yes, it is indeed a Bad Idea. My only defense is that it’s not my meme—I was just passing it along. It is interesting to see what books other folks think are important or interesting (or notoriously bad).

    Here’s a few unequivocally good reads (caveat emptor: you didn’t like Galapagos):

    Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War by Paul Fussell (Nonfiction)
    Looking for a Ship by John McPhee (Nonfiction)
    Watership Down by Richard Adams (Novel)
    The Shipping News by Annie Proulx (Novel)
    Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (Nonfiction)
    Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (Novel)
    Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey (Memoir)
    The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions by David Quammen (Nonfiction)

    That’s a short list: I’ll post a more complete one in my blog soon.

    August 10, 2004
  • Re: Dropping by to say hi 🙂

    *grin* You’re so not wrong. I remember being utterly enthralled by EE Doc Smith’s Skylark series and Lensman series… 🙂

    August 11, 2004
  • No, not a bad idea. It was fun to read -just probably not fun to do . But fun to read.

    I did not hate Galapagos . I finished it and was glad I did. I found the narrator to be a bit baiting- this one was going to die soon, this is no longer needed today, isn’t it funny how our Great Big Brains served us, etc. For a narrator who was so much a part of the “Big-Brained” era, it sounded manipulative.

    But put me in a different mindset, and what annoyed me this week could be the one thing I can’t stop raving about in a few months.

    I have not read any of your choices. Such a sad admission, but true.

    August 11, 2004
  • Galapagos has its flaws, and I know many people who don’t think it’s Vonnegut’s best work.

    I have not read any of your choices. Such a sad admission, but true.

    And that is sad because? As I said in today’s post (with a longer list), I’m not saying these are indispensable books, or great books. It’s a highly ideosyncratic list.

    August 12, 2004
  • >And that is sad because?

    I meant to say that I have much left to read, and the list grows longer each day. I am not interested in gathering knowledge solely from someone’s entire reading list, or even from a combination of people’s lists. I want my own knowledge and experience, too.

    But you write well, and from there I can safely imagine you have good taste. Surely I can scrub some suggestions from you, yes?

    August 17, 2004
  • Well, my choices are interesting to me, but hard as this is to accept emotionally, they may not matter much to anyone else. Everyone has gaps in their education and reading, though: you can’t possibly read everything worthwhile there is to read.

    I haven’t read much of the Western Canon, for example, and every time I pick up a genre novel or other “middlebrow” book, it’s that much less time I’ll have to read The Epic of Gilgamesh or Gargantua and Pantagruel
    .

    August 18, 2004
  • That site you linked me to will keep me busy for hours!

    Thanks, Bob!!!!!!!!! 9 exclamation points for you!

    August 19, 2004

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