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Books, Books, Books
Since I feel like the books we read both define us and develop us, I decided to go ahead and include on my LJ a running list of books that I have read or will read (generally those I own and haven't yet read). This is currently a very incomplete and in-progress list.

I'll post here as I go along and/or recall books I've read thus far. For some time the list will probably be woefully incomplete, as I have read A LOT of books over the years, and goodness knows I won't remember them all in the next five minutes. But, here goes! Also, book recommendations are welcome.

Books I've Read

Chinua Achebe - Things Fall Apart
Douglas Adams - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Richard Adams - Maia
Richard Adams - Watership Down
Louisa May Alcott - Little Women
Louisa May Alcott - Little Men
Louisa May Alcott - Jo's Boys
Louisa May Alcott - An Old-Fashioned Girl
Louisa May Alcott - Eight Cousins
Louisa May Alcott - Rose in Bloom
Lloyd Alexander - The Book of Three
Lloyd Alexander - The Black Cauldron
Lloyd Alexander - The Castle of Llyr
Lloyd Alexander - Taran Wanderer
Lloyd Alexander - The High King
Lloyd Alexander - The Foundling and Other Tales of Prydain
Isabel Allende - Eva Luna
Dante Alighieri - The Divine Comedy: Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso
Kingsley Amis - Lucky Jim
Hans Christian Andersen - The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories
Sherwood Anderson - Winesburg, Ohio
Jean Anouilh - Beckett
Jules Archer - They Made a Revolution
Isaac Asimov - I, Robot
Margaret Atwood - Cat's Eye
Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale
Jean M. Auel - The Clan of the Cave Bear
Jane Austen - Persuasion
Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility
Melissa Bank - The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing
Nick Bantock - Griffin and Sabine
Nick Bantock - Sabine's Notebook
Nick Bantock - The Golden Mean
Nick Bantock - The Gryphon
J.M. Barrie - Peter Pan
Tom Barron - The Ancient One
Tom Barron - Heartlight
Tom Barron - The Merlin Effect
Dave Barry - Claw Your Way to the Top
Dave Barry - Babies and Other Hazards of Sex
Dave Barry - The Taming of the Screw
Dave Barry - Dave Barry's Guide to Marriage and/or Sex
Dave Barry - Dave Barry Turns 40
Dave Barry - Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need
Dave Barry - Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway
Dave Barry - Dave Barry's Bad Habits
Dave Barry - Dave Barry's Greatest Hits
Dave Barry - Dave Barry Talks Back
Dave Barry - Dave Barry is NOT Making This Up
Dave Barry - Dave Barry is from Mars and Venus
Dave Barry - Dave Barry in Cyberspace
Peter S. Beagle - The Last Unicorn
The Bible
Judy Blume - Freckle Juice
Judy Blume - The Pain and the Great One
Judy Blume - Superfudge
Judy Blume - Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Giovanni Boccaccio - The Decameron
Ray Bradbury - The Golden Apples of the Sun
Ray Bradbury - The Illustrated Man
Ray Bradbury - I Sing the Body Electric
Ray Bradbury - Dandelion Wine
Ray Bradbury - Farenheit 451
Ray Bradbury - The Martian Chronicles
Ray Bradbury - A Medicine for Melancholy
Ray Bradbury - Quicker Than the Eye
Ray Bradbury - R is for Rocket
Ray Bradbury - Something Wicked This Way Comes
Marion Zimmer Bradley - The Forest House
Marion Zimmer Bradley - The Mists of Avalon
Marion Zimmer Bradley - The Fall of Atlantis
Marion Zimmer Bradley - The Shadow Matrix
Lilian Jackson Braun - The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts
Carol Ryrie Brink - Caddie Woodlawn
Charlotte Bronte - Jane Eyre
Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights
Stephen Brooks - America Through Foreign Eyes
Terry Brooks - Sword of Shannara
Dee Brown - The Gentle Tamers
James Bryce - The American Commonwealth Vol I & II
Frederick Buechner - Peculiar Treasures
Frances Hodgson Burnett - Little Lord Fauntleroy
Frances Hodgson Burnett - A Little Princess
Frances Hodgson Burnett - The Secret Garden
Olive Ann Burns - Cold Sassy Tree
Julie Campbell - Trixie Belden (1-36)
Albert Camus - The Stranger (in French and English)
Truman Capote - In Cold Blood
Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card - Ender's Shadow
Lewis Carroll - Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll - Through the Looking Glass
Raymond Carver - Will You Please Be Quiet, Please
Willa Cather - My Antonia
Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Anton Chekhov - An Unwilling Martyr
Anton Chekhov - The Anniversary
Anton Chekhov - The Proposal
Anton Chekhov - The Bear
Anton Chekhov - The Wedding
Agatha Christie - The Man in the Brown Suit
Sandra Cisneros - The House on Mango Street
Beverly Cleary - Ramona the Pest
Beverly Cleary - The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Beverly Cleary - Henry Huggins
Beverly Cleary - Henry and the Clubhouse
Beverly Cleary - Dear Mr. Henshaw
James Clemens - Wit'ch Fire
Jane Conly - R-T, Margaret and the Rats of Nihm
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Joseph Conrad - The Secret Sharer
Pat Conroy - The Prince of Tides
Pat Conroy - The Water is Wide
Jill Ker Conway - The Road to Coorain
Susan Cooper - Over Sea, Under Stone
Susan Cooper - The Dark is Rising
Susan Cooper - Greenwitch
Susan Cooper - The Grey King
Susan Cooper - Silver on the Tree
Dinah Maria Mulock Craik - The Adventures of a Brownie
Dinah Maria Mulock Craik - The Little Lame Prince
Stephen Crane - The Red Badge of Courage
Roald Dahl - The Twits
Roald Dahl - The BFG
Roald Dahl - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl - Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Roald Dahl - The Witches
Roald Dahl - James and the Giant Peach
Roald Dahl - Matilda
Roald Dahl - Danny the Champion of the World
Roald Dahl - George’s Marvelous Medicine
Ellen Datlow (Ed.) - Inferno
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens - Great Expectations
Charles Dickens - Hard Times
Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes: Complete Short Stories Vol. 1
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes: Complete Short Stories Vol. 2
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - The Hound of the Baskervilles
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - A Study in Scarlet
Diane Duane - So You Want to Be A Wizard
Alexandre Dumas - The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas - The Man in the Iron Mask
Alexandre Dumas - The Three Musketeers
Ralph Ellison - Invisible Man
Elizabeth Enright - The Four Story Mistake
Jeffrey Eugenides - The Virgin Suicides
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
Raymond E. Feist - Faerie Tale
Jim Fergus - One Thousand White Women
Rachael Field - Hitty, her First Hundred Years
Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones's Diary
Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Dorothy Canfield Fisher - Understood Betsy
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald - This Side of Paradise
John D. Fitzgerald - The Great Brain
Louise Fitzhugh - Harriet the Spy
Louise Fitzhugh - The Long Secret
Louise Fitzhugh - Sport
Fannie Flagg - Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man
Fannie Flagg - Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Fannie Flagg - Welcome to the World, Baby Girl
E.M. Forster - A Room With A View
Anne Frank - Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
Diana Gabaldon - Outlander
Neil Gaiman - American Gods
Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere
Neil Gaiman - The Sandman - Preludes and Nocturnes
Neil Gaiman - The Sandman - Doll's House
Neil Gaiman - Stardust
Alex Garland - The Beach
W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear - People of the Wolf
W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear - People of the Earth
W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear - People of the Wind
W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear - People of the Fire
W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear - People of the Ice
Jamie Gilson - Hobie Hanson, You’re Weird
William Golding - Lord of the Flies
William Goldman - The Princess Bride
Matthew Good - At Last There is Nothing Left to Say
Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay - The Federalist
Charlaine Harris - Dead Until Dark
Joanne Harris - Chocolat
Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter
Joseph Heller - Catch-22
Ernest Hemingway - In Our Time
Victoria Holt - Pride of the Peacock
Homer - The Iliad
Deborah Howe - Bunnicula
Aldous Huxley - Brave New World
Henrik Ibsen - A Doll's House
Henrik Ibsen - Ghosts
Henrik Ibsen - The Wild Duck
Henrik Ibsen - An Enemy of the People
John Irving - The Cider House Rules
John Irving - The World According to Garp
Dana Johnson - Break Any Woman Down
Cleolinda Jones - Movies in 15 Minutes
Diana Wynne Jones - Castle in the Air
Diana Wynne Jones - Charmed Life
Diana Wynne Jones - Conrad's Fate
Diana Wynne Jones - Howl's Moving Castle
Diana Wynne Jones - The Lives of Christopher Chant
Diana Wynne Jones - The Magicians of Caprona
Diana Wynne Jones - Witch Week
Gwynn & Thomas Jones (trans.) - The Mabinogion
Norton Juster - The Phantom Tollbooth
Franz Kafka - The Trial
Pamela Kaufman - Shield of Three Lions
Carolyn Keene - The Nancy Drew Series
Ken Kesey - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Daniel Keyes - Flowers for Algernon
Jamaica Kincaid - A Small Place
Stephen King - Carrie
Barbara Kingsolver - The Bean Trees
Rudyard Kipling - The Jungle Books
John Knowles - A Separate Peace
E. L. Konigsburg - From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
E. L. Konigsburg - Jennifer, Hecate, MacBeth, William McKinley and Me, Elizabeth
Harif Kureishi - The Buddha of Suburbia
Stephen R. Lawhead - Taliesin
Stephen R. Lawhead - Merlin
Stephen R. Lawhead - Arthur
Camara Laye - L'Enfant Noir (French)
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Madeleine L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Madeleine L'Engle - A Wind in the Door
Madeleine L'Engle - A Swiftly Tilting Planet
Madeleine L'Engle - Many Waters
Madeleine L'Engle - The Arm of the Starfish
Madeleine L'Engle - Dragons in the Waters
Madeleine L'Engle - A House Like a Lotus
Madeleine L'Engle - An Acceptable Time
Alan Jay Lerner - Camelot
C.S. Lewis - The Screwtape Letters
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
C.S. Lewis - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
C.S. Lewis - The Horse and His Boy
C.S. Lewis - Prince Caspian
C.S. Lewis - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
C.S. Lewis - The Silver Chair
C.S. Lewis - The Last Battle
Mary Lide - Isobelle
Janet Taylor Lisle - Afternoon of the Elves
Locke, Hume, and Rousseau - Social Contract (essays)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Ann Martin - The Babysitters Club series
George R.R. Martin - A Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin - A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin - A Storm of Swords
George R.R. Martin - A Feast for Crows
Daphne du Maurier - Rebecca
James McBride - The Color of Water
Anne McCaffrey - Dragonflight
Anne McCaffrey - Dragonquest
Anne McCaffrey - The White Dragon
Anne McCaffrey - Dragonsong
Anne McCaffrey - Dragonsinger
Anne McCaffrey - Dragondrums
Anne McCaffrey - The Masterharper of Pern
Anne McCaffrey - Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern
Anne McCaffrey - All the Weyrs of Pern
ed. J.D. McClatchy - Contemporary American Poetry
Grace McClure - The Bassett Women
Frank McCourt - Angela's Ashes
Carson McCullers - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Eloise Jarvis McGraw - The Golden Goblet
Herman Melville - Billy Budd, Sailor
Jane Mendelsohn - Innocence
James Michener - Journey
John Stuart Mill - On Liberty
Arthur Miller - The Crucible
Arthur Miller - Death of a Salesman
A. A. Milne - The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh
L.M. Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables
L.M. Montgomery - Anne of Avonlea
L.M. Montgomery - Anne of the Island
L.M. Montgomery - Anne of Windy Poplars
L.M. Montgomery - Anne's House of Dreams
L.M. Montgomery - Anne of Ingleside
L.M. Montgomery - Rainbow Valley
L.M. Montgomery - Rilla of Ingleside
L.M. Montgomery - Chronicles of Avonlea
L.M. Montgomery - The Story Girl
L.M. Montgomery - The Golden Road
L.M. Montgomery - Emily of New Moon
L.M. Montgomery - Emily Climbs
L.M. Montgomery - Emily's Quest
Elizabeth Moon - The Deed of Paksenarrion: Sheepfarmer’s Daughter
Elizabeth Moon - The Deed of Paksenarrion: Divided Allegiance
Elizabeth Moon - The Deed of Paksenarrion: Oath of Gold
Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons - V for Vendetta
Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons - Watchmen
Toni Morrison - The Bluest Eye
Vladimir Nabokov - Lolita
Ngugi - A Grain of Wheat
Andre Norton - Gryphon in Glory
Robert C. O’Brien - Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nihm
Flannery O’Connor - The Complete Short Stories
Scott O’Dell - Streams to the River, River to the Sea
Baroness Orczy - The Scarlet Pimpernel
George Orwell - 1984
Katherine Paterson - Bridge to Terabithia
Katherine Paterson - Jacob Have I Loved
Alan Paton - Cry, The Beloved Country
Gary Paulsen - The Island
Gary Paulsen - Hatchet
Richard Peck - Voices After Midnight
Marge Piercy - Gone to Soldiers
Plato - The Republic
Edgar Allan Poe - Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
Eleanor Porter - Pollyanna
Eleanor Porter - Pollyanna Grows Up
Eleanor Porter - Pollyanna of the Orange Blossoms
Gene Stratton Porter - Freckles
Gene Stratton Porter - A Girl of the Limberlost
Katherine Anne Porter - Pale Horse, Pale Rider
Beatrix Potter - Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter
Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman - Good Omens
Terry Pratchett - The Colour of Magic
Terry Pratchett - The Light Fantastic
Terry Pratchett - Equal Rites
Terry Pratchett - Mort
Terry Pratchett - Sourcery
Terry Pratchett - Wyrd Sisters
Terry Pratchett - Pyramids
Terry Pratchett - Guards! Guards!
Terry Pratchett - Eric
Terry Pratchett - Moving Pictures
Terry Pratchett - Reaper Man
Terry Pratchett - Witches Abroad
Terry Pratchett - Small Gods
Terry Pratchett - Lords and Ladies
Terry Pratchett - Men at Arms
Terry Pratchett - Soul Music
Terry Pratchett - Interesting Times
Terry Pratchett - Maskerade
Terry Pratchett - Feet of Clay
Terry Pratchett - Hogfather
Terry Pratchett - Jingo
Terry Pratchett - The Last Continent
Terry Pratchett - Carpe Jugulum
Terry Pratchett - The Fifth Elephant
Terry Pratchett - The Truth
Terry Pratchett - Thief of Time
Terry Pratchett – The Last Hero
Terry Pratchett – The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
Terry Pratchett - Night Watch
Terry Pratchett – The Wee Free Men
Terry Pratchett - Monstrous Regiment
Terry Pratchett – A Hat Full of Sky
Terry Pratchett - Going Postal
Terry Pratchett - Thud!
Terry Pratchett – Wintersmith
Terry Pratchett – Making Money
Terry Pratchett - The Art of Discworld
Terry Pratchett - Nation
Christopher Priest - The Prestige
Phillip Pullman - The Golden Compass
Phillip Pullman - The Subtle Knife
Phillip Pullman - The Amber Spyglass
Mario Puzo - The Godfather
Anna Quindlen - Black and Blue
Ayn Rand - Anthem
Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand - The Fountainhead
Wilson Rawls - Where the Red Fern Grows
The Reduced Shakespeare Company - The Compleat Wrks of Wm Shkspear, Abridged
Jean-Jacques Rousseau - A Discourse on Inequality
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Antoine de Saint-Exupery - The Little Prince (French and English)
J.D. Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye
Jean-Paul Sartre - Huis Clos (French)
Maurice Sendak - Where the Wild Things Are
Michael Shaara - The Killer Angels
William Shakespeare - Hamlet
William Shakespeare - King Lear
William Shakespeare - Macbeth
William Shakespeare - The Merchant of Venice
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night’s Dream
William Shakespeare - Much Ado about Nothing
William Shakespeare - Othello
William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare - The Taming of the Shrew
George Bernard Shaw - Pygmalion
Shel Silverstein - The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein - A Light in the Attic
Upton Sinclair - The Jungle
Jane Smiley - A Thousand Acres
Dodie Smith - The Hundred and One Dalmatians
Dodie Smith - I Capture the Castle
Lemony Snicket - The Bad Beginning
Elizabeth George Speare - Calico Captive
Elizabeth George Speare - The Sign of the Beaver
Elizabeth George Speare - The Witch of Blackbird Pond
John Steinbeck - The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck - Of Mice and Men
Mary Stewart - The Crystal Cave
Mary Stewart - The Hollow Hills
Mary Stewart - The Last Enchantment
Mary Stewart - The Wicked Day
Naomi M. Stokes - The Tree People
J.M. Synge - The Playboy of the Western World
J.M. Synge - Riders to the Sea
Alexis de Tocqueville - Democracy in America
J.R.R. Tolkien - The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien - The Fellowship of the Ring
J.R.R. Tolkien - The Two Towers
J.R.R. Tolkien - The Return of the King
Mark Twain - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Mark Twain - Life on the Mississippi
Mark Twain - Tom Sawyer
Virgil - The Aeneid
Cynthia Voigt - Come A Stranger
Voltaire - Candide
Kurt Vonnegut - Slaughterhouse Five or The Children’s Crusade
Alice Walker - The Color Purple
Gertrude Chandler Warner - The Boxcar Children series
Edith Wharton - Ethan Frome
William Wharton - Birdy
E. B. White - Charlotte’s Web
E. B. White - Stuart Little
T.H. White - The Once and Future King
T.H. White - The Book of Merlyn
Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin - Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Tennessee Williams - A Streetcar Named Desire
P. G. Wodehouse - Pigs Have Wings: A Blandings Story
Gordon S. Wood - The Creation of the American Republic
Virginia Woolf - Mrs. Dalloway

Books I Intend to Read

Holly Black - Ironside
Joseph Campbell - The Hero of a Thousand Faces
Jerry Capeci - Gangland
Susanna Clarke - Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Frank Herbert - Dune
Nathaniel Knabel (Ed.) - Step Right Up
C.S. Lewis - Mere Christianity
David McKean - Tommy the Cork
Toni Morrison - Song of Solomon
Marcel Proust - Swann's Way
Rachel Sontag - House Rules
Harriet Beecher Stowe - Uncle Tom's Cabin
William Thackeray - Vanity Fair
Barbara Tuchman - The Guns of August
Robert Penn Warren - All the King's Men

TIME: All-Time 100 Novels
National Review 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century
The Guardian's 100 Best Books of All Time
Great Books Guide 100 Greatest Novels
Random House 100 Best

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From: (Anonymous) Date: February 25th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC) (current file)
If you don't already have a copy of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and would like one, you can have mine. I couldn't get into it and it would be nice to see it go to good use.

Also, I know this isn't the most popular choice, but Northanger Abbey was my second favorite Austen book, after P&P, when I last read them. I do not own it, however.

Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding, is very good also.

foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 25th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC) (current file)
Thanks for the offer! I do actually own that one, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Northanger Abbey I don't own but would love to read. I've never heard of Tom Jones. I'll have to check it out once I get some of the ones I own read. :)
girlupnorth From: girlupnorth Date: February 29th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC) (current file)
Why only one volume of The Sandman? You should definitely read more.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 29th, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC) (current file)
Oh, I really want to. But the holes in my pockets aren't allowing me to buy right now, and those are expennnnsive. :) I could read them at the bookstore, but they rarely have them all in order, and I like to give them my full attention.

I doubt they have them at the library, although maybe. But I do want to actually own them all someday! (The one I do own was bought at a Neil book signing, but I think there's a complete set out there that can be bought all at once - maybe it's cheaper?)
0ccam From: 0ccam Date: March 4th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC) (current file)
Did you have a Happy Birthday?
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 4th, 2008 04:20 pm (UTC) (current file)
I DID! I shall write about it soon. :)
particle_person From: particle_person Date: March 15th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC) (current file)
Wow, nice. You listed Dante's Inferno twice, BTW. ;-)
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 15th, 2008 05:25 am (UTC) (current file)
Oh, shucks. I alphebetized it differently on the other list. I shall fix!

P.S. It's still not complete yet! Ack!
carmine_rose From: carmine_rose Date: March 15th, 2008 10:50 am (UTC) (current file)
Is Mary Stewart's The Wicked Day as good as her Merlin trilogy? Is it a sequel? It's been sitting on my to-read-shelf for about a year, but I'm somehow wary of starting it. I absolutely adore The Crystal Cave etc, and I'm not sure I could take the kind of disappointment I had with reading Marion Zimmer Bradley's later efforts.

Edited to fix a typo.

Edited at 2008-03-15 10:50 am (UTC)
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 15th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC) (current file)
Oooh! It's fantastic. AND a sequel - actually, I always thought the set was 4, not that it was a trilogy that ended with The Last Enchantment (which is my least favorite of the 4, although I need to re-read it). I can see now what you mean, though, since this one is NOT from Merlin's point of view (it follows Mordred).

My high school had all but The Last Enchantment in their inventory when I was a kid, because someone had taught The Wicked Day and maybe the others in Brit Lit (I think my mom has on occasion) - so I actually read TWD first, because my mom used to let me come with her when she inventoried the books she'd teach that year and I'd always take some home to read. The Wicked Day follows Mordred and life in the Orkneys and his path to Arthur, etc., and it's the one that made me hunt down the other ones. Definitely recommended!

Merlin is my favorite character - for a very different but nevertheless completely awesome treatment of him, read the Stephen R. Lawhead books Taliesin and Merlin. So. Amazing!

I'm such a dork - I'm ridiculously glad my book list actually allowed me to rave about some favorite books. :)

Edited at 2008-03-15 04:57 pm (UTC)
carmine_rose From: carmine_rose Date: March 15th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC) (current file)
Along with Mary Renault’s Alexander trilogy, and Edith Pargeter’s Heaven Tree trilogy (have you read those? They are BRILLIANT), the Merlin trilogy is about my favourite series! I’ve read a few other Arthurian legends, but that one always remains the definitive, for me.* I had a mini-reread the other week, actually – just the bit from where Merlin meets his dad to when Uther realises who Merlin is. Ooooh, I might have to read the series again now!

Did you ever see the TV series? It was a bit of a disappointment. I can’t remember if it covered the whole trilogy, but I do remember being alarmed that the first 3 of the 6 episodes were devoted to The Crystal Cave, because I was worried about how they’d manage to pace the other two books. The only bit that really stick in my mind is when Merlin has the vision about the peach his uncle gives to him.

I have Taliesin and Merlin on my to-read-shelf too. I tried them when I was a lot younger (like 12?), and couldn’t get into them, but I think maybe you have to be older to appreciate them so I’ve been planning to give them another try. Isn’t there one about Arthur too?

I love geeking out about books!

* Weirdly, alongside The Mists of Avalon. I don’t know how I reconcile the two, but I do…
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 15th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC) (current file)
I haven't read those - I'll have to search them out.

I agree that Mary Stewart's series is one of the best out there. Along with Lawhead's, my other favorite is The Mists of Avalon (which may be obvious, considering the name of my journal is from the prequel to it (also very good). The moments you mention go right up (for me) with the moment in The Mists of Avalon where Arthur realizes he slept with Morgaine. That's a powerful scene.

They made a series? No, I never saw it! But these books would be hard to do well without a lot of money and time, I think.

There is an Arthur book and it's good, but Taliesin and Merlin are my favorites. :) There's also Pendragon after that, which *I* still have on my "to-read" shelf. Heh.

[Gah! Edited for OMGstupid spelling typo.]

Edited at 2008-03-15 10:08 pm (UTC)
carmine_rose From: carmine_rose Date: March 16th, 2008 11:21 am (UTC) (current file)
Oh, I love The Mists of Avalon. I think I actually read that before The Crystal Cave. If Mary Stewart gave me the definitive Merlin, Bradley provided my definitive Morgaine. I hadn't made the foresthouse connection, I have to admit - but then I wasn't too keen on the prequels, I don't know why. I do like her retelling of the Troy myth though - have you read that?

I was really surprised to find the not-love for Mists when I first ventured online. Did you watch that TV series, with Juliana Margulies as Morgaine? I don't think they showed it in the UK.

I've got so much on my to-read shelf! I might have to make an lj post...

Argh! I stupidly posted first this without signing in - don't bother to unscreen my anon comment! Sorry...
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 18th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC) (current file)
I can't remember which I read first! That's just silly. But yes, I agree that Morgaine = awesome in it. I haven't read the Troy book. I didn't know there was one!

No, I didn't see the TB series (I'm U.S. based, but still, no dice).

Do a lot of people really dislike the book?
carmine_rose From: carmine_rose Date: March 18th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC) (current file)
I seem to remember people at FT (and perhaps earlier incarnations of SF) being pretty hard on it, because of the feminist agenda. I think it's often disliked by people who dislike militant feminism, because I think they see it as a militant feminist text. These are just impressions I picked up, though - I can't remember anything specific. Of course, I first read it when I was quite young - I liked the story, and I liked the point of view of the various women, and it never occurred to me that people would have a problem with it until I got online.

The troy book is pretty good (though not as good as Mists). It's called The Firebrand, and it's from Cassandra's point of view.

I notice you've got a couple of Atwoods up there too - are you a fan? Have you read The Penelopiad?

Argh! I posted as an anon again! I'm sorry, I'm so slow sometimes.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 20th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC) (current file)
Heh, don't worry. I've posted anon AND under my other name before. It happens.

Feminist agenda, eh? Pffft, whatever. It's an awesome book. Naysayers be damned! :)

I haven't read any other Atwood yet. Is that one good? I'll definitely check out the Troy book, thanks!
carmine_rose From: carmine_rose Date: March 20th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC) (current file)
I like any and all Atwood, so I'm biased - but yes, I thought it was good. I always like re-tellings of things, and this is the Odyssey from Penelope's point of view.

I was looking at the Amazon reviews for Mists, and a few people said it's slow... I really have no idea what they're talking about!
library_of_sex From: library_of_sex Date: March 15th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC) (current file)
Is there any book you haven't already read?! Geez, what a list!
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 15th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC) (current file)
I love books! :)

Actually, this list is not nearly complete, I don't think. I have to keep remembering books and also go through the ones in storage at some point...
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 17th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC) (current file)
Perhaps this violates the spirit of the thing, I don't know, but are there any books you have hated? Or particularly loved? I was challenged recently to name my top five favorite books, and found it nearly impossible, both because there are many I have really enjoyed for different reasons, and because I am always looking for my next good read.

The list of books I have hated is easier, though. Starting with the most recent: Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury. His perspicacity and prediction on a number of things is amazing, but the story and writing seem clumsy and contrived and predictable, and the characters are just as flat as their "families." Now in no order: The Witching Hour, Anne Rice -- interesting premise and tag-line ("We watch. And we are always there"), annoying story; The Weight of Water, Anita Shreve -- although I enjoyed The Pilot's Wife; Whichever Danielle Steel it was with the rape and the fire that killed the heroine's whole family -- I never read another; and The Return of Martin Guerre, by historian Natalie Zemon Davis.

So, just wondering about your picks and pans, and whether this is a neutral list of what you have read, or a more partial list of what you have read and enjoyed.

- Karen
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 18th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC) (current file)
That is difficult, and I do tend to like most books I read (or maybe I just don't often continue reading the ones I don't like beyond the bookstore shelf?) but I do remember in 6th grade I haaaaated Grapes of Wrath and chucked it under my bed until about 8th grade, when I actually liked it. That particular one was a case of me being too young for it at the time (which had never happened before with books, so it sticks with me). I wasn't nearly as impressed with The Color of Water (listed above) as I'd expected - it was very bland and almost emotionless. I wasn't as satisfied with the Philip Pullman books as many others seemed to be, either. I guess there are a number of books that I've been less impressed with, but I don't think there are many I've really hated except those you'd expect (i.e. the airport-novel type lawyer murder mystery I read at my grandmother's once, which was awful). Heh.
soleta_nf From: soleta_nf Date: March 18th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC) (current file)
How does one go about compiling a list like this? I wouldn't have a clue where to start... And I don't think I'd ever feel like it accurately represented everything I'd ever read.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 18th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC) (current file)
Well, like I said, mine's really incomplete now. What I did was basically just give my bookshelf the once-over and try to remember stuff. Heh.
soleta_nf From: soleta_nf Date: March 18th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC) (current file)
That sounds really, really hard. And interesting ongoing project though! I might be able to remember a lot of the books I read as a teen.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 18th, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC) (current file)
Yeah - I KNOW I am missing a ton of books still, but I figure they'll come to me. I may have to start posting a list of, "that book with the homeless kid who lives in the NY subway, I think his name was slim" and "that murder mystery where the girl gets hit on the head and forgets who killed her mother" and things, and see if people can remind me of titles!
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