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I don't have time for memes. So why am I doing this?

I swiped (I believe the technical term is "gakked") this meme from girlyswot . 

One names authors whose names begin with each of the 26 letters of the alphabet, specifying one's favorite book by each author.   I missed three letters.

  • A is for Margaret Atwood; The Robber Bride.
  • B is for Alfred Bester; The Demolished Man.
  • C is for Michael Chabon; The Yiddish Policeman's Union.
  • D is for Arthur Conan Doyle; The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
  • E is for Greg Egan; Diaspora.
  • F is for Charles G. Finney; The Circus of Dr. Lao.
  • G is for David Gerrold; The Man Who Folded Himself.
  • H is for Robert Heinlein; Stranger in a Strange Land, although it was a very hard choice.
  • I is for John Irving; A Widow for One Year (another really hard choice).
  • J is for Alexandr Jablakov; A Deeper Sea.
  • K is for Donald Kingsbury; Courtship Rite.
  • L is for Ursula LeGuin; The Left Hand of Darkness (yet another hard choice).
  • M is for George R.R. Martin; Tuf Voyaging.
  • N is for Audrey Niffenegger; The Time Traveler's Wife.
  • O is for Tillie Olsen; Tell Me a Riddle.
  • P is for Marge Piercy; Gone to Soldiers.
  • Q is for
  • R is for Mary Renault; The Mask of Apollo.
  • S is for Robert Silverberg; The Book of Skulls.
  • T is for J.R.R. Tolkien; Lord of the Rings, of course!
  • U is for John Updike; Memories of the Ford Administration.
  • V is for John Varley; The Persistence of Vision.
  • W is for Connie Willis; To Say Nothing of the Dog.
  • X is for
  • Y is for
  • Z is for Charlotte Zolotow, When I Have a Little Girl.
I can unreservedly recommend each of these books.  Some authors have so many books I love that it was nearly impossible to choose one.  (I mean, one's favorite LeGuin?  Impossible!)  Some letters (like "S," "H" and "R") had multiple authors I'd've loved to name.  With others (like "M") I deliberately picked a contemporary, somewhat lesser-known name, to get you interested (G.R.R. Martin instead of my other obvious "M" choice, who is Herman Melville).

  • Interesting list. I need to look into a few of these. And I need to finish LOTR, which I was reading the last time I started getting eye troubles. Amazingly enough, when moving the eyes becomes painful, I stop reading. Who'd have figured? :p And then it usually takes ages before I start reading again. I think I haven't read any on your list (well, I know I've read some Sherlock Holmes ages ago). Even now, with loads of new lovely books waiting for me, there seems to be a ton of other things that grab my attention and demand doing. Like sewing, gardening, cooking and cleaning. Need to put reading on that list, even though I've now added another thing - Qi Gong.
    • Take your time. What's your pleasure? A Widow for One Year is a beautiful, if somewhat odd, love story. The Man Who Folded Himself turns time travel into a device for psychological exploration.
  • I'm not surprised that your list is so different from mine, Ken. I am, however, slightly embarrassed that the only book on your list that I've read is the Lord of the Rings. Not embarrassed not to have read the others, but embarrassed to have to admit to having read LotR. ;)
    • embarrassed to have to admit to having read LotR

      LOL! You realise there are a lot of people out there who would consider that heresy! (Not me, mind you.)
      • Not heresy, no. But one doesn't have to be a fanatic to recognize masterful writing. One of only two authors who could describe a landscape and make me get a lump in my throat.
        • It's his style of writing I have the problem with. (Says she who just finished a sentence with a preposition) I don't like the patronising style (OK that's my opinion, I'm not expecting agreement) he uses when writing about the hobbits nor the pretentious style he uses when talking about the Gondorians. I enjoyed the story and was impressed with his ability to create a whole world that works but I was continually irritated by his writing. I don't want to say that his legions of fans are wrong and I'm right. It's like coffee - I know the vast majority of people enjoy drinking it and swoon over the smell so I'm the odd one out here, but I find it undrinkable.
          • Hm. The thing is, the book is told from the Hobbits' POV. (This is why the hobbits themselves are the only fully three-dimensional characters.) About themselves, the hobbits are self-effacing; about the elves and the men of Gondor, the hobbits are awestruck. (Who woudn't be? You spend your life in Podunk and then you're taken to Rome under Augustus, with Augustus still in residence? I'd be awestruck too.) The narrative tone reflects the POV characters' attitudes toward the subjects.
            • That may well be but after 1000+ pages (actually long before) it doesn't half get on my nerves. When I'm reading a book, I don't really care whether the style is appropriate and adds to the story, if it annoys me, I 'm not going to contiue reading however well-written the book is generally acknowledged to be. Fortunately for me, I read it first as a thirteen year old, whizzed through it in a weekend and didn't stop to think what I thought about the writing - I just wanted to know what happened next. I re-read it later and that is when I had problems.
              • I get it. De gustibus non est disputandum. Coffee is an acquired taste. I was just trying to establish that there can be objective reasons to admire something that also happens to be popular. Naturally I can acknowledge that there can be legitimate reasons to dislike same.
                • It isn't because it's popular, after all I read and enjoy Harry Potter and Harry Potter fanfiction! It just annoys me. Time was I would read things for reasons other than sheer enjoyment but I'm way passed that now (I think I stopped about the time my daughter was born - can't think why!).
                  • There - you managed not to get into a discussion with Ros about Tolkein and had one with me instead . Sorry!
    • I will not be baited about Tolkien.

      But Tillie Olsen will break your heart, and A Widow for One Year really makes you think that love survives, and Mary Renault convinces you that the Greek gods are about to tap you on the shoulder...
      • Actually, The Mask of Apollo is a book I've been meaning to read for years. I'll look out for the others too.
  • Intereting list. Do you know, I still have NOT read The Time Traveler's Wife? I think you have been after me for quite a while to read. I promise I will head off to the library this week.
  • I'm afraid I haven't even heard of many of these and have only read three! Maybe I need to broaden my reading habits.
    • Welllll, I did deliberately pick some that I thought others wouldn't have heard of. Greg Egan's Australian, and actually his short stories are better than his novels. Pick up a copy of Axiomatic, or his more recent collection, whose name escapes me.

      Which three?
      • Margaret Atwood; The Robber Bride.

        Arthur Conan Doyle; The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

        J.R.R. Tolkien; Lord of the Rings.
        • Did you love The Robber Bride?
          • Yes but I think I would choose The Blind Assasin as my favourite. The Robber Bride was the first Attwood I read, although I heard Alias Grace on the radio and enjoyed it very much, which is why I went looking for her work.
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