21 Oct 2004
20 Oct 2004
14 Oct 2004
Nice Work, David Lodge
A ripping good tale. Great story, adulterous sex, titillating comedy, and with some fun philosophical questions to boot.
Watership Down, Richard Adams
Rabbits. But good book.
12 Oct 2004
1 Oct 2004
Microserfs, Douglas Copland
This was a fad and important.
The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay
Imajica, Clive Barker
Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad
20 Aug 2004
19 Aug 2004
18 Aug 2004
17 Aug 2004
Legion, William Peter Blaty
The Exorcist, William Peter Blaty
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
I'm not sure if I liked this. I think it seemed quaint and forced, simplistic, childish.
The ideas in it make me curious, make me think I should maybe read it again. But the impressions I got from the first time are discouraging.
Hocus Pocus, Kurt Vonnegut
I did a project comparing this to The Diviners, and one thing I remember emphasising was how the timeline in Hocus Pocus straddles both the near past and the near future. It starts some 20 years before the book was written, and ends some 20 years after. I thought that was a mark of the author's confidence.
I think it was quite good, though I don't remember what it was about, and its memory makes me want to read more Vonneguts.
Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern, Anne McCaffrey
I think this was the second time I read this, but not because I especially liked it. I remember the whole Pern series as being pretty good, though slightly vacant.
The Diviners, Margaret Laurence
I remember doing my homework about this book and finding an article that listed this book's first sentence as among the top first sentences of all time. It starts: "The river flowed both ways." And I think it continues with the same force.
The Agony and the Ecstasy, Irving Stone
As far as I remember, this must have been pretty good. Since reading it I have always felt an emotional attachment for Michaelangelo.
Fifth Business, Robertson Davies
Thick and chocolatey.
Friday, Robert A. Heinlein
Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
I remember thinking that the author must have calculated the thickness of the final chapter in order not to give away the book's ending.
Mona Lisa Overdrive, William Gibson
I don't remember this much, although I remember eagerly awaiting it. Something about art theft, I think. Pretty good.
The Difference Engine, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
This is probably the only historical science fiction novel I have read (as of 2005), and I still find it an extremely novel idea. Stunning, really. Wish I had thought of it.
Count Zero, William Gibson
I don't remember this. Is it the one with the bridge? I probably liked it a lot.
I found it hard. Good, but hard. Still didn't get what happened exactly.
Flatland, Edwin A. Abbott
The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
Forced through this in highschool.
16 Aug 2004
15 Aug 2004
Crisis on Conshelf Ten, Monica Hughes
14 Aug 2004
13 Aug 2004
The Mark of Conte, Sonia Levitin
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Sue Townsend
12 Aug 2004
Dracula, Bram Stoker
11 Aug 2004
5 Aug 2004
1 Jun 2004
The Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul, Douglas Adams
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Douglas Adams
Definitely not as inspired as The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
I remember a murder investigation in which the crime scene featured an impossible murder; I believe a man's head was found spinning on a record player in a room to which all access between the murder and its discovery had been impossible. This reminds me of Legion, by William Blaty.
10 Apr 2004
The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien
I was proud of myself after finishing this. I was at a Catholic school, and we had Bibles, and I remember comparing the hefty sizes of both books and telling people "I've read a book bigger than the Bible."
(They didn't care.)
What can I say about a book I read 15 years ago and of which a hugely popular movie was recently seen by every person in the world? I can't trust my own memory. I think I liked it quite a bit. I remember building sandcastles representing the various cities in the book. I liked the whole logical geography of the whole thing.
I also remember that my dad thought the book was way too big to handle comfortably, so he cut it into its three component books with a kitchen knife, and announced that I should draw some nice new covers for the parts. Whatever... it fell into tatters.
9 Apr 2004
8 Apr 2004
8 Mar 2004
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, Douglas Adams
This series, which started brilliantly and kept it up for a while, had largely changed tone by this point. There were several nevertheless interesting ruminations and absurdities left, like bistromath, plus sex to plug the cracks.
Life, the Universe and Everything, Douglas Adams
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams
The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
Hilarious and hard to put down. As of 2006, I have not read anything else like this.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
Time Machine 2: Search for Dinosaurs, David Bischoff
a Choose you own adventure book
Incomplete entry: I do not remember which ones I read.
Secret Of Phantom Lake, William Arden
The Secret Of Skeleton Island, Robert Arthur
The Secret Of Shark Reef, William Arden
The Mystery Of The Purple Pirate, William Arden
The Secret Of Terror Castle, Robert Arthur
The Mystery Of The Talking Skull, Robert Arthur
The Mystery Of The Green Ghost, Robert Arthur
The Mystery Of The Vanishing Treasure, Robert Arthur
The Mystery Of The Whispering Mummy, Robert Arthur
The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot, Robert Arthur
Just the title sounds so evocative and thrilling.
No seriously--they solved some mystery by figuring out why that parrot stuttered, right? Didn't they find it at the scene of the crime, and then search for its stuttering owner? That's so awesome.
The Curse of the Blue Figurine, John Bellairs
Johnny Dixon series