20 Aug 2004
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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