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Yep, I'm erecting a new column of books. ^_^; 
5th-Aug-2005 03:27 pm
The list of books sitting on my floor right now patiently waiting to be read increases exponentially over time. I really need to stop digging through the bargain bins. >_< Here are the ones that have been added since my last post of this sort:

"Serious" Literature:
The Assault, The Palace of the White Skunks, The Color of Summer, and Hallucinations by Reinaldo Arenas* - Three of these novels are a part of a quintet about Cuba; I need to get the rest.
The Hours by Michael Cunningham**
The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Dancer from the Dance and In September, the Light Changes by Andrew Holleran*
The Spell by Alan Hollinghurst*
Billie's Kiss and Black Oxen by Elizabeth Knox
Master and Commander and The Far Side of the World by Patrick O'Brian
The Collected Stories and A Great Circle: The Mayfield Trilogy by Reynolds Price**
A Density of Souls and Snow Garden by Christopher Rice** - Yeah, I know...son of Anne Rice. But I can't help myself; I'm curious.
Sea of Tranquility by Paul Russell* - Loved what I've read so far of his work, but it I have to be in a serious mood.
The World of Normal Boys by K. M. Soehnlein* - An apparent favorite on Amazon, I ultimately couldn't resist because it takes place in New Jersey.
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman**
Hunting Midnight and The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon by Richard Zimler** - An amazing writer--I just had to see more.

Cities of the Dead, Owl Light, and The Colors of Hell by Michael Paine** - Yeah, the guy who eventually goes on to do gay Egyptian vampires...

Speculative Fiction:
Songmaster by Orson Scott Card
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
The Claidi Collection (Book I-III) by Tanith Lee - An ongoing, young adult series.
Avaryan Rising and Avaryan Resplendent by Judith Tarr - Actually six novels, total.
Mistress of Dragons by Margaret Weis

*authors most typically found in the Gay/Lesbian Fiction section of Borders
**authors NOT located in Gay/Lesbian Fiction but who are, arguably, writing it

Any recommendations as far as books I should transfer to the "immediate reading" pile? Or, conversely, books that I shouldn't bother with?

In other book-related news, I have rejoined the Science Fiction Book Club. I was a member back when I was a middle school student but quit it eventually, as the forms became too tedious. With the advent of the Internet, making sure they don't send me shit I don't want should be a lot easier, and there's no better place to get exclusive omnibuses. ^_^
5th-Aug-2005 08:00 pm (UTC)
I have Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, the handsome B&N edition^_^ It's a delightful read. Whitman is so enthusiastic about whatever he talks about that it's difficult not to have your mood uplifted by his words.
5th-Aug-2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
*laughs* I have the B&N edition as well! Got it with the two Alexandre Dumas books during the 3 for 2 sale they've been having. ^_^

Do you have the hardcover or softcover version?
5th-Aug-2005 08:09 pm (UTC) - Song
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5th-Aug-2005 08:17 pm (UTC) - Re: Song
Err...I'm not sure your link it working. ^^;;;;
5th-Aug-2005 09:01 pm (UTC)
BTW, did you finish The Historian? I was thinking of ordering it.
5th-Aug-2005 09:05 pm (UTC)
No. I put it aside. It was B.O.R.I.N.G. ^^;;;

Don't bother unless you have LOTS of time you want to kill.
5th-Aug-2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
Too bad. It sounded interesting.

Any slashy novels you think I must read and can survive customs?^_^
6th-Aug-2005 12:04 am (UTC)
Oh, that was evil of you - I've somehow avoided ever becoming a member of SFBC, but the phrase "exclusive omnibus" is not one I can resist...Like I need more books right now. >.< I picked up the Secret Books of Paradys off eBay last week, too.

I'm currently staring at Madeline L'Engle's Time Quartet, which I apparently no longer own, The Earthsea Trilogy, which I also seem to no longer own, Witch World: Swords & Spells, which is different from the two I'm currently reading, The First Chronicles of Amber (might be replaced - the ginormous 10-book omnibus off Amazon might end up being cheaper for me to buy than the two parts of this), Garret PI, and the Elric Saga Part 1.

I'm endlessly amused that they have both EE "Doc" Smith's Lensmen (remember that one?) series and the Skylark series (even worse, if possible) - I thought both had been out of print for decades. And avoid, avoid, avoid the horrible awefulness that is David Eddings. I'd cheerfully burn his books before I'd burn, say Doll from Viz or Hemingway. They're that bad, and I have no idea why he's as popular as he is.

The Abhorsen trilogy is good, if you don't mind children's literature, as is Tamora Pierce. I don't know how much of my love for her is due to my discovery of her at the age of 12, though. Mmmm - Song of the Lioness...

I'm going to have to buy Burrogh's Martian books at some point - I adore those (and his Tarzan books) far, far more than they observe.

If you want pure, unadulterated smut, check out Laurell K Hamilton. Her early books pretend to have plot, but the later ones abandon that for...smut.

I'll stick Songmaster and the Avaryan books closer to the top of my reading queue. ^_^

6th-Aug-2005 12:21 am (UTC)
I've somehow avoided ever becoming a member of SFBC, but the phrase "exclusive omnibus" is not one I can resist...Like I need more books right now. >.<

*laughs and points to list* You think I'm any different!? This isn't including the stuff I'd been accumulating earlier.

What I was *really* saddened by was what they no longer have. >_<

I picked up the Secret Books of Paradys off eBay last week, too.

*jumps up and down excitedly* You *will* tell me what you think of them, won't you?

I bought six books:

-The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
-The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. Le Guin
-The Demon Princes by Jack Vance (Not the slightest clue about this one!)
-The Time Quartet by Madeline L'Engle (Yep, I don't have these anymore either, and they're classics.)
-The Secret Books of Venus III and IV by Tanith Lee (What can I say--I'm a sucker for hardcover books)
-The Last Herald-Mage by Mercedes Lackey (I figured for and additional $5 bucks I could remind myself how much I hated this trilogy.)

They've also got The Hitchhiker's Trilogy by Douglas Adams, which I *must* pick up at some point. ^_^

I pretty much decided to rejoin because I want cheap books in hardcover, dammit! I didn't give a hoot when I was 11 years old, but I do now...

See, we've both got an addiction and we're doing what's called "enabling"... ^^;;;;;;;;;;
6th-Aug-2005 12:37 am (UTC)
*laughs and points to list* You think I'm any different!?

Yea, but - mine's like ten times longer. ^_^;;

*jumps up and down excitedly* You *will* tell me what you think of them, won't you?

Of course! I need to write up my thoughts on Tamsin at some point - I finished it Monday, but didn't have internet access, so it sort of slipped my mind. Good stuff - a really unusual style, not at all what I expect from Beagle, and the Devon mythos bits made me really, really happy. I didn't really get the terror that I'm sure parts were supposed to convey, though. DOOOOOM!!

See, we've both got an addiction and we're doing what's called "enabling"...

Yea, that's the right word for it...I'm currently happily adding books to my wishlist, which I'm sure is going to grow to mammoth proportions at any time...
6th-Aug-2005 01:05 am (UTC)
Good Omens is one of my very favorite books. I recommend it to everyone.
6th-Aug-2005 01:09 am (UTC)
I've already moved that one to my "immediate read" pile. ^_~
6th-Aug-2005 03:34 pm (UTC)
I read 'A Density of Souls' a few years ago. It was very very gay. Pretty much every single character was either gay to begin with or turned out to be gay by the end. Kind of like in fanfic. LOL But it was also strangely addictive. I brought it to read on vacation with some friends, and every single one ended up borrowing from me that trip.
6th-Aug-2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
I loved it, as well. Absolutely devoured it. It made me sad, though, to find out that Christopher Rice is gay; my preteen ambition was to marry him, so I could visit Fourth Street whenever I wanted ...
6th-Aug-2005 11:20 pm (UTC)
Didn't Anne Rice sell her house in the Garden district? ^^;
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