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3rd-Nov-2005 03:51 pm
The following is a list of all of the books that I have not yet read or read in their entirety:

Ames, Jonathan. My Less Than Secret Life: A Diary, Fiction, Essays.
Anderson, Poul. The Merman's Children.
*Anthony, Piers. Double Exposure.
Arenas, Reinaldo. The Assault.
---. The Color of Summer.
---. Farewell to the Sea.
---. Hallucinations.
---. The Palace of White Skunks.
---. Singing from the Well.
Arnold, Madelyn. A Year of Full Moons.
Asimov, Isaac. The Foundation Trilogy.
Atwood, Margaret. Oryx and Crake.
Barker, Clive. Coldheart Canyon.
*---. The Essential Clive Barker.
---. Everville.
---. The Great and Secret Show.
---. Imajica.
Baldwin, James. Giovanni's Room.
Barry, David and Ridley Pearson. Peter and the Starcatchers.
Benard, Cheryl. Turning on the Girls.
Berendt, John. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Berg, Carol. Song of the Beast.
Bishop, Anne. The Black Jewels Trilogy.
*Bissinger, H. G. Friday Night Lights.
Bowes, Richard. Transfigured by Night and Other Stories.
Boyle, T. C. Drop City.
---. The Inner Circle.
---. Riven Rock.
*---. T. C. Boyle Stories.
Bram, Christopher. Almost History.
---. In Memory of Angel Clare.
---. Lives of the Circus Animals.
---. The Notorious Dr. August: His Real Life and Crimes.
---. Surprising Myself.
Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Catch Trap.
*---. The Saga of the Renunciates.
*Brite, Poppy Z. Prime.
*Burford, Lolah. Edward, Edward.
Burroughs, Augusten. Dry: A Memoir.
---. Magical Thinking.
Busch, Charles. Whores of Lost Atlantis.
*Califia, Patrick. Hard Men.
Cameron, Peter. The Weekend.
Card, Orson Scott. Songmaster.
Carey, Jacqueline. Kushiel's Avatar.
*---. Banewreaker.
*Cherryh, C. J. Chantur's Homecoming.
*---. Chantur's Venture.
*---. Cloud's Rider.
---. Cyteen.
*---. The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherryh.
*---. Defender.
*---. Explorer.
---. Foreigner.
*---. Forge of Heaven.
---. Hunter of Worlds.
*---. Merchanter's Luck.
*---. Precursor.
*---. Pride of Chantur.
*---. Serpent's Reach.
Chester, Craig. Adam & Steve.
*Clarke, Arthur C. The Collected Stories of Arthur c. Clarke.
Cohen, Robert. The Here and Now.
---. Inspired Sleep.
*---. The Varieties of Romantic Experience.
*Constantine, Storm. The Shades of Time and Memory.
*---. The Wraiths of Will and Pleasure.
Cullin, Mitch. Whompyjawed.
Cunningham, Michael. A Home at the End of the World.
---. Flesh and Blood.
---. Specimen Days.
Currier, Jameson. Where the Rainbow Ends.
Dick, Philip K. Blade Runner.
Drinnan, Neil. Pussy's Bow.
---. Quill.
Ebershoff, David. The Danish Girl.
---. Pasadena.
*---. The Rose City.
Eco, Umberto. Baudolino.
Edenbridge, Guy. Brotherhood.
Elgin, Suzette Haden. Native Tongue.
Ferro, Robert. The Family of Max Desir.
---. Second Son.
Franzen, Jonathan. The Corrections.
Friedman, C. S. This Alien Shore.
*---. The Wilding.
Gaiman, Neil. Anansi Boys.
*Gabaldon, Diana. The Fiery Cross.
*---. Lord John and the Private Matter.
*Gale, Patrick. Rough Music.
Gibson, William. Pattern Recognition.
*Gira, M. The Consumer.
Gurganus, Alan. The Practical Heart.
*---. White People.
Guterson, David. Our Lady of the Forest.
*Haslett, Adam. You Are Not a Stranger Here.
Hearn, Lian. Across the Nightingale Floor.
---. Brilliance of the Moon.
---. Grass for His Pillow.
Heim, Scott. In Awe.
Herbert, Frank. Dune.
Holleran, Andrew. Dancer from the Dance.
*---. In September, the Light Changes.
---. Nights in Aruba.
Hollinghurst, Alan. The Spell.
---. The Swimming-Pool Library.
*Huff, Tanya. Smoke and Shadows.
Kawabata, Yasunari. The Sound of the Mountain.
Keneally, Thomas. Schindler's List.
King, Stephen. The Green Mile.
*Knox, Elizabeth. Billie's Kiss.
*---. Black Oxen.
---. The Vintner's Luck.
*Kostova, Elizabeth. The Historian.
Kurimoto, Kaoru. The Guin Saga Book One: The Leopard Mask.
Kuroyanagi, Tetsuko. Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window.
*Lackey, Mercedes. The Queen's Own.
Landis, J. D. Longing.
Lane, Joel. The Blue Mask.
---. From Blue to Black.
Leavitt, David. The Body of Jonah Boyd.
---. Equal Affections.
---. The Lost Language of Cranes.
---. Martin Bauman; or, A Sure Thing.
---. The Page Turner.
---. While England Sleeps.
Leddick, David. The Sex Squad.
Lee, Tanith. A Bed of Earth.
---. The Birthgrave.
---. Cast a Bright Shadow.
*---. The Cladi Collection Volumes I-III.
---. Dark Dance.
*---. Day By Night.
*---. Dreams of Dark and Light.
*---. Electric Forest.
*---. The Gorgon and Other Beastly Tales.
---. Mortal Suns.
*---. Piratica.
*---. Red as Blood.
*---. Red Unicorn.
*---. Sometimes, After Sunset.
---. Venus Preserved.
*---. The Wars of Vis.
Le Guin, Ursula K. The Dispossessed.
---. The Earthsea Trilogy.
---. The Lathe of Heaven.
---. The Other Wind.
---. Tales of Earthsea.
---. Tehanu.
---. The Telling.
Lehman, Eric Gabriel. Summer's House.
Levithan, David. Boy Meets Boy.
Lowenthal, Michael. Avoidance.
---. The Same Embrace.
Maguire, Gregory. Oasis.
Malloy, Brian. The Year of Ice.
McCabe, Patrick. The Butcher Boy.
---. Call Me the Breeze.
---. Mondo Desperado.
Monette, Paul. Afterlife
---. The Long Shot.
Monette, Sarah. Mélusine.
Mordden, Ethan. The Venice Adriana.
Morrison, Toni. Jazz.
---. Love.
---. Song of Solomon.
---. Sula.
*Norton, Andre. The Gates of Witch World.
*---. Lost Lands of Witch World.
*---. The Solar Queen.
Olshan, Joseph. Clara's Heart.
---. In Clara's Hands.
O'Brian, Patrick. The Far Side of the World.
---. Master and Commander.
*O'Neill, Jamie. At Swim, Two Boys.
---. Disturbance.
---. Kilbrack.
Paine, Michael. Cities of the Dead.
---. The Colors of Hell.
---. Owl Light.
Picano, Felice. Dryland's End.
---. Eyes
---. The Lure.
---. Onyx.
---. Smart as the Devil.
Pinto, Richard. The Chosen.
---. The Standing Dead.
Prachett, Terry. The Bromeliad Trilogy.
*---. Monstrous Regiment.
---. Rincewind the Wizard.
Price, Reynolds. A Great Circle: The Mayfield Trilogy.
*---. The Collected Stories.
Proulx, Annie. Accordion News.
*---. Bad Dirt.
*---. Close Range.
---. The Shipping News.
---. That Old Ace in the Hole.
Pynchon, Thomas. Mason & Dixon.
Quinn, Eric Shaw. Say Uncle.
Rice, Christopher. A Density of Souls.
---. Snow Garden.
Ridgway, Keith. Horses.
---. The Long Falling.
---. The Parts.
---. Standard Time.
Robinson, Frank M. The Dark Beyond the Stars.
*Rosenberg, Joel. Guardians of Flame: The Warriors.
Russell, Mary Doria. A Thread of Grace.
Russell, Paul. The Coming Storm.
---. Sea of Tranquility.
*Saberhagen, Fred. The Lost Swords: The First Triad.
*Saylor, Steven. A Mist of Prophecies.
---. A Twist at the End.
*---. The Judgment of Caesar.
*---. Last Seen in Massilia.
Scott, Darieck. Traitor to the Race.
Solomon, Andrew. A Stone Boat.
Stephenson, Neal. The Confusion.
---. Quicksilver.
---. the System of the World.
Stollman, Aryeh Levi. The Far Euphrates.
Tarr, Judith. Avaryan Rising.
---. Avaryan Resplendent.
Tepper, Sherri S. The Awakeners.
---. The Companions.
---. The Fresco.
Tiptree, James Jr. Brightness Falls from the Air.
*---. Her Smoke Rose Up Forever.
Valdés, Zoé. Dear First Love.
Vance, Jack. The Demon Princes.
Vinge, Joan D. Heaven Chronicles.
Weis, Margaret. The Dragon's Son.
---. Mistress of Dragons.
White, Edmund. Fanny.
---. Nocturnes for the King of Naples.
*---. The Married Man.
Wilcox, Jamie. Plain and Normal.
Zimler, Richard. Hunting Midnight.
---. The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon.
An * signifies books that I am either collecting but don't intend to read, may read or have read in part, or cannot read because I have not read earlier installments

NOTE: This list does not include nonfiction, multi-author anthologies, comics, uncopyrighted classics, and books packed away God-Knows-Where. After all, the list has to end at some point! However, I will try to keep this list updated with new acquisitions. If you have any questions about the books on the list or suggestions about what I absolutely must read RIGHT NOW, feel free to drop me a line anytime. ^_^
3rd-Nov-2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
Very. Turnabout is fair play, after all. Now go read Foreigner.
3rd-Nov-2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
There are a lot of other things I want/need to read first. :P
3rd-Nov-2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen it on either list, so I thought I'd ask if you've looked at Octavia Butler's work. She tends to write about very bleak situations, but as an Africain-American lesbian her voice is fairly unique in Science Fiction.
3rd-Nov-2005 10:38 pm (UTC)
No, I've never read anything by her. What titles would you recommend?
3rd-Nov-2005 10:46 pm (UTC)
C. S. Friedman’s This Alien Shore is an interesting one – I recommend it highly.

William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition is I think the best thing he’s done so far.

Tanith Lee’s Piratica is enormous fun. But then she is my all-time favourite writer.

Ursula le Guin I find unreadable.

I’ve only read one of C. J. Cherryh’s books, Downbelow Station, which I hated. I thought the characters and their actions lacked believability.

3rd-Nov-2005 11:11 pm (UTC)
William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition is I think the best thing he’s done so far.

This one (along with Blade Runner) will definitely be read by the end of the year as it is required for one of my classes.
4th-Nov-2005 06:14 am (UTC)
Oh lover of the written word, might I suggest to you my favoirte author?

Russell Hoban is probably most well-known for his children stories, like the Frances books, but he is also an incredible writer of adult fiction. Not adult as in porn though there can be quite a bit of sensual imagery and dialogue. Anyways, he typical writes romantic stories that are rather dark and surreal. That is the brilliance of his writing. He skews reality just so that even the strange fantasical aspects are not that outrageous. The best though are his characters because they are flawed and full. He writes the anti-hero so well and you can tell much of his characters are him (or aspects of him).

Titles by him you should read: Her Name was Lola, Riddley Walker, Angelica's Grotto, Come Dance with Me, Amaryllis Night and Day, Kleinziet, Fremder, The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz, ummm that's pretty good for now I guess...
4th-Nov-2005 12:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recommendation. I'll keep the name in mind. ^_^
4th-Nov-2005 10:02 am (UTC)
We share a few titles!

Arenas, Reinaldo. Farewell to the Sea.
Bradley, Marion Zimmer. The Catch Trap.
Burford, Lolah. Edward, Edward.
Cunningham, Michael. A Home at the End of the World.
Edenbridge, Guy. Brotherhood.
Leavitt, David. The Page Turner.
Rice, Christopher. Snow Garden.

And I've read a number on your list.

I'm just glad someone else's To Read pile is even bigger than mine. Not by much however. If I find time maybe I'll do the same thing. It might get me to do something about it, if only to stop buying more until I read those I already have. What is it with this need to OWN books?
4th-Nov-2005 12:13 pm (UTC)
Burford, Lolah. Edward, Edward.

That one's on the "I tried but it was awful" pile. The writing is just...*shudders*

What is it with this need to OWN books?

Bibliophilia, of course. ^_~ It's actually a common disease.
4th-Nov-2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
I didn't care for Monstrous Regiment, but more hardcore Pratchett fans might.

Also, Mélusine?! Is that like the Fairy Melusina? *squee* Possession</i> fanatic>
4th-Nov-2005 03:55 pm (UTC)
Also, Mélusine?! Is that like the Fairy Melusina?

I have no idea. Who's the Fairy Melusina?

(The book in question is the author's first novel, though.)
4th-Nov-2005 02:13 pm (UTC)
Off the top, these are the ones I'd recommend moving to the top of Mt. TBR:

Arenas, The Palace of White Skunks and Hallucinations
Barker, The Great and Secret Show (how you feel about that one will, of course, determine whether you go on to Everville)
Brite, The Value of X (so you can then go on to Liquor and Prime), which you will have to hunt down at the library, probably
Cunningham, Flesh and Blood (by far his best, though I've not yet read the new one)
Gira, The Consumer. You must read this, then immediately mail it to me. I've been trying to track one down for years at a reasonable price. I'm still kicking myself for not buying it the one time I saw a copy new on a bookstore shelf... ten years ago? Has it really been ten years? sheesh.
Herbert, Dune. Gets bogged down later, but the first two books are barnburners.
Kostova, The Historian. Just to see on which side of the line you fall.
LeGuin, The Dispossessed. The best of those you listed, IMO.
Paine. All three Paines, and then go hunt down Steel Ghosts, which came out in January. Yes, Michael Paine is still alive! (Actually, he dropped me an email last week...) I loved the old books, but Steel Ghosts is a whole new ballgame for him.
...and pick up the rest of the Saberhagens. They can usually be found cheap in used paperback stores that actually carry older stuff. One of the few series that never slacks off in quality.

...and I can identify with Mt. TBR. I have a whole mountain range: stuff I actually own that I haven't read (up to about 800 titles now), stuff I'm planning on getting from Interlibrary Loan (crossed 750 titles yesterday), and stuff I'm planning on getting from my local library (we won't go there, but let's say that thirty times the size of this list is a good lower boundary). I often spend hours trying to figure out what to read next.

It's a disease, to be sure, but the best one you can possibly have.
4th-Nov-2005 02:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, I should mention. Of the three Paines you already own, I'd say the best-- by a short nose-- is Owl Light, but you really can't go wrong with any of them.
4th-Nov-2005 02:40 pm (UTC)
I hope you enjoy At Swim, Two Boys. It's one of my ultimate favorites. The story is very rich and well-executed. :-)
4th-Nov-2005 03:47 pm (UTC)
Honestly? I read all but the last 80 pages and abandoned it over a year and a half ago. Maybe someday when I have nothing else (or am feeling in the mood to torture myself) I'll go back to it. But it's not history that I'm especially familiar with, and the Joyce-like writing style does not make it accessible for the unknowledgeable reader. Some of the characters were intriguing, but they alone were not enough to hold my interest.
4th-Nov-2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
James Wilcox is a wonderful writer, I couldn't put down Plain and Normal, then I had to buy the rest of his books. I would also think about adding his Modern Baptists to the list, as well.
4th-Nov-2005 03:54 pm (UTC)
That's definitely one I hope to get to sooner rather than later. ^_^
4th-Nov-2005 05:35 pm (UTC)
Kawabata is fairly good, if a little slow at times. He generally winds the the story so that your being dragged along in a plot. but when the plot gets going your kinda all "Wow! O.o" and whatnot. Then again, I've only read Snow Country so I'm not sure sure if the one you own would have a similar feeling. :O!
4th-Nov-2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
I read Snow Country years ago and enjoyed it, so when I saw this book at a house sale, I decided to spring for it. ^_^
4th-Nov-2005 07:58 pm (UTC)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick is one of my all time favorite books. don't listen to those negative nancies ;)

I'm also reading Baudolino right now and I love it. He's on of my favorite writers, have you read anything else by him? his non-fiction work is just as rewarding i think.
4th-Nov-2005 09:48 pm (UTC)
I'm also reading Baudolino right now and I love it. He's on of my favorite writers, have you read anything else by him? his non-fiction work is just as rewarding i think.

No, but I'd also like to read The Name of the Rose someday.
4th-Nov-2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
Definitely read Our Lady of the Forest.
6th-Nov-2005 12:46 am (UTC)
the historian was hard for me to get into, but it is worth plodding through the first 120 pages or so..
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