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message 1: by Pumpkinstew (last edited Sep 23, 2020 07:43AM) (new)

Pumpkinstew | 25 comments Choose 5 (and only 5) books that you think best represent you (or just your bookshelf). Not necessarily the best books. Not necessarily your favourites. No need for explanations or caveats.
Whittling it down is hard I know.

I've got my five. Post your own lists or use mine to try and figure out my personality traits.

Soul Music - Terry Pratchett
The Winter King - Bernard Cornwell
Ghostwritten - David Mitchell
Use of Weapons - Iain M Banks
Transmetropolitan - Warren Ellis & Darrick Robertson


message 2: by Clyde (last edited Sep 23, 2020 06:21AM) (new)

Clyde (wishamc) | 433 comments Stewart wrote: "Choose 5 (and only 5) books that you think best represent you (or just your bookshelf). Not necessarily the best books. Not necessarily your favourites. No need for explanations or caveats.
Whittli..."


Oh, evil man -- that is sooo hard. I'll choose five, but I reserve the right to come back and change my list after some thought.

The Surgeon's Mate by Patrick O'Brian
Life by Richard Fortey
The Mote in God's Eye by Niven and Pournelle
The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors by James D. Hornfischer
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry


message 3: by Clyde (new)

Clyde (wishamc) | 433 comments Stewart wrote: "Choose 5 (and only 5) books that you think best represent you (or just your bookshelf). Not necessarily the best books. Not necessarily your favourites. No need for explanations or caveats.
Whittli..."


"The Winter King" is a nice pick.


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 2898 comments Fun... crossover David Mitchell but it does make me wonder why you picked Ghostwritten.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx


message 8: by Tamahome (last edited Sep 23, 2020 08:09AM) (new)

Tamahome | 6362 comments The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
Jack in the Box by William Kotzwinkle (Book of Love)
Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton
Not Nice by Aziz Gazipura

Extra credit if you can match the covers of the editions you've read.


message 10: by Pumpkinstew (new)

Pumpkinstew | 25 comments Jenny (Reading Envy) wrote: "Fun... crossover David Mitchell but it does make me wonder why you picked Ghostwritten.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

The short answer is that I enjoyed it more than Cloud Atlas. They both feature a similar 'gimick' in the way the chapters are connected (tenuously) and contain multiple styles and voices but I found that the final two chapters in Ghostwritten put the rest of the book in a completely new perspective. It's the only book I've closed, thought about for a few minutes and then flipped back to the start and read through again. It was like the prestige of a grand illusion. 'Show me again now I know what to look for!'
Maybe that spoiled Cloud Atlas for me. The similar set up made me think another grand flourish was coming at the end, so personally the end was a bit of an anti-climax.

The long answer (internet forums are not the place for long answers) involves the context in which I read Ghostwritten being more formative than Cloud Atlas. I remember precisely where I was when I read the final page almost 18 years ago. An almost perfect conjunction of the right book at the right time.

May I ask in return why you have gone for Cloud Atlas?


message 13: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 6362 comments Interesting collection there. Was Mason & Dixon hard to read? Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand?


message 14: by Qukatheg (new)

Qukatheg | 28 comments Not hard to read, no. The language only takes me a few pages to get used to.


message 16: by Ian (RebelGeek) (new)

Ian (RebelGeek) Seal (rebel-geek) | 718 comments Here are 5:
The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
American Gods by Neil Gaiman (10th Anniversary Audio)
Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey
Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry

& Because I don't like to play by the rules, here are 3 runners up:
The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two by John Tiffany (I listened to the full cast audio play & it blew me away!)


Jenny (Reading Envy) (readingenvy) | 2898 comments Stewart wrote: "May I ask in return why you have gone for Cloud Atlas? "
Because it was my first, so I had maybe the opposite experience.


message 18: by Joseph (new)

Joseph | 2304 comments The Fellowship of the Ring (n.b. The whole trilogy, of course, but this is the edition I read first.)
Red Planet
A Princess of Mars
Downbelow Station
The Man of Gold

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1) by J.R.R. Tolkien
Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein
A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1) by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Downbelow Station (The Company Wars #1) by C.J. Cherryh
The Man of Gold (Tekumel, #1) by M.A.R. Barker


message 22: by Lee (new)

Lee  (the Book Butcher) (butcherfromgeorgia) To Kill a Mockingbird
1984
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The Call of the Wild
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

all read in my childhood were very formative to me! i will reread them many more times.

just because i like Ian rule breaker style!
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
All Quiet on the Western Front

two recent read that touched me!


message 23: by Dana (new)

Dana  Van Pelt (danalv) | 19 comments For me it is:
Dune (re-reading right now, what a book!)
The Hobbit
David Copperfield
Pride and Prejudice
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I have read each of these books many times. Love reading!


message 24: by Lee (new)

Lee  (the Book Butcher) (butcherfromgeorgia) Dana wrote: "For me it is:
Dune (re-reading right now, what a book!)
The Hobbit
David Copperfield
Pride and Prejudice
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I have read each of these books many times. Love ..."


all five of those are on my bookshelves. although technically Pride and prejudiced is my wife's still counts right!


message 25: by Joelle (new)

Joelle (scifi_jo) | 22 comments Lee wrote: "To Kill a Mockingbird
1984
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The Call of the Wild
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

all read in ..."


Also rereading Dune for the 20th+ time.... Ahhhhhh....


message 26: by Joelle (new)

Joelle (scifi_jo) | 22 comments Joelle wrote: "Lee wrote: "To Kill a Mockingbird
1984
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The Call of the Wild
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

..."

Somehow that linked to Lee's comment... Was supposed to connect to Dana's. 🙃


message 29: by Brad (new)

Brad Haney | 400 comments IT by Stephen King
Pandora’s Star by Peter F Hamilton
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien


message 30: by Tamahome (new)

Tamahome | 6362 comments Nice selection. Iron Lake?


message 31: by Brad (last edited Oct 12, 2020 10:47AM) (new)

Brad Haney | 400 comments @Tamahome It’s the first of a mystery series that takes place on the Iron Range in northern Minnesota. I love northern Minnesota, used to camp up that way all the time, and William Kent Krueger really writes the area as a character of its own. They’re great mystery novels too.

I see you’re a Pandora’s Star fan too. That series hit me like no other sci-fi ever has.


message 32: by Tamahome (last edited Oct 12, 2020 06:26PM) (new)

Tamahome | 6362 comments Reading Iron Lake now. Seems like good characters and good writing. I also watch a lot of youtube videos with Brandon Sanderson talking or teaching. I think he's offering the original version of The Way of Kings, The Way of Kings Prime, for free. https://www.brandonsanderson.com/the-...


message 33: by Jerimy (new)

Jerimy Stoll | 51 comments Dexter: Darkly dreaming by Jeff Lindsey
White Water, Red Hot Lead by Dan Daly
Et Cepher by God
Bendigo Shafter by Louis L'amour
Survival of the Sickest by Sharon Moalem


message 34: by Brad (new)

Brad Haney | 400 comments @Tamahome Glad to hear it. Always good to see some local writers getting more eyes on their work.


message 36: by Christos (new)

Christos | 177 comments Daemon by Daniel Suarez
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Horns by Joe Hill
Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero
Red shirts by John Scalzi


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