books i need to read (ie, my unread pile at home)

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  • Hector Abad - The Joy of Being Awake
  • Margaret Atwood - the Robber Bride
  • Nicholson Baker - Double Fold
  • Nicholson Baker - The Size of Thoughts
  • J.G. Ballard - the Crystal World
  • Iain Banks - Against a Dark Background
  • Russell Banks - The Angel on the Roof
  • John Banville - Kepler
  • Julian Barnes - Metroland
  • Stephen Baxter - Mammoth
  • Stephen Baxter - Titan
  • Greg Bear - Queen of Angels
  • Gregory Benford - Deep Time
  • Alexander Besher - Rim
  • Jorge Luis Borges - the Collected Fiction
  • John Brunner - the Shockwave Rider
  • Lois McMaster Bujold - The Hallowed Hunt
  • Orson Scott Card - Alvin Journeyman
  • Peter Carey - Bliss
  • Caleb Carr - the Alienist
  • Raphael Carter - the Fortunate Fall
  • Michael Chabon - A Model World
  • John Crowley - Little, Big
  • Julie E. Czerneda - In the Company of Others
  • Roald Dahl - Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life
  • Mark Z. Danielewski - House of Leaves
  • Samuel Delany - Dhalgren
  • Don DeLillo - The Names
  • Bradley Denton - Blackburn
  • Paul Di Filippo - Ciphers
  • Umberto Eco - the Island of the Day Before
  • George Alec Effinger - Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson
  • Greg Egan - An Unusual Angle
  • Bret Easton Ellis - Glamorama
  • Ben Elton - this Other Eden
  • Steve Erickson - The Sea Came in at Midnight
  • Laura Esquivel - The Law of Love
  • Bill Fitzhugh - Pest Control
  • George Foy - the Shift
  • Ian Frazier - Coyote vs. Acme
  • Naguib Mahfouz - The Cairo Trilogy
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez - The Autumn of the Patriarch
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquz - Chronicle of a Death Foretold
  • Kathleen Ann Goonan - the Bones of Time
  • John Courtenay Grimwood - Redrobe
  • Henri Guigonnat - Daemon in Lithuania
  • Joe Haldeman - forever peace
  • Robert Hellenga - The Fall of a Sparrow
  • Joseph Heller - Now and Then
  • Mark Helprin - Memoir from Antproof Case
  • Zenna Henderson - Pilgrimmage
  • Carl Hiaasen - Lucky You
  • Nick Hornby - How to Be Good
  • Robert Hughes - The Fatal Shore
  • Simon Ings - Painkillers
  • John Irving - the Fourth Hand
  • Haynes Johnson - the Best of Times
  • Franz Kafka - Amerika
  • Michael Kandel - Captain Jack Zodiac
  • Garrison Keillor - Lake Wobegon Days
  • Ken Kesey - Demon Box
  • Damon Knight - Humpty Dumpty
  • Nancy Kress - Beaker's Dozen
  • Hanif Kureishi - The Black Album
  • Allen Kurzweil - A Case of Curiosities
  • Ursula K. Le Guin - Tales from Earthsea
  • Stanislaw Lem - the Cyberiad
  • Jonathan Lethem - Girl in Landscape
  • Primo Levi - the Periodic Table
  • Ken MacLeod - the Cassini Division
  • Gregory Maguire - Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
  • Ian McDonald - The Broken Land
  • Patricia McKillip - The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
  • Nicholas Meyer - The Seven-per-Cent Solution
  • Harry Mulisch - The Discovery of Heaven
  • Sten Nadolny - The God of Impertinence
  • Sylvia Nasar - A Beautiful Mind
  • Anais Nin - The Delta of Venus
  • Larry Niven - Ringworld
  • Lawrence Norfolk - The Pope's Rhinoceros
  • Flann O'Brien - The Third Policeman
  • Dorothy Parker - the Complete Stories
  • Alan Paton - Tales from a Troubled Land
  • Marge Piercy - Women on the Edge of Time
  • Steven Pinker - How the Mind Works
  • Terry Pratchett - The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy
  • Robert Rankin - the Antipope
  • Philip Roth - My Life as a Man
  • Rudy Rucker - Gnarl
  • Edward Rutherford - Sarum
  • Robert J. Sawyer - Factoring Humanity
  • Michael Shermer - Why People Believe Weird Things
  • John Shirley - Eclipse
  • Dan Simmons - Darwin's Blade
  • Jane Smiley - Moo
  • Dave Sobel - Galileo's Daughter
  • Alexander Solzhenitsyn - Cancer Ward
  • Norman Spinrad - The Void Captain's Tale
  • Ian Stewart - Flatterland
  • Sean Stewart - Galveston
  • Tricia Sullivan - Dreaming in Smoke
  • Reay Tannahill - Food in History
  • Paul Toutonghi - Red Weather
  • Thomas Tryon - the Other
  • John Updike - the Same Door
  • Vernor Vinge - the Collected Stories
  • William T. Vollman - the Atlas
  • Mark Vonnegut - The Eden Express
  • Howard Waldrop - Night of the Cooters
  • Lawrence Watt-Evans - Denner's Wreck
  • James Woodall - Borges: a Life
  • Roger Zelazny - the Mask of Loki
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have you seen the film A Clockwork Orange? if you haven't, i recommend waiting until *after* you read the book... (i did it in the reverse, but i loved the book & nearly despise the movie...)

I saw the movie once, awhile ago and neither loved nor disliked.

taryn, i too read the book after seeing the movie. absolutely loved the book, AND loved the movie. Why the discrepancy? i was just curious as to your reasons...

I'd say you can give Otherness a miss. I loved Brin's Earth (except the end) and Startide Rising, though.

I'm sure I'll read it for completeness sake. I've read almost all of the books he's written.

You might know this already but The Cassini Division is the 3rd in a series.

good point. I've got all 3 of them, haven't read any yet, but keep forgetting which order they come in.

His "Fall Revolution" series is The Star Fraction, The Stone Canal, The Cassini Division and The Sky Road. His other 2 novels Cosmonaut Keep and Dark Light are the first 2 books in the "Engines of Light" series. He has another novel coming out in January of 2003 called Engine City which I am guessing will be part of the 2nd series as well.


I can certainly recommend Earth Abides by George R. Stewart (I scored it 5 out of 5) which I read ca. 1982. I also enjoyed Ubik by Philip K. Dick (I scored it 4 out of 5), again read a long time ago (ca. 1985).

I also have on my (long) list: War and Peace.

Read my reviews of:

If This Is A Man / The Truce by Primo Levi.
Enders Game by Orson Scott Card.
This Immortal by Roger Zelazny.


I also have on my list: Robert Hellenga - The Fall of a Sparrow.

I've been curious about House of Leaves as well, but mainly because it's referenced on Poe's Haunted album. I don't know anyone whose actually read it; have you heard good things about it?

Johnny Waco

I have heard good things, but I started it once and couldn't get far into it. Perhaps I'll try again at some point.

House of Leaves was really an interesting read. It plays with your conceptions of reality, and twists you up into a confused little knot. I've never read anything else like it.

Thanks for the reminder to try reading it again.

You must have one massive pile of books sitting around your house!

Robber Bride didn't really do much for me. Neither did Crystal World.

I don't recognize any of the others.

Fortunately they're mostly in bookcases, but yes, I have a lot that aren't read yet.

Have you liked other Atwood and Ballard books and just not those two?

I am a huge Atwood fan. The first of her works I read, Oryx and Crake, remains my favourite, but I also really liked Edible Woman.

As for Ballard, I can't recall anything else he's written, so I'm not sure if I have or haven't read more of his work.
That's a good question, though. I'd like to find out how I like his other stuff, now that you bring it up.