Books To Read

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  1. 334 by Thomas Disch
  2. All Tomorrow’s Parties by William Gibson
  3. Already Dead by Denis Johnson
  4. The Anarchists' Convention & Other Stories by John Sayles
  5. Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale [6/12/05]
  6. The Beast House by Richard Laymon
  7. Black Monk Time by Thomas Edward Shaw & Anita Klemke
  8. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell [7/27/05]
  9. A Case of Conscience by James Blish
  10. /Cat People/ by Kim Newman [2/5/05]
  11. The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke
  12. The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
  13. Cockpit by Jerzy Kosinski
  14. Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber
  15. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon [6/18/04]
  16. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
  17. The Doll Who Ate His Mother by Ramsey Campbell
  18. Dream Brother: The Lives & Music of Jeff & Tim Buckley by David Browne
  19. The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
  20. Faithful by Stewart O'Nan & Stephen King [7/8/05]
  21. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman [11/30/04]
  22. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathen Lethem [11/20/04]
  23. Freedomland by Richard Price
  24. Galaxies by Barry N. Malzberg
  25. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  26. The History of Luminous Motion by Scott Bradfield
  27. Hothouse by Brian Aldiss
  28. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  29. H.P. Lovecraft: A Life by S.T. Joshi
  30. The Illiad by Homer
  31. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  32. Judgment of Tears by Kim Newman
  33. Kubrick by Michael Herr [2/13/05]
  34. Last Call by Tim Powers
  35. Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov
  36. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  37. The Midnight Tour by Richard Laymon
  38. The Mind Cage by A.E. van Vogt
  39. Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement
  40. Modern American Drama 1945-1990 by C.W.E. Bigsby
  41. The Müller-Fokker Effect by John Sladek
  42. No Enemy But Time by Michael Bishop
  43. Omensetter’s Luck by William H. Gass
  44. One Day, When I Was Lost by James Baldwin
  45. Orbitsville by Bob Shaw
  46. Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez
  47. Rebels on the Backlot by Sharon Waxman [6/28/05]
  48. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett [6/3/05]
  49. /Reinventing Comics/ by Scott McCloud [12/2/04]
  50. Ring by Koji Suzuki
  51. Seven Plays by Sam Shephard
  52. The Stake by Richard Laymon
  53. A Third Face by Samuel Fuller
  54. This is Orson Welles by Orson Welles & Peter Bogdanovich [11/23/04]
  55. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  56. Twelve Plays by Anton Chekov
  57. /V for Vendetta/ by Alan Moore & David Lloyd [6/28/05]
  58. A Void by Georges Perec
  59. Welcome to Lizard Hotel: Children, Stories, and the Mystery of Making Things Up by Barbara Feinberg [8/28/04]
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I really don't read enough. Here's a list of books I own (a few I borrowed) that I intend to read this year. I thought if I made a list for all to see, maybe it would encourage me to read so I could check them off the list.

A good number of titles come from "Science Fiction: The 100 Best Novels" by David Pringle.

bold: book read + date finished
/re-read/

I remember reading LUMINOUS MOTION back in my younger days and liking it a lot. Too bad the motion was terrible. Also, J.G. Ballard rulez, as the kids say.

Make that "motion picture."

Yeah, the movie version came and went without making a sound. The book was actually recommended to me a couple years or so (I think) before the movie appeared.

I've tried to get through Ballard's "Crash" twice, and it defeats me every time. Something about the intensity of the prose just drives me crazy. Liked "The Crystal World", though.

I like most of Ballard's mid-period stuff, especially "High Rise," "Concrete Island" and "The Day of Creation." I can't get through his recent works, though.

Those first two are Ballard books I've always wanted to read, but could never find, not even from the library. Also, the one with the guy who crashes his car and has to live in between the freeway, drinking water from his radiator (or is that "Concrete Island"?)

That's "Concrete Island" I do believe.

Cool. I'll keep an eye out for it. Coulda sworn it went by another title, though, either in the U.S. or the U.K.

From Amazon:
"On a day in April, just after three o'clock in the afternoon, Robert Maitland's car crashes over the concrete parapet of a high-speed highway onto the island below, where he is injured and, finally, trapped...."

Well, hell, that's it, aint it!

A few brief comments saying how you liked/disliked each book would add interest - do it for the sf, at least:-D

If, as I suppose, you are into both sf and drama then I recommend The Big Time by Fritz Leiber and Brightness Falls from the Air by James Tiptree Jr, and, perhaps, Double Star by Robert Heinlein.

Thanks for the recommendations, Bertie! I'll keep those in mind, and pass them along to my friend who consumes SF novels like I consume gummi bears.

Adding commentary isn't a bad idea; of course, considering the thick layer of dust this list has on it, it may be awhile.

May I also recommend Kosinski's "Steps" and "Being There?"

Hell, you can recommend anything you want. Whether or not I get around to reading it is a completely different question :-)

(the titles have been noted, however.)

So what were your thoughts on "Curious Incident"? I read it on a plane in July in about two hours and remember feeling distinctly underwhelmed.

I enjoyed it enough, I suppose, especially for the look inside an autistic mind, as fucking frustrating as that could be. One thing that bugged me is that it was sold as a mystery, and it really isn't (at least in the usual sense), and so I had expectations that weren't met. Don't know how in hell they're going to make a movie out of it, though.

How was 'This is Orson Welles'?

Very good. Except for the introduction and stuff at the end, it's all interview format, which makes for a quick cozy read (for me, at least). And reading about what really happened with The Magnificent Ambersons and It's All True is heartbreaking.

I really liked the book, in spanish is titled Citizen Welles.