Reading Material

At some point I will post my favorite non-fiction books geared toward writing and editing, but for now I'll just list out some great fiction that's caught my attention.

"Vacation" by Jeremy C. Shipp (jeremycshipp.com) This novel blew my socks off. It's unlike anything I've ever read, and that's unusual because I've read a lot. He has free stories on his site -- I recommend "Scratch".

I've just now discovered the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris. I know, I'm behind the times. I like her style.

It's difficult for me to read as a reader anymore, instead of an editor. It's a problem.

"The Warded Man" by Peter V. Brett (petervbrett.com) I was lucky enough to be a First Reader for Peat (he put my name in the Acknowledgments! In the book!) and I knew before I got through the first page it was going to hit big. It has. It's been optioned for a movie deal. He's a great guy, and the book is FAWESOME. "The Desert Spear" hits the bookshelves in 2010 and he has one more scheduled. It's a rip-roaring read.

Mmmm, other than that, I've been Tremontized and deep in my own work. Smile

NorthwoodsMan's picture

Embodiment

well, aren't you just the little point whore about to score your first badge...

So, if you had to put together a reading list, say ten or so books. What would you pick?

In addition to those above?

I have a tick crawling up the inside of my pants leg. This is starting to turn into a weekly thing...

Raigne's picture

Embodiment

Quit posting about it!

netta's picture

Petitioner

You say "whore" like it's a bad thing. Of course I want a badge, I feel positively nekkid without one.

I don't know if I can limit it to ten. For you, I will. (In no particular order.)These are the books I can't live without.

1. "Deerskin" by Robin McKinley. The subject matter is disturbing, but the story is amazing.
2. "The Dragonriders of Pern" by Anne McCaffrey. The copy I have is old, held together with tape, and contains three books: "Dragonflight", "Dragonquest", and "The White Dragon".
3. Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series. (I'm counting it as one. Shush.)
4. "The Stand". SK. He is, and always will be to me, The King.
5. "A Light In The Forest" by Conrad Richter. I have an affinity for the disenfranchised.
6. "Red Adam's Lady" by Grace Ingram. The best historical "romance" I have ever read. Sadly, it's out of print.
7. "Stranger In A Strange Land" by Robert Heinlein. Again with the odd one out.
8. "Titan", "Wizard", and "Demon" by John Varley. (Yes, they count as ONE.)
9. "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott.
10. LOTR. It changed my life in high school.

Of course, there's so many others. Robert Lynn Asprin (the "Theives World" work,) Jack Chalker (the "Soul Rider" series,) Edwin Corly ("Sargasso",) John Grisham ("The Firm",) Michael Crichton (his best, to me, is "Congo",)even the worst of SK is still better than a lot I've read. Dean Koontz's "Odd Thomas" books I really like, and I also really enjoy biographies of Catherine the Great, Ann Boleyn and Henry VIII, Charles II, Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots.

I'd better stop there or I'll burn up this page. Heh.

OH WAIT...Marion Zimmer Bradley and her Darkover series. "The Forbidden Tower" is my favorite.

Oh...is this tick of yours a permanent resident? How did it get up your pants, if I may be so bold?

NorthwoodsMan's picture

Embodiment

Even though I don't smoke, I go outside with the smokers just to 1) get away from my desk, 2) get out side for a bit, and 3) visit with friends.

So far this summer, I've come inside at least once a week to find a tick crawling up my leg. I usually catch it when it's just below my knee.

The trick is, after I catch it, burn it without burning my desk.

Raigne's picture

Embodiment

burning it while it's attached. That's a bad policy.

NorthwoodsMan's picture

Embodiment

I usually find them before they latch on. But still, the burnt leg hair would really stink up the office...

Raigne's picture

Embodiment

When you burn them off, it forces some of your blood back into your veins and makes it much more likely you could contract a disease from them. Best to go at them with tweezers and make damn sure you got all the mouth parts out.

NorthwoodsMan's picture

Embodiment

Only time I've needed a tweezers is when they've been on the dog and have fed for quite a while.

I've only ever had one that I haven't caught before it sank its mandibles into me.

I knew what you meant and am quite aware of that the disease thing. I was trying to be sarcastic. Guess my inflection was off...

Amy's picture

Supplicant

A few points,

Because we like a lot of the same books & authors & both tent to reread our favourites to death.

Amy's picture

Supplicant

Now that you are no longer nekkid, & you have your first badge earning yourself the next one will quickly become an even greater obsession then getting the first one is. }:) :biglol: }:)

netta's picture

Petitioner

OMGosh! I haz a badge! :bigsmile: (And yes, I'm actually smiling like a dork!)

Thank you!

Yes, I've been known to read the same book like, hundreds of times. Here's a couple more I can't resist:

Black House -- Stephen King and Peter Straub (I'm in love with Jack.)

'Salem's Lot -- SK. This book scared me so much I had to put it in the freezer.

Banners of Silk -- Rosaline Laker. Excellent story of a fashion designer in Napoleonic France.

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever -- Stephen Donaldson.

Dune -- Frank Herbert, although I prefer the first four books.

Jaqueline Carey's Kushiel series.

The Other -- Thomas Tryon. Another freezer book. Creepy.

Fledgling -- Ocatavia Butler. I was so sad when she passed. Sad

I know there's tons more, like Stowaway to the Mushroom Planet, and Madeline L'Engle's books; Nancy Drew and the Bobbsey Twins from when I was really young...I'd better stop.

Some people are addicted to crack. For me, it's books. Smile

NorthwoodsMan's picture

Embodiment

Congrats on your first decoration. The second usually comes quicker but the third seems to take forever...

Amy's picture

Supplicant

I was never much of a Nancy Drew fan, for me it was the Hardy Boys. I have and often read The Girl Of The Limber Lost, & Freckles.
TLOR trilogy,
All things Pern,
Orson Scott Card' s Ender's Game series, Geek that I am I even borrowed from the library Speaker For The Dead.
Stranger In a Strange Land & most other R.H. books
Jean Auel's Clan of the CaveBear series,
Almost All Things Star Trek
Everything Anne Rice

& although I admit that I'm not a Stephen King fan I do love Clive Barker.

Narnia & Harry Potter, & fairy tales of every type.

Are but a part of what lines my bookshelves.

netta's picture

Petitioner

I read the Hardy Boys, too, but I always liked Nancy. I had a set of the books once that had been published during WWII -- the frontispiece said something like, "In spite of the war and the rations on paper, this book is complete and unabridged." I thought that was so cool.

We have read so many of the same books! I love the Clan of the Cave Bear series, although I did think in the later ones Auel waxed a little too poetical and the books seemed wordy and "heavy" to me. I really liked "Enders Game" (broke my heart on almost every page) but I love Card's "Alvin Maker" series. I had an Ann Rice phase (who did not fall in love with Lestat? Or Louis?) but she lost me when she converted. I didn't make it all the way through the Witches books, either.

Some of my books are in storage, but a majority of them I lost last year. I mourn them, but they're still with me, and bit by bit, I'll build them back up. I'm really bummed about "Red Adam's Lady" -- a replacement lists for $300 on Amazon. That one will have to wait quite a while. *sigh*

In the meantime, I found a copy of "Black House" on eBay for a PENNY. Even with shipping, it was less than $5. I can't wait until it gets here. :bigsmile:

NorthwoodsMan's picture

Embodiment

Was this in the same nekkid fire that you lost your wedding dress in?

There's currently a copy of Red Adam's Lady in Amazon's used section for $49.

netta's picture

Petitioner

Actually, I didn't lose my wedding dress in a nekkid fire, it was on purpose and the fire wasn't nekkid, *I* was. Heh.

Um, actually, last year when my mom became very ill, I dumped everything -- job, possessions, place to live -- and went to be with her. I took only what I could fit in my car. No regrets, but it's been a long haul since.

W00t! Still $48.95 over my budget, but there's hope when I do become solvent again, because the last time I looked (about 2 months ago) is when I saw the $300 price tag. Kewl!!

Amy's picture

Supplicant

I'm sorry you lost everything, but what a good person & daughter you are to drop everything for her like that. It's the kind of thing that I would do. In fact my mom can't afford to live on her own so after my second divorce she & I became room mates. We each cover half the rent, & utilities, & then buy & make our own foods. I also help her with the stuff that a 70+ woman can no longer do so easily on her own.

Yes, Auel gets wordy in some of her books & she even admits it, but Ayla's story is usually compelling, and her herbal lore is bang on. Believe me, I double check it with my Herbal PDA.

I like Rice's Vampire series, & her witch series a lot, but her preachy stuff gets annoying.

I hope you are solvent very soon, & Then get to not only stay that way but get everything you really want back & then some.

netta's picture

Petitioner

This made me cry. But it was a good cry.

There was no other choice, for me. None. I didn't even think twice. My momma and I were very close, and I cannot express how much I miss her. You are incredibly blessed to have yours with you still -- every single moment, even the irritating ones, are precious beyond belief.

This is not the first time I've had to start from nothing, although as tough as the other times were, this one has really kicked my ass, I don't mind saying. One of the best gifts my momma ever gave me was a set of most excellent Mad Survival Skillz -- so it might take me a little longer this time, after losing such a huge part of my heart, but I'll get there.

Thanks for the good vibes and kind words. It's much appreciated.

Raigne's picture

Embodiment

was my first friend when we moved away from where I had lived until I was 9 years old. Into the city, where there were no kids my age and it wasn't safe to play outside anyway. So I read a lot of Nancy Drew.

Seth Gray's picture

Devotee

I do like the Sookie series, but it will always be watered-down Anita Blake in my eyes. Whether that's fair or not, that's how it reads to me.

Eleonora (at work)'s picture

For me it's somehow a childish version of AB. I think because of the covers, but Sookie also seems just so... I don't know. To me they read as children's books with sex in them.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

That sounds like the perfect summer novel.

Amy's picture

Supplicant

If they took more than a day to read.

netta's picture

Petitioner

Two hours. It's mind candy, like the cotton candy you get at the fair. I have to try really, REALLY hard not to read as an editor, because there's so much in there that makes me grit my teeth. Heh.

I read the first AB book, because Hamilton is a local author here, but by the second one I was done. I love sex, for the record; I have it as often and as twisted as I can, but when I read, I want a clear plot, and she seemed to lose that in subsequent books.

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