A number of questions about my reading habits came up this weekend at the fabulous Chevron 7.4 event in Birmingham. In true geek senility I just couldn't remember the names or authors for many of these! So in a bid to save face...after the fact I've compiled a list of titles that I think are worth tucking into.
The list below is by no means exhaustive (though possibly exhausting) but it touches on a few of my favourites...enjoy!
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Much loved Books in no particular order:
Neuromancer by William Gibson
"The sky above the port was the color of a television tuned to a dead channel"...one of the best opening lines for a cyber-punk nerd like me..suddenly being a computer geek seemed cool.
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold
This is just such an engaging story and so beautifully written...and somehow terribly geeky all at the same time!
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay By Michael Chabon
Comic book nerds before comics were cool fighting more than just a world war...a classic!
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
In an on-going bid to stay a few steps ahead of my son I've started to read teen fiction...that and it's about my reading level. Hunger games is quite derivative of some of Battle Royale (an ultra-violent Japanese film) and a short story called "The Lottery" but it's still a thrill a minute read! Highly recommend it!
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
This book was given to me as a gift from a very kind stargate fan who visited the set (I'm mortified that I don't know her name)! I could not put it down! It's like Harry Potter for adults...I was so upset when it was over because I'd never get to read it again for the first time!
Dune series by Frank Herbert
When I gave up the first time I tried to read the first book in this series...it was like reading the Old Testament. But once I got into it I devoured them all like a giant sand worm...Delicious!
Lord Loss by Darren Shan
Lord Loss is the first in Shan's Demonata series. I read the first few but then moved on to other things...Good gory fun! But definitely aimed at kids.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
This book just killed me! I was a complete wreck the whole time I was reading ti. It's one of the most beautifully written novels I've ever read - 9/11 brought home through the eyes of a little kid. I get teary just writing about it. Fabulous!
Old Man's War Series by John Scalzi
Brad Wright put me on to this guy and I've read everything he's written...fantastic smart, fun and engaging science fiction...kind of rebooted my love for the genre I'd have to say! Another one of my favourites is his Android Sheep.
The Shining by Stephen King
I seem to be the last person in the world to delcare Stephen King "The King" but I came to this book later in life than most (people I've spoken to read it in their early teens!) but as a father I found reading it one of the most terrifying experiences of my life. Hideously good!
Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolken
I feel a bit silly recommending such a classic series of novels! Shamefully, I avoided it for most of my life but having finally sat down and read them all... I so wish I'd done it years ago! A must-read for all nerds and aspiring geeks out there!
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
I could not believe that I'd never heard of these books until recently...another series that should be read earlier than I read them...genius stuff!