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Mark Atwood
(gacked from seawasp) Bold what you've read, strike out what you don't like, italicize what you'd like to read but haven't yet...

  1. The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams
  2. Nineteen Eighty-Four -- George Orwell (I kept bouncing off it.)
  3. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley
  4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? -- Philip K. Dick
  5. Neuromancer -- William Gibson (I just cannot abide Gibson's style)
  6. Dune -- Frank Herbert
  7. I, Robot -- Isaac Asimov
  8. Foundation -- Isaac Asimov
  9. The Colour of Magic -- Terry Pratchett (Not the best Discworld)
  10. Microserfs -- Douglas Coupland
  11. Snow Crash -- Neal Stephenson
  12. Watchmen -- Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
  13. Cryptonomicon -- Neal Stephenson
  14. Consider Phlebas -- Iain M Banks
  15. Stranger in a Strange Land -- Robert Heinlein (kept bouncing, which is odd, because I devoured The Number of the Beast. The only RAHs I've not read are this one, For Us, the Living, and Farnham's Freehold)
  16. The Man in the High Castle -- Philip K Dick (I have trouble getting into Dick's writing style, but I do want to read this one someday.)
  17. American Gods -- Neil Gaiman
  18. The Diamond Age -- Neal Stephenson
  19. The Illuminatus! Trilogy -- Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson
  20. Trouble with Lichen - John Wyndham (never heard of it)

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wendolen From: wendolen Date: November 19th, 2005 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
For Us, The Living is basically a socio-libertarian manifesto. You might not agree with all of it, but I think you'd enjoy it. (It's a novel in the way More's Utopia is a novel, which is not really.)

You didn't mention what italics and bolds mean, so I'm not going to do this one.
From: ex_tepes85 Date: November 20th, 2005 06:02 am (UTC) (Link)
It's also a book RAH went out of his way to have wiped from the planet. He mined it for things he'd later preach about, then went so far as to hunt down and burn copies of the MS that might still be floating about.

It's shite. A textbook, yes, but shite nonetheless. It should be read, imo. As Utopia is read. Good call.
wendolen From: wendolen Date: November 20th, 2005 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Really! I didn't realize he wanted it destroyed. I wonder why his estate allowed it to be published...

I didn't think it was shite, but I read it immediately after The Fountainhead. ;D
From: ex_tepes85 Date: November 20th, 2005 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)
His wife died thinking all copies had been destroyed. After her, the only estate is the Heinlein Trust, which was in the process of republishing the entire works and thought, among other things, that the fans would like to see the source of the stories they'd loved so much. Members of the Heinlein Society are divided on the issue of publication--some are insistent that Ms. Heinlein would've ordered it destroyed.
mauser From: mauser Date: November 29th, 2005 09:35 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd never even heard of it.

Farnham's I haven't read in decades, but it where I learned about Ammonium Tri-iodide. Stuff that would be edited out of any book today.

Be sure to get the restored version of Stranger.
From: ex_tepes85 Date: November 20th, 2005 06:08 am (UTC) (Link)
It's wrong of me, I know, but I enjoy the dialog of The Number of the Beast so much that it hurts. It's just too fun.
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