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Fiction, this time.

Posted on February 9, 2008. Filed under: Games, Musings |

Some weeks back, I participated in a book meme (questionnaire) and chose only non-fiction books. There are so many books I find important, that it felt like a good idea to break it down that way. Now, I’m back with my fiction list, along with some reasons for picking the ones I did.
01. One book that changed your life
Replay / Ken Grimwood~~~I tend to enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, metaphysical fiction, time travel–you know, something with just a bit of departure from everyday reality. Replay has that in spades. It’s a classic time travel tale with a twist. I won’t give away the plot, but the reason it changed my life is that it still does encourage me to “replay” life situations, and change them into what I wish they were.
02. One book that you’ve read more than once
The Shell Seekers / Rosamunde Pilcher~~~It’s one of those few that I re-read every few years because its characters have become family. They’re so very real, well drawn, and believable, and I find myself cheering them on each time.
03. One book you’d want on a desert island
A Wrinkle in Time / Madeleine L’Engle~~~This is the first (and most famous) in a quartet of books about an unusual family. It has semi-religious overtones (the later books more so), but what I loved was how it incorporated theoretical physics into a magical and moral tale. I’d want it on a desert island because it’s a good guide to learning how to tesseract, and I’d have lots of time and motivation to practice and master that skill.
04. Two books that made you laugh
Jitterbug Perfume / Tom Robbins; Breakfast of Champions / Kurt Vonnegut~~~Both these books make me howl, actually, and also were achingly poignant commentary on the human condition. A good combination.
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Pan, in Jitterbug Perfume
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05. One book that made you cry
Old Yeller Fred Gibson~~~I’m not actually recommending this book. It fulfills the request (“made me cry”), but I didn’t like it. Like many of us, I read this children’s book when a child, and it caused me much distress. In looking back upon it, I find it a terribly cloying and manipulative story, designed to teach children about how life is hard, and to learn to be stoic. I feel stoicism and childhood are not a necessary mix, and it’s unkind to teach them this.
06. One book that you wish had been written
How they lived happily ever after, what they did, and why it’s not boring
07. One book that you wish had never been written
I don’t. Every book has its purpose and audience.
08. Two books you’re currently reading
The Rule of Four / Caldwell & Thomason; The Murders of Richard III / Elizabeth Peters~~~The first is similar to another wildly popular “secret code hidden in manuscripts” novel, but more fun and engaging, to my mind. The second is an old-fashioned, yet modern murder mystery by one of my favorite authors of such. I’ve read all her “Egyptian” novels as well.
09. One book you’ve been meaning to read
“T” is for Trespass / Sue Grafton~~~If you don’t know who or what this is, then start with “A” is for Alibi, and work your way through the alphabet. I’ve read them all, hope Ms. Grafton makes it to the end of the alphabet, and have thoroughly enjoyed each. While some are better than others—probably inevitable in a series this long—I find the main character funny, engaging, weird, and non-conformist. While the last thing I’d be is a private-eye, I sort of identify with her a little bit.
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So, there’s the rest of my meme, only a few weeks late. I’ve omitted my favorite science fiction, and also my favorite novel of all time, as I’m working on posts about them—A taste of things to come!
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