Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Where the Wild Books Roam

Since Demented Michelle was so kind as to me with this:

How many books do I own?

Dam'fI'know. Best guesstimate is around 3000. They're everywhere! Sometimes I think I hear them breeding in the night.

Recently read:

If Angels Burn by Lynn Viehl
Wicca: a Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cunningham
The Dark Archetype by Denise Dumars and Lori Nyx
Conspiranoia: the Mother of All Conspiracy Theories by Devon Jackson
Driving Blind by Ray Bradbury
Lilith's Dream by Whitley Strieber


Cirque Du Freak: the Vampire's Assistant by Darren Shan
Say Good Night to Insomnia by Gregg D. Jacobs
In My Dreams by Monica Jackson
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

Recently purchased:

Cirque Du Freak: the Vampire's Assistant by Darren Shan
In My Dreams by Monica Jackson
Last Girl Dancing by Holly Lisle (pre-order)
Talyn by Holly Lisle (pre-order)
Threads of Malice by Tamara Siler Jones (pre-order)

Influential books:

This list could go on and on. Dozens of books and authors through the years. These I will share, but there are masses beyond these that will perforce go unnoticed. I cannot, though, leave this list without mentioning the Holy Bible (King James Version), Roger Zelazny, Harlan Ellison, and Flannery O'Connor.

Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear by William Shakespeare
These tragedies brought home to me the notion that our actions have consequences that we must face.

At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
I fell in love with HPL's lush language and inside views of insanity in the 10th grade, thanks to a kind and unusual English teacher. Thanks, Col. Sullivan. RIP, you are remembered.

H.M.S. Ulysses by Alistair MacLean
I've talked about this one before. This novel taught me about honor and redemption. I have always wanted to write a book that would grab teens the way this one grabbed me, and I have always been disappointed that MacLean never write another one this compelling.

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
What can I say? The sense of great historical forces moving in the world today, the sense of living myths and the spirit of legends imbuing us with noble purpose, the sense that we make our own legends through our lives and the causes we have the courage to stand up for, all these had and still have a profound impact on me.

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
It was kind of tough to choose which of Bradbury's to include here, but Dandelion Wine stood out, finally, because of the bittersweet memories of childhood and the golden wonder that infuses us at that time, wonder that we pursue the rest of lives and only rarely recapture.


At 10:51 PM, Blogger Demented M said...

Ahh yes welcome to the blog version of the chain letter.

Nice job though!


At 8:51 PM, Blogger Carter said...

Listen, you, I still owe you for that whole nair thing. Be carefull how much karma you store up. ;-)

By the way, the thing I like best about chain letters? Breaking the chain. 'Course that might have something to do with my life being such a godawful mess. Hmmm.


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