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There have been a few book memes running around, and today AOL jumped onto the bandwagon with their list of 10 Books to Read Before You Die. I've been too busy to go through the 100 books links, but 10 seemed like a reasonable number, so I clicked on the story.

Here's what they came up with--

1. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
2. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (Ha! Cheating already, listing a trilogy as a single 'book'. But I can't disagree with the recommendation).
3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (Cheating again, they recommend all 7 novels)
4. The Stand by Stephen King
5. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
6. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
7. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (What? Dan Brown rates two entries on this list?)
8. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
9. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
10. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

What struck me most about the list was the number of SF&F genre titles. It looks to me like someone listed their personal favorite books, and then threw in a few literary titles at random to "class up" the list. It would have been more interesting if they'd stuck to their guns and simply gone with their personal favorites.

So what books would be on your list?

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] lnhammer points out that the Lord of the Rings was written as a single novel and broken apart for publishing reasons. So in that sense, it counts as a single book.
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Kristine Smith blogged about writers and procrastination over at www.sfnovelists.com today. There's a touch of irony in the fact that I found her post because I was employing one of my own favorite means of procrastination--surfing the web and reading my friendslist.
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The project that I am most definitely not working on and not thinking about will require massive research. At lunch today I contacted the enrollment office of a local community college to see if they'll let me audit a class for the fall semester.

But I'm not working on it. Honest.

P.S. The next step is the inevitable shopping spree, which will result in the UPS truck dropping off stacks of books. Hoping to hold off on this step till post bike trip.
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When in the course of authorial events, as you begin to glimpse the end of the project that you have labored on for so long, it is inevitable that your brain will tempt you away from the finish line by offering up a diversion.

"Look at me! I'm an idea for your next book! I'm new and sexy and oh so much more fun to be with than that boring old book you've been working on for months."

I ignore the idea.

The idea comes back. "Come now, what would it hurt? Just jot down a few thoughts. There'll be plenty of time to work on Old WiP later."

I've got five weeks left, and serious effort ahead of me to finish THE FINAL SACRIFICE. I can't afford this distraction.


Idea slinks off to corner, and continues to taunt me.

P.S. Yes, I gave in. I opened a Word document and wrote the one paragraph high concept of the idea. And a couple of sentences about the hero's backstory. But that's it till August, I swear.
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Saw in the newspaper today that the county library has expanded their BARK program. BARK stands for Books And Reading K-9s, a program that helps children improve their reading and communication skills by reading to specially trained therapy dogs.

And, in other fun news, there's a live webcam site where you can watch cheese age. They claim over a million hits since they went live in December. I can think of no better use for the internet.


Jun. 25th, 2006 09:44 am
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] mcurry

Dworkin was a member of the royal family of Chaos until he rebelled and drew the Pattern - the supreme artifact of Order. It was he who was Amber's first king and the father of Oberon. Somewhere during this time, his humanform became hunch-backed, though he still retained the power of shapeshifting. A sorceror of unimaginable power, he was rendered unstable for awhile because of his intimate link to the Pattern - drawn using the Jewel of Judgement and his own blood. By the time Merlin meets him in Roger Zelazny's Knight of Shadows, Dworkin had recovered from his malady and was still enigmatic.

Which Amberite are you?

It's been so long since I last read them, I now have a craving to reread the Amber novels again.

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