Some of Our Favorite Books

Karen Everson
Anne Harris
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Erica Schippers
Catherine Shaffer
Sarah Zettel

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In no particular order...
1. H.M.S. SURPRISE by Patrick O'Brien -- The whole series is fabulous; finely drawn characters and lots of great action. This one, in particular, had me breathless.
2. CHARLOTT'S WEB, by E.B. White -- My sister read it to me every night before bed. To me, it is The First Book.
4. LITTLE, BIG, by John Crowley
5. THE RETURN OF THE KING, by J.R.R. Tolkien -- The whole Fellowship trilogy pretty much saved my life as a young teenager, this one in particular.
6. THE THREE MUSKETEERS, by Alexandre Dumas -- D'Artangnan forever!
7. THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS, by Ursula LeGuin -- Oh, how I wanted to be a Gethenian.
8. THE ISLAND OF DR. DEATH AND OTHER STORIES, by Gene Wolfe -- Gene is my favorite stylist.
9. BONE DANCE, by Emma Bull
10. GALVESTON, by Sean Stewart -- Stewart is either a compassionate chronicler of human nature or a rat bastard who rips your heart to shreds. Or both.

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In no particular order...
1. LIONS OF AL-RASSAN, by Guy Gavriel Kay (fantasy) One of my favorite time periods and one of my favorite authors -- what more can I ask for?
2. SCARAMOUCHE, by Raphael Sabatini, (fiction)
"He was born with the gift of laughter and the sense that the world was mad."
3. FADED SUN TRILOGY, by C. J. Cherryh (science fiction) I adore these books.
4. ROAD FEVER, by Tim Cahill (adventure travel) Cahill is a master story teller. I learned from him that truth is indeed stranger than fiction.
5. IN THE COUNTRY OF TATTOOED MEN, by Garry Kilworth (SF&F short stories) Brilliant.
6. DESERT QUEEN, by Janet Wallach (biography) The Middle East and adventurous women -- two of my favorite topics.
7. TALE OF THE HEIKE, trans. by Helen C. McCullough (Japanese medieval epic) Never could much get into Western Civ classics. Give me a good Asian epic any day.
8. DECLARE, by Tim Powers (fantasy)
9. THE PAST THROUGH TOMORROW, by Robert Heinlein (science fiction) One of the first Heinlein books I've ever read, and still one of my favorites.
10. RING WORLD, by Larry Niven (science fiction) One of the first SF novels I've ever read. I get waves of nostalgia just thinking about it.

In no particular order:
1. WILD SEED by Octavia E. Butler
2. JUMPER by Stephen Gould
3. THE CATCH TRAP by Marion Zimmer Bradley
4. WATERSHIP DOWN by Richard Adams
5. LORDS AND LADIES by Terry Pratchett
6. CARPE JUGULUM by Terry Pratchett
7. HALF MAGIC by Edward Eager
8. THE SPEED OF DARK by Elizabeth Moon

1. LADY ORACLE, by Margaret Atwood -- Faked death, mystery, and someone who calls himself the 'Royal Porcupine' interwoven with a troubled childhood, clandestine romance novel writing, and social activism. Oh, and poetry. There's a lot in this book, and all of it is in exactly the right place.
2. LONDON FIELDS, by Martin Amis -- Unlike the rest of Amis' work, you don't actually come to hate the protagonist.
3. WITCHES ABROAD, by Terry Pratchett -- This line could just read Terry Pratchett, but that's my favorite of all his books. The Cripple Mister Onion scene makes me laugh out loud every time I read it.
4. GALVESTON, by Sean Stewart
5. PASSAGE, by Connie Willis
6. NARNIE SERIES and Farmer Giles of Ham, by Tolkein
7. JANE EYRE, by Charlotte Bronte
8. THE HOUND AND THE FALCON TRILOGY and ALAMUT by Judith Tarr -- Judith Tarr is another very fine writer who seldom disappoints.
9. MEMORY, by Lois McMaster Bujold -- Again, I'm hard-pressed to pick a favorite, especially from among her Barrayaran books.
10. THE PHOENIX GUARDS and THE VISCOUNT OF ADRILANKA, by Steven Brust -- Both of these are series, the first modeled not so broadly after the Musketeers trilogy by Dumas, the second is as yet unfinished. Quite entertaining *and* a very interesting literary exercise.
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Not wanting to confine her list to just ten books, Sarah has decided not to provide a list.