board77

The Last Homely Site on the Web
It is currently Wed 15 Aug , 2018 11:41 am

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 35 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2
Author Message
PostPosted: Wed 25 Feb , 2009 1:53 pm 
of Vinyamar
User avatar

Joined: Mon 28 Feb , 2005 4:39 pm
Posts: 7849
Location: Ireland
Must be my approaching Midlife Crisis making me crotchety!

_________________
Image
These are my friends, see how they glisten...


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed 25 Feb , 2009 3:16 pm 
Not so deep as a well

Joined: Tue 11 Jan , 2005 3:02 am
Posts: 7358
Location: In your wildest dreams
Speaking as someone who went through one, the crotchety part sticks with you. In fact, one could argue it's what prompted my response to the list in the first place. ;)

I can see that if I posted something on a lark and someone took it too seriously, it could be annoying. But I really do blame message boards--if you or anyone else had posted that list here originally, would it not be expected that people would comment, dissect, and otherwise take it and run? Perhaps I don't get the different culture at FB regarding such things. If so, I have to say I prefer that of the boards.

Please accept my apology for coming off rudely--and my assurance that if I ever meant to be rude, I would be rather more obvious and direct about it. But I reserve that, as a rule, for people I dislike.

_________________
Destiny is a rhythm track on which we must improvise.

In some cases, firing the drummer helps.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed 25 Feb , 2009 3:38 pm 
of Vinyamar
User avatar

Joined: Mon 28 Feb , 2005 4:39 pm
Posts: 7849
Location: Ireland
:) :) :)

_________________
Image
These are my friends, see how they glisten...


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed 25 Feb , 2009 7:49 pm 
Best friends forever
User avatar

Joined: Fri 04 Feb , 2005 4:49 am
Posts: 6546
Axordil wrote:
Speaking as someone who went through one, the crotchety part sticks with you. In fact, one could argue it's what prompted my response to the list in the first place. ;)

I can see that if I posted something on a lark and someone took it too seriously, it could be annoying. But I really do blame message boards--if you or anyone else had posted that list here originally, would it not be expected that people would comment, dissect, and otherwise take it and run? Perhaps I don't get the different culture at FB regarding such things. If so, I have to say I prefer that of the boards.

Please accept my apology for coming off rudely--and my assurance that if I ever meant to be rude, I would be rather more obvious and direct about it. But I reserve that, as a rule, for people I dislike.


Hah.

_________________
Living on Earth is expensive,
but it does include a free trip
around the sun every year.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed 25 Feb , 2009 7:55 pm 
Grumpy cuz I can be
User avatar

Joined: Thu 09 Dec , 2004 3:07 am
Posts: 6642
I liked it better when you were snarking at each other. :P

_________________
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed 25 Feb , 2009 8:05 pm 
Best friends forever
User avatar

Joined: Fri 04 Feb , 2005 4:49 am
Posts: 6546
Cut it out, Holbytla. :salmon:

_________________
Living on Earth is expensive,
but it does include a free trip
around the sun every year.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed 25 Feb , 2009 8:07 pm 
Grumpy cuz I can be
User avatar

Joined: Thu 09 Dec , 2004 3:07 am
Posts: 6642
No. :P

_________________
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed 25 Feb , 2009 11:24 pm 
Islanded in a Stream of Stars
User avatar

Joined: Wed 27 Oct , 2004 6:24 pm
Posts: 8748
Location: UK
I've only read 11 on Ax's list. I believe only two of them I actually read by choice and the rest were required by school. :P Honestly I have no desire to read any of the rest of the books. I have very different tastes obviously. I'll stick to author's like Guy Gavriel Kay or Neil Gaiman.

_________________
Abandon this fleeting world
abandon yourself.
Then the moon and flowers
will guide you along the way.

-Ryokan

http://wanderingthroughmiddleearth.blogspot.com/


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed 25 Feb , 2009 11:46 pm 
wencherific
User avatar

Joined: Sun 27 Mar , 2005 4:26 pm
Posts: 4401
Location: been here before, going in circles!
Aaaah Kay. :D Have Tigana sitting on my shelf here waiting to go back to Ags in Holland. Thus far Lions of Al-Rassan has remained my favorite, though.

_________________
Image

"Morning has broken and I have felt a presence that disturbs
me with the joy of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime of
something far more deeply interfused, whose dwelling is the
light of setting suns, and the round ocean and the living air,
and the blue sky, and in the mind of man; a motion and a
spirit, that impels." -Wordsworth


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu 26 Feb , 2009 3:12 am 
Hasta la victoria, siempre
User avatar

Joined: Sun 13 Mar , 2005 7:49 pm
Posts: 3978
Location: Outer Heaven
Ax's list: 13
BBC list: 40
Fake BBC list: 31

This does not bode well for my attempted degree in English Literature. :P
I only counted the ones I actually finished, though...

-Pips-

_________________
Avatar is a male me, drawn by a very close friend. Just don't ask why.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu 26 Feb , 2009 4:06 am 
Not so deep as a well

Joined: Tue 11 Jan , 2005 3:02 am
Posts: 7358
Location: In your wildest dreams
Quote:
I'll stick to author's like Guy Gavriel Kay or Neil Gaiman.


I like Gaiman. A lot. But Gaiman's non-graphical stuff is all post-2000 (except for Good Omens, which was a tag team with Pratchett), which for me means it's just too new to put into perspective. I do think Gaiman has it in him to produce something that would slide into my 2000-2050 list. :D

My list of "most fun reads" is not identical to my "100 books," trust me. :) I write genre fiction after all, so it's not like I'm all snooty about it or anything. I like a ripping yarn as much as the next person.

BTW--I actually wouldn't hold up my list as a "Read These Or Die" standard anyway, not even for prospective lit majors. It's idiosyncratic and is there more to tell you about me than to suggest you should follow in my footsteps. In that light, I think it would be more useful for people to come up with their own lists.

_________________
Destiny is a rhythm track on which we must improvise.

In some cases, firing the drummer helps.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu 26 Feb , 2009 9:22 pm 
Per aspera ad astra
User avatar

Joined: Thu 28 Oct , 2004 6:53 am
Posts: 3388
Location: Zu Hause
I have read 30 of the original BBC list, 31 of the modified and 15 of Ax list. I should list once something like 50 to 100 German books I have read only to see how many of you know some. Anyway I liked the original BBC list best - because it had at least one German book.... Perfume....


1984 was published in 1948 as far as I know, hence the title.

Any reason you listed it in 1900-1945?

_________________
Nichts Schöneres unter der Sonne als unter der Sonne zu sein.
(Ingeborg Bachmann)


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri 27 Feb , 2009 3:15 pm 
Not so deep as a well

Joined: Tue 11 Jan , 2005 3:02 am
Posts: 7358
Location: In your wildest dreams
I have Orwell listed as a pre-end-of-WWII author because Animal Farm made the cutoff and I didn't want to split authors across the already arbitrary divisions. Graham Greene is in much the same situation, on the other side. Either could have gone either way.

_________________
Destiny is a rhythm track on which we must improvise.

In some cases, firing the drummer helps.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue 10 Mar , 2009 3:41 am 
Sorcery in Action
User avatar

Joined: Mon 24 Jan , 2005 8:54 am
Posts: 1406
Location: Ontario
Read 15 from Ax's list (most were pre 20th Century for me :P). I think it was 26 from the facebook meme list. I can't be arsed to go through the real BBC one at the moment sorry :P

*quick cheer for GGK :toast: :banana: :D Enjoy Tigana Runey!!!!... and I do love Lions as well....*

_________________
Falling into Autumn... :)


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon 15 Feb , 2010 5:17 am 
citoyenne du monde
User avatar

Joined: Wed 27 Oct , 2004 9:14 pm
Posts: 395
Location: Emerald City or Munchkinland, Oz
As far as the lists are concerned
Ax's: 22
BBC: 36 (I thought it'd be more lol)
faux: 47 as more are French and as such part of the curriculum in secondary school such as Madame Bovary (boring...), Germinal (fantastic was reading it in history classes bad eari!) and Les Miserables (read it twice :D :D).

I can't believe there are two Steinbeck's though; I studied and hated both Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men :roll: but I guess it's a question of taste.

Rune, I am a Kay's fan myself having read his entire works and I have pre-ordered the book that will come out in March/April Under Heaven (can't wait, so excited). I was hesitant about Ysabel because it takes place in Provence and it is a place close to my heart (I spend all my summers there so I know pretty much every place he could speak of well enough). I was under a spell and read it in less than 3 days.
I absolutely loved how he re-introduced me to that piece of magical land and how he wove some characters from a previous story into this one. Like in The Last Light of the Sun he just evokes the mosaic made by Crispin at the very end of the Lord of the Emperor book. I enjoy every word this man writes and I have a very hard time choosing which of the books I prefer. I think I have a very soft spot for Tigana because of the memory thread and the nostalgia... and the depth of each character.

I wish you to enjoy it as much as I did ;)

_________________
I Endure in order to Reflect
Transcending Order
I seal the Matrix of Endlessness
With the Cosmic tone of Presence
I am guided by the power of Spirit

Who can say if I've been changed for the better, but
Because I knew you,
I have been changed for good


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 35 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group