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Ian Sales has compiled a list of 91 'science fiction mistressworks', a complement to the Gollancz Masterworks series.

Bold those you’ve read, italicise those you own but have not read
long list )
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By popular demand! If you missed the original and want to have a go, it's here.

answers )
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The "Guess the Geeky Haiku" Meme: pick 5-10 movies/shows/games/books. Using the 5-7-5 format, write a haiku for each. Have your friends try to guess what your haiku are about!

1. Spring; a half-closed eye.
Rabbits, tigers, counting rhymes.
Dry cup! Birds will fly.

2. Ruined by design -
such a picturesque vista!
Water tumbles fast.

3. Love burns; paper burns;
ash never turns to paper.
Birds fly and birds fall.

4. Need a sure-fire flop?
Just don't mention the war - oh.
Never mind. Good luck!

5. Summer grass, velvet,
silver chimes; gold speaks magic.
Truth, sight. Loneliness.

6. Poor people can't cook -
nobody can cook like me!
I shall write the book.

7. Rainbow-black feathers.
A sister, under the skin.
Can't resist watching.

8. Journeys, destinations;
It's all people, in the end.
Want to catch some ink?

9. Wise (and grumpy) crab;
dragon; white ape; therapist.
A sun? A child's toy!

Book meme

Oct. 11th, 2010 04:21 pm
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Picked up from various people. This appears to be a list of 100 books or series that are important cultural artefacts - I've bolded the ones I've read, and commented on all the ones I know something about.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - Read this for A-level, which was my first encounter with her work. I fell in love, and read my way through all the other completed novels within a few months.
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - I loved this as soon as I started it, at 12 or so, and every time I go back to it I find new things in it, and new angles on Tolkien's concerns, his influences and the people who've imitated him or reacted against him.
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte - Read this for A-level, disliked it intensely. Should give it another try sometime.Read more... )
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Apparently, I'm 2/3rds James Joyce (one fiction piece, one nonfiction) and 1/3rd HP Lovecraft (fiction). I suppose there are far worse possibilities.
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Via [livejournal.com profile] owlfish, authors read from the Periodic Table of 75 Years of Fabulous Writers (PDF):

Bold the women by whom you own books (or books including works by them)
Italicize those by whom you've read something of (whether short stories, non-fiction, or fiction).
Star those of whom you've never heard.

(Procedural note: I've counted books I can immediately lay my hands on, books I know I own but not in this house, and ebooks on local storage. Have also counted an author if the only one I've read (or own) is multiple authorship. No comment is made or implied about inclusion in the list.)
the list )
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Since it won't actually show me the image result -

The Escape Artist

We don't know how you figured it out, but you've managed to keep your lovers close despite your critical view of the world. Maybe you aren't cynical, just a little cautious. Either way, you've managed to keep your head on your shoulders. You do have a little bit of misanthropy going on up in there, but hey, when you build your solar powered cabin in the woods everything will be fine.

It's very rare to meet someone so clever that isn't into taking advantage of romantic or sensitive people. Your best seduction move: be your honest and insightful self. A straight shooter (even a slightly damaged straight shooter) is a fine catch for anyone.
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The top fifty SF & fantasy books (where from? I don't know). Bold the ones you've read, strike the ones you hated, italicize the ones you couldn't get through. Asterisks for the ones you loved - more asterisks, more love. Plus signs for the ones you own.

I've assigned stars based on how much I loved them when I first read them, not how much I love them looking back. The instructions don't specify, but this makes more sense to me.

1. The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien *****+
2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov **+
3. Dune, Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A Heinlein **+
5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. LeGuin *****+
6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
7. Childhood's End, Arthur C Clarke **+
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K Dick
9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury **+
11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe *
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr *+
13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov **+
14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett *+
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester **+
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey **+
22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R Donaldson *+
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman **+
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl +
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling *
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams ***+
28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K Le Guin
31. Little, Big, John Crowley
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny *+
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K Dick *+
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement ***+
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon *+
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith *
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C Clarke ***+
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven **+
40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion, JRR Tolkien **+
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson ***+
44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner **+
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester **+
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A Heinlein *+
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock *+
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks *+
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer **+


Dec. 4th, 2008 01:30 pm
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(via [livejournal.com profile] angevin2)

On the twelfth day of Christmas, mirrorshard sent to me...
Twelve redheads reading
Eleven semicolons thinking
Ten horses a-costuming
Nine books cooking
Eight words a-printing
Seven herbs a-rambling
Six quakers a-kissing
Five ale-e-e-exandre dumas
Four william morris
Three good omens
Two new experiences
...and a literature in an archaeology.
Get your own Twelve Days:
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(via [livejournal.com profile] thipe)

* Grab the book closest to you.
* Go to page 56.
* Find the 5th sentence.
* Write that sentence to this post.
* Copy these instructions as a new post to your LJ.
* Don't go looking for your favourite book, or the coolest one you have -- just grab the closest one.

'No, madame,' replied Henry; 'we are going into the city with Messieurs d'Alençon and Condé. I almost expected to find them here.'

(Also, points for identifying each others' books.)
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Three people walk into your office. You can take one of them for lunch; spend the afternoon in a pub with a second; and send the third into a three-hour meeting on harmonising cross-branch JC32 response procedures in your place.

I will start with Prince Charles, Helena (from Midsummer Night's Dream), and Monkey (from the Ramayana, the Journey to the West, or PL Travers, as you please). Lunch, pub, or meeting? Justify your answers, and suggest three more.

Food meme

Aug. 18th, 2008 02:45 am
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(via [livejournal.com profile] thekumquat

Usual drill. Bold what you've had, strikeout what you wouldn't want to eat (again), and italicize what you haven't had but would like to. Add an asterisk to anything you had to look up.

It's a remarkably American list, or at least includes all sorts of things that are quite common here.

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Went to see Ui last night, as previously mentioned, with [livejournal.com profile] thekumquat. It was a rather good version, though the African touches seemed thin and superficial to me. I suspect I'd have found them rather less so of Brecht weren't such an intellectual, detached exercise anyway - seeing it in a captioned performance was an interesting variation on that, since we quite literally had the text to read along with as we watched the play. I actually had to push myself to concentrate on the performance rather than the captions - or on the text as performed, rather than the text as printed.

The African touches were mostly down to costumes (or at least hats) and music, but then I have somewhat of a tin ear for world music and I tend to focus almost obsessively on the text. It was faithful to the original - the only differences I noted were a string of African place-names (Harare, Kinshasa, Freetown, &c.) in Ui's last speech, and his constant reference to himself as a son of the desert rather than of the Bronx.

Technically, it was nearly flawless - the only hiccup was in the placement of two desk microphones in the investigation scene, which caused the clerk's voice to drop out as he turned his head to speak to Dogsborough rather than the audience.

The conjunction of Brecht with the Ken Macleod I was reading on the train there caused some odd mental swirls with the combination of Brechtian detachment and distancing with SF reading protocols. Now I come to think about it, there's another tenuous connection that amuses me - the one I was reading was Newton's Wake, which has as two of its protagonists a couple of crap Scottish propaganda-folk singers. Just about the first time I ever encountered protest songs and the idea of music as something that could actively do something was in McCaffrey's The Ship Who Sang, where one of the brawns refers to 'dylanizing' - this kind of laughing bitter soul-deep anger at the sheer fucking banal incompetent evilness of the idiots who are in charge of this one single world we're currently stuck on is the same strand of thought as Brecht was playing with a lot of the time.

Oh, yes, and that meme that's been going around. Ask me stuff, if you want to. I'll answer as best I can. Comments screened, will be unscreened unless I'm asked not to or they're horribly embarrassing.
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Via [livejournal.com profile] almost_everyone -
"Ask me to take a picture of any aspect of my life that you're interested in/curious about - it can be anything from the house I live in to my favorite shoes. Leave your choice here as a comment, and I will reciprocate by taking the pictures and posting them as an LJ entry. That way you get to know a little bit about my life.

Rude requests considered on basis of requestee and request, and may not be publically posted!"

Book meme

Oct. 5th, 2007 02:52 pm
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These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicize those you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. Add an asterisk to those you've read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list.
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Five Books

May. 8th, 2006 06:41 am
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Five books I fully intend to own SoonTM.

  • Weston Martyr, The Southseaman. Referenced from Gordon's The New Science of Strong Materials which I've adored for years. I know or have tracked down most of the rest of his quotations, but not that one.
  • An English translation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses as recommended by [livejournal.com profile] elettaria in [livejournal.com profile] dracula1897.
  • Liza Picard's Victorian London. Which reminds me, I don't own a copy of Elizabeth's London, but that doesn't count for the list since the library Provided.
  • Sheri S. Tepper's True Game books. I have the Jinian trilogy, but not the others.
  • A good textbook on Dissenting movements in post-Reformation England. Haven't found out what it is yet, and still making my way through The Stripping of the Altars, so possibly not all that soon.
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Lobbed my way by [livejournal.com profile] endless_change. Pick a favourite poem, and post it. Apparently I'm supposed to tag five people, but, well, grab it if you feel the need. This one's by Liz Lochhead.

The Suzanne Valadon Story )
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Er [livejournal.com profile] owlfish ges i hyn.

Your own Branch of the Welsh Mabinogi by peredur_glyn
What is it you seek?
Your catchphrase?
You're the bastard child of...endless_change
Your horse is called...fabricati_diem
You seek the help of:sleetersoulfire
Who shuns you, so you...Put them in a bag and beat them with sticks
In turn you are turned into a...Goat
And your family wreaks mistaken revenge on...rillaith
Your half-brother then...Ruins your funky "sacks of flour" display
And your new spouse reveals themselves to be...raggedrags
Who swiftly dies of ...A poisoned javelin in the eye. It's not pretty.
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Dec. 4th, 2005 03:29 pm
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Courtesy, as so many good things are, of [livejournal.com profile] hellison - things I'm good at. Qualifications and self-effacement, as the rules demand, have been ruthlessly excised.
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