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Things that books can do for you...

A list of great works from Dean Duncan, film history professor at BYU:

http://duncantalkingaboutfilm.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/things-that-books-can-do-for-you/

The message: READ MORE!


How, or what, or where, you might ask.  Fair enough—here are a few helpful categories, and some terrific titles that you might start filling ‘em with:

Books that make me happy: Comet in Moominland/Moominland Midwinter (Tove Jansson)

Supplementary titles: Marcovaldo (Calvino), The Pickwick Papers (Dickens), Mythology (Hamilton), The Silent Clowns (Kerr), The Jungle Books (Kipling), Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (Leacock), The Song of Hiawatha (Longfellow), Who Has Seen the Wind? (Mitchell), The Alligator Case (Pene du Bois), Borgel (Pinkwater), Wyrd Sisters (Pratchett), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling), Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Rushdie), The Hobbit (Tolkien), Detectives in Togas (Winterfeld)

…and a few films…: The General (US/Keaton, 1926), City Lights (US/Chaplin, 1931), Ge…

81 Books essential for a literary education - says some guy.

Isaac's Storm in October

So, I'd been planning in my head that we'd get together this thursday, the 10th, but I forgot to post anything about it until now.

If that doesn't work, I'm booked all the other Thursdays in the month, so we'd be looking at November.

What say you all?

50 Sci-Fi / Fantasy Novels That Everyone Should Read

Scott's Nominations

I decided to include something from a variety of genres, though I have included two non-fiction titles which is unusual for me. Aside from the two non-fiction books, I am very familiar with each author, but have deliberately picked titles I have not yet read so I will be equally pleased with whatever wins. Here goes.

In Sunlight And In Shadow - Mark Helprin

Elantris - Brandon Sanderson

Team Of Rivals - Doris Kearns Goodwin

Down The Great Unknown - Edward Dolnick

Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke

A Perfect Spy - John Le Carre