Your favourite books*
List your favourite books. Which genres are the most represented? Would you like to write in this genre? Why or why not?
Following hot on the heels of yesterday's blog, we move from authors to books. Surprisingly, the two lists don't completely overlap. Not every book written by the authors I listed is on my list. Each of them has something that didn't resonate with me.
Of course, you have your standards: Foundation Trilogy, the Belgariad, the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. But not all that glitters is gold. The Lensman series by Doc Smith underlies a lot of my sensibilities for good old sci-fi.
Some books have impacted me in an uncomfortable way. Babel 17 by ... was a difficult read, but strangely the story has stayed with me. Dune, of course, for the depth of detail and richness of its worlds and people. I can't say I've liked much else from the Herbert (father or son) oeuvre.
Other books facsinate me. The Maltese Falcon is captivating in its story telling techniques. Classics like Moby Dick, the Iliad and the Odyssey, and especially the Epic of Gilgamesh have profoundly connected me to the past of literrature.
There are books that have infuriated me (The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Updraft (Bone Universe, #1)), others which have confused me (The Three Body Problem, Ancillary Sword etc.) and some which I simply refuse to finish (Hyperion, Snow Crash, Neuromancer).
Books are my kryptonite.