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More Russian hackers? Aliens? Someone who just wants to ruin my fun? Guh.

Starting a list of my favorite books/authors. Making it public because I am in that kind of mood. If an author is on this list it means I love them and probably have read every word they've published so if I don't mention all their titles I probably disapproved of the unmentioned ones on some (potentially minute) level.

Geek Love Katherine Dunn
Man Who Fell In Love with the Moon & City of the Shy Hunters Tom Spanbauer
Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole
Platform Michel Houellebecq
Special Topics in Calamity Physics Marisha Pessl
Look at Me & The Keep Jennifer Egan
Geoff Nicholson (especially Still Life with Volkswagons and Footsucker)
Alice Walker (especially Temple of My Familiar)
Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides
This Much I Know is True Wally Lamb
Bill Fitzhugh (though the stuff pre-Radio Activity is the best IMO)
Survivor & Choke Chuck Palahniuk 1
Vox Nicholson Baker
Kurt Vonnegut 2
Samuel Shem (especially House of God, but all fantastically funny)
Iona Moon Melanie Rae Thon
Fifth Sacred Thing Starhawk
Edward Abbey
Something Happened Joseph Heller
Good Omens Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett3
Walter Mosley (especially RL's Dream, Man in the Basement, all the Socrates Fortlow titles, & 47)
Paul Beatty (especially Slumberland, but they're all amazing)
A. Lee Martinez
Perfect Skin Nick Earls
Jesse Kellerman
Ken Kesey
Now You See Him Eli Gottlieb
Set This House In Order: A Romance of Souls Matt Ruff
Ruth Ozeki
Tom Robbins (especially Even Cowgirls Get the Blues)
Ciderhouse Rules John Irving
Cutting for Stone Abraham Varghese

Summer Reading/Guilty Pleasure
Anne Rice's Mayfair Witches series
Robert Tannenbaum4

The Bangkok books by John Burdett
Dr. Siri Paiboun series by Colin Cotterill

YA Fiction
The Giver Lois Lowry
Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech
Paul Zindel (especially I Never Loved Your Mind
Robert Cormier
Lois Duncan
Chris Crutcher (!)
Whirligig Paul Fleischman

The Great Brain books by John D. Fitzgerald
Encyclopedia Brown books by William Sobel
Taking Care of Terrific Lois Lowry
Lizard Music D. Manus Pinkwater

Farm City Novella Carpenter
My Own Country Abraham Varghese
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down Anne Fadiman
My Family and Other Animals Gerald Durrell
Love Is a Mixtape: Love and Loss One Song at a Time Rob Sheffield
Chuck Klosterman
Sex Life with Cannibals & Getting Stoned with Savages J. Maarten Troost
Down and Out in Paris and London George Orwell5
Prisoners of Ritual: An Odyssey into Female Genital Circumcision in Africa Hanny Lightfoot-Klein
Healthcare Meltdown Robert LeBow

Books/Authors I hate who deserve mention
Toni Morrison
Dave Eggers (with one STARTLING exception: What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng)
Cunt by Inga Musico (because it is factually inaccurate and should have been so. much. better.)
Charlaine Harris (Don't live up to my expectations of your vision? Feel my wrath!)

1(Though, in general, I think he's a bit overrated)
2 (I read EVERYTHING he ever wrote or talked about and had to have a nearly 20 year moratorium to recover. SO FREAKING DEPRESSING BUT SO FREAKING TRUE AND MEANINGFUL TOO)
3 (all Gaiman really, except American Gods and Sandman *Yes, I know I am a cretin*)
4 Up to around 2005 his Marlene Chiampi/Butch Carp stuff was tight.
5 (This is where Dishwasher Pete came by his schtick methinks).

Date: 2011-05-18 02:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misfit.livejournal.com
I agree with many of these, but OMG OMG OMG I love the Mayfair Witches series. My books were destroyed in a basement floor ten years ago, but I might have to order them again now....

Date: 2011-05-18 04:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feckalyn.livejournal.com
So much better than the Vampire stuff, IMO. Man I love those books.

Date: 2011-05-18 03:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skate97.livejournal.com
Love love love Geek Love. And Tom Spanbauer. And I Know This Much is True. And a bunch of others, but I wanted to point those two out especially, since I know like 4 people who have read them :)

(Though I'm also a fan of Eggers and Morrison, so, can't win em all ;)

Date: 2011-05-18 03:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feckalyn.livejournal.com
I don't think I've ever met someone who has read The Man Who Fell In Love with the Moon who didn't live in the PNW. And to love him and Geek Love! We're definitely a pair.

They will each remain in my top 10 favorite books of all time for eternity (and considering how much I read that's HIGH praise).

Date: 2011-05-18 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skate97.livejournal.com
My husband and I are BIG Chuck Palahniuk fans (it's actually kind of how we got together, we didn't know anyone else who had ever heard of him at the time), and Johnny read the Chuck cult fan site for a while. Spanbauer was highlighted on there as being Chuck's mentor, so we sought out his books and fell in love with him. In the City of Shy Hunters is one of my favorites of all times. I need to re-read The Man Who Fell In Love With the Moon, it's been forever. I know that's one of hubby's favorites.

We were both English majors and one of our professors recommended Geek Love.

Books <3

Date: 2011-05-18 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feckalyn.livejournal.com
Tom Spanbauer does writer's workshops that I've lusted after FOR YEARS. Not that I'm an aspiring writer, per se, but I'd love to be in his circle and learn about his process while perhaps, in an Ann Lamott way, learning more about myself through writing.

I was pleased to discover the Spanbauer/Palahniuk connection myself, though I read Spanbauer first I believe.

Date: 2011-05-18 05:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skate97.livejournal.com
Bird by bird :)

I know Johnny was looking into taking his workshops yeaaaaaaaaaaars ago. I wonder if it's something he'd consider now, with an MFA under his belt...

Date: 2011-05-18 05:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feckalyn.livejournal.com
I think he lives in Portland, OR these days. Which, no matter how much 'this town is too hipster to exist' press it is getting these days, is one of the best cities I've been to. Awesome place to visit and only 50 miles from the best coastline in the world.

Family summer vacay perhaps? :)

Date: 2011-05-18 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skate97.livejournal.com
That sounds like an awesome idea. Since we've never been to Portland and have always wanted to!

Date: 2011-05-18 06:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feckalyn.livejournal.com
Bird by Bird post:

Most recent Oregon coast pics post:

Date: 2011-05-18 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skate97.livejournal.com
Access denied on the first one, hmm.

GREAT pics :D

Also, I just finally got to read the Midwest post you linked to last night. Holy effing hell, HOW DO YOU LIVE THERE?!

Date: 2011-05-18 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feckalyn.livejournal.com
oops, gotta add you to that filter.

That's not ever the worst I've dealt with here; not even the tip of the iceberg. I do it because I love my neighborhood and neighbors and home sooooo much that I can't bear to leave (nor is it time to try and sell) so I cope by occasionally going on anti-midwest rampages.

Date: 2011-05-18 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skate97.livejournal.com
Ooh, ok.

Man. How did you end up there? I'm glad you like your community, that's definitely a good thing, and can be hard to come by. But I get SO enraged over stuff like that, I don't think I can do it. It's not like I need everyone around me to agree with me, and I enjoy debate, but that shit is bananas.

Date: 2011-05-18 08:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feckalyn.livejournal.com
Met a guy on the internet from here in 2001. REFUSED TO EVER MOVE TO THE MIDWEST. Married him in 2002. Moved to the Midwest in 2004, bought current home end of 2005. Divorced him in 2008. Stuck in Midwest 2008-current.

Date: 2011-05-18 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feckalyn.livejournal.com
Ok, you should be able to view the bird by bird post now. Sorry about that; way too much multitasking is going on right now!

Date: 2011-05-18 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feckalyn.livejournal.com
Oops, ACTUAL Oregon coast pics:


Date: 2011-05-18 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paper-crystals.livejournal.com
Why do you dislike Toni Morrison? (I am curious because really my only reason for wanting to read her is that so many people seem to so violently dislike her.)

Date: 2011-05-18 06:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feckalyn.livejournal.com
I can't quite put it to words but I've attempted to read The Bluest Eye a number of times just to fail and walk away with an awful taste in my mouth. I think she's pompous, vague, and VASTLY overrated.

I was under the impression that she was essentially worshiped on the alter of writers so I'm sorta glad that other people are backing me up on this one :)

Date: 2011-10-19 03:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] borneaway.livejournal.com
I really liked Song of Solomon. I remember it as one of the best books I read in my youth. But I didn't make much progress with Beloved or Bluest Eye. Then again, I have no patience.

Date: 2011-10-19 03:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feckalyn.livejournal.com
Never tried it. What did you like about it?

Date: 2011-10-19 03:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] borneaway.livejournal.com
Oh, well, I don't really remember other than it had a very unputdownable quality. I'm a sucker for a great story, well written. But for whatever reason it stood out for me from a time when I was reading a lot of fiction.

Date: 2011-10-19 03:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feckalyn.livejournal.com
Hmm...am I willing to give it a try and risk jeopardizing my 'toni morrison sux dix' tag's veracity?....


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