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url 2015-09-25 02:34
The best novels in English: readers' alternative list
Beloved - Toni Morrison
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien
I, Lucifer - Glen Duncan
Harry Potter Boxset (Harry Potter, #1-7) - J.K. Rowling
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein

What a good title. An alternative list. That's my kind of list. 


I've read some of the books on the list, so I would list them out. 


3. Beloved by Toni Morrison  


Read it long ago. And it is a literature kind of book. Good read but painful. As the characters in the story were going through so much internal emotional pain. So not an easy read. 


4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 

At first, I dislike it so much. How do the future world fall into the hands of religious fanatics so much that women were used for sex and breeding. But then, I found out that it is a warning for people to not let religious fanatics run the world according to religious rule. Look at ISIS and you know that this kind of came to reality. Good people tolerate religious craziness without challenging them out of politeness. But then when this religious ideas went unchallenged for so long to reach the point of harm, it is too late. 


6. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry 


A haunting book about poor in India. The cultural contexts imagined is so strange, and so based on mystery that you could not look away. 


7. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace 


Great book that make you think and rethink about human, individual. It is like watching a man go naked and revealing himself, with all his vulnerability. In the end, you kind of comprehend, and get to know the character. Good book. Highly recommended. 


8.Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut


Another good book. Short and thoughtful. If you like the TV series M.A.S.H., you would probably love this one. 


9.  The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien 


One great book about a world where good and defeat evil. Where nature being destroyed by industry could fight back. It is a good story and the language of the book is great. Unforgettable characters, complex story, good read.


10. I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan 


So happy this make the list. I have this book and I like it. It is a story about the devil. The devil is not the cardboard character that many books describe, but the devil has a mind and his psychology and philosophy. 


11. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling


I love Harry Potter. Good story about a boy who lost his parents could grow up to become a a good person, a  sorcerer, a great friend. 


Book about magic, adventure and friendship. What's not to love?


12. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A Heinlein


This is on my to-read pile. I got it already somewhere but now it make it to the list. I think I would move this one up. 


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url 2015-08-17 13:56
10 ultra-weird science-fiction novels that became required reading
Dhalgren - Samuel R. Delany
The Four-Gated City - Doris Lessing
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein
Ubik - Philip K. Dick
The Man Who Folded Himself - David Gerrold
The Female Man - Joanna Russ
Dreamsnake - Vonda N. McIntyre
Lilith's Brood: Dawn / Adulthood Rites / Imago (Xenogenesis, #1-3) - Octavia E. Butler
The Mount - Carol Emshwiller
The Gone-Away World - Nick Harkaway

Read full article at http://io9.com/5892742/10-ultra-weird-science-fiction-novels-that-became-required-reading 

Source: io9.com/5892742/10-ultra-weird-science-fiction-novels-that-became-required-reading
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url 2015-08-04 19:53
10 Science Fiction Novels That Will Definitely Never Be Movies
By Robert A. Heinlein - Friday (8/16/88) - Robert A. Heinlein
The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
When Harlie Was One - David Gerrold
Woman on the Edge of Time - Marge Piercy
Glasshouse - Charles Stross
The Four-Gated City - Doris Lessing
Across Realtime - Vernor Vinge
Among Others - Jo Walton
They Walked Like Men - Clifford D. Simak
The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell
Source: io9.com/5957073/10-science-fiction-novels-that-will-definitely-never-be-movies
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url 2014-08-18 13:36
From io9: Ten Classic YA Novels that would Make Awesome Movies
A Ring of Endless Light - Madeleine L'Engle
My Mother Was Never A Kid (Victoria Martin Trilogy) - Francine Pascal
Daughters of Eve - Lois Duncan
Chain Letter - Christopher Pike
The Grounding of Group 6 - Julian F. Thompson
Clive Barker's The Thief of Always - Kris Oprisko,Clive Barker,Gabriel Hernandez
The Girl Who Owned a City - O.T. Nelson
The Chronicles of Prydain Boxed Set - Lloyd Alexander
Have Space Suit—Will Travel - Robert A. Heinlein
House of Stairs - William Sleator

I've read only three of these books--Ring of Endless Light, Hanging Out with Cici (now renamed My Mother was Never a Kid, and Have Space Suit Will Travel, but I love each of them enough that I still have my original copies on my bookshelf. Many of the rest of the ten sound great too. From the io9 website article:


Fans have been waiting over 20 years for a movie version of Lois Lowry's The Giver, and we're finally getting one this weekend. But this isn't the only classic novel that's overdue for a movie adaptation. Here are 10 beloved YA novels that would make for incredible movies... and why they probably won't get adapted.


A note: All of these books will be spoiled.



Source: jaylia3.booklikes.com/post/959352/from-io9-ten-classic-ya-novels-that-would-make-awesome-movies
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url 2013-10-31 10:47
Blogoversary Countdown: Day One
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert A. Heinlein

Ten days to go until my blog is a year old! I'll be celebrating with a full recap, but until then I will be picking ten of my favourite posts from the year to highlight. Enjoy! :D

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