I love how Coffeegrl phrased her question — first she asked if I have a favorite book, and then asked what it was. I love this because I don’t have a single favorite book; there’s a whole set that I read over and over again. So I can get away without that awkward stammering pause that always comes when someone just asks what my favorite book is, and I have to figure out how to explain that there’s not just one. Still with me?
Okay, my list of favorites, just for you.
- Dune, by Frank Herbert. I have the whole series, but the first book is the best IMO.
- Babel 17, by Samuel R. Delaney
- Dorsai!, by Gordon R. Dickson. Again, the whole Childe cycle is good; I wish Dickson had been able to finish it before he passed.
- Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card. Plus, of course, the rest of the trilogy.
- The Witching Hour, by Anne Rice.
- To Sail Beyond Sunset, by Robert Heinlein.
- Ringworld, by Larry Niven. Actually, just pick anything by Niven. It’s almost always guaranteed to be good.
- The Valley of Horses, by Jean M. Auel.
- The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco.
- The Eight, by Katherine Neville.
I’ll stop at 10, but I really could go on for a while. I enjoy sci-fi more than anything else (if you hadn’t guessed already), but I’m a fairly omniverous reader. I love the old sci-fi short stories from the 30’s and 40’s, but I’ll also admit to having a handful of Harlequins that I inherited from my grandmother as a teenager. My current to-read list is more business and technology non-fiction than anything else (Freakonomics, The World Is Flat, Blink, The Tipping Point). I’m also working through a lot of classic literature, since one of my 101 Things is to read at least 10 of the ALA’s Banned Books that I haven’t already read.
So, any suggestions on something that I must read, based on your favorites?