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Nayad's Favorite Books

Updated September 28, 2010

Novels & Novellas:
Paolo Bacigalupi - The Windup Girl
Kage Baker - The Company novels; The Empress of Mars
Elizabeth Bear - The Jenny Casey trilogy; New Amsterdam
James Blaylock - The Last Coin; All the Bells on Earth; The Knights of the Cornerstone
Gary A. Braunbeck - In Silent Graves; Mr. Hands
Emma Bull - Territory
Frances Hodgson Burnett - A Little Princess
Orson Scott Card - Lost Boys; Ender's Game
Jonathan Carroll - The Ghost in Love
Michael Chabon - The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
Justin Cronin - The Passage
Charles de Lint - Memory & Dream
Antoine de Saint-Exupery - The Little Prince
Philip K. Dick - Martian Time-Slip; Ubik
Cory Doctorow - Little Brother; Makers
Theodore Dreiser - Sister Carrie
Carol Emshwiller - The Secret City
Jeffrey Ford - The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque; The Shadow Year
Neil Gaiman - Coraline; The Graveyard Book
William Goldman - The Princess Bride
Daryl Gregory - Pandemonium
Ken Grimwood - Replay
Shirley Jackson - The Haunting of Hill House
Ellen Klages - The Green Glass Sea; White Sands, Red Menace
Dean Koontz - Lightning
Jennifer McMahon - Island of Lost Girls
China Miéville - The City & The City
Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveler's Wife
Chuck Pahlaniuk - Diary
David R. Palmer - Emergence
Tim Powers - The Anubis Gates; A Soul in a Bottle; Last Call; Expiration Date; Three Days to Never
Cherie Priest - Boneshaker
Mary Doria Russell - The Sparrow
John Scalzi - The God Engines
Neal Stephenson - The Diamond Age
Caroline Stevermer - A College of Magics
Theodore Sturgeon - More Than Human; The Synthetic Man (AKA The Dreaming Jewels)
John Varley - The Golden Globe; Steel Beach
Edith Wharton - The House of Mirth
Connie Willis - Bellwether; Doomsday Book; Blackout

Story Collections:
Daniel Abraham - Leviathan Wept and Other Stories
Kage Baker - Mother Aegypt; Dark Mondays
James Blaylock - Thirteen Phantasms; In for a Penny
Jeffrey Ford - The Fantasy Writer's Assistant and Other Stories; The Empire of Ice Cream
Pam Houston - Waltzing the Cat
Henry James - The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fiction
Ellen Klages - Portable Childhoods
Nancy Kress - The Aliens of Earth
Kelly Link - Pretty Monsters; Magic for Beginners
Sarah Monette - The Bone Key
Holly Phillips - In the Palace of Repose
Tim Powers - Strange Itineraries
Ken Scholes - Long Walks, Last Flights, and Other Strange Journeys
Connie Willis - The Winds of Marble Arch

Anthologies:
The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume One - Jonathan Strahan, ed.
Fantasy: The Best of the Year, 2006 - Rich Horton, ed.
The Living Dead - John Joseph Adams, ed.
Wastelands - John Joseph Adams, ed.

Nonfiction:
Charlotte Joko Beck - Everyday Zen
Anne Bernays & Pamela Painter - What If?
Gary A. Braunbeck - Fear in a Handful of Dust
Orson Scott Card - Characters & Viewpoint
Malcolm Gladwell - The Tipping Point; Outliers
Stephen King - On Writing
Damon Knight - Creating Short Fiction
Anne Lamott - Bird by Bird; Operating Instructions
Noah Lukeman - The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life
Robert McKee - Story
Ken Rand - The 10% Solution; From Idea to Story in 90 Seconds
Heather Sellers - Page After Page; Chapter After Chapter
Lawrence Shainberg - Ambivalent Zen: One Man's Adventures on the Dharma Path

Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
webfarmer
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
Very interesting.

Two personal favorites:

George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia (I love most of what Orwell has written and, in particular, the style of his writing.)

Neil Stephenson, The Diamond Age (His world building skills are awesome.)
nayad
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder about The Diamond Age--it's a great book, and I've added it to the list.
simonbillenness
Apr. 8th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Sorry but I absolutely loathed "Doomsday Book" by Connie Willis for its utterly contrived plot involving an explication lack of cell phones in the future.

On the other hand, I highly recommend two of my all-time favorites: "Dying Inside" by Robert Silverberg and "The Dispossed" by Ursula Le Guin.
nayad
Apr. 8th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
That's okay--dissent is allowed here. :)

Thanks for the recommendations!
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