[profile] outlawcoon (with help from a few of us) came up with the following list of 30 classic geek books for our generation. Not good geek books. Not even books that will stand the test of time -- although many of them have and will. Just 30 books that we find surprising to discover geeks haven't read.

I've read all but the last one, and we own everything except 15 and 17.

1. Lord of the Rings, Tolkein
2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
3. A Wrinkle in Time, L'engle
4. Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
5. Starship Troopers, Heinlein
6. Dune, Herbert
7. I, Robot, Asimov
8. Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, King
9. Sandman, Gaiman
10. Farenheit 451, Bradbury
11. Snowcrash, Stephenson
12. Lord Foul's Bane, Donaldson
13. Childhood's End, Clarke
14. The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Adams
15. A Spell for Chameleon, Anthony
16. The Dragonriders of Pern, McCaffery
17. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
18. Watchman, Moore
19. Neuromancer, Gibson
20. Pawn of Prophecy, Eddings
21. Hogfather, Pratchett
22. Ringworld, Niven
23. Nine Princes in Amber, Zelazny
24. Jhereg, Brust
25. Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Weis and Hickman
26. Brave New World, Huxley
27. Watership Down, Adams
28. Once and Future King, White
29. Ender's Game, Card
30. The Eye of the World, Jordan
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( May. 13th, 2009 07:15 am)
The Bit is now old enough to appreciate chapter books -- we just finished Nurk by Ursula Vernon -- but I've no idea what to get that would be appropriate or enjoyable. Anyone have recommendations? Please?
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( Jun. 26th, 2008 09:55 am)
Meme!

1. Post 3 things you've done in your lifetime that you don't think anybody else on your friends list has done.
2. See if anybody else responds with "I've done that."
3. Have your friends cut & paste this into their journal to see what unique things they've done in their life.

I'm boring. )
Book Meme )
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( Oct. 2nd, 2007 10:57 am)
These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicize those you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. Add an asterisk to those you've read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list.

List below! )
tLD has figured out that Letters = Words = Things that are said. She can also recognize letters from 20 paces, so every time I pick up a book or a piece of paper or even a tag, the questions is "what's that? What letter is that? what does it say?"

Tonight, however, she went one step further. I was reading my book while she was playing in her bath, and she looked at me and said, "What's that?" I told her that it was my book, and that it was a grown-up book with no pictures.

She considered this for a moment and then said, "What's it about?"

You try explaining Terry Pratchett to a two year old. Go on, I dare you.
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( Jun. 27th, 2007 10:51 pm)
Browsing for children's DVDs is nearly as deadly to your wallet as browsing for children's books. Do this only under strict supervision.
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I'm reading Blood Bound -- a new Dark Urban Fantasty book. It's entertaining, and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes the genre, but it's one of the minor characters that makes me deeply happy. One of her werewolves is gay. He's buff, somewhere around third in the pack hierarchy, has a kick-ass sometimes-lover, and is just all around keen. If I were a guy, I would so be lusting after him.

I am an adrenaline junky who should never ever own a real sports car. I'd just wind up pissing someone off and getting shot on 400.

Days are getting longer; this adds to my good mood.

Also. Barbaro? He's a horse. Now he's a dead horse, and while I could make cracks about beating him, I'll just pass. Horse. He was a potentially very expensive horse; he was a horse that suffered a really nasty injury after winning a big race, but he's still just a horse. While I love horses as much as the next Girl, I recognize that horses do not, in fact, have a strong sense of humor. They are not clever or funny or even particular insightful; they are horses. Please stop with the dramatic eulogies over Barbaro now.
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( Dec. 25th, 2006 10:20 am)
We have a book of myths from Mesoamerica entitled The Flayed God or, as the Bit refers to it Statues! It lives in our small bookshelf alongside the rest of our mythology and folklore collection. tLD is facinated by it and asks several times a day to "Read Statue?" What're you going to do? I mean, I'm not going to tell her that we can't read her a book. Instead we're trying to focus on the more harmless looking statues -- or the ones that are so complex that you can't really tell what they are.

Secondly, she wanted in Daddy's chair today. Alas, Daddy's chair was occupied by [livejournal.com profile] touchstone at the time. When repeated calls of "Sit in Daddy' chair" went ignored, she resorted to pulling on [livejournal.com profile] touchstone's sleeve and asking him to lie down on the floor. Fooled by her cunning plan, he got out of the chair, got onto the floor and was promptly clambered over as she climbed into the chair by herself.
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There was a weekend, and it was good. Nothing notable happened; it was just all around happy. We saw some friends, played with a remarkably cheerful baby, had good quiet time, saw some more friends, got the house clean, and other accomplishments. tLD seems to have made some sort of breakthrough, so she is much less "mommy" focused than she has been. Not only does this make me feel better because I have a bit more of a break, [livejournal.com profile] touchstone gets to spend more time with his daughter. Hurrah.

Good weekend. That the weather was also fantastic on Saturday (and not too bad on Sunday either) added just the right touch.

In addition to a lovely weekend, I also wrapped up several books last week. Two of them bear commenting upon: Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher and Firestorm by Rachel Caine. One of them suffers badly in the comparison. Spoilers for Firestorm follow. )
Also: Ow.
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( Oct. 13th, 2006 09:26 am)
It's true. I read Mercedes Lackey. They're harmless fluff pieces that entertain a corner of my brain when the rest of it needs to think quietly, and she generally manages to tell an engaging story. However, the latest book that I've read -- the second Alberich one -- is bugging me.

Probably not enough vitriol to qualify as a rant. Call it a grumble. Oh yeah. And spoiler warning. )
tLD has discovered books, and she loves them. Quite frequently, she will wander off, pick up a book and then crawl (three-legged style) over towards us with this somewhat manic expectant noise. When she gets to us, she stands up, holds out the book and says "boooh?" If you don't take the book from her, she cries. If you do take it from her, she breaks into this tremendous grin and crawls into your lap. It's all terribly cute.

However.

Please, for the love of all that's holy, someone give me recommendations for more board books.
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