5 More Books I Want to Read

A couple of weeks ago I posted a list of 5 books I want to read (along with some other stuff I want to consume). In looking at my shelf, I noticed that there were 5 additional unread books that I want to read, so here goes:

  • The City and the Stars, by Arthur C. Clarke: I’ve read a good portion of Clarke’s later work, and have been reading some of his earlier stuff (for instance, I read Childhood’s End somewhat recently). I’ve heard this is one of his better books and thus it’s on the list.
  • Perdido Street Station, by China Miéville: I’ve some mixed feelings about Miéville, but the fact that his work is described as “weird fiction” in the vein of H.P. Lovecraft and M. R. James makes me much more interested. This book appears to be one of his first, and the first in a recurring setting. So a mixture of horror, fantasy, and speculative fiction sounds rather fun to me.
  • Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis: I’ve read several short stories by Willis that I’ve enjoyed, and this particular book actually won both the Hugo and Nebula awards – something of a rarity.
  • The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. Le Guin: At the recommendation of my friend Sovawanea, I recently read The Left Hand of Darkness and enjoyed it (I’ll cover that in another post here someday), so I figured more Le Guin was in order. Sov also recommended this book and it also gets generally good reviews, so it’s in the queue.
  • The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick: Amazingly enough, I’ve not read any Dick. From what I’ve heard, he’s probably not my style, but I figure I should still check out at least some of his work.

That’s all for now. Maybe I should go and read one of these things…

3 thoughts on “5 More Books I Want to Read”

  1. Just great. Thanks a lot Mark. Now I have six more books (including The Left Hand of Darkness) on my long to-read list.


    I haven’t been reading a whole lot in the past 3 months or so. I should get back to it.

  2. And those are just the books sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. Heh. I’m not reading as much these days as well (thanks primarily to the PS3), but I do try and fit in at least something most days (it’s just that lately, it has only been a few pages at a time)…

  3. I’m glad to have turned you onto LeGuin.

    My boyfriend just bought Perdido Street Station, so I think it’s only fair if I try to read that soon since you took my recommendation.

    I’ve been reading so much lately, since my new year’s resolution was to read as many Valdemar books by Mercedes Lackey as possible. I’ve made it through seven so far.

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