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…