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Monday, 21 November 2005

Geek Novels [Spiny]

The Guardian as the top 20 geek novels.

Odd that there's no fantasy & I've only read 7 of the 20. Anyone got a full house?

11 comments:

  1. No fantasy apart from the Terry Pratchett novel you mean? Only eight for me, and I'm not sure why Neil Gaiman's American Gods counts as a geek novel.

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  2. I've just bought Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson after it was mentioned several times in previous book blogs. I had nowt to read, so went looking thru the old blogs and picked that one as several people had said it was ace. I need a couple of big books for my christmas holidays, so if I like that one the 3 in that series would be perfect.
    Thats a good list, I've read 6 of them. I think the rest of them will go on my 'to read' list :)
    Just read 1984 actually, and tbh I did not think it was 'all that', maybe its just dated but I was disappointed. But Im not a fan of depressing books at all, and depressing that is!
    As Im here, I've tried to read a couple of Iain M Banks books, and never really gotten into them [the player of games for example]. Everyone tells me I will love them, so maybe I will try the one on that list, give him one last shot at the title!

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  3. I've read 14 of those 20.
    I don't know wether to feel proud or ashamed :)

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  4. Feck, all of them...

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  5. 18 out of 20 for me, not read 19 or 20 from that list.

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  6. HitchHiker's Guide is the only one on that list that I've read...

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  7. Four of the list for me. Five if you count American Gods, which I didn't finish because it was boring the socks off me.

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  8. Ah well if you count finished books...

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  9. Well obviously only if you finished them!
    American Gods did struggle with the finish, but I love the whole Norse Mythos stuff. That alone helped me get through to the end, which was IMO worth it.

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  10. I must say I got through all of American Gods with a reasonable amount of boredom and it's pretty odd it's on the same list as many of the rest of these. I think there's a lot of reference for Gaiman due to Sandman et al and that's overdone it. My view; the book simply isn't *great* its merely ok to good.

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