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02:13 : book meme
So TIME have picked their 100 best english language novels from 1923 to present.
http://www.time.com/time/2005/100books/the_complete_list.html

this i feel calls for a meme.

So how many have you read?

7

which ones have you read? (or indeed havent if thats a quicker way to do it)

Animal Farm ( i think)
Lord of the Flies
The Lord of the Rings
Neuromancer
Snow Crash
To Kill a Mockingbird
Watchmen

Do you have anything to say in your defence?

Well what i can say i like reading SF. the only time i really stray outside SF is for biographies and triva books. all though erudite_knights helps me pick up other things. To kill a mockingbird is only their cause it was a book i did for english gcse. Althoug i did enjoy it unlike far from the maddening crowd. Lord of the flies is the same.
Also ive seen quite a few of them as films. which is why im confused about animal farm. there are some quite shameful things i havent read like 1984 and Ubik

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From:nou
Date:20060106 02:46 (UTC)
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I've read 25 of them - Animal Farm; Atonement; Beloved; The Blind Assassin; Brideshead Revisited; Catch-22; The Catcher in the Rye; A Clockwork Orange; The Grapes of Wrath; The Great Gatsby; I, Claudius; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Lolita; Lord of the Flies; The Lord of the Rings; Neuromancer; 1984; On the Road; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Possession; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; Snow Crash; To Kill a Mockingbird; Under the Net; Watchmen

I've also started and failed to finish another 9 - Gravity's Rainbow; Lucky Jim; Midnight's Children; Naked Lunch; A Passage to India; Portnoy's Complaint; Slaughterhouse Five; The Spy Who Came in From the Cold; To the Lighthouse

What I have to say in my defense is relating to the not-finishing - these were in most cases other people's books, and in some situations relating to other people's books you have to make a choice. There are only so many books that you can borrow at once without looking greedy. Naked Lunch just sucks though.
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From:sammoore
Date:20060106 08:47 (UTC)

1984 by Mr Blair

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1984 could be classed as sci-fi in a loose sense. (This is not an invitation to *educate* me what sci-fi really is :-) )

It is however one of the very few books I have read that I actually found quite disturbing. Enough that even the cover picture unsettles me now.

Worth reading, but only once and try not to think about the state of the world as you do so.

Sam
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From:haggisthesecond
Date:20060106 08:48 (UTC)

Re: 1984 by Mr Blair

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read 46. Started but never finished 3 more.
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From:aca
Date:20060106 08:52 (UTC)

Re: 1984 by Mr Blair

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Which were the 3?
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From:haggisthesecond
Date:20060108 02:09 (UTC)

Re: 1984 by Mr Blair

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Belated reply: the three Time Top 100 books I started but didn't finish were LOLITA, GRAVITY'S RAINBOW, and WIDE SARGASSO SEA.
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From:haggisthesecond
Date:20060106 08:49 (UTC)

Re: 1984 by Mr Blair

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sorry, didn't mean to reply to your comment there!
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From:shuripentu
Date:20060106 11:45 (UTC)

Re: 1984 by Mr Blair

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Yup. I read 1984 when I was about 12, and made the mistake of finishing it just before going to bed. I vaguely remember lying awake for at least an hour with politics swimming through my head in a disturbing manner.
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From:aca
Date:20060106 09:04 (UTC)
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From:2shortplanks
Date:20060106 14:49 (UTC)
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So how many have you read?

seven and a half

which ones have you read? (or indeed havent if thats a quicker way to do it)

Animal Farm
The Catcher and The Rye (half of (which reminds me, it's marnameow's and I should give it her back))
The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe
Lord of the Flies
Neuromancer
1984
Snowcrash
To Kill a Mocking Bird

Do you have anything to say in your defence?

There's some real classics missing. If you put in Animal Farm and 1984, then you also really need to put in Brave New World. I guess that's the problem with picking just a hundred.
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From:therealdrhyde
Date:20060107 17:06 (UTC)
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I have read ...

Animal Farm
Brideshead Revisited
Catch-22
The Catcher in the Rye
A Clockwork Orange
The French Lieutenant's Woman
The Grapes of Wrath
The Great Gatsby
Invisible Man
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Rings
Naked Lunch
1984
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
A Passage to India (the film is better)
Slaughterhouse Five
The Spy Who Came in From The Cold
To Kill a Mockingbird

and have half read ...

Neuromancer

which I gave up on half way through because it was crap.

In my defence - my normal reading habits are nothing like as pretentious as that list makes me look!
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