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10 books that have stayed with you
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From [tumblr.com profile] capillata. This has been sitting in my tabs so long I forgot it was even there. BUT I GOT TO IT EVENTUALLY.

Rules: In a text post, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard - they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag 10 friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. As you may have noticed I am too lazy with memes for tagging.

So, total stream of consciousness:

  1. Anne of Green Gables, since I just reblogged some Anne/Diana...
  2. Goedel Escher Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter. Cognitive science is a bit wonky but lots of cool mathsy fun. Introduced me to Ambigrams.
  3. Mathematical Puzzles and Diversions by Martin Gardener. More maths fun! This was a huge joy in childhood, and introduced me to hexaflexagons.
  4. A Shrine to Saint Ann by J. August. I had a dream the other day that I had a highschool assignment to vote for my favourite book that noone else in the class would vote for, and this was what I chose (though I was a bit worried about [personal profile] nextian who was somehow in the same class as me)
  5. A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge: what I was going to vote for first before deciding it was too well known. Not actually my favourite book (...whatever that is) but I do like it a lot.
  6. The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein. SCIENCE LADIES.
  7. The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold. I think about this as a work of fantasy a lot, both the things I liked and the things I didn't.
  8. Guns Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. Apparently pretty dodgy factwise but it still shook up some of my assumptions about 'civilisation'.
  9. Debt: the first 5000 years by David Graeber .Really interesting and also shook up my assumptions! Have not heard that it is dodgy factwise which is a nice change from the other not-hard-science non fiction books that stuck with me lol.
  10. Black Holes and Time Warps by Kip Thorne, a physics book I ADORED in highschool by the guy who consulted on Interstellar.


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A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

Everyone seems to love this, but I found it only okay, and much preferred A Deepness in the Sky.

It really makes me wonder what it is I missed/am mis-remembering.


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