words that never come true spoken to hurt nobody but you

I am nearly finished with The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. It has been quite a ride; almost labyrinthine in its way. Reviews compare it to García Márquez, Pérez Reverte, Borges, Eco, and Byatt. While I have read most of those authors, I am unfamiliar with A.S. Byatt. Now I shall have to read Posession since two reviews made the comparison.

That got me thinking about my favorite books. I have read a lot of them. Here are some of the ones that have stuck with me:

  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  • Ruled Britannia by Harry Turtledove
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
  • Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  • Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
  • Blindness by José Saramago
  • The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago
  • The Stone Raft by José Saramago
  • Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
  • The Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
  • The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett
  • Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  • Asimov’s R. Daneel Olivaw novels
  • Virtual Unrealities by Alfred Bester
  • The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman
  • Bone by Jeff Smith
  • The Odyssey by Homer

There are other books that I like as well, but these are the first ones that popped into my head.

ETA: More faves:

  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • Stuart Little by E.B. White
  • The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
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24 responses to “words that never come true spoken to hurt nobody but you

  1. I’m reading Ruled Britannia right now. It’s one I go back to a lot when I don’t have anything new around. ^_^

  2. +1 Monkees reference.

  3. Possession has a very similar labyrinthine charm to The Shadow of the Wind (which I ought to reread sometime; it’s sitting on my bookcase and looking at me). I haven’t much cared for Byatt’s other books, but it’s still a favourite of mine. And, now that I’ve read The Club Dumas, I can definitely see the similarities.
    I do have a recommendation if you’ve got any interest in wandering into the world of YA fantasty — Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. It’s mainly set in northern Italy, the hero is the daughter of a bookbinder, and books are literally magical.

  4. I’m still thankful for your gift of Ella Minnow Pea all those years ago — a great example of lipogrammatics, first off, but also a really beautifully told story.

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