May 23, 2006

When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand.

Posted in books tagged , at 3:15 pm by placeinthestars

here are some of my all-time book recs, books I love and rec to everyone, often with good results:

Absalom, Absalom (and/or Light in August) by William Faulkner
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
Dreamhouse by Alison Habens
Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco
The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. LeGuin
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Neely trilogy by TR Pearson
LA Confidential and/or American Tabloid by James Ellroy
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
Sandman by Neil Gaiman (Okay, not technically a novel but it hits so many of my narrative kinks that I have to include it.)
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (a recent addition to the list)

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Also, randomly, I always forget how much I love Raymond Chandler until I start reading things he wrote.

I leave you with this bit of wisdom:

Everything a writer learns about the art or craft of fiction takes just a little away from his need or desire to write at all. In the end he knows all the tricks and has nothing to say.
~Raymond Chandler

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