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Monday, March 13, 2006

Our "Gideon" Books

What is the book that you recommend to people over and over? I call it a Gideon book because it's the book you feel so passionate about that you would hand it out on the street.

Mine used to be "A Severed Head" by Iris Murdoch, but I haven't read it or recommended it in a few years. I take a slightly twisted pleasure in convincing people to start reading the Robert Jordan series, but less because I love it and more because I want to share the pain. I think I'm without one right now, so I'm curious to hear what everyone else answers.


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  • Cryptonomicon now, it used to be Stranger in a Strange Land.

    By Blogger Jason, at 6:45 PM  

  • Murakami still. I think "Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" is a more fleshed out, near perfect novel, but I started with "Hard Boiled Wonderland" and love it so. Two friends right now are actually making their way through Murakami now after recent book discussions.

    I keep "In the Country of Last Things" by Paul Auster at my desk to give to coworkers looking for a good book. Even better if they're seeking a good cry.

    I used to really really really like "The Eight." I know now that it's just trashy, but it was so fun.

    I feel like I'm missing an obvious one here, but can't recall.

    By Blogger evt1618, at 3:29 PM  

  • Oh, soooo many. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson. The Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin.

    And more, I'm sure.

    As an aside: y'all are making me more and more willing to take the Cryptonomicon on.

    By Blogger lillygog, at 1:57 PM  

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