His Dark Reading Materials

With a birhday coming up (21, a magic number) I have been reviewing the state of my literary acquisitions of recent decades and deciding how exactly I wish to expand my little collection.

Current ranks include:

1. Almost all the works of Terry Pratchett ( except for the UnAdulterated Cat).

->No real room for expansion here as Nation (his first non-Discworld novel in a while) and I Shall Wear Midnight (A Tiffany Aching novel) and Raising Taxes ( A Moist Von Lipwig novel) (the last two completing his trilogies of Aching and Lipwig) won’t be out for a while.

2. Quite a few works of Robert Rankin, Including the Brentford Trilogy (of Seven Parts so far ), the Armageddeon Trilogy, The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse, The Garden of Uneathly Delights, A Dog Called Demolition, Apocalypso,  Fandom of the Operator and The Witches of Chiswick.

->Terribly tempting to expand here by a book or two here, but I think I’ll leave it till Christmas.

3. Basilisk Manga vols 1-5

->Series complete, quite good, based on an original novel. Like Romeo and Juliet, but with Ninjas.

4. Negima Magister Magi Manga vols 1-6.

->Given that the series has hit 20+ volumes and shows no sign of stopping, I think I’ll leave it till it does. Highly enjoyable though, and really concentrates on its characters. It sets out in vol 1 to get to know over 30 characters, and is doing so quite impressively. ART IS BEAUTIFUL.

5. Harry Potter series.

->Complete. With the comic relief books.

6. His Dark Materials.

->Complete. Never got my hands on Lyra’s Oxford though.

7. Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, the Silmarillion.

->Contrary to appearances, I am not one of those people who learn Vulcan or Elvish, Orc or Klingon, so these are more than enough Tolkien for me.

8. The works of Stephen King, including some of The Dark Tower series, and many of his short story / novella collections.

->I generally don’t order these as much as I pooch about 2nd hand bookshops for his stuff, which I adore but is quite expensive when new and very cheap and populous when used.

9. The Complete Work of Jane Austen.

-> Well…. its complete.

->This begs question as to why I have it; the excuse is that I had a course on her last year. However, this falls down when revealed that I :

(a) already had it and read it at this point and,

(b) the course was elective and I chose it for my interest in her.

Would this make a guy question his masculinity? Hell no!

What would make a guy question his masculinity is the fact that out of two classes of thirty, he was the only guy, apart from the lecturer.

And then that masculinity is completely reaffirmed when the lecturer opens by comparing the impact of the French Revolution onto the Brit lit scene with the ovapositor alien from Alien.

10. Farewell to Lankhmar by Fritz Leiber.

->Have read the rest of the Lankmar series, but would buy them anyway for their quotient of distilled awesome. However, v. hard to find in print, similarly with Conjure Wife and Our Lady of Darkness.

11. Dune Series by Frank Herbert.

->Ah, my beloved Dune. Have it up to God Emperor, and what I’ve read after by Frank is fairly good.

This is in contrast to the series completion and prelude his son brian and kevin j. anderson put out, which lacks a lot of his vivacity of character, my key attraction, and though they do occassionally use his notes to fillin the occassional blank, it was generally a disappointing read.

12. Bored of the Rings series

-> I occassionally forget why I have this.

13. Alan Moore, including V for Vendetta and Watchmen.

-> These in part taught me what graphic novels could be, along with Kingdom Come, Frank Miler’s Dark Knight and Moore’s own League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series. But more on those respective stories later.

14. The works of Douglas Adams

->Everthing but his Last Chance to See with Mark Cawardine.


Thats about it, without going into individuals. (Kurt Vonnegut, Austin Grossman, Daniel Keyes, Larry Niven, etc. – not to mention various podiobooks).

If you think, from the above, that there is something I might like, please recommend away.

NEXT WEEK: What I intend to buy.


2 Responses to His Dark Reading Materials

  1. Revenant says:

    That’s quite a list. Though I wasn’t as fond of Dune as I felt I should have been, considering it’s reputation. I haven’t read Negima either. Though having read two of Ken Akumatsu’s previous works, Love Hina and A.I. Love You, being entertained by one, and abhorring the other, I am still undecided as to whether it is worth reading.

    Most of the rest of the list is populated by what I have read, and to a larger extent, what I feel guilty about for not reading.

    Except Jane Austin. While the quality of classics is often undeniable, I rarely have the patience to reads through them these days.

  2. flannelcrat says:

    -Though I wasn’t as fond of Dune as I felt I should have been, considering it’s reputation.

    >Meh, don’t let anybody ‘rep’ you or ‘guilt’ you into like or dislike.

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