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My Favorite Reads 2008

Here they are, my favorites for 2008, half fiction and half non-fiction. Do you have favorite books you've read this year that you'd like to share. The books you're buying as gifts for friends and family. The book you would most like every right-winger to read.


 

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I have to agree with The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao... Thanks again for that. I finished it a couple of weeks ago and it's very good...

My recommendations for books for gifts of the best stuff I read this year:

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Phillip K. Dick

The End of the Affair, Graham Greene (pretty much anything this guy wrote is worth giving as a gift)

Watchmen, Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

And the book I've given out as a gift most in the last three years: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon

And the book I'd give right-wingers to read was Jonathan Alters: The Defining Moment: FDR's First Hundred Days

I agree The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay was a great read. I don't read graphic novels, but my sons rave about Watchmen. Dick, and Greene are always good and now I know what to get my right-wing father for Christmas.

You should make an exception for Watchmen. There's a reason Time Magazine named it one of the 100 greatest novels of all time... (not graphic novels, but novels...)

It really packs a punch...

(In fact, it was great to see Junot Diaz lifted the end of Watchmen for Oscar Wao....)

Predictably Irrational was excellent. At the moment I'm finishing up American Prometheus, a book about Oppenheimer. Great informative read.

I'm currently better than midway back again through Robert Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." I find it still sufficiently thought provoking (despite it's 1974 pub. date) to have marked up the margins (again). Pirsig's quest for understanding Quality within the framework of modern changing societal mores is perhaps timeless.

For entertainment, we quite enjoyed Lian Herearn's "Tales of Otori" series ("Heaven's Net is Wide", "Across the Nightengale Floor", "Grass for His Pillow", "Brilliance of the Moon" and "Harsh Cry of the Heron"). This series takes place in a richly imagined world of feudal Japan.

And, of course, Lady Dorothy Dunnet's awesome works are always read-again delights. For those unfamiliar with her evocation of 16th Century Scotland in the 6 part "Francis Lymon Series", or 15th Century Rennaisance Europe in her 8 part masterpiece "Nicolli Series", one might try the one volume "King Hereafter" - a stunning rework of MacBeth. Shakespeare's play about MacBeth will never be the same after reading Lady Dunnet's view of this time.

For quite a long time, these Dunnet treasures were out of print. They've recently been made available again. Lady Dunnet passed away in 2001. I mourn her loss.

Hey cuz, thanks for the suggestions. It doesn't seem to matter how much I read I barely scratch the surface. But that's good, isn't it?

I was a big fan of Tumble Home by Amy Hempel - she is an amazing writer, will have to look that one up.

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