TEN THAT STAYED
rules: in a text post, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard– they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. tag 10 friends, including me, so i’ll see your list. make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them!
tagged by @zlukaka :D
1. With Fire and Sword, Henryk Sienkiewicz. My favourite foray into historical fiction, grand battles, not one clear bad-guy, a book-long chase, a 16yo serf that out-swindles everyone and one of the most moving deaths I’ve ever read about. RIP Podbipieta, you did it, you absolute madman!
2. Bruno Schulz - the short stories. The man had the ease of using and bending Polish language to his will that astounds me to this day. He more paints his stories than writes them, each strange and unusual and amazing. A master at work, truly.
3. Coldfire Trilogy by CS Friedman. A book cherished by the half of my family. Solid, no-nonsense SF dressed as fantasy, with strong plot, endearing characters, many views on morality and Gerald Tarrant who is the Magnificent Bastard if there ever was one.
4. Thud! by Terry Pratchett. All of his books should be mandatory reading in schools, I think, (or at least to whoever is even remotely interested in human condition( but Thud is the one that had me shaking by the time I got to the grand finale. All of the Watch books are amazing, but in this one Sam Vimes rose on top of my hero list. Who watches the watchman, indeed.
5. The Flat World series of Tanith Lee. Amazingly egzotic, sensuous and delightful stories with very few happy endings and quite a lot of beautiful men lusting after themost beautiful of their all - Azhrarn. And fuck me, but Azhrarn is the man.
6. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis. I read it when I was 9 - but before that I was listening to it being read on the radio and I will never forget it. This is The Story for me.
7. The Farthest Shore, Ursula Le Giun. Just… I just love that book.
8. Sleepless, Graham Masterton. Gore horror at its best. I still feel phantom pain in my kidneys from time to time>_>
9. Smoke and Ashes trilogy, Tanya Huff. A fun, charming, well-plotted urban fantasy. I do love Huff’s writing style;)
10. A face in the Abyss, Abraham Meritt. Snake-mother, nothing else.