Thursday, April 28, 2011

The #spbkchat war fiction list

Monday was Anzac Day in New Zealand and Australia - - so the topic for this week's chat was war fiction.

Dr Zhivago
Henderson Boys (series)
Last Man to Die
Didius Falco (series)
House of Cards
Gone With the Wind
The Tomorrow Series
Les Misérables
Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party Drowning Ruth
Tears of the Desert
The King's General
Summer of my German Soldier
A Brief History of Time
Café Scheherazade
The Notebook
Dear John
Night Watch
Code Talker
The Water Horse
Rose of Sebastopol
Cazalet Chronicle (series)
Barbed Wire and Roses
The People's Act of Love
The Last Song
A Long Way Gone
The Iliad
Mila 18
Mitla Pass
The Bronze Horseman
Lord Whimsey (series)
After the War
Fall on Your Knees
The Way the Crow Flies
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Old Man's War
Soldier Son (series)
Suite Francaise
Girl at Lion D'Or
Anne Frank's Diary
Boy in Striped Pyjamas
The Book Thief
Night of Flames
The Betrayal
The Siege
Madonnas of Leningrad
Archie's War
Temeraire (series)
The Road to Yesterday
Fly Girl
The Beauty Chorus
James Bond (series)
The Road to Yesterday
The Odyssey
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Moffats (series)
Melendy Quartet (series)
Rilla of Ingleside
Troubleshooter (series)
Unsung Hero
Little Women
Empire of the Sun
Anne of Green Gables
To Say Nothing of the Dog
Whiskey Galore
And Quiet Flows The Don
Little Paradise
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Dead in the Family
Sookie Stackhouse (series)
War of the Oaks
A Clash of Kings
Rumble in the Jungle
War & Peace
War of the Roses
Outlander (series)
The Winter Sea

Boris Pasternak
Robert Muchamore
Michael Dobbs
Manda Scott
Jules Watson
Lindsay Davies
Stephen Saylor
John Marsden
M T Anderson
Rosemary Sutcliffe
Joseph Heller
Betty Greene
Stephen Hawkings
Nicholas Sparks
Sarah Waters

J Bruhac
Arnold Zable
Ronald Welch
Heinrich Böll
Julia Gregson
Katherine McMahon
Elizabeth Jane Howard
Peter Yeldham
Anthony Price
James Meek
David Malouf

Nelson DeMille
Leon Uris
Ishmael Beah
Paulina Simons
Dorothy L Sayers
Bob Kerr
David Suzuki
John Scalzi
Robin Hobbs
Sebastian Faulks
Irene Nemirovsky
Markus Zusak
Pat Barker
Douglas W Jacobsen
Corrie Ten Boom
Sandra Worth
Michelle Moran
Noel Barber
Helen Dunmore
Debra Dean
Harry Turtledove
Naomi Novik
Sherri L Smith
Kate Lord Brown
Ian Fleming

Elizabeth Enright
L M Montgomery
Jane Yolen
Agatha Christie
Suzanne Brockmann
J G Ballard
Connie Willis
Compton MacKenzie
Gabrielle Wang
Emma Bull
Neal Stephenson
Sharon Kay Penman
Elizabeth Chadwick
Susanna Kearsley
Diana Gabaldon
Lucilla Andrews


Thursday, April 21, 2011

The #spbkchat non-fiction list

Last Chance to See ...
GRANTA (magazine)
Hokkaido Highway Blues
The Big Necessity
No Language But a Cry
Bonobo Handshake
Ape House (fiction)
Surely You're Joking Mr Feynman!
Irisches Tagebuch
My Feudal Lord
A Portrait of A Marriage
Wrestling With the Angel
Penguin History of NZ
My Life Between Japan and America
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Life In His Hands
Piano Lessons
Shutting Out the Sun
The Sword and the Chrysanthemum
A Year in Japan  
Jamie At Home
Ministry of Food
The Girl's Guide to Homelessness 
Parisian Chic
Savvy Chic
A Room of One's Own
Three Guineas
Tokyo Vice
 Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Quake Book
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat
Guantanamo Bay: My Journey
Silent Cry
Seeking the Sacred 

Bill Bryson
Douglas Adams and Mark Carwadine
Oliver Sachs
Joan Didion
Will Ferguson
Ingrid Betancourt
Vanessa Woods
Sara Gruen
R P Feynman
Anna Funder
Heinrich Böll
Tehmina Durrani
Vita Sackville-West
Harold Nicholson
Virginia Woolf
Nigel Nicholson
Anthony Trollope
Bruce Chatwin
Michael King
E.O. Reischauer
Amy Chua
Susan Wyndham 
Anna Goldsmith
Kate Williamson
Jamie Oliver
Brianna Karp
Krissy Kneen
Eric Campbell
David Hicks
Stephanie Dowrick

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sci-fi #spbkchat

This week we were talking sci-fi. We were missing quite a few people due to illness. Hope people are feeling better soon!


Ursule Le Guin
van Vogt
David Wyndam
Jules Verne

Phillip K. Dick,
Gene Brewer,
Kim Stanley Robinson
Gene Wolfe
C J Cherryh
HG Wells
Helen Lowe(great NZ author)
Paul Haines,
Ripley Patton

Mary Victoria,
Lyn McConchie
Ray Bradbury
Andre Norton
Alan E Nourse
Zenna Henderson
E E Doc Smith
Arthur C Clarke
Theodore Sturgeon
Clifford Simak
Frank Herbert
Gillian Rubenstein (also writes fantasy under the name Lian Hearn)
John Wyndham
Catharine Asaro(SF romance)
Nancy Kress
Franz Kafka
J G Ballard
Orson Scott Card
James Tiptree Jnr

Kage Baker
Elizabeth Bear
Trent Jamieson
Marriane de Pierres
Cat Sparks
Adam Christopher,
CJ Cherryh,
Larry Niven (Ringworld)
Barry Longyear
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Ann Aguirre (scifi romance)
Susan grant (scifi romance)
Clive Barker?
Robert Sawyer's intelligent dinosaurs,

If you like Ursula Leguin try:

Eleanor Arnason
Octavia Butler

Specific books

Animorphs - K. A. Applegate
All you zombies - Robert Heinlein
Le Guin - Left hand of darkness

Robert Heinlein (especially The Door Into Summer)
The Host - Stephenie Meyer
HG Wells Time Machine, War of the World
Jules Verne - 20,000 Leagues beneath the Sea

John Wyndham - Day of the Triffids, Village of the Damned;
Robert Heinlein - Stranger in a Strange Land;
Isaac Asimov - I, Robot
David Brin - River of time
A Foreign Country by Anna Caro & Juliet Buchanan (editors) (good recent anthology)

Haines novella "Wives" in X6 anthology
Andre Norton Beast Master, Witch World, many more
Anne McCafferey's Ship who Sang
Anne McCaffrey - The Coelura

Iain M. Banks' Culture series
SKINNED by @robinwasserman
JUNO OF TARIS by Fleur Bealet
The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
Childhood's End by Arthur C Clarke

Neuromancer by William Gibson
K-Pax by Gene Brewer
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (dystopian)

Maria V Snyder's Inside Out and Outside Inn
Hold Me closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
Kim Stanley Robinson Years of Rice & Salt also Mars bks
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series
Audrey Niffenegger's Time Traveller's Wife.
Longyear - Enemy Mine
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Murakami
David Brin's Practice Effect

Links for further recs

Here's a link to a list of 10 accessible science fiction books by sf signal

@timjonesbooks: This was my attempt to post a list of SF I'd recommend to non-SF readers wanting to get into SF:

SF Signal: "How Important is Plausible Science in Science Fiction"?
Sci-fi experience challenge
Check out the ASiF blog for reviews of new Aussie sf. (Stands for Australian SpecFic in Focus).
Aurealis awards list

Non English Sci-fi

Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
Paolo Bacigalupi
Metro 2033 by Dmitri G
2017 by Olga Slavnikova
Woman in the Dunes" by Kobo Abe
The Box Man" also by Kobo Abe

Seiun Award winners (Japanese equiv of Hugos)
Haika Soru (publishing Japanese science fiction in English)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The #spbkchat Classics list

The chat moved fast for this one! There was no list last week because there weren't enough links/authors/titles mentioned to make a post worthwhile. The stream made up for it this week though! :-)

The Cherry Orchard
Pride and Prejudice
Crime & Punishment
The Great Gatsby
The Waste Land
Wuthering Heights
Anna Karenina
Little Women
The Lord of the Rings
Gone With the Wind
The Crucible
Death of a Salesman
To Kill a Mockingbird
Anne of Green Gables
Madame Bovary
War & Peace
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
My Brilliant Career
Great Expectations
Silas Marner
Far From the Madding Crowd
A Suitable Boy
The Eyre Affair
The Way of All Flesh
The Slap
The Bone People
A Christmas Carol
North and South
Wild Swans
One Hundred Years of Solitude
A Passage to India
To Have and Have Not
A Moveable Feast
Midnight's Children
House of Mirth
Age of Innocence
Brighton Rock
Wives and Daughters
Vanity Fair
The Turn of the Screw
East of Eden
The Handmaid's Tale
Catcher in the Rye
The Outsiders
Twilight (...)
Things Fall Apart
The Divine Comedy
For Whom the Bell Tolls
A Farewell to Arms
Things Fall Apart
The English Patient
Anno Domini 2000
The War of the Worlds
Tomorrow, When the War Began (series)
Playing Beatie Bow
Hating Alison Ashley
The Good Earth
Lady Oracle
The Blind Assassin
Finnegan's Wake
So Much To Tell You
The Sea
Alias Grace
The House on the Borderland
The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
The Time Machine
To the Lighthouse
Mrs Dalloway
Oryx & Crake
I Am A Cat
No Longer Human
The Hobbit
Canterbury Tales
The Iliad
For My Lady's Heart
In A Grove
The Odyssey
Wolf & the Dove
For My Lady's Heart
The Waves
Fox in Sox
Daddy Long Legs
Almost Like Being in Love
The Silmarillion
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Penguin Book Of Contemporary NZ Short Stories

Anton Chekov
Jane Austen
Haruki Murakami
Charles Dickens
Thomas Hardy
Graham Greene
Ruth Park
Mary Shelley
T S Eliot
Margaret Mitchell
George Eliot
TS Eliot
Anna Akhmatova
Sergei Esenin
Paul Celan
Jasper Fforde
China Mieville
The Brontes
Samuel Butler
Elizabeth Gaskell
Katherine Mansfield
Janet Frame
Francis Bacon
Charles Darwin
Richard Armitage
Wilke Collins
Ernest Hemingway
F Scott Fitzgerald
Christos Tsiolkas
Salman Rushdie
Edith Wharton
E M Forster
Evelyn Waugh
Willa Cather
Zora Neale Hurston
Carson McCuller
Flannery O'Connor
Eudora Welty
Kurt Vonnegut
Maurice Gee
Frank Sargeson
Ursula Bethell
Blanche Baughan
James Joyce
Toni Morrison
Anna Ackmatova
Julius Vogel
Michael Oondaatje
H G Wells
John Marsden
Harry Ricketts
Melina Marchetta
Virginia Woolf
William Hope Hodgson
Natsume Soseki
Jun'ichiro Tanizaki
Yasunari Kawabata
Hugh Walters
Dr Seuss
Georgette Heyer
David Malouf
Jorge Luis Borges
Anthony Trollope
Jean Webster
Steve Kluger
Alexander Dumas