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25 July 2014 @ 03:57 pm
I could be quite happy never again reading about The Blablabla That Changed Blablabla Forever, but this one fills in the blanks with books and science fiction and quotes me,* and I pretty much agree with it, except I hope they turn out to be wrong in including The Hunger Games and The Wind-Up Girl

*Saying something I went on to argue was wrong, but that happens.

Thanx to Moshe Feder
Kalimac: puzzlekalimac on July 25th, 2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
My crogglemeter hit max when I reached the BBC claim that that trilogy of Foundation sequels "helped to launch the careers" of the 3 B's who wrote them. By the time I reached the claim that DV "helped launch the careers" of Delany, Ballard, and PKD, the meter was already broken.
markbernsteinmarkbernstein on July 25th, 2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
I've read 15 of the 21 books on the list. The remainder divide in an interestingly even way for me. There are two, the Verne and the Wells, that I haven't read and probably won't, as I consider them to be primarily of historical interest, two, Dune and Lord of the Rings, that I've tried to read and failed, and two, Kindred and Snow Crash, that I really do mean to get to one of these days.
Arthur and Kevin's Nellorat: reading_rat_cartoonnellorat on July 26th, 2014 01:37 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, I did find the Verne unreadable--too much undersea-scape and biology! so very fishes!--but I found *War of the Worlds* surprisingly engaging and even fresh in many ways.
Hummingwolf: Cuddly plush toyhummingwolf on July 25th, 2014 09:09 pm (UTC)
I've not read The Hunger Games, but The Wind-Up Girl irritated the hell out of me. It had some interesting ideas, and then it had supposedly-alive characters who became vastly more interesting after they were dead (and still weren't all that interesting).
sturgeonslawyer: Defaultsturgeonslawyer on July 26th, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
I've read every book on that list. About three of them, I think, "changed SF forever:" THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, DANGEROUS VISIONS, and NEUROMANCER. THE WIND-UP GIRL still may, and if so it will be somewhat healthy. THE HUNGER GAMES won't.
et in Arcadia egobooapostle_of_eris on July 27th, 2014 04:49 am (UTC)
With the exception of those two, and the very peculiar ordering, it's a pretty good list. If this were the reading list for a class, I think we'd approve of it.