Today’s topic is: Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read
1. Galileo’s Dream by Kim Stanley Robinson. I picked this up at a library sale. It’s an alternate history that switches settings between Renaissance Italy and the far future.
2. The Wild Shore by Kim Stanley Robinson –The first in the Three Californias Trilogy, which depicts three different possible futures in Orange County, California. (This is one of the books on my Classics Club list.)
2. Lavinia by Ursula K. LeGuin — A retelling of the life of Lavinia, Virgil’s second wife and the daughter of king Latinus. I meant to read this when I read The Aeneid earlier this year, but somehow it didn’t happen.
3. The Science of Discworld, vol. 2 by Terry Pratchett — I read the first volume earlier this year and really enjoyed it. These are set in Discworld, mostly at Unseen University, but the fictional chapters alternate with chapters about real-world science.
3. The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells. I don’t know much about this one, but I’d like to try it.
4. I haven’t read many of Shakespeare’s comedies, but this one will be at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival next year, so I’d like to read and watch it.
5. I’m definitely curious about Tolkien’s take on the Arthurian myths, but I’m not sure when I’ll get around to reading this one. (I plan to reread Sir Gawain and the Green Knight this year, though.)
6. The Peoples of Middle-earth by J.R.R Tolkien — My library doesn’t have this one, and I haven’t gotten around to buying it. They do have a few of the other books in the series. (They used to have volume 10: Morgoth’s Ring, which is fantastic and really adds to the experience of reading The Silmarillion.) I think this one has writings about the cultures of Middle-earth. I know this is the volume that has “The Shibboleth of Feanor,” which deals with the political conflict and family drama around a shift from “th” to “s” in Quenya. Basically, Feanor and his following resisted the change in pronunciation because of the presence of the “th” sound in Miriel’s title (“Serinde” — “the Broideress.”) (“Th” is supposed to be the character “thorn” but I don’t know how to insert it into a blog post.) I find that story intriguing, even though I only know it secondhand. I do want to read it for myself one day. (Also, Nerdanel makes an appearance? I think?) (I also want to read The Fall of Gondolin, eventually, but Gondolin isn’t my favorite of the major First Age stories.)
7. The Complete Cosmicomics — Whimsical stories built around different scientific concepts. I read the 1965 edition of Cosmicomics a few years ago and loved it, but I didn’t know that there was a later edition with more stories added. (I also loved Invisible Cities.)
8. The Castle of Crossed Destinies — This is the other Calvino book I still want to read. A group of travellers lose their powers of speech and they have only tarot cards with which to tell their stories.
9. Blind Lake — I’m not sure that I’d call Robert Charles Wilson a favorite author yet. I absolutely loved Julian Comstock, which was the first book of his I read. Spin, which won the Hugo award, was also excellent. It’s a first contact story. A scientific research installation at Blind Lake in northern Minnesota is studying aliens on a distant planet. Then the Blind Lake site is cut off from the outside world for mysterious security reasons… I think I’m really going to like this one, when I get around to it.
10. I love what I’ve read of Yeats, but I still haven’t read his collected poems. This is another one on my Classics Club list.