Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
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[books] Favorites - I'll show you mine if you show me yours

pauljessup mentioned my favorite book in comments earlier. That would be Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolfe Amazon | Powells ]. Granted there are a number of other books (or series) I love, some of them beyond reason, Shadow is still my favorite.

Why?

Because it was the book that opened my eyes to what could be done with story telling, with language, with erudition and wit. Because every time I read the book and its in-series sequels, they challenge my intellect, expand my vocabulary, make me think about both the largest questions and the smallest, and most of all, give me the chills. Because it's a damned good book.

Other stories/books/series which have set barbs deep in my reading mind:

"Story of Your Life"
"Theo's Girl"
City of Saints and Madmen
Discworld
Miles Vorkosigan
A Song of Fire and Ice
The Einstein Intersection
Fifth Head of Cerberus
Vellum and Ink

What's your favorite book (or series)? Why?
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