[DWJ] Another reading list

Gin kalaidiscope at gmail.com
Mon May 1 02:18:31 EDT 2017


Agree on the Gaiman. If you HAD to pick a Gaiman, I would probably go for
"Stardust" because its a bit more fairy tale-tropes-taken-seriously (Like
catching a falling star. And a gate into fairyland). If you wanted a tale
of old Norse Gods in a modern World, I would of course pick "Eight Days of
If you wanted to pick an entirely different novel, I would probably go for
Norton Juster, "The enchanted Tollbooth"



On 1 May 2017 11:05 AM, "D.J. Natelson via Dwj" <dwj at suberic.net> wrote:

> I haven't read all of these, but of the ones I have read (which include
> "The Android's Dream"), here are my thoughts:
> I just started Pratchett's "Strata", and was amazed at how much it reminds
> me of Douglas Adams, so spot on there.
> I've never had any interest in "The Eyre Affair".  I picked it up once,
> but didn't get far.  Maybe I just wasn't in the mood.
> "American Gods" is definitely not the Gaiman book I'd recommend, because
> -- unlike the Discworld series -- it contains graphic sex and other high
> adult content levels.  The obvious choice for Gaiman would be "Good Omens",
> but I have different issues with that.  Frankly, Gaiman, although very
> talented, isn't particularly funny and strikes me as suiting a different
> crowd than Pratchett.
> I remember quite liking "The Android's Dream" when I read it.  In fact, I
> think I've read it twice, and have it on my bookshelves. The humor is
> definitely American, but I think it's a good pick for this list.  I'd
> happily read it again.
> My Mary-sue alert went off when I tried to read "Artemis Fowl", and that
> ruined it for me.
> In my opinion, DWJ's funniest book is "Archer's Goon".
> I loved Harry Harrison's "Stainless Steel Rat" books when I was 10.  When
> I tried to reread them at 13, I thought they were dreadful.
> I thought "Goblin Quest" was . . . okay.  The humor is definitely more
> American again, and definitely more guy humor than universal.  I enjoyed it
> when I read it, but wouldn't read it again or seek out the sequels.
> I've read the first five or six of Asprin's "Myth" books.  Farce again,
> but without much real depth or value.  Junk food for your brain, basically.
> Tom Holt is an excellent choice for the list, though I haven't read the
> particular one they recommend.  His humor is very British, and he has some
> interesting takes on things.  I don't think he's a terrific writer, but I
> still remember some of the things in "You Don't Have to be Evil to Work
> Here, but It Helps," and a couple other books, which is a bonus.  But when
> I recently picked up a book of his, I couldn't get into it.  Less of a
> problem, but still very off-putting to me, is that he's clearly
> anti-American.  He doesn't harp on this a lot, but I did NOT appreciate it
> when he did.
> I love "Dealing with Dragons" and the next took books in the Enchanted
> Forest Chronicles, but the fourth book does this really weird thing where
> it completely (and without explanation) changes the history and continuity
> of what happened.  I'll read the others again, but not that one.  I do
> think this is a slightly odd choice for the list, since it's aimed at a
> younger age group, but thinking back, I realize there are some genuinely
> funny moments.
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