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Application For Your Consideration

1. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
2. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
3. Magic and Mystery in Tibet by Alexandra David-Neel
4. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
5. The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan
6. Agamemnon by Aeschylus
7. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
8. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
9. Angels in America (Millenium Approaches + Perestroika) by Tony Kushner
10. The Rise and Fall of Practically Everybody by Will Cuppy
11. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
12. Frogs by Aristophanes
13. True West by Sam Shepard
14. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
15. Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
16. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl
17. The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
18. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
19. The Trojan Women by Euripides
20. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
01. The Once and Future King by T. H. White
02. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
03. The Gormenghast Novels by Mervyn Peake (Titus Groan/ Gormenghast/ Titus Alone)
04. Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
05. Once a Blue God by Ramesh Menon
06. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
07. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
08. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
09. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
10. The Oresteia by Aeschylus
11. Complete Poems and Plays by T. S. Eliot
12. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
13. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
14. Paradise Lost by John Milton
15. Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht
16. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
17. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding
18. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
19. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
20. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Top Five: Short Stories/Novellas

Usually we focus on "books" in the sense of single bound volumes of writing (and sometimes pictures). However, for this, I'm looking for individual stories. The short narrative tends to get overshadowed by the novel, which is unfortunate. So, how about it? What are your Top Five Short Stories/Novellas (because sometimes the line between the two is a bit blurry)?

My List (which would probably be different if I thought on it longer)...

o1. "In the Penal Colony" - Franz Kafka

o2. "The Sisters" - James Joyce

o3. "Bartleby" - Herman Melville

o4. "The Miller's Tale" - Geoffrey Chaucer

o5. "Moonlight Shadow" - Banana Yoshimoto

*Blows The Dust Off This Community*

I've been thinking recently about how much I want to talk about books. There's been a hankering for literary discussion brewing in my heart. And, I've found myself looking around and wondering to whom I would turn to discuss books. Then, I had a revelation:

I am a mod of a book discussion community.

It's been quite a long time, guys. I've been remiss in keeping this place alive. But, I want to give it another shot. So. Who is still around? Anybody want to post some discussion or recs? Do you have any friends whom you can convince to apply?

Let's see if we can get this party started. What's on your mind?

(Also, for those of you who joined last year, how many of you are looking at your list and thinking that it'd be much different now? I know I am.)

Notes from a slacker mod

Hey there!

I haven't forgotten about you, libraholics. In the bustle of starting a new job, my mod duties just ended up taking a back seat. So, for those who still have pending applications, I'll try to stamp them in the next day or two. For members, that means that you should be sure to check out the open applications, please.

Also, I'd like to get a little discussion going. So, my question to you is:
Have you ever read a book that is very hyped up and beloved by many, only to discover it's not all that great?

Last week, I finally finished On the Road by Kerouac. I'd owned it for ages, carried it around through several moves, and just never gotten around to reading it. It's a book that so many people I know list as a favorite, or speak fondly of, so I was looking forward to it. However, it ended up taking me ages to finish, because I just wasn't all that excited by it. I found Kerouac's prose to be awkward and not very enjoyable to read. The story didn't really resonate with me. I appreciated that general themes, and some of the historic portraits of locales, but all in all, I was bored. Has anyone else felt this way?

Share your own experiences in the comments.
1. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
2. The Struggle to Adore by Alane Rollings
3. Bunny by Selima Hill
4. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
5. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
6. Love is a Dog from Hell by Charles Bukowski
7. David Boring by Daniel Clowes
8. Blood Song by Eric Drooker
9. Like Being Killed by Ellen Miller
10. Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke
11. Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
12. Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch
13. A Season in Hell by Arthur Rimbaud
14. The Pill Versus The Springhill Mine Disaster by Richard Brautigan
15. Little Birds by Anais Nin
16. Eating the menu : a contemporary American poetry, 1970-1974 ed. by Bruce Edward Taylor
17. Crow With No Mouth by Ikkyu
18. Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
19. You Shall Know Our Velocity! by Dave Eggers
20. Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima


1. Summit Avenue, Mary Sharratt
2. Hood, Emma Donoghue
3. Written on the Body, Jeanette Winterson
4. Orlando, Virginia Woolf
5. The Kiss of the Spider Woman, Manuel Puig
6. Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin
7. The Faerie Queene, Edmund Spenser
8. The Blazing World and Other Writings, Margaret Cavendish
9. The Heptameron, Marguerite de Navarre
10. The Dream of a Common Language, Adrienne Rich
11. The Aeneid, Virgil
12. Oresteia, Aeschylus
13. School of the Arts: Poems, Mark Doty
14. The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
15. Mansfield Park, Jane Austen
16. Fun Home, Alison Bechdel
17. Villette, Charlotte Bronte
18. Roxana, Daniel Defoe
19. Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers, Lillian Faderman
20. As Music and Splendour, Kate O’Brien

Voting Reminder

My life was pretty crazy this past week, and as a result, I fell a little behind in terms of community upkeep.

However, we do have an application open at the moment. It ought to have been stamped today, but it has no votes yet, and few comments. So, I'd like to give everyone a little extra time to cast your votes.

Application for cbackson is here. Please get all questions and votes in ASAP.


Also, while I'm here: How are you?


It's time for a fluff post. I think some light-hearted conversation can be a powerful stress reliever. So here goes:

What is your favorite film adaptation of a book? What film adaptations of books do you abhor? Do you try to read books before you see the movies based on them? Has there ever been a time where you liked the film adaptation more than the book?

To generate some discussion, I have to admit that I really enjoy the movies based on pulpy-grocery-store-shelf novels, like John Grisham novels, although I almost never read the books that they're based on.

Jurassic Park - dinosaurs are awesome both on screen and in text.

Sometimes (this is horrible of me, I know) if I have to read a book for class and I either can't get into it or I start getting confused, I will find its film adaptation and watch it before I delve into the book again. Sometimes having faces to associate with characters, or having the visual representations of occurrences in the book can help me keep things straight - especially if I have to be reading four or five different novels simultaneously for different classes. I did this especially with Charles Dickens' books, and Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited.
Twenty books in no particular order: 

1) Angels and Demons by Dan Brown 
2) 1984 by George Orwell
3) The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
4) Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
5) The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
6) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 
7) A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini 
8) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sans epilogue
9) Lord of the Flies by William Golding
10) Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz 
11) Teacher Man by Frank McCourt
12) Wicked by Gregory Maguire
13) The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
14) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
15) Luna by Julie Anne Peters
16) A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
17) Othello by William Shakespeare
18) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 
19) Emperor: The Gates of Rome by Conn Iggulden
20) In the Shadown of Man by Jane Goodall