Hmmm…another list, this time with titles where politics feature prominently. Not too promising for me given my dislike for political fiction.
However, in true biblioholic fashion, I own eighteen of the titles but I’ve only read three:
- Phillip Pullman’s Northern Lights (the UK name for the trilogy we know as His Dark Materials) – I enjoyed this a lot. At the time, I said that these books restored my faith in fantasy as being an enjoyable genre. Although, I remember liking these books more for the story and less for the themes.
- Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars. This book, to me, was a long, drawn-out chore. This could easily have been a third of its length and way more enjoyable. I remember also saying that this was political fiction disguised as sf.
- Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged – Another very long book. I remember enjoying the early parts of the book, but then later it got a bit tiresome (as in the 50-page Galt speech).
Le Guin’s The Dispossessed, also on the list, is part of a current reading project. We’ll see how that goes.