Saturday, January 3, 2009

American Fantasy

Finally ! Readaholic Mr. Bemis is all alone with thousands of great books. What will happen next? Time Enough at Last was originally a short story written by Lyn Venable and published in the early 1950's in a magazine. I was able to catch part of The Twilight Zone Marathon and make this little movie. This episode, where glasses get broken and no books get read always upset and frustrated us as kids, and is still pretty scary.

Kurt Vonnegut is listed as a Science Fiction / Fantasy / Cult author.

Player Piano ~ (my personal favorite)
The Sirens of Titan ~ (another personal favorite)
Mother Night
Cat's Cradle
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater
Slaughterhouse-Five (The Children's Crusade)
There are more titles by Vonnegut, but I haven't read them yet.

" The more I have identified myself as a writer of fantasy, the less I read it. I'm not sure why that is. I am particularly fond of a certain sort of English novel (that is, by British writers). I find that the slightly more formal and even archaic use of language often works a more powerful spell on me than a more contemporary breezy American style. "
~ Gregory Maguire (b. 1954, Albany NY)

I've read two books by Maguire, Wicked is the re-telling of the Wizard of Oz, and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is the re-telling of the Cinderella story. I enjoyed them both, but especially liked Confessions which was set in 17th Century Holland.

Lots of books by Ann McCaffrey at the library, and I'd never heard of her.

I love Ray Bradbury !


R.L. Bourges said...

Maguire's comment is interesting - reading away from or outside of what would appear to be one's main stream as a writer.

Megan said...

I like McCaffrey a lot. This blog is a great idea, by the way. I think I'm going to do the same!

My Classic Fiction Book List -Partial List

  • Austen, Jane: (Complete Works)
  • Balzac: Cousin Bette/ Eugenie Grandet / Cousin Pons
  • Best Russian Short Stories
  • Boyle, TC: Short Works
  • Brennan, Maeve : Short Works, 1 Novella
  • Bronte, Emily, Ann, Jane (Complete Works)
  • Brookner, Anita ( Complete Works)
  • Cather, Willa (Complete Works)
  • Chekov: Short Works
  • David Copperfield (Dickens)
  • Dickens:A Tale of Two Cities
  • Dickens:Great Expectations
  • Dickens:Nicholas Nickelby
  • Dickens:Our Mutual Friend
  • Dickens:The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Doyle, Roddy (some novels, memoir)
  • Drabble, Margaret (4 Novels)
  • Drieser, Theodore (Complete Works)
  • Fitzgerald, F.Scott (Most Novels & short works)
  • Hardy, Thomas (Complete Works)
  • Hemingway, Short stories
  • Hemingway: The Old Man in the Sea
  • Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises
  • Hugo: Les Miserables/Hunchback Of ND
  • James, Henry: Daisy Miller
  • James, Henry: In The Cage
  • James, Henry: Portrait of a Lady
  • James, Henry: The Golden Bowl
  • James, Henry: What Maisy Knew
  • James, Henry: Wings of a Dove
  • James, Henry:The Ambassadors
  • James, Henry; The Bostonians
  • Kerouac: Dharma Bums
  • Kerouac: On The Road
  • Kerouac: The Subterraneans
  • Kerouac: Tristessa
  • Lardner,Ring:Short Works
  • Larsen: Quicksand
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Arrowsmith
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Free Air
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Main Street
  • Lewis, Sinclair: The Job
  • MacGill, Patrick (Complete works)
  • Mackin, Walter (novels)
  • Maupassant: Short Works, novels
  • McGahern, John (novels of)
  • McNulty, John (Short Works)
  • Norris, Frank: McTeague
  • O'Brien, Edna (3 Novels)
  • O'Donnell, Paeder : Novels of
  • O. Henry
  • Potok, Chaim (4 novels/1 non fiction)
  • Salinger, JD : Nine Stories
  • Salinger: Franny & Zooey
  • Salinger: Raise High the Roofbeams
  • Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Dodsworth
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Elmer Gantry
  • Sinclair, Upton: King Coal
  • Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle
  • Steinbeck, John: Sweet Thursday
  • Steinbeck: Winter of our Discontent
  • Steinbeck: Cannery Row
  • Steinbeck: East of Eden
  • Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath
  • Theroux, Paul (3 Novels )
  • Toibin, Colm: (Novels of)
  • Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
  • Tolstoy: Short Works
  • Turgenev (2 novels)
  • Twain: T Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi
  • Vonnegut: Early Works (1950s-60s)
  • Wharton, Edith: Novels of/Short Stories
  • Women & Fiction (Edit. Cahill)
  • Zola, Emile ( 10 novels)