Case was the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information superhighway–jacking his consciousness into cyberspace, soaring through tactile lattices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone with the money to buy his skills. Then he double-crossed the wrong people, who caught up with him in a big way–and burned the talent out of his brain, micron by micron. Banished from cyberspace, trapped in the meat of his physical body, Case courted death in the high-tech underworld. Until a shadowy conspiracy offered him a second chance–and a cure–for a price.
**When Neuromancer was first published I was only 8 years old, but that was then and this is now.
When young Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his adopted family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of inescapable destiny, magical forces, and powerful people. With only an ancient sword and the instruction of an old,mysterious, hermit storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a Emperor whose evil and power knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands….
**The Inheritance Cycle is one of my daughter’s favorites. We don’t often pre-order books, but we did for this series. I have easy access to the books but there always seems to be something else I HAVE to read first.
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective wall. To the south, the King’s powers are failing, and his enemies are emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the King’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but also the kingdom itself. A heroic fantasy of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and evildoers who come together in a time of grim omens. The first volume in George Martin’s series.
**I love the HBO series and knew I would before it premiered, but I have yet to read the books.
Wizard and Glass picks up where the last book left off, with our hero, Roland, and his unlikely band of followers escaping from one world and slipping into the next. And it is there that Roland tells them a story, one that details his discovery of something even more elusive than the Dark Tower: love. But his romance with the beautiful and quixotic Susan Delgado also has its dangers, as her world is tom apart by war. Here is Roland’s journey to his own past, to a time when valuable lessons awaited him, lessons of loyalty and betrayal, love and loss.
**I began reading the Dark Tower series in high school and like many others I waited forever (slight exaggeration) for Wizard and Glass to be published. When it finally was I as it turned out was in a turbulent time in my life. I finally got around to pseudo-reading it as an audio book when my daughter was a baby and afterwards did not keep up with the series. I’d like to re-read books 1-3 and continue on from there but it’s a question of do I have the time?
In I, Robot, Asimov chronicles the development of the robot through a series of interlinked stories: from its primitive origins in the present to its ultimate perfection in the not-so-distant future–a future in which humanity itself may be rendered obsolete. Here are stories of robots gone mad, of mind-read robots, and robots with a sense of humor. Of robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world–all told with the dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asmiov’s trademark.
**I, Robot is just one book. I’ve never read anything by Isaac Asimov. Nothing. Nada. I’m not joking.
Now that I’ve shared, it’s your turn. Name just one book, maybe it’s a classic, that you’ve never read but keeping saying you will, someday.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Never read it, but I know I really should.
The only one on your list I have read is Wizard and Glass. It’s arguably the best of the Dark Tower books. Although a big King fan I had ignored the Tower books (I thought they were Westerns) until the mid-2000’s when he decided to finish the cycle and I decided to start at the beginning and see what it was all about, going on to read them all.
Amanda Makepeace said:
I have a friend who gives me a hard time (all in fun) about not reading the rest of the Dark Tower books. We are both big King fans. His books are where my passion for reading began. I will get back to the series sooner or later!
Lord of the Flies I have read, while in high school–an excellent book.
Asimov. I have never read the foundation series, but I have read what I call the Naked Sun series (Robots of Dawn, Caves of Steel, and the Naked Sun.) And I loved the off-ball characters Detective Elijah Bailey and his ‘positronic’ partner R. Daneel Olivaw. If I had nothing but time then I might read them again, but hey may be dated now?… dunno, but I’d still recommend giving them a try for the fun of it.
Hmmmm, what haven’t I read that I really oughta?
Harry Potter, haven’t read the series, but don’t feel compelled …
Tolkien’s tomes … still no compunction.
Moby Dick … Tom is such a fan I’d feel bad if I didn’t like it, which is possible.
I have to say that I am drawing a blank, still I really have enjoyed reading your post. And I haven’t read Lord of the Flies either but think that I’d get something out of it if I did.
Amanda Makepeace said:
I’ll have to keep those Asimov’s book in mind. Thanks for sharing!
not ‘but hey’, rather ‘but they’ …