Monday, July 30, 2007

15 Geek Novels to Read before you Die

I've read a surprising number of these already. Almost all of them, in fact.

10 comments:

Writeprocrastinator said...

Wow, "grok" comes from "Stranger In A Strangeland," eh? Only after James Ellroy has dropped it about a thousand times over a four books, did I finally get what it means when I read "The Best American Crime Writing 2005," last week.

Unknown said...

So now you need to read Heinlein's book.

Anonymous said...

Begging everyone's pardon, particularly yours, Bill, but if you now know what Grok means, you've picked up the most salient point of STRANGER and have not spent a lot of time reading one of the first Really self-indulgent Heinliens...

Hmm. As a geek list, this seems suspiciously like what one might expect in a major newspaper article. Geek manque?

Anonymous said...

Then again, if you've gone through all that Ellroy, maybe self-indulgent might be a kick...

Unknown said...

I've just been discussing with a friend, via e-mail, the later, longer Heinlein novels, which neither of us has ever read. Or ever will.

Randy Johnson said...

9 out of 15. 1984 has always been a particular favorite of mine. I've read it about half a dozen times. No, I can't explain it.

Unknown said...

I've read it twice. First because I just wanted to and later for a course I took.

Anonymous said...

Surprisingly (to me), I've read most of them too, except the Gibson (ugh) and a couple I'd never heard of.

I agree with Bill: it's been a lot of years since I read it but 35 years ago I loved Stranger in a Strange Land.

Cap'n Bob said...

I, too, have read 9 of them, and I'm not a geek. I've never had a pocket protector in my life.

Unknown said...

Maybe it's time to get one.