December 14th, 2005

Impossibly geeky

Top twenty geek novels?

So far, 132 people have voted for the best geek novels written in English since 1932, in spite of Survey Monkey's rubric saying free polls were limited to 100 responses. The top 20 is therefore as follows, with the numbers in brackets showing the number of votes.

The list of the top twenty geek novels from some poll.
Bold = Read it.
Italics = Own it.

1. The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams - Liked it.
2. Nineteen Eighty-Four -- George Orwell - Was depressed by it.
3. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley - Saw the move adaptation.
4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? -- Philip Dick - Saw the move adaptation.
5. Neuromancer -- William Gibson - Loved it!
6. Dune -- Frank Herbert - Lovelovelove it! I've reread this one a lot.
7. I, Robot -- Isaac Asimov - Liked it.
8. Foundation -- Isaac Asimov - Liked it.
9. The Colour of Magic -- Terry Pratchett
10. Microserfs -- Douglas Coupland - Someday.
11. Snow Crash -- Neal Stephenson - Great book!
12. Watchmen -- Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons - Trippy and a bit depressing.
13. Cryptonomicon -- Neal Stephenson
14. Consider Phlebas -- Iain M Banks
15. Stranger in a Strange Land -- Robert Heinlein - Hated it.
16. The Man in the High Castle -- Philip K Dick
17. American Gods -- Neil Gaiman - Liked it.
18. The Diamond Age -- Neal Stephenson - Hated it.
19. The Illuminatus! Trilogy -- Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson - It's on my "to read" table.
20. Trouble with Lichen - John Wyndham - Who? What? Huh? Never heard of it.

Review of "Holy Order of the Stars"

Here. I am ecstatic! My editor sent me to the review because I wrote up the opening chapter and I got to write up all of the evil Gods. This is what the review has to say about that chapter:

Then there's the gods of evil. This is one of the best treatments of evil deities I've ever seen. Normally D&D/D20 writers are content with a standard 'evil gods of strife/killing/itchy feet/etc. These gods are downright creepy. From the disturbing opening fiction where a novice priestess of Chemosh, god of the undead, earns her position by cold blooded murder; to the insane worshippers of Morgion god of disease, these deities get down right nasty. It’s an insidiously realistic form of nasty too. These gods are far more interested in the corruption of mortal souls then in the usual run of 'villainy' we as gamers are supposed to take seriously.

The best part is, you really get a feel for why people would worship these deities. It’s always nice to read a god-write up and feel like you might actually venerate him or her, or at least see why another person would. And when it comes to evil; having to think 'that might be me' when looking at a dark god's followers makes the god in question that much more unpleasant.

In conclusion, I've never been that impressed with Dragonlance's take on 'religion'. Until now. The book is a bit high priced, and there are some typos, but its all well worth dealing with. Check this out if you play Dragonlance at all.

*SQUEE* They love me! They really love me! Those are my evil gods they are talking about. That's my fiction! I really liked writing up that fiction. It was creepy enough to creep me out.


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