An Open Letter To BluChickenNinja

Hey Emma – The world sometimes works out right. I was in need of a reading challenge, but not really thinking about it when I stumbled across your 52 Books. As I read down the list, I kept saying “oh, YEAH!” and “ooh, I LOVED that one”. I said it so many times that I had to comment on your blog and follow you immediately.

Of course, it IS possible that even though you READ these, you might have HATED them, so my assumption that I should read all the other ones on your list is probably flawed.  Anyway, here are the 12 that made my day:

  1. The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window by Jonas Jonasson
    • What a fun little book this was, I didn’t want it to end.
  2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    • WEIRD, it reminded me of Gaiman a lot
  3. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
    • A quiet charmer, I was prepared to not like it (I was bullied into reading it) but I’m so glad I did.
  4. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
    • I’m a sucker for ‘stranger in a strange land’ stories, and this one is a beauty. Crap movie, I thought, and I had SO been looking forward to it. 😦
  5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    • I did this one as an audio book while commuting, and I swear for the couple of weeks that I was listening to it, I have NO recollection of driving AT ALL. Enthralling.
  6. Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
    • Another strange surreal story, great fun.
  7. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
    • It’s Stephenson.  I needn’t say any more for those who know him, and I couldn’t begin for those who don’t. The book was irrelevant – whichever of his I saw on a list, I would have gone “ooh, I loved that”.
  8. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    • A classic; I’ve probably read it 4 times. Still haven’t seen the movie, I’m too afraid of it disappointing.
  9. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
    • Short and hilarious.
  10. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
    • I haven’t finished this one yet; but as it’s the first known published fiction by a Data Modeler (for my sins that is my profession as well), I had to read it, and I’m liking it so far. So maybe technically I can’t put it on the “I loved it” list, but it did make me go ‘ooh’ when I saw it.
    • And I didn’t even know there WAS a 2nd book! Yay!
  11. The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson
    • Twins, assassination, diamond teeth – what more could you want?
  12. Maskerade by Terry Pratchett
    • As with Stephenson, words can’t do Sir Terry justice. And as with Stephenson, it wouldn’t have mattered which book was on the list.

So, Emma – now need to know whether I’ve chosen favorites, in which case I guess I can count on the rest of your list to become my own 2015 Challenge, or did I manage to pick only the duds?

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4 thoughts on “An Open Letter To BluChickenNinja

  1. bluchickenninja

    I loved Ready Player One, Enders Game and Mr Penumbra’s. The Night Circus was weird, I enjoyed the setting but wasn’t impressed with the story. I cried at the end of The Time Traveler’s Wife (which was embarrassing as I was on a train at the time) and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. I wasn’t that impressed with Snow Crash and The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden.

    Good list!!!

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    1. datatater Post author

      Thanks for answering. I cried at Harold Fry also.
      You don’t have to do it now of course, but someday could you tell me which of the rest of your list are most like the ones that I already like?
      And have you read any other Stephenson? I’m so completely enamored of him that it pains me 🙂 to find someone who isn’t.

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      1. bluchickenninja

        Yes I could, but you might want to start out by having a look at my favourite books of 2013 and 2014. Pretty much all the books I loved the most from the last two years are on that list.
        http://bluchickenninja.com/2013/12/29/my-favourite-books-of-2013/
        http://bluchickenninja.com/2014/12/10/my-favourite-books-of-2014/

        I haven’t read any of Neal Stephensons other work. I’ve heard they are fantastic but to be honest I wasn’t that impressed with Snow Crash so his other books aren’t very high on my to-read list.

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