Sunday, February 17, 2008

I Have A Confession To Make...

I have never read THE HOBBIT. There, I said it.

Actually, there are probably many more fantasy/sci fi books that are out there that I am ashamed I have not read. There is kind of an established cannon of must-read books for the fantasy/horror/sci fi genre - and definitely THE HOBBIT is one of them.

But better late than never - I got my copy from the library last week and got half-way through over my vacation. I would have liked to have finished it, but a 10 month old boy has a way of taking up most of my free time.

So, yes, I am now reading THE HOBBIT - and I like it very much. I will hold my opinions to the end, but there is something I need to know from my faithful readers: what other books am I missing out on? What, in your opinion is in the cannon of must-read fantasy/horror/sci fi books?

Here are a few just off the top of my head:

Bram Stoker's Dracula - read it

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - not read it

I Am Legend - read it

At The Mountains of Madness - read it

The Stand - not read it

All the Harry Potter books - read 'em

That's all I can think of for right now - I know there are a LOT more, so I'm interested in hearing your suggestions. Right now my wife is waiting in the basement with some popcorn.

Its time for a "Supernatural" and "Smallville" double feature.


Jimmy said...

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is one classic I'd to your admirable list.

It has been years since I read The Stand but I do recommend it. Probably King's Tour de Force but then again I haven't read anything by him in recent years.

Nor have a read any Potter books, I must be in a minority but just never got around to it

luvgabe said...

Wow! You read all the Harry Potter books! I also like that you've de-evolved from reading heavy literature to comic books, and that you also a fan of Smallville & Supernatural.

I also avoid heavy serious motion pictures with social/political messages. I opt for fantasy, especially the all-time best, Lord of the Ring, and nature documentaries (such as the excellent BBC documentaries "The Life of Birds"). Life is depressing enough as it is, & we are inundated with depressing news every day.