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Book “15s”

Posted by Mike on September 6, 2006

Over at www.gnosis2000.net, there’s a rating system used for music that I personally use for books, even if it doesn’t always translate all that well. Anyway, for the curious, here’s all the fiction novels (or in a couple cases, linked story collections) I’d put in the very top tier:

  • Michael Shea – Nifft the Lean
  • Dan Simmons – The Rise of Endymion
  • Edward Whittemore – Quin’s Shanghai Circus
  • Lord Dunsany – Gods of Pegana
  • Umberto Eco – Foucault’s Pendulum
  • George R. R. Martin – A Clash of Kings
  • George R. R. Martin – A Storm of Swords

Yep, just seven. I’d go deeper, but most of my lower grades reflect reading preferences several years old.

I should add that for a book to be considered as highly as this, it has to have a certain post-book resonance, that is, a story or theme that stays with me long after I finished reading it. The Rise of Endymion, for example, is not a book I would have considered a 15 right off the bat, but the themes and poignancy of the book affected me for long after.

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2 Responses to “Book “15s””

  1. jB said

    Thanks for the list, Mike. Not familiar with any of those, except for the Eco, which I happen to be reading right now; about halfway through it. I was wary the first 50 pages or so, but I’ve been enjoying it thoroughly. Will keep your list in mind for future reads.

    Saw the new OMD the other day — good to see that you’re posting there again lately, and it’s a nice clean look. I should start post again myself, but will continue to be very busy for another month at least, so probably won’t get to just yet.

    Saw that you picked up the new Grant Green — I did too, shortly after I emailed you last — but haven’t listened to it yet! The “to-listen” pile is tall lately…

  2. Mike said

    Glad to hear you’re enjoing FP. It had an inspirational effect on Gnosis too with all the masonic jokes.

    I hear ya on that listen pile, but that Grant Green is pretty fabulous. I’m really digging those comps that came out as well. Look forward to seeing ya on OMD at some point.

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