I first saw this book tag posted by Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek and thought it looked fun. He didn’t actually tag me but he invited anyone to join who wanted to…so here you go. The tag and graphics were created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm.
The rules seem pretty simple:
- Link back to Bionic Book Worm
- Use the graphics (if you want)
- Have fun!
For me fall has a sense of nostalgia. If spring is a time of new beginnings, new birth, and looking to the future, fall is the time to contemplate what once was. I often reminisce on going back to school, the Halloweens and Thanksgivings of years past, and even that window of time gearing up for Christmas before winter would hit. So for this tag I’m keeping with not just a fall theme, but also a bit of nostalgia with books I read in days gone by.
Dragons of Autumn Twilight: The Dragonlance Chronicles Volume I
By Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
This was the book that started it all for me; the book that got me hooked on reading fantasy. I first caught a glimpse of it in the fall of 1990 when I was in my eighth grade algebra class. I started seeing more and more kids walking around with this book that had a bearded guy with a bow, a blonde woman in buck skins carrying a staff, and a guy in full plate armor with a an amazing mustache. Behind them, on a small hill, crouched a red dragon ready to strike (see the pick at right below for the original cover by Elmore). I kept seeing people with this book! I had an inkling what it was (I’d had a sitter in elementary school who was the older brother of a friend who introduced us to the D&D Basic Rules) but I wasn’t going to admit I might have an interest right away because you know…only geeks liked D&D. Then I saw one of the football players reading it, and feeling guilty for thinking I’d look like a geek I mentioned it to my best friend only to discover he had already bought it and was reading it. He was nice enough to lend me his copy and I took it home and read into the night immersed in its pages. It had elves, dwarves, magic users, knights, Kender, gods and dragons…even dragon gods! I was blown away. A whole new world of literature was opened up to me I hadn’t considered before. I was hooked and I’ve never looked back.
By Stephen King
“You’ve been here before.”
So begins Needful Things, what may be my favorite Stephen King novel. I can still remember reading in bed into the wee hours of the morning on a school night because I couldn’t put it down…I had to finish this book no matter how late it was. The book begins in October as a stranger in town opens “A New Kind Of Store,” selling whatever your heart’s desire for the price of a prank, or so it seems at first. It was originally billed as “The Last Castle Rock Story” and like many of King’s books there are references to a number of his other stories sprinkled throughout adding to that nostalgic appeal. It’s an exploration of greed and the bargains we’ll make to get what we want that starts slow and picks up steam building toward an intense explosive climax where everything comes crashing down around the residents of the town.
The Princess Bride
By William Goldman
or was it S. Morgenstern?
OK, seriously do I need to explain this one? Just about every child from my generation watched this movie hundreds of times (no exaggeration there at all). It’s got to be one of the most quoted movies of all time outside of something by Monty Python. But most people I know have never actually read the book. And that’s a shame. Like the movie based on it, it’s a charming, humorous, adventure that you can’t help but love. There are scenes in the book that the movie borrowed almost word for word…so much so that you can’t help but hear Robin Wright, Andre The Giant, Mandy Patinkin, or Cary Elwes’ voices in the dialogue in your mind. If you haven’t read this one pick it up. And if you don’t like it…well…that’s “Inconceivable!” (the line’s actually a little different in the book).
War Of The Worlds
By H.G. Wells
Fall is a great time to curl up under the covers with this slim science fiction classic. I say that because the subject mater and writing style lend it well to a read near Halloween. It isn’t really horror, but it comes close. And what’s amazing is how well the story holds-up after nearly 120 years (published in 1898). My Bantam Classic cover is saturated with the deep red, orange, and yellow glow of homes and fields burning at night as alien machines lumber across the English countryside. If that doesn’t make you yearn for a classic tale of Martian invasion I don’t know what will.
By Harold Coyle
Not what you were expecting based on the other books above? It’s OK, I understand. Most of what I read these days is science fiction and fantasy, or anything really falling within the speculative fiction umbrella. I also read a lot of non-fiction (history mostly) though not as often as I’d like lately. That wasn’t always the case though. My first passion was for techno thrillers and war fiction by authors like Tom Clancy. Team Yankee was one of those thrillers that I couldn’t put down. The book begins in August sometime in the late 80’s and depicts WWIII from the perspective of an armored tank company. It stays focused at the micro level of this company, sweeping the reader up in their experience of gripping, hard-hitting, armored warfare. You could almost argue that it is spec fic just because it is a what-if story.
(Side Note: I couldn’t find my original copy at the house. Who knows where it is after all these years? So yesterday I had to run to my local bargain book store to find a new copy.)
The City of Brass
By S. A. Chakraborty
The City of Brass was released this week and is the debut novel by S. A. Chakraborty. I’ve been seeing posts about it for months and I haven’t read a single negative review. It’s setting is eighteenth century Egypt with djinn, magic, politics, and a con woman caught in the middle of it all. So yeah my expectations are high. And just look at those amazing brown red, orange, yellow, and gold-brass colors on that cover.
So what are your Fall picks? I’m curious to know. I’m still too new at this to feel right tagging anyone but feel free to rake up your own stack of books. If you do leave me a comment below linking to your blog so I can jump in the pile with you.