Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Because I Can 

Here's a list of classic books posted by Scott Wickstein and Tex; you highlight the ones you've read. So...

1984, George Orwell Depressing.
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Animal Farm, George Orwell
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
The BFG, Roald Dahl
Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
Bleak House, Charles Dickens
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley (must read this one of these days)
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh Gloomy Catholic rant. Waugh was funnier as an atheist; try Vile Bodies
Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding
Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
Catch 22, Joseph Heller *
The Catcher In The Rye, JD Salinger
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
Dune, Frank Herbert
Emma, Jane Austen
Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy "Senseless and meaningless verbiage," is how one critic described it. This book was nominated for the bad sex prize (an annual prize for the worst sex scene in literature); I'm not sure if it won.
The Godfather, Mario Puzo
Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake Screw this for a joke, if you want to really enjoy yourself, read the real Mervyn Peake classics - his poetry.*
The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens "Yourn a gentleman now, Pip!"
The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, JK Rowling
Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling (Haven't read any of these)
His Dark Materials trilogy, Philip Pullman
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams
The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien His best
Holes, Louis Sachar (I like this title, must read it)
I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
Katherine, Anya Seton
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, CS Lewis Plus the rest in the Narnia series, plus the classic "Out of the Silent Planet" Sci-fi trilogy...
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
The Lord Of The Rings, JRR Tolkien
Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blighton
Magician, Raymond E Feist
The Magus, John Fowles
Matilda, Roald Dahl Another Dahl book. But they're classics, all of them.
Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden
Middlemarch, George Eliot
Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie
Mort, Terry Pratchett
Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck
On The Road, Jack Kerouac
One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Perfume, Patrick Suskind
Persuasion, Jane Austen Not her best
The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austen Her best
The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, Robert Tressell
Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
The Stand, Stephen King (Hmmm, must read this one)
The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
Tess Of The D'urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
The Twits, Roald Dahl My favourite
Ulysses, James Joyce (Though I've no idea what it says, I like it anyway)*
Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
War And Peace, Leo Tolstoy (There should be an updated version of this for the Gulf War - called 'Bores and Peaceniks')*
Watership Down, Richard Adams
The Wind In The Willows, Kenneth Grahame Poop! Poop!
Winnie-the-Pooh, AA Milne
The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

Monday, May 03, 2004


A barely significant minority wins an unimportantly low proportion of the vote in an obscure Tasmanian electorate. The Green Left Weakly is mighty chuffed:

Socialist Alliance tops 5%!

HOBART — With 78% of the vote counted by the end of polling night on May 1, Socialist Alliance candidate Kamala Emanuel had received 860 votes or 5.27% in the Tasmanian upper house seat of Elwick.

Greens candidate Helen Burnett gained 14.79% of the vote and the Labor candidate was set to take the seat with 59.87%.

Gee. With victories like this, who needs losses? All the Socialist Alliance has to do is carry on with their idiotic economic policies, their hypocritical self-righteousness, and their tedious factional squabbles, and we can expect their party vote to continue to hit record lows.

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