Sunday, May 13, 2007

A Meme and Review from the Gumbo People

Vehige at Thursday Night Gumbo has written a fine little review of Robert J. Sawyer's Calculating God. I have not read this novel yet (I've had frighteningly little time for pleasure reading lately), but I did read a bit by Sawyer on how he came up with the novel. He called his publisher, told him he wanted to write a novel featuring a creationist and an evolutionist arguing without getting mad, and sold the book. Go read the review.

Also, Vehige memed me. Okay, then, here's Booked By Three. Let's see if I can make this worthwhile but write it in a timely manner.

Three works of non-fiction everyone should read:

Bierlein's Parallel Myths has been on my mind a lot lately. As soon as I can get through it, I'll give it an extensive write-up. He has a thoughtful essay on the relationship between world mythology and the three great revealed religions.

Can I cop out and add the Bible to this list?

I'm drawing an embarrassing blank here. I'm too distracted. I'm afraid I'm going to throw in The Elements of Style, which I think is an incredible work capable of stopping people from using they as a singular pronoun, which is my all-time number one pet peeve.

Three works of fiction everyone should read:

Whew, my stomping ground. We'll start with Lewis's Perelandra.

Second is definitely Warren's All the King's Men.

Third, I'm going to say Asimov's Caves of Steel because I can and because it's a fine blend of sf and mystery-writing. You thought I'd say Bone, didn't you?

Three authors everyone should read:

Hmm. John Milton, Homer, and G. K. Chesterton. That was easy; name-dropping I can do.

Three books no one should read:

On principle, I refuse to answer this question. Well, okay, anything from Harlequin.

I'm going to meme EegahInc just to disrupt his wonderfully streamlined blog. And I'll also meme Peter to pay him back for giving me big essay projects. ;)
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