Saturday, 25 September 2010

Share Your Ten Best Novels

Madeleine at Scribble And Edit invites you to Share your ten best novels.

I've had a go and come up with this list of ten, but tomorrow this list will change. So for the moment, here's my list of ten in no particular order:

British Summertime by Paul Cornell
A great science fiction novel destined to be overlooked because its author is better known for creating Bernice Summerfield.

Slow Down Arthur Stick To Thirty by Harland Miller
A line from The Man Who Fell To Earth that became a novel in its own right.

Carter Beats The Devil by Glen David Gold
This fictionalised biography is a series of escape attempts and a love letter to theatrical magic acts of the early twentieth century.

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
If I'm ever asked for my favourite novel this is the book that springs to mind first, which is why when thinking of a fictional character to write to, I chose Lemuel Gulliver.

Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
I could have chosen any of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, but the satire on religion and belief here is one that has stayed with me.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Amazing. If you haven't read it, do.

Doctor Who And The Auton Invasion by Terrance Dicks
This book is a very likely candidate for the book that taught me to read. Thanks Terrance.

Where's Wally by Martin Handford
I don't care if it's not really a novel, I bloody love Where's Wally?

Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers by Grant Naylor
The Red Dwarf novels are all underrated and are much more than simply novelisations of television scripts, but add depth and character to a universe which we have only seen the tip of the iceberg onscreen.

James And The Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
I read this book time and time again. I'm in two minds about ever visiting New York for fear of discovering there isn't really a giant peachstone house in the middle of Central Park.

The Vesuvius Club by Mark Gatiss
Lucifer Box of No. 9 Downing Street is a gentlemen, a painter, a dandy and a spy with a sex drive that makes James Bond seem frigid. I have yet to around to reading Gatiss' other Box books, but only because I want to have time to savour them.

That's an eleven best novels, but nobody's perfect.

9 comments: said...

Thanks for joining in Dave, I love 'To Kill A Mocking Bird', too and I've enjoyed Gulliver's Travels. I'm intrigued by Mark Gatiss' novel, I may buy that for hubby and read it myself LOL! I own a copy of 'James and the Giant Peach', so must read that too! Your others i've not read.:O)

Ellie Garratt said...

An intriguing list - I didn't know a line from The Man Who Fell To Earth became a novel. I'll be adding that one to my amazon wishlist!

And of course there's Terry Pratchett, who should be on everyone's list I think.

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Cinette said...

I LOVE Terry Prachett! He's wise and funny, and a though joy to read.
Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Unknown said...

To Kill a Mockingbird was thisclose to making my list, too!

Saloma Furlong said...

Great list... love the Where's Wally pick, Roahl Dahl is another great choice, i chose "The Kill a Mockingbird" on my list, and the rest are new to me.

Saloma Furlong

Drake Sigar said...

Nice picks. My list would be nothing but choose your own adventure novels from Lonewolf to Goosebumps.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I’ve only read 2 on this list. To Kill a Mockingbird (ages ago), and Gulliver’s Travels (also in childhood). Must catch up and try to read the others!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Dave..I have only read 3 of the books on your list, Gulliver's Travels and To Kill a Mockingbird ( both in childhood) and James and the Giant Peach. The other books I have yet to read.

Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting. I did want to visit the other bloggers who had participated in the blogfest, but Blogger was giving me loads of trouble and my comments were just not showing up. _

Dave said...

Thanks for your interest everybody. I'm sure I could write a different list everytime I walk past my bookshelf.

I enjoyed looking through everybody else's list and will be reading Pride And Prejudice soon.