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HorsebackWriter
06-15-2008, 04:05 AM
Q: What book(s) have you read that you wish YOU had written?

(Do writers ((and/or, thinkers)) admit to these things, <wink> : )

Em

HorsebackWriter
06-15-2008, 04:22 AM
I forgot to answer my own question.

I wish I'd written Merlin's Keep by Madeleine Brent. I find the book absolute genius, and the story amazing.

It surprised me to look it up, since I haven't read it in years, and find it is categorized as romance. Although it is romantic, I wouldn't think to categorize it as such. Very interesting.

Em

HeronW
06-15-2008, 04:28 AM
Beauty by Sherri Tepper, and her Mavin Manyshaped trilogy, the Gate to Women's Country
anything by CL Moore,
Ursula K LeGuin esp. Earthsea, Coming Home & her shorts
Violin by Anne Rice

Alvah
06-15-2008, 04:33 AM
All That You Love Will Be Carried Away.

A short story by Stephen King.

JoNightshade
06-15-2008, 04:35 AM
The Time Traveler's Wife.

::Jo limps off to nurse her jealousy::

Danger Jane
06-15-2008, 04:41 AM
To the Lighthouse.

Now I'll limp off to nurse my jealousy, too...maybe write like, ten words. Jealous ones. I'll delete em later.

Maui Author
06-15-2008, 04:52 AM
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

And the movie Juno...

KTC
06-15-2008, 04:59 AM
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon and Franny & Zooey by JD Salinger.

Righting
06-15-2008, 05:42 AM
um, Harry Potter :) - though i need not to say how brilliant of a job JK did.

bethany
06-15-2008, 05:47 AM
Time Traveler's Wife is mine too.

Also Twilight- just because I once nursed adolescent Vampire fantasies, but didn't make millions of dollars. :)

Aragon
06-15-2008, 05:53 AM
Trinity by Leon Uris

The man wrote many excellent books, but Trinity is one of the most riveting of them. Not to mention, it is a topic close to my soul, as I am a product of a black irish family.

Copper Smith
06-15-2008, 07:52 AM
Do short stories count?

If so: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - although I'm not sure I'd like to inhabit the tortured mind that bore such a bleak mess of a masterpiece.

HorsebackWriter
06-15-2008, 10:54 AM
Most definitely short stories count, sure!



Do short stories count?

If so: The Lottery by Shirley Jackson - although I'm not sure I'd like to inhabit the tortured mind that bore such a bleak mess of a masterpiece.

Sunnyside
06-16-2008, 06:19 PM
Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate. God, what a great book.

JamieFord
06-16-2008, 07:51 PM
Pretty much all of Harlan Ellison's non-fiction essays.

Soccer Mom
06-16-2008, 10:10 PM
The Time Traveler's Wife.

::Jo limps off to nurse her jealousy::


Ditto.

auntybug
06-16-2008, 10:59 PM
Ditto.

Wish I could be original but that's me too :D

JoNightshade
06-16-2008, 11:01 PM
We could form a little club of jealousy! :)

OneTeam OneDream
06-17-2008, 12:20 AM
Paranoia by Joseph Finder

New favorite book ever.

Hollan
06-17-2008, 08:38 AM
Crime and Punishment. But I'm not Russian or a drunk. Damn it!

LaceWing
06-17-2008, 08:48 AM
The novels of James Morrow and Louis Bayard -- intelligent, wonderfully well-written and loaded with story, story and more story.

Blondchen
06-17-2008, 10:29 AM
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

Maui, I adored that book. Good choice!

Blondchen
06-17-2008, 10:33 AM
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh

Maybe if I'd written them it would have been The North and South Decline and Fall. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

Jill
06-17-2008, 06:07 PM
Far too many to list but here are one or two:

Anything (though most specifically Alias Grace) by Margaret Atwood
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Child in Time by Ian McEwan
Music and Silence by Rose Tremain

I could go on forever....

Bubastes
06-17-2008, 06:09 PM
Anything by Jhumpa Lahiri ::turns an unattractive shade of green::
High Fidelity by Nick Hornby