Sunday, 7 December 2008

witch hunt

I just discovered the special recommendations page on, a Dutch book, DVD, CD etc. online store. Here's what it thinks which books I would like to buy:

Thomas Hardy, Selected Poems - Thomas Hardy
The Pardoner'S Tale - Geoffrey Chaucer
Blood and gold - Anne Rice
The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain - Mark Twain
The Age Of Alexander - Plutarch
The Line Between - Peter S. Beagle
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
Franny and Zooey - J.D. Salinger
The History Of Sexuality - Michel Foucault
Memnoch the Devil - Anne Rice
Macedonian Warrior - Waldemar Heckel
The Book Of The New Sun - Gene Wolfe
The Story Of Modern Art - Norbert Lynton
The Dirk Gently Omnibus - Douglas Adams
Secrets Of A Gay Marine Porn Star - Rich Merritt
Who's Who in Age of Alexander the Great - Waldemar Heckel
The Deeper Meaning Of Liff - Douglas Adams
The Mosquito Coast - Paul Theroux
Oscar Wilde's Wit And Wisdom - Oscar Wilde
The Divine Comedies - Tom Holt
Drawing Blood - Poppy Z. Brite
North And South - Elizabeth Gaskell
The Vampire Armand - Anne Rice
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
The Mask of Apollo - Mary Renault
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour - J. D. Salinger

It doesn't touch the complete spectrum of my reading and there are a couple of tragic missers, but it's not too bad. In fact it's a bit scary.

I have just finished David Leavitt's While England Sleeps (I think I mentioned it before). Although it was tempting, I didn't find out who had sued him for plagiarising parts of his autobiography until after I had finished the book. Of course now I'm very curious exactly which parts Leavitt removed for the re-published version I read. (He did say not a word of the sex scenes was changed.) I shall have to sneak a few moments at work tomorrow searching the online newspaper archives for the details of the court case...

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