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Book meme - Hwaet!
No, give me a minute. I can get this.
Book meme
I know; everyone else has finished this ages ago. But here's mine.

I was fascinated by the cover of my Aunt's copy of LotR when I was a tiny child. Turned out I'd like the contents, too.

John Le Carre
He wrote the best school story ever. While I think most of what he's written is stodgy and indulgent, the Karla trilogy and A Perfect Spy are even better books than they are TV programmes.

Evelyn Waugh
These books were half of a transition into "adult" novels when I was in my early teens.

Jane Austen
And these were the other half. Pulled from my mother's shelf.

Hilary Mantel
Every one a winner. I think she may actually be my favourite author.

Richard Feynman
Not everything has to be fiction, I hope. He's in for the Lectures, not the autobiography. I borrowed them from my school library continuously for about 5 years, then bought a set of my own when I was 17; I've passed them on now, but will get another set soon.

C.S. Lewis
The Great Betrayer and Destroyer of Worlds. Although now that I've discovered that he's basically a heretic, it isn't so bad. Except for The Last Battle. That *is* bad.

A.J.P. Taylor
I read and re-read his part of the History of England series as a child.

George McDonald Fraser
I only came to Flashman in my 20s, but I'm glad I did. Thanks Una.

Conan Doyle
Well, Holmes, anyway. My well-beloved Penguin Complete has a bad pencil drawing of a butterfly and my first go at a signature in it.

Jonathan Gash
The Lovejoy novels (from which the TV series was very loosely derived) are also a joy. I dislike first person narrative, which makes these an unusual inclusion. They are proper mysteries that I read again and again whenever I want a bit of literary mashed potato. You can also learn a surprising amount about antiques. They kept me company while I was in America for a long time, the first time.

Bernard Law Montgomery
I know he was a massive git. And I know I'd've had no time for him in real life. But his memoirs are absolutely fascinating (especially reading between the lines, and in conjunction with other memoirs, like Alan Brooke's diaries). I re-read them more often than I care to relate, in a worn 1960 hardback "Companion Book Club" edition that I got for 50p (it says in pencil in the front).

Anthony Buckeridge
JCT Jennings and friends. I...I...I...You...You...You...Corwumph!

Enid Blyton
For the Famous Fives, the Five Finder Outers, the XYZ of Adventures, and, above all, Malory Towers.

Terrance Dicks
128 pages then stop. Literary genius.

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azalaisdep From: azalaisdep Date: November 20th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
No-one on my flist has managed this without Tolkien yet ;-)

The only Mantel I've read is still Wolf Hall, though that blew me away, and I do keep meaning to read more of her.

The Buckeridge Jennings books! Crikey and corks, I hadn't thought about those for years.

I adore Flashman, but am not sure I could say they've influenced me (possibly a good thing?)

I thought the Resident Geek would have Feynman, but he actually plumped for John Gribbin, who wrote on physics for New Scientist and Nature in the 1980s and without whom, RG says, he would never have wanted to be a physicist (and therefore never got as far as Feynman)...
mraltariel From: mraltariel Date: November 20th, 2010 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh! I would say I *am* influenced by Flashman (or, at least, by the way they are written). I find it fascinating how GMF manages to write about the period concerned from what feels like a POV within it, rather than an obviously modern commentary.

I'd forgotten about John "In Search of Schroedinger's Cat" Gribbin! Nature in the 1980s didn't have nearly enough Physics in it, as I remember. It was the start of the biotech explosion and I was thoroughly bored with all those articles :)

I was thus storing up a lot of bad karma that turned into that part of my career that involved proteomics.
azalaisdep From: azalaisdep Date: November 20th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
The dogeared copy of In Search of Schroedinger's Cat still has a proud place on our bookshelves (erm, somewhere...)

I was thus storing up a lot of bad karma that turned into that part of my career that involved proteomics.

Oh, the things we think we despise in adolescence that come back to bite us...
katlinel From: katlinel Date: November 21st, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Last Battle is bad and I am still amazed that its utter badness caused me to completely forget the unicorn in it, and that the presence of the unicorn couldn't save it.

And I have you and Una to thank for introducing me to Hilary Mantel.

Malory Towers more than St Clare's?

I haven't done this meme yet so you are not the last.

Edited for grammar typo.

Edited at 2010-11-21 01:49 pm (UTC)
gair From: gair Date: November 22nd, 2010 09:32 am (UTC) (Link)
You have good influences.
mraltariel From: mraltariel Date: November 22nd, 2010 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I know for a fact that my writing style is a mélange of all of these.
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