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It is that time of year where I live that the winter seems to have dragged on too long and the fantasy of retreating with good books to a desert isle grabs the imagination. In past diaries I have asked for ten favorite books or movies that you would take along with a hammock and an assortment of exotic drinks. It is my own fault that I can’t stick to ten only and start including series or an author’s whole set of work. I always seem to list the same books, too, starting with all of Shakespeare.
I like to think that all of us having staked out a place on the beach in the shade of a big umbrella would share our books so we would not have to panic about leaving some books behind. Many of you with various kinds of e-readers would smile at those of us staggering down to the beach with armloads of tomes.
My winter tired brain rejoices at the thought of the beach, a warm breeze, the sound of waves, and cold drinks as I read an old favorite story.
My list of books for the desert isle while hoping to borrow from everyone else, too.
Old and true:
1. Shakespeare’s complete works
2. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
3. Mrs. Mike by the Freedmans
4. Shane by Jack Schaefer
5. The Guns of Navarone by Alistair MacLean
6. River-Horse by William Least-Heat Moon
7. The Riddle-Master of Hed and sequels by Patricia Mc Killip
Riddle-Master of Hed
Heir of Sea and Sky
Harpist in the Wind
8. All of the Robin Hobb books that go together:
Liveship Traders series
Ship of Magic
Ship of Destiny
The Rain Wilds Chronicles
City of Dragons
9. The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett
And the new book that I have not read, yet:
10. A Turn of Light by Julie Czerneda
Please mention your list so I will be consoled that the hundreds of books I also love will turn up on the isle.
My list of films to bring (How can I only choose ten?)
1. Second Hand Lions with Duval, Caine and Osment
2. Ladyhawke with Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, and Michelle Pfeiffer
3. Sweet Liberty with Alda and Caine
4. Educating Rita with Michael Caine, Julie Walters
5. American Graffiti with Dreyfuss
6. Middlemarch with Juliet Aubrey, Jonathan Firth, Douglas Hodge
7. All Creatures Great and Small series I, II, III
8. A Man for All Seasons with Paul Scofield and Robert Shaw
9. Pride and Prejudice with Garvie and Rintoul
10. Lark Rise to Candleford seasons 1-4
Diaries of the Week:
Write On! Passive protagonists.
Thursday Classical Music, Opus D109; Rest in peace, Harvey Lavan Cliburn (1934-2013)
by Dave in Northridge
SNLC, Vol. CCCLXIV / SN@TO 16: Parsifal Edition
Shipwreck may contain near-mythical Viking navigation aid
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