Tuesday, June 14, 2011


With a holiday in just over 3 weeks time, I'm open to reading recommendations.

The last book I finished reading was in January! Since then I've been dipping in and ordering plenty. After all, they look good around the house, and besides Xfe reads heaps.

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liminalD said...

What do you like to read? I got a few recommendations:


'The Pecking Order' by Dalton Conley, 'Evolution's Rainbow' by Joan Roughgarden, 'The Naked Ape' by Desmond Morris, 'I Do, I Don't: Queers on Marriage' by Greg Wharton and Ian Philips, 'Collapse' by Jared Diamond, 'The Ethical Slut' by Dossie Easton, 'What Is Man?' by Mark Twain, 'The Horrors and Absurdities of Religion' by Arthur Schopenhauer, 'I Hate Myself and Want to Die: The 52 Most Depressing Songs You've Ever Heard' by Tom Reynolds (really funny reviews of well-known songs), and I could recommend a few hundred more ;)

Biography - 'Holding the Man' by Timothy Conigrave (gay memoir since turned into a stage-play, I bawled my eyes out).

Fiction (by genre):

Crime - 'Why Shoot A Butler?' by Georgette Heyer, 'Death in Ecstasy' or 'Artists in Crime' by Ngaio Marsh and 'At Bertram's Hotel' or 'Dead Man's Folly' by Agatha Christie, or in fact anything by these three ladies ;)

Fantasy/Comedy - 'The Witches of Chiswick' by Robert Rankin (highly recommended), 'Going Postal', 'Lords and Ladies' or 'Thud!' by Terry Pratchett (or anything else he's done actually), 'Bloodsucking Fiends' or 'A Dirty Job' by Christopher Moore, 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' by Seth Graham-Smith, 'The long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul' by Douglas Adams and 'Happiness TM' by Will Ferguson.

Fantasy - 'Wicked' or 'Confessions of an Ugly Step Sister' by Gregory Maguire, 'Jonathan Strange and Mister Norrell' by Susanna Clarke (again, highly recommended).

Horror - 'Hideaway' by Dean Coontz, 'Salem's Lot' or 'Misery' by Stephen King.

Science Fiction - 'The Great Starship Race' by Diane Carey.

Kids/Young Adult - 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' by Mark Haddon (REALLY good, don't let the target audience put you off).

Vomit-inducing garbage - 'Twilight' by Stephanie Meyer.


Nik_TheGreek said...

I like 'liminaID's recommendation.

For an easy holiday read I'd recommend 'David Sedaris' (any book).
For crime I'd go for 'Interpretation of a murder'.

Also worth reading is the 'Hitchhiker Guide to the Galaxy' which I assume you'll enjoy very much.

MadeInScotland said...

Wow, thanks lD - there's so much there. I'll let you know what I choose.

Paul Brownsey said...

Howard Jacobson's "Who's Sorry Now?" - relevant to your post, "To Take a Lover".

liminalD said...

If the whole 'taking a lover' thing is on your mind - I've already recommended Dossie Easton's 'The Ethical Slut' (which is a good read if a bit polemical at times) and she's also written a book about gay relationships called, appropriately enough, 'Gay Relationships', which covers much of the same ground.

But Tristan Taormino's 'Opening Up' is a much better resource for polyamory/swinging/open relationships of whatever model interests you. Dossie Easton is all like 'EVERYONE should be nonmonogamous because monogamy don't work' while Tristan Taormino takes a much more reasoned 'This is why some people choose to try open relationships/polyamory, it doesn't work for everyone, if you think it might be your thing here's what you should consider...' She also pays a LOT more attention to the 'paying attention to your partner's needs and negotiating a mutually satisfactory arrangement' side of things. And she has a great website :)

And the biography I recommended - 'Holding the Man' by Tim Conigrave - charts one Aussie gay couple through their lives over 15 or twenty years, and covers some of this ground too. If you read this one though, remember that it's set during the 80's and early 90's, when gay men were still working out how to negotiate/conduct relationships and sex lives with the recent outbreak of the HIV/AIDS epidemic - so it's not exactly a 'how to' manual.

MadeInScotland said...

Thanks lD and Paul. However the take a lover post was a moment that crossed my mind whilst I was relaxing bathing. It was on my mind for a fleeting moment before my mind moved onto whether I'd washes between my toes properly.

MadeInScotland said...

Ps I immediately ordered holding the man.


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