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Writer's Block: LiveJournal Book Club

Out of all of your favorite books, pick just one you'd recommend everyone read. As a bonus: why did you pick that one?

Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

Its one of the few books that doesn't have the name "Adams" on the front cover that has made me laugh out loud. Gaiman's good on his own. Pratchett's good on his own. Together, they crafted a book greater than the sum of its authors.

Why'd I pick that one? I've had a loaner copy of it to give to random people for a few years now.


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Apr. 25th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
This is my favorite book tied with The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.
Apr. 25th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
I usually suggest The Phoenix Guards by Steven Brust. That one book is a good introduction into a world with a ton of follow-on books to read, plus I have read it at least 10 times now and still love it.
Apr. 25th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
I LOVE that book! :)
Apr. 25th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
Heh, Good Omens is not only a required text of my class, but it's the book that the essay questions on the final are primarily directed at. "Compare Good Omens' four horsemen with the traditional four horsemen in Revelation - what do the differences imply about how our society has changed over time?" and that type of thing.

It amuses me to have actual power to get people to read what I want them to. :)
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
See, where were educators like you back when I was still trying to make my way through various classrooms?
Apr. 27th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
Heh, and since I am marking final exams right now, I just thought I'd share an amusing tidbit:

One student who was late coming into the final wrote a note at the end of his exam, to say that if he had been one of the bikers in the story, his name would have been Traffic Jams In April Snow Storms. :D
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
I LOVE Neil Gaimen. I'll have to look that one up for sure ^_^ Just picked up "The Graveyard Book"... even though I think it's more for his younger audience it's still freaking awesome. If you've read "M is for Magic" you'll recognize the main character from one of the short stories
Apr. 27th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
I'll put it to you this way: if you don't at least snicker out loud at least once while reading Good Omens, then I have truly failed in recommending a book.
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