by Fae Rowen
Long, long ago Laura Drake wrote about the ten (or so) books she would want for “entertainment purposes” on a deserted island. You can read it here. I loved the idea of trying to narrow my selection to only ten books, but it’s taken me this long to make the final cuts, since I’m not going with Laura’s “anything by” an author spot on the list. Come on now, that adds lots of books in there, even though I have some favorite authors and every book they write is a keeper.
I’m not a re-reader of my favorite books, although in the last few years I have revisited some of the favored books of my youth. They are still favorite books, however they were much different than I remembered them. Since the books hadn’t changed–well, maybe a bit of dust (I’m not Suzy Homemaker)–I must have changed.
Anyway, here are the books in my steamer trunk that would keep me entertained and thinking if I were marooned alone and had free time to enjoy a good read:
- Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon (This is the only book Laura and I would both want.)
- Chapterhouse Dune, by Frank Herbert ( A stunning capstone for the Dune series)
- Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein (The first science fiction book I ever read.)
- Digital Fortress, by Dan Brown (Computers, mathematics, treachery–need I say more?)
- Mistress, by Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) (Actually, this would be my “anything she writes” author. This book was my introduction to regency romance.)
- Warrior’s Woman, by Johanna Lindsey (This is the book that got me to transition from sci fi to romance.)
- Dorsai!, by Gordon Dickson (If I were allowed a second “anything written by” author, it would be Gordon Dickson. His books really helped me deal with the- shall we be kind and say ‘troublesome’-people in my life.)
- Foundation, by Isaac Asimov (One of the few books I’ve read more than twice)
- Downbelow Station, by C.J. Cherryh (The most-often-read book on my shelves)
- River God, by Wilbur Smith (You-are-there action and a slice of history of Ancient Egypt)
I’m really sorry that my Templar books didn’t make the cut, but if I’m lucky enough to be on the island with Laura and she’ll let me borrow Outlander, then I would bring Make the Most of Your Time on Earth, A Rough Guide to the World with 1000 Ultimate Travel Experiences so I could plan my next trip!
My list includes a little past and present–and a lot of future, like my life and my writing. I just had an interesting thought–What if I used my time to re-read my favorite craft books and wrote? Oh, I already gave you that list a few months back. I guess I need a larger trunk!
Are any of my books on your list? What would entertain you and fire your imagination as you wait for that rescue helicopter–or luxury cruise ship?