Tag Archives: favorite book

Books Worth Re-reading

“This is the worst story I know about hocuses. And it’s true.” This is the first line of Sarah Monette’s Melusine, the first of four books [0] in her Labyrinth series, a decadent tale of magic, murder, betrayal, and unearned loyalty, all limned in exquisite pain. Lois McMaster Bujold once remarked that she develops plots […]

Call of the Sea

Jan de Hartog’s Call of the Sea grabbed me from its first words, and it was almost impossible for me to put it down. After I finished it, I tracked down every single one of his books and read them more or less in the order of publication. de Hartog was nominated for a Nobel […]

Ask a doctor…

Several years ago I was talking to a friend. He had just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and I was curious if this qualified him to endorse any particular worldview as the most credible. “So what’s your favorite philosophy?” I asked him. He laughed. “That’s like asking a doctor what their favorite medicine […]


Q: What’s your favorite book? A: I refuse to answer that question, on the grounds that it suggests there can be a singular answer Q (amended): What’s your favorite book(s)? Long A: Ahhh, now that’s more like it! See what magic can occur with the addition of two parentheses and an ‘s’? There are many, […]