Recently, Rosemary Harris (author of The Big Dirt Nap) posed a question on Facebook: What are fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you? Not necessarily the "best" books, but memorable ones. So, here are five of mine, in no particular order:
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card. Great characters, great premise, great twist at the end. Couldn't get into the sequels, but this book is one of my all-time faves.
The Godwulf Manuscript - Robert B. Parker. I first read this book on the advice of my boss when I was working in Boston. It captured the town perfectly, and I'm always a sucker for a wise-guy private eye. And, as the first Spenser book, it hooked me for life. Thanks, Robert B.!
It - Stephen King. Pennywise freaked me out. Now I stay away from circuses, children's birthday parties, and grand openings at car dealerships--anywhere there might be a clown.
The Black Echo - Michael Connelly. The first of the excellent Harry Bosch series.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - James Joyce. I read this in high school. Or should I say, I tried to read this in high school. Maybe the worst book I've ever read. Of course, I'm pretty sure I didn't understand a word of it (I never learned Irish, I guess). It helped foster my almost instant dislike of any book labeled a "classic."