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12:59 pm
To wake, alive in this world
What happiness!
Summer rain

To paraphrase Kuroyanagi Shouha. (Still can't find that haiku in Japanese; just the one about sea cucumbers as winter season word.) Is true. How pleasant to wake in coolness (thanks to the standing fan and AC) and the sound of rain outside, instead of waking in mug (thanks to the window fan) and the sound of rain outside.

Ganked from flo_nelja, China Mieville's Recs for Socialists done as a reading meme. Bold what you've read, underline what you've partly read, italicize what you intend to read, cross through what you intend never to read.

Am still unsure why a bunch of these are pro-socialist reading, but then, I'm an apolitical Canuck. And half of them I've never heard of. Googling is in order, even if it reveals that the promising title Gay Hunter is a woman's name.

- Iain M. Banks — Use of Weapons (1990)
-- mhh, maybe? Would sooner read Banks than a lot of people.
- Edward Bellamy — Looking Backward, 2000–1887 (1888)
-- when I was very young. Not sure I read it all or just skipped to the end
- Alexander Bogdanov — The Red Star: A Utopia (1908; trans. 1984)
- Emma Bull & Steven Brust — Freedom & Necessity (1997)
--again, mhh maybe? though I've passed up buying it several times. I do like epistolary novels; am not especially enamoured of 1849; am dubious about Bull and Brust
- Mikhail Bulgakov — The Master and Margarita (1938; trans. 1967)
-- though I expect to find it a let-down when I do
- Katherine Burdekin (aka “Murray Constantine”) — Swastika Night (1937)
- Octavia Butler — Survivor (1978)
- Julio Cortázar — “House Taken Over” (1963?)
--it's in one of the Black Water anthologies, so easily comeattable
- Philip K. Dick — A Scanner Darkly (1977)
- Thomas Disch — The Priest (1994)
- Gordon Eklund — All Times Possible(1974)
- Max Ernst — Une Semaine de Bonté (1934)
- Claude Farrère — Useless Hands (1920; trans. 1926)
- Anatole France — The White Stone (1905; trans. 1910)
- Jane Gaskell — Strange Evil (1957)
-- just because she was so young when she wrote it. OTOH have read other of her juvenilia and wasn't exactly impressed
- Mary Gentle — Rats and Gargoyles (1990)
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman — “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892)
-- again, why socialist more than feminist?
- Lisa Goldstein — The Dream Years (1985)
- Stefan Grabiński — The Dark Domain (1918–22; trans. and collected 1993)
- George Griffith — The Angel of Revolution (1893)
- Imil Habibi — The Secret Life of Saeed the Pessoptimist (1974; trans. 1982)
- M. John Harrison — Viriconium Nights (1984)
-- I know I confuse all the Viriconium books, especially with the renamed ones, but none of them struck me as terribly socialist
- Ursula K. Le Guin — The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia (1974)
-- not that I *remember* anything of it, of course
- Jack London — Iron Heel (1907)
- Ken MacLeod — The Star Fraction (1996)
- Gregory Maguire — Wicked (1995)
- J. Leslie Mitchell (Lewis Grassic Gibbon) — Gay Hunter(1934, reissued 1989)
- Michael Moorcock — Hawkmoon (1967–77, reprinted in one edition 1992)
--I've read *some* Hawkmoon, and thought it pretty ippanteki undistinguished Moorcock
- William Morris — News From Nowhere (1888)
- Toni Morrison — Beloved (1987)
-- sort of. Should read, not especially wnat to read
- Mervyn Peake — The Gormenghast Novels (1946–59)
-- with the caveat that I don't count Titus Alone as part of the trilogy ^_^
- Marge Piercy — Woman on the Edge of Time (1976)
- Philip Pullman — Northern Lights (1995)
-- don't read Pullman on principle
- Ayn Rand — Atlas Shrugged (1957)
-- ditto
- Mack Reynolds — Lagrange Five (1979)
- Keith Roberts — Pavane (1968)
- Kim Stanley Robinson — The Mars Trilogy (1992–96)
- Mary Shelley — Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (1818)
-- should strike this one too, because life is short; but then again, who knows?
- Lucius Shepard — Life During Wartime (1987)
- Norman Spinrad — The Iron Dream (1972)
- Eugene Sue — The Wandering Jew (1845)
- Michael Swanwick — The Iron Dragon’s Daughter (1993)
-- just because it sounds intriguing
- Jonathan Swift — Gulliver’s Travels (1726)
- Alexei Tolstoy — Aelita (1922; trans. 1957)
- Ian Watson — Slow Birds (1985)
- H.G. Wells — The Island of Dr Moreau (1896)
- E. L. White — “Lukundoo” (1927)
-- now where was that? in a long-ago anthology from early adolescence. Have a vague memory of reading it in Rome when I was 12, which limits the possibilities
- Oscar Wilde — The Happy Prince and Other Stories (1888)
- Gene Wolfe — The Fifth Head of Cerberus (1972)
-- might. I generally like Wolfe
- Yevgeny Zamyatin — We (1920; trans. 1924)

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From:flo_nelja
Date:July 13th, 2014 05:25 pm (UTC)
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It's nor supposed to be socialist or anti-socialist books, just... books which could have an interest for socialist politics? Well, I haven't read most of them either.
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From:flemmings
Date:July 13th, 2014 05:44 pm (UTC)
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Mh, OK. When in doubt, call it an allegory, and then maybe it applies to socialism?
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From:yumiyoshi
Date:July 13th, 2014 06:59 pm (UTC)
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Some of them are anti-socialist, and I guess useful in that respect. XD

(Not sure what the hell Frankenstein has to do with it tho??? And I read it.)

(But I guess, like, if you wanted you could read socialism into almost everything ...)
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From:flemmings
Date:July 14th, 2014 02:56 am (UTC)
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I think your last sentence may be it. That, or Mieville has odd notions of 'books that bear on socialism.' Which I will believe.

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