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Something a bit more... intellectual?

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To luxuriate in hedonistic passion

Something a bit more... intellectual?

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Or, rather, another pointless list. However, as this one is of the literary persuasion, I feel justified in referring to it as 'intellectual'. As well as using all them fancy words.

Here's a list of books that have influenced me in some way. In no particular order;

Zero Girl 
by Sam Kieth

A comic book about high-school student Amy Smooter, who crushes on her guidance councellor, oozes blue goo from her feet when she feels shame, is protected by circles and attacked by squares, and saves the world. This book, recommended to me by a guidance-councellor-type-figure I had a terrible (and obvious) crush on, was the center of my world for a few months. The reason? Well, as Mr. Crush recommended it, he said it reminded him of me. I've often wondered if that was his idea of a cruel joke, since it caused me to read the book in record time, re-read it a few hundred times, and endlessly wallow over what he could possibly have meant. You'll forgive me my teenage angst if you read it. 

Oh, and I occasionally use Zerogirl as an internet handle, and those eyes in my avatar are taken from the cover. Maybe it's time to let go...oh heck, I'll give it another seven years.

The Sexual State of the Union
by Susie Bright

I suppose you could say this is a study in cultural anthropology, or rather sexual anthropology, if there even is such a thing. I like this book so much, I may have...er...stolen it...from the library. But that's neither here nor there. My copy is now so battered, the library probably wouldn't take it back anyway. I've highlighted several passages, travelled to Denmark with it, accidentally spilled beer over it, and possibly used it to press leaves...from an illegal plant. This, however, says absolutely nothing about the book, so you'll just have to read it. I will include a short passage; 

What is UP with sex lives of the people who love to say NO? Does the God Squad ever entertain impure thoughts? And if they do, how does it affect their politics? 
The irony of questioning a conservative's sex life is that so many people think it's too damn rude to ask, while the crusading right wing makes it a point of principle to ask about everyone else's sex lives. Are you now or have you ever been a homosexual? Do you practice sodomy in the privacy of your own home? How old were you when you first had sex? How many people have you slept with? Which ones did you only lust after? Did you practice chastity as a teenager? Do you touch yourself in forbidden places? Why don't you have any children?

Bröderna Lejonhjärta (The Brothers Lionheart)
by Astrid Lindgren

The only book ever to come even close to making me believe in life after death, simply because it sounded like so much fun. If you're not familiar with this book, I'll give you the gist of the plot now:
The Brothers of the story are Karl and Jonatan Lejon (or Lion in the translation), 10 and 13 years old respectively. Karl is dying from an unnamed disease (most likely tuberculosis), and to comfort him his brother tells him the story of a wonderful place filled with adventure, where people go after they die. Shortly after, a fire breaks out, and Jonatan dies after throwing himself out the window with his brother in his arms. Two months later Karl dies, and meets his brother in the land of Nangijala, all traces of the illness gone. All is not well in the land, however, as the evil Tengil and his dragon Katla have enslaved the people of  Törnrosdalen (Thornrose Valley), and the brothers along with the other occupants of Körsbärsdale (Cherry Valley) must free them. 
The book was criticized for it's portrayal of death and the transmigration of souls, as well as for the ending, which you might understand once you read it.

Ronja Rövardotter (Ronia the Robber's Daughter)
by Astrid Lindgren

All her books are good, but these two have always been my favourites, along with Pippi Longstockings and Emil of Lönneberga (or Maple Hills). Lindgren had the amazing ability to write amazing heroines, independent girls who broke the rules as they pleased, and were every bit as "good" as the boys, closer to tomboy George than girly-girl Anne in Enid Blyton's Famous Five series. Anyway.
 Ronja is the daughter of Mattis, the leader of a band of robbers, and grows up in one half of a castle in the woods. The castle has been split in two by lightning, and the other side is occupied by a rival band of robbers, led by Borka. Ronja meets and (eventually) befriends Birk, Borka's son, but cannot let her family know, as they would be furious. They continue to meet in secrecy and become "brother and sister" to one another, eventually leading to her father disowning her. Ronja and Birk run away and live in the forest, but her father repents and everything ends well. Aside from a little character death. 

A Little Princess and The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Although sentimental to the point of soppiness, these were my favourites as a child. I really can't explain it. Just reading the synopsis makes me all weepy. 

Children of Chaos ( or Playing the Future: What We Can Learn From Digital Kids )
by Douglas Rushkoff

The latter title says it all, really. The book discusses how to survive the technological age, the need to adapt, and the merits of Generation X as opposed to the Baby Boomers who spawned it. The six chapters are;
The fall of linear thinking and the rise of chaos,
The fall of duality and the rise of holism,
The fall of mechanism and the rise of animism,
The fall of gravity andthe rise of consensual hallucination,
The fall of metaphor and the rise of recapitulation,
The fall of god and the rise of nature.

Rubyfruit Jungle
by Rita Mae Brown

A coming-of-age novel about lesbian (or bisexual) Molly Bolt, one of the greatest heroines of the 20th century. There is really nothing more to say, except that this was one of the books that truly inspired me to travel, write and have fabulous sex.

by Akif Pirinçci

A truly wonderful crime novel, told from the viewpoint of Francis the cat. Apparently there are sequels, but as I only learned this about twenty seconds ago, I haven't read them.  In this book Pirinçci masterfully merges contemporary crime fiction with ethics and philosophy, creating a thrilling story that, unlike many detective novels, loses none of it's qualities even after extensive re-reading.

Good Omens
by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

I love both writers, and this collaboration is nothing short of miraculous. It tells the story of Aziraphale the angel ad Crowley the demon, who try to stop the coming of the Anti-Christ, since they've taken a shine to humanity in general. Other characters include the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse, Anathema Device - descendant of Agnes Nutter, the only truly accurate prophet to have ever lived, and Adam Young, the 11-year-old Anti-Christ. 

Well, I'm sure I could go on like this, but I need to eat.

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