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A few "bests" to round out the year

I don't believe I could think of ten of anything that rated as a "best" - there've been quite a lot of "passably entertaining" but not a lot of memorable. I should get out more, and should take up some kind of 50 book challenge to inspire my brain, too. Anyway, for what it's worth, here goes:

Best movie seen in 2005: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Hands down. No contest. It's hard even to think of a runner up. (I know this was released in 2004, but I saw it on dvd)

Best novel: Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell. Runners up: Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro, and Case Histories, Kate Atkinson (not necessarily in that order; I'm hedging my bets).

Best Fantasy: Od Magic, Patricia McKillip, with The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold coming a close second.

Best Children's book: The Sea of Trolls, Nancy Farmer, with Conrad's Fate, Diana Wynne Jones as the runner up. (sorry Harry).

Happy New Year, everyone!


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Jan. 1st, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
I knew I was right to friend you! DWJ 9s my all-time favourite children's author. I met her last year - she's wonderful!
Jan. 1st, 2006 06:18 am (UTC)
Oh, how delightful to meet her! I think she's great, too, and she's probably at least _one_ one my all time faves, if not the #1... Which is your favourtie of her books? My all-time fave is Howl's Moving Castle, which I must have r-read about 15 times just for the sheer pleasure of it - it's a great comfort read. But I think her _best_ book is Fire and Hemlock which I just reread again this fall and was reminded again how very very good it was. I haven't seen Miyazaki's film of Howl, yet - I'm almost afraid to because I love the book so much.
Jan. 2nd, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
I love Howl the book too - epecially teh Welsh bit, which rings so beautifully true. I want to see the Miyazaki - DWJ says she loved it. She's one of the few writers I buy without question as soon as the hardback appears.

I love Fire and Hemlock too, and Homeward Bounders, though possibly my heart is really given to The Magicians of Caprona - I adore the twisted take on Romeo and Juliet!

It's a great plus of my job that I can claim I have to read YA books - actually, I would do with or without the excuse. But it means I can talk intelligently with real young adults and keep my end up in a book conversation!

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