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If you're not interested in playing, no worries, this does not need to be chain mail, just enjoy it for the sake of fun if you want to. I've tagged my 15 friends per the meme, but feel free to grab this and run with it...just make sure to tag me back so I can see what you post!

The rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag fifteen friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what books my friends choose. (To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your fifteen picks, and tag people in the note -- upper right hand side.)

1. The Complete Plays of W.S. Gilbert
2. Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary - n/a
3. The Annotated Sherlock Holmes - A.C. Doyle
4. The Light Bearer - Sam Nicholson
5. Doc Savage: The Land of Always Night - Lester Dent
6. The Last Templar - Michael Jecks (and the other 24)
7. The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet - Eleanor Cameron (and the other 5)
8. By the Great Horn Spoon - Sid Fleischman
9. Secret Cargo - Howard Pease
10. Larousse Encyclopedia of Astronomy - n/a
11. Dolphin Island / The Deep Range - A.C. Clarke
12. The Twenty-One Balloons - W. Pene du Bois
13.The Babar books -
14. Long-forgotten book on Oceanography - whichever was the first I read
15. Foundations of Economic Geography Series - various, pub. Prentice Hall


NOTES:

1. The Complete Plays of W.S. Gilbert
What can I say - I quote this the way others quote the bible. Both of my copies include all the Bab Ballads. Bury me with it.

2. Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary - n/a
The big 8-inch thick one. I read this one summer cover-to-cover while staying with my cousins in Sacramento. There was nothing else to do.

3. The Annotated Sherlock Holmes - A.C. Doyle
This series of stories helped me to learn how to observe the world - pretty cool for an 11-year-old!

4. The Light Bearer - Sam Nicholson
One of my favorite syfy books, even though it's rather silly - it just has an appeal, and it has an arabic-styled setting, which intrigues me, since I could never survive the desert heat. See also the Doris Egan trilogy.

5. Doc Savage: The Land of Always Night - Lester Dent
Well, this was the first one I ever found and read - Moe's books, Berkeley, Spring 1977. I joyfully entered into a multi-year quest to find all the Doc Savage stories ever published. This quest gave me a lot of wonderful times.

6. The Last Templar - Michael Jecks (and the other 24)
Not the first historical mystery series I got excited about, but perhaps the best set in the UK, since I've been to many of the places in Devon that the stories take place in/around. And I've met the author!


7. The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet - Eleanor Cameron (and the other 5)
One of the first syfy series I ever read, and one that caught my imagination. I think it led to asking for #10 for my 9th birthday.

8. By the Great Horn Spoon - Sid Fleischman
One of the most fun children's authors. Loved the fact that this story took place in California, where I was growing up.

9. Secret Cargo - Howard Pease
A combination of mystery and San Francisco 'home base' makes this series a sentimental favorite - I had walked/biked down streets that the character walked on! That made it very special. To this day, I love mysteries set in SF.

10. Larousse Encyclopedia of Astronomy - n/a
See # 7. This was the first adult science book that I remember reading; at 9 years old, I thought I had found my calling. O fickle boy - by the next summer, the stars were left alone to dim while I began to dream of the depths of a different kind of sea.

11. Dolphin Island / The Deep Range - A.C. Clarke
I read these 2 books - one for kids, one for adults - back-to-back when I was 10, and thus was born my love for the oceans and a dream that sadly, is still unfulfilled 40 years later - to travel the oceans learning and studying them and making a difference in humanity's use of them. Somewhere in a parallel universe, there's a USC Master of Marine Affairs degree with my name on it!

12. The Twenty-One Balloons - W. Pene du Bois
Again, this was an exploration book - I loved it for its combination of remote locale, its use of natural events (storms, volcanoes) and the fact that - yet again - it features San Francisco. Plus, he wrote the Otto books, and Lion and Gentleman Bear. Which are all on their way to me.

13.The Babar books - J. de Brunhoff
This whole series caught my imagination because of the way the elephants' culture/society developed and grew. Perhaps this - subconsciously - sparked my love of Economic and Cultural Geography which was my field of study in college and is still an area of interest today.

14. Long-forgotten book on Oceanography - whichever was the first I read
I don't know which one it was - it wasn't Duxbury, that came later, but right after reading the A.C. Clarke books, I went face-down into the Dewey Decimal System 551 section in my local branch library and then made them get all the books from the main library too!

15. Foundations of Economic Geography Series - various, pub. Prentice Hall
This series was something I found at Moe's Books (I spent a lot of time there in college) that I grabbed and still own. Great introductions to all the various specialties of the field I was studying. These books got me even more excited about what I was learning than the classes I was taking.

There you have it. Perhaps more than you wanted to know, but this explains a lot about me.
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