Okay so in this post, I asked people what their favorite speculative fiction they thought was absolutely the best, and got a pretty good list. While I'll be coming back to this post for a second round and a second book (and probably even a third or fourth), I thought I'd start with books I've already read once just to see how doing this goes over and to warm up my lit-analysis muscles after over a year of atrophy. Although, I admit that I culled Hitchiker's and Spell For Chameleon from the list. I haven't just read them once; I've read them like seven or eight times (more in the case of the Xanth novel since I had a pretty long Piers Anthony stage in junior high), and in the case of Adam's writing, there's only so much one can say about the levels upon levels of irony.
I set the poll up so that you can pick three of them. Obviously picking only one will be a stronger vote, so you should pick multiples only if you are totally torn. The poll is under the reliquary but above the tip jar (~coughcoughtipjarcough~). It's the big black thing just below the bottom of this entry with all the book and author names on it.
NOW THIS IS SERIOUS- Blogger's own poll widget is pretty much perpetually broken so I had to go to a site called polldaddy. (It was highly recommended for Blogger polls.) You may not be able to see Poll Daddy if you have all kinds of ad blockers and stuff, so if you want to vote, you might have to disable that stuff JUST FOR THIS SITE or just temporarily open this up in a new web browser.
I'll leave that bad boy up for a couple of weeks, and if we need some run off voting to break some ties, we'll settle that. I'll also send any strong runners up into the next set of books if this schtick ends up being popular.
Other shit you totally won't find nearly as important!
PIMP MY RIDE!!! Hey, check out the "Sociable" widget I installed! Isn't it awesome. It's like a unicorn farting a chocolate covered rainbow into your open mouth! Except even better! Now you can click a button and recommend a page on any social media you find useful. Whether you're a Reddit type, I've sold you on Stumbleupon, you think Digg is the wave of the future, or you will never leave Facebook, you can find a way to pimp out those articles you like the best with a simple click that doesn't require all that pesky cutting and pasting that requires you to commit tens of seconds. You guys know I'd stand on the side of the road with a sign that says "Will Gargle Balls For a +1/Like/Upvote," so consider throwing me a bone...uh...so to speak.
OMG HATE MAIL!!!! Guys, I've got HATE MAIL!!! This is so awesome! I've been waiting for like nine months to get a really good, hateful comment from someone I don't even know. The kind that demonstrates that even though people will cowardly use their anonymity to be horrific human beings, they also took the time to read you. This is like one of those milestones that you're becoming a writer--like your first paycheck, or your first real advance. Your first hate mail rings up there with writerly rights of passage. Of course, if anonymous turns its tender ministrations on any of my readers' comments I will immediately and forever change the commenting policy here at W.A.W. But for now, it's just enough to bask in the glow of being out there enough that someone hates me! I'll put it up on Friday so everyone can see how awesome it is! Because it's awesome with awesome sauce and a side of bitchen fries and a big ol' frosty cup of rad! And epic win for dessert.