Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Lost Book Club

I think I've mentioned before that I absolutely love the TV show, Lost.  As any Lost viewer knows, there have been lots of books either mentioned or shown during the five seasons of the show. The producers/writers have mentioned that some of these books have been very influential in their writing of the show.  For a while, I've been wanting to read the books and see if I could find any hidden clues to the real meaning of the show. So, I've decided to read as many of the books as possible heading into the this, the final season of Lost. There's no way that I'll get very many of these books read before the final season starts but I'll keep reading and see how many I can get through before the end of the year.  I've found a list on Lostpedia of all the books and I'm going to list them below to help me keep track of the books. If anybody else wants to find out what Sawyer's been reading about on that island, here's the list:

Books in pink are ones that I read before and don't intend on rereading.

Once I read a book for this challenge, I'll mark it in green.

1) After All These Years - Susan Isaacs ("Everybody Hates Hugo")
2) Alices Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll ("White Rabbit", "Through the Looking Glass")
3)  Animal Farm - George Orwell ("Expose")
4) Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret - Judy Blume ("The Whole Truth")
5) Bad Twin - Laurence Shames/Gary Troup ("The Long Con" and "Two for the Road")
6) Bluebeard - Charles Perrault ("Adrift")
7) Book of Laws - Manu ("Cabin Fever")
8) The Holy Bible ("What Kate Did", "A Tale of Two Cities" and "Left Behind")
9) A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking ("Not in Portland" and "The Man from Tallahassee")
10) The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky ("Maternity Leave" and "The Whole Truth")
11) Caravan of Dreams - Idries Shah ("Dead is Dead")
12) Carrie - Stephen King ("A Tale of Two Cities")
13) Catch-22 - Joseph Heller ("Catch-22")
14) The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis ("The Man Behind the Curtain")
15) The Coalwood Way - Homer Hickam ("The Man Behind the Curtain")
16) Dark Horse - Tami Hoag ("A Tale of Two Cities")
17) The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger - Stephen King ("The Man from Tallahassee")
18) The Dark Tower II: The Waste Lands - Stephen King ("The Constant")
19) Dirty Work - Stuart Woods ("Orientation" and "A Tale of Two Cities")
20) The Epic of Gilgamesh ("Collision")
21) Everything that Rises Must Converge - Flannery O'Conner ("The Incident, Parts 1 & 2")
22) Evil Under the Sun - Agatha Christie ("Expose")
23) Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury ("Dead is Dead")
24) Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes ("Dead is Dead")
25) The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand ("Par Avion")
26) Grimm's Fairy Tales - Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm ("Via Domus")
27) Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling ("Dues Ex Machina")
28) Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad ("Walkabout", "Numbers", "Confirmed Dead" and "Via Domus")
29) High Hand - Gary Philips ("Orientation")
30) The Holy Qur'an ("The Economist")
31) Hotel - Arthur Haily ("Through the Looking Glass")
32) I Ching (Dharma logos)
33) The Invention of Morel - Adolfo Bioy Casares ("Eggtown")
34) Island - Aldous Huxley ("?", "Pilot, Part 1")
35) Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare ("Two for the Road")
36) Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton ("Expose")
37) Kings of Love: The Poetry and History of the Ni'Matullahi Sufi Order - P. L. Wilson, Nasrollah Pourjavady ("The Economist")
38) Lancelot - Walker Percy ("Maternity Leave")
39) Laughter in the Dark - Vladimir Nabokov ("Flashes Before Your Eyes")
40) Left Behind - Jerry Jenkins and Terry LaHaye ("Left Behind")
41) The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery ("The Little Prince")
42) Lord of the Flies - William Golding ("In Translation", "What Kate Did", "Numbers")
43) Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden ("Exodus, Part 1")
44) Moby Dick - Herman Melville ("Outlaws")
45) The Moon Pool - A. Merritt ("Greatest Hits")
46) Mysteries of Ancient Americas: The New World Before Columbus - Robert Dolezal ("The Incident, Parts 1 and 2")
47) The Mysterious Island - Jules Verne ("Whatever the Case May Be", "TLE")
48) The Oath - John Lescroart
49) An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge - Ambrose Bierce ("The Long Con")
50) The Odyssey - Homer ("Live Together, Die Alone", "Via Domus")
51) Of Mice and Men - John Steinback ("Every Man for Himself")
52) On the Road - Jack Kerouac ("The Shape of Things to Come")
53) On Writing - Stephen King
54) Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens ("Live Together, Die Alone", "Dead is Dead")
55) O Pioneers! - Willa Cather
56) The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton ("Everybody Hates Hugo")
57) The Pearl - John Steinbeck ("Everybody Hates Hugo")
58) Rainbow Six - Tom Clancy ("Orientation")
59) Rick Romer's Vision of Astrology - Rick Romer ("Left Behind")
60) Roots - Alex Haley ("Dead is Dead")
61) A Separate Reality - Carlos Castaneda
62) The Shape of Things to Come - H.G. Wells ("The Shape of Things to Come")
63) The Sheltering Sky - Paul Bowles ("Eggtown")
64) The Shining - Stephen King
65) Slaughterhouse-Five - Kurt Vonnegut
66) The Stand - Stephen King
67) The Stone Leopard - Colin Forbes ("The Man Behind the Curtain")
68) Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein ("Stranger in a Strange Land")
69) The Survivors of the Chancellor - Jules Verne
70) A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens ("A Tale of Two Cities")
71) The Third Policeman ("Orientation", "Man of Science, Man of Faith")
72)  Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll ("Through the Looking Glass", "White Rabbit")
73)  To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee ("The Cost of Living")
74) The Turn of the Screw - Henry James ("Orientation")
75) Ulysses - James Joyce ("316", "The Incident, Parts 1 and 2")
76) Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe ("Dead is Dead")
77) Valhalla Rising - Clive Cussler ("Through the Looking Glass")
78) Valis - Phillip K. Dick ("Eggtown", "The Other Woman")
79) Watership Down  - Richard Adams ("Confidence Man", "Eggtown")
80) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum ("Flashes Before Your Eyes", "The Man Behind the Curtain", "Tricia Tanaka is Dead", "There's No Place Like Home, Part 1")
81) A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle ("Numbers")

81 books! Obviously, there will be a lot of these that I won't be getting to (in particular the Ayn Rand).  We'll see how I do. Oh, and by the way, this is a very unofficial challenge.


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