Moth said --
Oooh! I want to play the desert island game. Here's my six:
1. These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
2. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
3. Agnes and the Hitman by Crusie/Mayer
4. Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart
5. Brother Cadfael's Penance by Ellis Peters
6. One of Terry Pratchett's Guards books
but I'd just have to close my eyes an grab because I just couldn't pick ONE in cold blood...
Actually...I am rather well-endowed. I would so be willing to stuff a book down my cleavage to have extra reading material on a desert island.
In that case, I should be smart like Jo and say a ship building book- instead I'd probably take another Pratchett.
I will read Agnes and the Hitman. I haven't bought it yet because there is physically no more room on my TBR shelves.
Agnes can only squeak in on the left side when I pull a book out of the right.
Nine Coaches is a leading entry in my internal 'What the Hell is That Title Supposed To Mean' contest.
While excellent, it's not my very favorite Stewart ...
(jo ponders which is her favorite Stewart ... ponder ... ponder ... maybe My Brother Michael.)
Gaiman I haven't read. I know him only as a blogger.
A fine and proper Cadfael to choose. I would probably have picked One Corpse Too Many by the merest hair's-breadth. Her series is so consistently dense and so good that any one of them could represent the body of work, so to speak. Penance is arguably the one with deepest emotional stakes for Cadfael himself.
Terry Pratchett is someone I enjoy, but not one of the thirty or so S.F. writers I seek out.
Pratchett sold his first story when he was 13.
(Definitely kissing cousin to envy.)