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Narrativity 2021 Book List

Many, many fine books and other media have been mentioned in panels. Here they are! (This list will be updated as we go.)

-Story Trumps Structure – Steven James (character development advice; Putty people vs. Pebble people)
-Flashman series – George MacDonald Fraser (character who doesn’t change)
-Trouble on Tritan – Samuel Delaney (character who can’t recognize own mistakes; putty world, pebble character)
-Wired for Story – Lisa Cron (Non-fiction: people read a story while in MRI machine. Story is how we learn. Neuro-biological necessity of story.)
-Ancillary Justice – Anne Leckie (non-human characters)
-The Gods Themselves – Isaac Asimov (non-human characters)
-Johnny Got His Gun – Dalton Trumbo (character unable to “act”)
-Chronicles of Amber series, first five books – Roger Zelazny
-This Immortal – Roger Zelazny
-Marching Through Georgia – S.M. Stirling (benefits of critique – for what isn’t there)
-Save the Cat! series – various authors (craft/process advice for non-beginner writers)
-Immediate Fiction (writing advice for being “in the moment”)
-The Somnambulist – Jonathan Barnes (lovely writing, terrible afterword)
-The English Patient (great sentences, not great story)
-Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (using religion/race, etc. as shorthand (does it? is it preoblematic?))
-The Black Witch – Laurie Forest (new YA author getting “cancelled” for how prejudice ws dealt with)
-Snowcrash – Neal Stephenson (good novel!)
-Gallileo’s Middle Finger – Alice Dreger (non-fiction dealing with how new “trends” cancel work that is valid)
-Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria – Beverly Daniel Tatum (importance of seeing stories from all perspectives)
-“It isn’t a highway and it doesn’t have lanes” – Steven Brust (essay on art and identity politics)

Twisted By Knaves list:
-Mark Twain – Huckleberry Finn
-Harriet Beecher Stowe – Uncle Tom’s Cabin
-Porter – A Girl of the Limberlost
-Laura Ingalls Wilder – the Little House books
-Nancy Drew series
-Greek Mythology
-Alex Ross – Wagnersim (about these changes)
-Frederick Maryatt
-Anna Sewell – Black Beauty
-E.L. Konigsburg – From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (showing kids how different people live)
-Louisa May Alcott – Little Women
-Diary of Anne Frank
-L. Frank Baum – Wizard of Oz
-E. Nesbit – lots of children’s literature
-The Arabian Nights – Mushin Mahdi, Husain Heddawy
-Jonathan Swift – Gulliver’s Travels
-H.P. Lovecraft
-Ruthanna Emrys
-James P. Hogan
-John Barnes (YA space opera: Losers In Space)

-The Marian – Andy Weir (self-pub success)
-Enola Holmes series – Netflix
-Among Us – Jo Walton (love letter to being a young SF fan)
-Tooth & Claw – Jo Walton (Regency Romance where all the characters are dragons)
-Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (film) (rejuvenation)
-The Music-Box – Laurel & Hardy short film (rejuvenation)
-Nomadland (film) – (older folks living in vans/RVs)
-Mistborn trilogy – Brandon Sanderson
-Brandon Sanderson’s BYU writing course on YouTube (writing instruction & advice)
-Writing Excuses podcast – Brandon Sanderson & Mary Robinette Kowal (writing instruction & advice)
-anything by Elmore Leonard (playing with assumptions
-Rick Riordan books (the links/Easter eggs between not just books in the same series, but between series)
-Elbert’s Bad Word – Audrey Wood (children’s book)
-The Expanse books – James SA Corey (world-building through dialect/word choice)
-Riddley Walker – Russel Hoban (world-building through language)
-Iron Druid Chronicles – Kevin Hearne (language use to change mindset (Latin for magic))
-Bekka Cooper series – Tamora Pierce (use of real world language in fantasy setting (not necessarily good if you know the language?))
-Lost Language of Symbolism – Alonzo Gaskill (non-fiction: what symbols mean, old symbols whose meanings have been lost)
-The Country of Ice Cream Star – Sandra Newman (character patois)
-The Void Captain’s Tale – Norman Spinrad (very 1970s, but cool futuristic language supporting the worldbuilding)
-Too Like the Lightning – Ada Palmer (use of pronouns)
-Dark Companion – Marta Acosta (writing for readers who know X, still enjoyable for people who don’t)
-The Eyes Have It – Philip K. Dick
-Henry IV Part 1 – William Shakespeare (foils: Prince Hal & Hotspur Henry)
-John Barnes
-Gene Wolfe (just read his stuff)
-John M. Ford (just read his stuff too)
-Silverlock – John Myers Myers (multiple levels of understanding)
-The Wasteland – T.S. Eliot
-Fantasy Fiction Formula – Delora Chester (Butcher follows this)
-On Becoming A Novelist, On Writers and Writing, and On Moral Fiction – John Gardner (writing exercises)
-Riddle-Master of Hed – Patricia McKillip (starting to show what’s being lost)
-Middlemarch – George Eliot (beginnings)
-The Good Place (TV series) (pacing)
-Prydain series – Lloyd Alexander (taking a series in a different direction)
-Eragon/Inheritence Cycle – Christopher Paolini (power creep done well)
-The Blinding Knife series – Brent Weeks
-Short Stack Ninja – Chris “Fox” Wallace (self-published)
-Terry Pratchett (just read it all) (author personality vs. character voice; timing)
-Anathem – Neal Stephenson (compressed ending, not satisfactory)
-Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. – Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland (great ending)
-Travis McGee books – John D. McDonald (wit, observations of life)
-Mindkiller – Spider Robinson (great writing, too easy answer at end)
-Clone Wars animated series
-The Last Sun & The Hanged Man – K.D. Edwards (satisfying endings, w/ fun characters who make you want more)
-The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman (cliffhanger that didn’t piss off the reader)
-The Company of Wolves – Elizabeth Bear (book with lots of fighting that elides all the fight scenes)
-Gloriana – Michael Moorecock (more elided fight scenes)
-Patriot’s Fire, Fighting Sails series – Alaric Bond (Age of Sail that shows true haze of war (environmental, psychological, physical)
-Ghost Teams book 1 – Bobby Brimmer
-Singer of Souls – Adam Stemple (downer ending)
-The Destroyer books – various authors (mentor who doesn’t die (just try killing him))
-Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls (you hate it but it’s good)
-Bridge to Terabithia – Katherina Patterson (you hate it but it’s good)
-War For the Oaks – Emma Bulls

Software/Apps/Websites:
-Plottr
-Oblique Strategies (cards/website/apps)
-Dynalist.io
-Scrivener
-World Anvil

Books that weren’t mentioned in panels but people think are cool:
-The Sense of Style – Steven Pinker (burden of omniscience – approaches to remedy)
-Becoming a Writer – Dorothea Brande (how to get yourself to get words on page)

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