Narrativity Booklist

Here are the books (and other story forms) that have been mentioned during panels. This’ll be updated periodically during the convention. If you have additions or corrections, please leave them in the comments.

Naomi Alderman, The Power
Ursula Vernon (as T. Kingfisher), “Packing”
Connie Willis, Passage
Raymond Chandler, the Philip Marlowe stories
Evelyn Waugh, Decline and Fall (the adventures of Paul Pennyfeather)
Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Samuel R. Delany, Trouble on Triton
The Wire (TV show)
Paolo Bacigalupi, The Windup Girl
James Alan Gardner, Expendable
Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant
Francis Parkman, The Oregon Trail
Patrick O’Brien
C.S. Forester, the Horatio Hornblower books
Bruce Catton, A Stillness at Appomatox
Carolyn Forche’, “The Colonel” (poem)
Gene Wolfe, Soldier of the Mist
Sylvia Plath, “Black Rook in Rainy Weather”
Tansy Undercrypt (Facebook one-paragraph stories)
Larry Coreia, the Monster Hunter books
Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events
Leverage (TV show)
Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune
A. Lee Martinez, Constance Verity Saves the World
Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle
Robin Hood (original legends, comics)
Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth Dimension (movie)
Dorothy Sayers, the Peter Whimsey novels
John LeCarre, the Smiley novels
The Bourne Identity (movie)
Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
Robert Jordan, the Wheel of Time
The Big Lebowski (movie)
Rex Stout, the Nero Wolfe novels
Doc Savage
Donald Westlake (as Richard Stark), the Parker novels
Gene Wolfe, the Wizard Knight books
F. Paul Wilson, the Repairman Jack books
Time Bandits (movie)
Lilith St. Crow
Jim Butcher
James Thurber, The Thirteen Clocks
Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers
Steven Brust, The Phoenix Guards
Robert A. Heinlein, “Lifeline”
Samuel Delany, Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
Samuel R. Delany, Babel-17
Charles Mingus Jr., Mingus Ah Um (album)
Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum
Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose
Rev. William Bingley, Memoirs of British Quadrupeds: Illustrative Principally of Their Habits of Life, Instincts, Sagacity, and Uses to Mankind. Arranged According to the System of Linnaeus (specifically dogs, bats)
Edward Eager, Half Magic
Jo Walton, Among Others
Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light
Zilpha Keatley Snyder
William Gibson, Pattern Recognition
Gene Wolfe, The Shadow of the Torturer
Samuel Beckett, Molloy
Samuel Beckett, Malone Dies
Samuel Beckett, The Unnamable

From the Pre-Joycean Fellowship Recruitment Panel:
John Crowley, Engine Summer
Benjamin Percy, Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction
Lois McMaster Bujold, the Vorkosigan series
Ann Leckie, Ancillary Justice
Tim Powers
Travis McGee
Herman Wouk, Marjorie Morningstar
James Lee Burke, In the Electric Mist with the Confederate Dead
Burn Notice (TV show)
Kim Newman, The Night Mayor
The Princess Bride (book and movie)
Iain Pears, An Instance of the Finger Post
Orson Scott Card, the Ender books
Robert B. Parker, especially the earlier books
Steven Brust and Emma Bull, Freedom and Necessity
Aldous Huxley, The Devils of Loudun

And now, back to your regularly scheduled book list:
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
N.K. Jemisin, the Broken Earth Trilogy
Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, & Jack Cohen, The Science of Discworld
Ursula K. LeGuin, The Word For World Is Forest
Elizabeth Hand
Barbara Hambly, The Time of the Dark / the Darwath Trilogy
Robert L. Forward, Dragon’s Egg
Norman Spinrad, Child of Fortune
Ursula Vernon, “Worldbuilding and the Okapi’s Butt”
John M. Ford, The Last Hot Time
Megan Lindholm, Wizard of the Pigeons
Emma Bull, War For the Oaks (these two are credited as the origns of urban fantasy)
Charles de Lint
Neal Asher, The Skinner
Blake Snyder, Save the Cat
Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics
Robert Olen Butler, The Hot Country (early 20th C. thriller)
Robert Olen Butler, From Where You Dream (writing instruction)
Robert McKee Story
Sophocles, Antigone
Alan Garner, The Owl’s Service
Samuel R. Delany, Dhalgren
Writing Excuses (podcast), episode about “Who can I write?”
Twister (movie)
Robin McKinley, Beauty
Geoff Ryman, Pol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter
Naruto (anime)
Beasts of No Nation (movie)
Seven Samurai (movie)
The Magnificent Seven (movie)
Ursula K. LeGuin, A Wizard of Earthsea
The Three Musketeers & The Four Musketeers (movies)
Avengers: Infinity War & Avengers: Endgame (movies)
Roderick Thorp, The Detective and Nothing Lasts Forever
Buffy: The Vampire Slayer (TV show)
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
Thomas Harris, The Silence of the Lambs & Red Dragon
Richard Adams, Watership Down

8 thoughts on “Narrativity Booklist

  1. Oh, thanks for doing this, Liz!
    I had a great time at the convention. Thanks for the incredible amt of work you and the other con bosses (is that the term?) put in. Looking forward to next year!

  2. Hmm… does anybody have a pic of the board from Sunday afternoon? I feel like there were more books on the right side of the board than what’s above, eg I distinctly remember a discussion about how soon a story should end after the climax of a narrative where we were contrasting Jane Austen w/ someone else, and I know those books were on the board at some point.

    1. I’m pretty sure I typed up everything that was on the board as of The Different Panel, but I’m also pretty sure there were books mentioned that didn’t make it onto the board — and it’s quite possible I missed something if it was added after that. So yeah, if anybody has a pic or their own notes that includes more titles, post it here in the comments or send it to the info address, and I’ll add ’em to the list!

  3. Im pretty sure by John Barnes got mentioned. I think I named it my all time favorite coming-of-age fantasy book.

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