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21) Frankenstein by Mary Shelly (published 1818) 2013 Arcturus edition. Reading this classic is an eye opener. The style is a bit busy with classical and historical references that and educated person from 200 years would clue into better. But it does give a look at the infancy of novel writing and a new form of horror icon, mad scientist and monster, but no Igor - he was a movie creation.

22) Dracula by Bram Stoker (published 1897) 2012 edition. Another horror classic I had not read till now. It had some of the sentimentality of the Victorian era but it had some more modern touches, like Mina's typing skills pulling all the information into a coherent time line. This book is a classic for a reason so I heartily recommend reading it.

23) The Island of Dr Moreau by H. G. Wells. (published 1896) Unabridged Dover Edotion (1996). More of a novella than an novel, the science maybe a bit too fantastical but the theme of modification of animals and men is timeless.

24) The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells. (published 1897) Unabridged Dover Edition (1992). Another novella that is more like a science thriller full of mystery and some genuine thought about what it means to be invisible and it's psychological consequences.

25) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. (published 1865) and 26) Through the Looking Glass (published 1871) by Lewis Carol. Grosset and Dunlap Edition 1939. This fanciful classic can a bit dauting but has moments where you can sympathize with our heroine as she navigates Wonderland and The Looking Glass world.

27) A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. (published 1917) Sterling Publishing 2011. This book was better than I expected. It still has thewhite man saving Mars but the attention to cultural detail was better than I expected from a pulp novel. Highly recommend it for the sci-fi adventure fans.

28) The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury. Simon & Schuster 2012. The collection of short stories has some highs and lows, some stories irritated me while others amused me. A collection worth reading.

29) The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin. (1969) Ace Edition 2010. A reread but worth it. Looking at this book when I older gives me a better appreciation of the hard work that went into making a civilization with no permanent gender.

30) Little Brother by Cory Doctrow. 2008. With it's vague allusion to Big Brother, Little Brother is a juvenile modern sci-fi thriller for the post 9/11 internet world. A good read with some pointed reminders that thins can go from bad to to worse unless people stand up to their government sometimes.

31) Tunkasila: From the Birth of Turtle Island to the Blood of Wounder Knee by Gerald Hausman. 1993. A collection of Native American tales covering the mythical beginning to the present, covering time and geography of North America.

32) Tropic of the Sea by Satshi Kon. (Japan 2011) 2013. A cautionary manga story about the complicated relationship a small town has with the sea and the changes that development brings, and not always for the best.

33) Villette by Charlotte Bronte (1853) Signet Classic 1987. It was a month long slog through this Victorian novel, very introspective and observational work. But not a re-read any time soon.

34) Cold Days by Jim Butcher 2013. Dresdend's deal with Mab comes with complications and lot enemies, some old, some new.

35) The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks 2008. A fantasy page turner. Azoth has to make hard choices to survive in the Warrens, and it's not only him who suffers for his inaction at times. But things change when he becomes the apprentice of the most feared assassin – Durzo Blint.

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