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12:34 pm: Superversive Books

Today's the day! 

We are actually beginning our Superversive Book List! Our goal is to have a suggested reading list that can be shared about, listing books–from all time periods–that are worth reading! Hopefully, this will eventuall lead to a Year's Best list and a Superversive Award.

But for now, we are merely compiling a list. The results will be posted in a special Superversive Reading List place.

What is a Superversive book, you ask? A book that lives up to the motto: Good storytelling, great ideas

For convenience sake, while this is not necessary, it would be nice if you could mark your suggestions by catagory:

Superversive — good storytelling, great ideas

    Starship Trooper 
    Harry Potter 

Noumenal Superversive (NS) – what I call Superversive–a story that lifts you out of the ordinary into something finer and higher.

     The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe — and all the Narnia books
     Wrinkle In Time

Childrens — books that are Superversive, but specifically for children.

   Watership Down
   The Dark is Rising

So come one, come all!

Write down your favorite Superversive book titles! 

Leave suggestions here

Suggestions so far:

Watership Down"

"A Wrinkle in Time"

"Awake in the Night Land"

Narnia books, of course

"Lord of the Rings", of course

Tunnel in the Sky —- Heinlein

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress — Heinlein

The Iliad ———Homer

Citizen of the Galaxy — Heinlein

Starship Troopers — Heinlein

"No. 1 Ladies' Detective Series

Harry Potter

Nine Princes of Amber

Screwtape Letters.

The Prisoner of Zenda

The Charwoman's Shadow,

The King of Elfland's Daughter.

 Ballad of the White Horse

The Napoleon of Notting Hill

The Four Men: A Farrago

For Young Children: The Madeline series by Ludwig Bemelmans

The Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

The Christmas Day Kitten by James Herriot…
A Little Princess (or Sara Crewe) by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

A Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L'Engle

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

the Princess series by Jessica Day George

Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote

The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne CollinsT

The Rachel Griffin series by L. Jagi Lamplighter… 
O. Henry's short stories–The Last Leaf

The Gift of the Magi; the story story by Isaac Asimov

The Ugly Little Boy; Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

The Lord of the Ring series by J.R.R. Tolkien

True Grit by Charles Portis

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz

Shane by Jack Schaefer

The People series by Zenna Henderson

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmauska Orczy

The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Antigone by Sophocles

Psalms of Isaak by Ken Scholes

Joy Cometh with the Mourning by Dave Freer

Frontier Magic series by Patricia C. Wrede

Saga of the Forgotten Warrior series by Larry Correia

the Chronicles of Brather Cadfael by Ellis Peters

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Good Omens e Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas

Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry

The Shifter series by Sarah A. Hoyt

St. Patrick's Gargoyle by Katherine Kurtz…

The Secret Garden

The Railway Children

Roger Lancelyn Green's Adventures of Robin Hood

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Ring of Bright Water

Pride and Prejudice.

"Who Fears the Devil?" by Manly Wade Wellman


Originally posted to Welcome to Arhyalon. (link)


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Date:January 20th, 2017 08:15 pm (UTC)
I love this project!

I don't have any titles to contribute, although I will note that Toni Morrison - while she has publicly aligned herself with the Democrats - also reveals some conservative sensibilities, especially in her later novels. (In particular, the protagonist of 'God Help the Child' is a young black man named Booker who questions his professors' leftist bias.) Also there is a strong pro-life sensibility running through all her books, beginning with 'The Bluest Eye' (pay careful attention to the sub-plot around Pecola's unborn baby) and most explicitly in 'Home' (in the figure of the sinister, Sanger-reading abortionist Dr. Beauregard).
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Date:January 21st, 2017 11:05 pm (UTC)
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Date:January 21st, 2017 01:25 am (UTC)
I can't seem to get logged in on the site, but I'd also suggest Back to the Moon by Travis S. Taylor and Les Johnson. It's hard sf about a commercial circumlunar spaceflight discovering a secret Chinese mission marooned on Farside, and the heroic teamwork by both the commercial spaceflight company and NASA that enables their rescue.
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Date:January 21st, 2017 11:05 pm (UTC)
Added it to my version of the list!
Date:February 4th, 2017 01:53 am (UTC)

Childrens books

I know that the Newberry Award has been fully converged, but when I was growing up it was a sign of a book that was probably worth reading. Pretty much anything before the mid-60's would be worth considering, but some of my favorites are:
Doctor Doolittle (series)
Little House on the Prairie (series)
Mr. Poppers Penguins
Call it Courage
Rabbit Hill
Justin Morgan Had A Horse, King of the Wind
The Twenty-One Balloons
Charlottes Web
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
Old Yeller
The Great Wheel
My Side of the Mountain
Island of the Blue Dolphins
A Wrinkle in Time
The Black Cauldron

Which is a lot of books that weren't the science fiction I mostly read
I'd also add Stuart Little, which I didn't see on the list.

And I don't see Space Cadet or Farmer in the Sky or Citizen of the Galaxy.

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Date:February 5th, 2017 05:10 am (UTC)

Re: Childrens books

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