Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I Love Banned Books!

Are you like me that there are certain times when an organization, person, or official body tells you no, you just want to do the very opposite? If my boss says "I don't think you can accomplish that" I just want to prove them wrong. When the government says you have to learn this and you have to do that, I want to make raspberries with my tongue at them. I want to go to NYC and drink five super big gulps in front of Blomberg... kindof like that.

That is akin to the way I feel about most of the Banned Books I have read in my life. Many books on the forthcoming list have been favorites of mine, and if not a favorite, ones who have left lasting impressions on my mind and that I have spent much time pondering. My life has been enriched because of these books. Since some of my favorite genres are Fantasy and Sci-Fi, this list concentrates heavily in those areas. It is by no means all inclusive. I have starred all the books on the list that I have read and have made it a life goal to continue reading banned books. No one is going to tell me what or how to think, I will decide that for myself, thank-you.

Banned SF Books (By Year)

1726 Gullivers Travels by Jonathan Swift
1818 Frankenstein by Mary Shelly *
1932 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley *
1945 Animal Farm by George Orwell *
1949 1984 by George Orwell *
1950 The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
1951 The Day After Tomorrow by R. A. Heinlein
1953 Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury *
1954 Lord of the Flies by William Golding *
1954 Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien *
1959 Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
1961 Stranger in a Strange Land by R.A. Heinlein *
1962 A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
1963 Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
1966 The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
1966 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
1968 Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut
1969 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
1971 Grendel by John Gardner
1974 Carrie by Stephen King
1976 Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice
1979 The Dead Zone by Stephen King
1979 The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams *
1988 The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
1993 The Giver by Lois Lowry *
1995 the Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman *
1997 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling *
1997 Shade's Children by Garth Nix
1981 Cujo by Stephen King
1985 The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood *
2003 The Amulet of Samarkand by Johnathan Stroud
Two newer ones I heard about being banned: The Hunger Games by Susan Collins *
                                         The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
If you have other books in the genre to add to the list please leave a comment, because I will probably want to read them!

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