Tuesday 1 May 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books You'd Like To See Made Into A Movie

Now that the epic Blogging from A to Z Challenge is over, my plan is to take a break form such a hectic blogging schedule. However, I don't want to totally lose momentum. Things got a little crazy at times but I did really enjoy it!

Part of my plan for keeping up with blogging regularly is to find other challenges to participate in. Maybe I'll do some personal ones, too, but group challenges are really fun!

Here is one I just found that sounds like something I could really get into: "Top Ten Tuesday" by The Broke and the Bookish. Lists about books. Perfect!!! (I discovered this weekly challenge on Colin D Smith's blog, another A to Z participant.)

So, here is my first go at it...
  1. Decipher by Stel Pavlou - This is an epic, geeky, mythological disaster novel. It would play well in that Day After Tomorrow/Indiana Jones/StarGate genre. Kind of brain candy, but so much fun!
  2. The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie - Now that House is over, maybe he can work on the squeal to this novel. This is an hilarious thriller. Very well written. Hugh is also a very talented musician. He can do everything.
  3. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson - I adore Stephenson's work and this is probabley my favourite! Another epic. (I like epic novels and movies.) Super geeky but also historical. I don't know if you could fit this into one movie... maybe a BBC mini-series. They are good at those things.
  4. Foundation (full series) by Issac Asimov - This would have to include the Foundation, Galactic Empire and Robot series' as well. There is a lot of material but it is all so fantastic and weaves together in interesting ways. It is a relevant commentary on our society. And has lots of space travel and robots.
  5. The Theif Who Couldn't Sleep (Evan Tanner series) by Lawrence Block - Not his most popular character but still the only one I've read. And I love it! I think Zachary Quinto would make an awesome Tanner. He's fairly good looking but also does creepy well. Tanner is a very complicated guy.
  6. The Zero Hour by Joseph Finder - This was the first novel I read by Finder. He's one of my favourite authors now! I doubt this will ever get made as it is about a bombing of the World Trade Centre (written in 1996). But it has such great characters and a great plot! Maybe they could just change the building of target.
  7. Iron Druid (series) by Kevin Hearne - Urban fantasy is all the rage and this is an original concept in the genre. A relatively mild-mannered druid who looks 21 years but is actually 21 centuries old. It's pretty fun. His dog is awesome.
  8. The Kill Artist (series) by Daniel Silva - This one is a bit more serious than the rest. It is the first in a series about an Israeli sleeper agent who is an art restorer by trade. It has some fairly heavy themes but is also a fast-past thriller that moves across Europe. (Similar feel as The Bourne Identity at times, only he's trying to forget his past rather than recall it.)
  9. Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore - My favourite novels by Moore are still Lamb and A Dirty Job, but I think this one would lend itself well to the big screen. I can't say anything about it without spoilers.
  10. Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut - As much as I love his work, most of his novels wouldn't make great screen adaptations. Even with Bruce Willis, Breakfast of Champions did not do well. And I really can't imagine capturing the magic of Slaughterhouse Five. This one seems more doable. And is still one of the classics!


  1. It would be great if Hugh Laurie wrote a sequel.

    1. I know, right? It's be scheduled to come out since, like, 1996 or something... *sigh*

  2. Man, the only thing on your list that I've read is the Asimov stuff. I've read some Vonnegut (including Slaughterhouse Five) but not Cat's Cradle.

    1. Well, I can honestly say I would recommend each of these novels. They are fairly different from each other but I enjoyed them all. :)

      If you do read any of them, I'd be interested to hear what your impressions are.

  3. I'm sure a review for any I read will show up on my blog. I do have Snow Crash on the way from Amazon. If I like that one, I'm sure I'll read more of Stephenson's stuff. And I've been meaning to read Cat's Cradle for a while, but I just haven't gotten to it.

    1. I am following you so I look forward to your review on Snow Crash!