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of lists & re-hashment.

by Rob Friesel

As is the tradition, I take a friend’s idea and follow up on it. Giving you…

Top 5 novels/stories that I would like to adapt for film:

  1. Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
  2. “Angel” – Pat Cadigan
  3. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace1
  4. “Hinterlands” – William Gibson
  5. Grendel – John Gardner

Top 5 books I wish I had written:

  1. Infinite Jest
  2. Neuromancer
  3. Perdido Street Station
  4. The Diamond Age (or A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer)
  5. Grendel

Top 5 movies that I would have done differently:

  1. Clerks
  2. The Matrix (all three of them, in increasing orders of magnitude.)
  3. Pi
  4. Johnny Mnemonic
  5. Jurassic Park

Top 5 under-rated movies:

  1. Dave
  2. Aliens (no, really!)
  3. Chocolat
  4. Lola Rennt
  5. High Strung
  1. From Don Gately’s perspective, of course. []

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

3 Responses to of lists & re-hashment.

Anonymous says:

Oh my god! ‘Dave’ is a great underrated movie! I would have to put that on my list and bump Unbreakable to #6 on my list. Great pick.

-m

kr8n says:

what?!? i thought you despised Perdido Street Station???

cripes. oh, his newest, Iron Council, is out. i’m roughly 200 pages in. it rocks.

i still need to call you back, don’t i?

found_drama says:

to say that i “despised” Perdido Street Station would be a slight exaggeration. on his recent visit, john-boy convinced me to re-read it from a different angle. so i did. while i still am not as enamoured with its prose as some, my opinion of it did rise. and i grudgingly admit that a major source of my resentment is the fact that it makes its appearance on the top 5 list in question.

and yes, you do owe me a call-back.

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