You're packing your bag for that other desert island—the one with no electricity—what 5 books do you take with you?
Bram Stoker - Five Novels: Hopefully someone else is carrying my luggage. This gives me Dracula (an absolute necessity) plus other Victorian gothic/horror lit (also a necessity).
Baroness Orczy - The Scarlet Pimpernel: If there's a huge volume with more than one Pimpernel book, I'd bring that. In lieu of that, must have this one. I must be able to lie on the beaches, in my hut, in my self-made hammock and read about the prefect hero.
Stephen King - Lisey's Story: It's the right balance of fantasy and horror. It's got a strong female protagonist. It's creative, beautiful, terrible, haunting, romantic, epic. I didn't expect this to be the one Stevie novel to take if I could only have one.
Bill Watterson - Complete Calvin & Hobbes: Yeah, someone else is carrying my luggage. If I'm spending lord knows how long on this rock, I want my Calvin & Hobbes.
William Shakespeare - Complete Works (Riverside Shakespeare): Elizabethan history and insight, every play, every sonnet, lots of footnotes. Enough reading material to fill years. Plus, I could do puppet theatre, stick figure theatre, painted rock theatre, musical reed theatre, wacky coconut theatre, stuffed bird theatre, clam theatre, one-woman-show theatre... the possibilities are endless. And as a good NRA man once said about doing Shakespeare again and again and again: because you never completely get it right.
Though I think the coconuts might come close...