Recommended Reads

I’ve had a number of people ask me for books that I recommend reading (on several different fora.) Here is a completely *not comprehensive* list of books that come with very strong recommends from me. I’ll update this as often as I think about it. Hope you enjoy them, if you do, I’d love to talk with you about them, so feel free to contact me.

freeimage-12608315-webtl;dr / most important order:
‘The Portrait of Dorian Gray’
‘Snow Crash’
‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’
‘The Dispossessed’
‘The Sun Also Rises’

‘Tigana’ (and others) by Guy Gavriel Kay (#1 fantasy fic book of all time, and my #1 of all.)
‘Lord of the Rings’ & ‘The Silmarillion’ by JRR Tolkien
‘The Belgariad’ (series) by David Eddings
‘The Riftwar Saga’ (series) by Raymond E Feist
‘The Dragon Riders of Pern’ (series) by Anne McCaffrey (read them in the order she released them for best effect.)
‘The Earthsea Cycle’ (series) by Ursula K. Le Guin (this is the fantasy series I cut my teeth on.)
‘American Gods’, ‘Stardust’, and ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman

SciFi (these tend to be much more… significant… than the fantasy lit.)
‘Dune’ by Frank Herbert (just the first does it, but you can read the series if you want. This is a yearly read for me.)
‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury (can never read this one enough.)
‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ (and others) by Phillip K. Dick
‘Neuromancer’ by William Gibson
‘Snow Crash’ by Neal Stephenson (absolute necessary read.)
‘The Dispossessed’ by Ursula K. Le Guin
‘Childhood’s End’, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (and many others) by Arthur C. Clarke
‘The Foundation Universe’ (series) by Isaac Asimov

Pulp (light, but really good reading)
‘The Barsoom’ (series) by Edgar Rice Burroughs (John Carter, origins of Star Wars stuff.)
‘Temeraire’ (series) by Naomi Novik (naval fiction + dragons = awesome)
‘The Brethren’ by Henry Rider Haggard
‘Starship Troopers’ by Robert A. Heinlein

Comedy / Parody
‘Discworld’ (series) by Terry Pratchett
‘Fool’, ‘Fluke’, ‘Lamb’, (and just about anything) by Christopher Moore
‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams

General Fiction
‘Fight Club’ and ‘Survivor’ (and others) by Chuck Palahniuk
‘Catch 22’ by Joseph Heller
‘Catcher in the Rye’ by J. D. Salinger
‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ by Ken Kesey
‘Cat’s Cradle’ and ‘Slaughterhouse Five’ by Kurt Vonnegut

Classic Fic
‘Winesburg, Ohio’ by Sherwood Anderson
‘East of Eden’ (and others) by John Steinbeck
‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’ by Thomas Hardy
‘Silas Marner’ and ‘Adam Bede’ by George Eliot
‘The Heart of Darkness’ by Joseph Conrad
‘The Dubliners’ and (if you are brave) ‘Ulysses’ by James Joyce
‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘Kim’ by Rudyard Kipling
‘The Portrait of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde (best villain in all of literature)
‘The Sun Also Rises’ by Ernest Hemingway
‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald
‘Alas Babylon’ by Pat Frank
…this list could go on and on…

Non Fic
‘The Starfish and the Spider’ by Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom
‘Blink’ and ‘Outliers’ by Malcolm Gladwell
‘The Pentagon’s New Map’ by Thomas P.M. Barnett
‘The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich’ by William L. Shirer
‘The Things They Carried’ by Tim O’Brien
‘The Forge of Christendom’ by Tom Holland

‘Das Nibelungenlied’
‘Völsunga’ (saga)
‘The Epic of Gilgamesh’
‘The Ramayana’
‘One Thousand and One Nights’
‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’
‘The Decameron’ by Giovanni Boccaccio
‘Njáls saga’ (though this is technically not a mythology, but a history.)

16 and under (because a couple of people have said, ‘what about [nostalgic series]’ these are great at this age, but don’t stand up to an initial reading later in life.)
‘Ender’s Game’ by Orson Scott Card (and the series if you wish.)
‘The Chronicles of Prydain’ (series) by Lloyd Alexander (yearly read through high school)
‘Watership Down’ by Richard Adams
‘Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH’ by Robert C. O’Brien (though this one might stand up to a read as an adult, I’m not sure if it’s because of revelation, or genuine greatness.)
‘The Neverending Story’ by Michael Ende (even if you’ve seen the movie, especially if you have not.)
‘Harry Potter’ (series) by J. K. Rowling


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