Books I Like
Favorite books of all time
I've been reading since I was six years old, and I now have over two
thousand paperback books in my collection. I have a lot of favorites, but
I'll try to cull it down a tad.
Four. Hmm. I think I'll stop there a bit.
- Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
Out of all of Heinlein's books, this is one of my two favorites.
The whole Bug War theme is only a backdrop to the real story, about what
duty, honor, responsibility, loyalty, and service really mean. Not only
that, but what it means to be willing to put one's life on the line for
something bigger than one's self.
- The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
Yes, I like The Lord of the Rings too, but this one is still my
favorite. Probably the best high fantasy it's ever been my privilege to read.
- The Long Run, Daniel Keys Moran
Simply magnificent. No other words suffice to describe this book, it's
incredible. Moran has also generated three other fine novels, but this
one is by far the best.
- The Killer Angels, Michael Sharra
The thing that still amazes me about this book is that it eluded me for
so long. Published in 1973, I discovered it 20 years after it was
released. This is a Civil War novel, about the Battle of Gettysburg, seen
through the eyes of just a few of the 100,000 some odd men who fought
there. It's an engrossing portrait of men caught up in the worst sort of
war, and a view of bits of the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil.
Authors everyone should read:
Comedy of a singular nature, I can't recommend him enough. The essential
- The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
- The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe
- Life, The Universe, And Everything
- So long, and thanks for all the fish
Wonderful fantasy, with a marvelously cynical twist. You can't go wrong
Lois McMaster Bujold:
I can't rave about Bujold enough, her books are just great fun. These are
probably the only books I own that have permanent bookmarks in then, so I
can find the really funny scenes and show them to people I'm trying to
convince to read her work.
Michael P. Kube-McDowell:
- Shards Of Honor
- The Warrior's Apprentice
- Ethan Of Athos
- Falling Free
- Brothers In Arms
- Borders Of Infinity
- The Vor Game
- The Spirit Ring
- Mirror Dance
I'd call Kube-McDowell the best hard SF writer today. He's a true
storyteller, like Heinlein at his best, and the books leave me
feeling good when I'm done with them.
- The Quiet Pools
I'm not sure how to describe Powers' work. It's a sort of science fiction
and fantasy crossed, with elements of alternate history and god knows what
else. I think these are out of print, but if you hunt in used bookstores
you should be able to find them. I think you'll get a very pleasant
- The Drawing Of The Dark
- The Anubis Gates
A chilling alternate history, one where three fourths of the Earth's
surface is dominated by the descendants of the early white South African
settlers. Good SF, terrifying concept.
- Marching Through Georgia
- Under The Yoke
- The Stone Dogs
Military Science Fiction. Few people do it as well as David Drake, but
Weber manages to do it better. He has a number of books out, but
I only have seven, the series about a Naval officer named Honor
Harrington, in the service of the Star Kingdom of Manticore. Great stuff,
- On Basilisk Station
- The Honor Of The Queen
- The Short Victorious War
- Field Of Dishonor
- Flag In Exile
- Honor Among Enemies
- In Enemy Hands
Books that scared the snot out of me:
- Into The Out Of, Alan Dean Foster
It sounds odd, but of all the books I've ever read this is the only one
that really scared me. It's so chilling I've only ever read it
once, even though I still own a copy.
- 'Salem's Lot, Steven King
It seems a bit trite to include an obvious horror novelist here, but hey,
it's my page, so I will. To me this is one of King's finest works, I just
recently re-read it for the umpteenth time, and it's still my favorite.