I used to call this part “What I’m Reading” but I failed to update it very much. So I decided to list some of my favorite books here, books I will keep on my shelves always. Some are old, some are newer, but all are books I’d pick up and read multiple times.
- The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov. This was one of the first SF books I ever read, and it inspired me to become an avid SF reader, and a big fan of Dr. Asimov.
- Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein. This pop-philosophy book was maybe the first novel that made me realize that books could do more than entertain — they could also make one think…
- The Stand, Stephen King. This epic tome made me realize the power of storytelling, as King weaves together his characters and settings into something that seemed very real to me.
- Salem’s Lot, Stephen King. More than any other book, this vampire tale showed me how a setting could become as important as the characters and the plot. Salem’s Lot became a sort of character in its own right.
- Lamb, Christopher Moore. This book about a teenaged Jesus (Josh) and his best friend Biff is funny, irreverent, and thought-provoking. I sort of wish it wasn’t fiction.
- The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkein. A classic of fantasy literature. I am not generally a big fantasy reader, but this one (and the Peter Jackson films) blew me away.
- Night Shift, Stephen King. The power of the short story, revealed to me. I hadn’t read much Bradbury (though I had read some Asimov shorts) by the time I read this. I liked the style and content. It was stuff I could write. So it influenced me a lot.
I’ll add more as I think of them. For now, that’s a pretty good start.