Books I Love

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.

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One thought on “Books I Love

  1. Steven M. Moore

    Hi Scott,
    I’m honored to be in such good company.
    I’m doing another book for a Bookpleasures review right now.
    Heading for the summer doldrums as far as movies are concerned, so it’s a good time to catch up on that old TBRoR list (‘to be read or reviewed”). It grows too fast these days.
    I always get some comic relief from politics, of course. 🙂
    r/Steve

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