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.

Authors everyone should read:

Douglas Adams:

Comedy of a singular nature, I can't recommend him enough. The essential Douglas Adams:

Steven Brust:

Wonderful fantasy, with a marvelously cynical twist. You can't go wrong with these.

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:

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.

Tim Powers:

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 surprise.

S.M. Stirling:

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.

David Weber:

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, extremely readable.

Books that scared the snot out of me:

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