Books I Recommend
I read tons of books. Here are some writes I like enough to write about.
I'll add more here as I remember them or find new ones.
Check these out. I like to buy books from the excellent web
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I just read Dan Simmons' Endymion, a sequel to his famous
science fiction books Hyperion and The Fall of
Hyperion. It was good, but be warned: it ends in a way that
clearly points to more sequels.
Fritz Leiber wrote an incredible series about characters named
Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser. The world of Nehwon and city of Lankhmar are
stirring fantasy creations. I can't recommend the short stories about
these characters strongly enough. I especially like the stories "Ill Met
in Lankhmar" and "Lean Times in Lankhmar."
Gene Wolfe wrote some books about a torturer named Severian
living in something that is supposed to be the far future, but feels a
lot more like the distant past. Together, the four novels are called
The Book of the New Sun. The world created in these novels
is intricate and awesome.
Richard Dawkins wrote a famous popular-science book called
The Selfish Gene. This is one of the most compelling
science books I have ever read. Dawkins makes his case so convincingly
that I had to cool down after reading it and reconsider his arguments
again to see if they made sense. They hold up pretty well.
Harlan Ellison has written a lot of fiction, television, and is
famous as a science fiction writer. I highly recommend his non-fiction
and commentary. Ellison is an incredible egomaniac, but also a great
writer. I loved his collection of columns from the now-defunct LA
Weekly, called Harlan Ellison's Watching.
Robertson Davies has written a number of excellent novels. My
favorite is a book called The Fifth Business, the first of
a trilogy often called The Deptford Trilogy. Davies novels
are mostly set in Canada. His trilogies are actually trilogies-three
separate novels that weave together into a whole, not a long book
divided into three volumes. The Deptford Trilogy is about
art, magic, and how different the world looks to each person in it. Each
book in the trilogy is from the point of view of a different character.
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