Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Top 10 Books has asked me for my list of Top 10 Books, so in the interest of filling my nascent web site I thought I'd give you a preview:

1. A Game of Thrones (and all its sequels) by George R. R. Martin
2. Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan
3. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
4. An Alien Heat by Michael Moorcock
5. Coming of Age in the Milky Way by Tim Ferris
6. Ubik by Philip K. Dick
7. The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison
8. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The List of Seven by Mark Frost
10. Shibumi by Trevanian

Without thinking about it for too long, these are the books that have had the greatest impact on my life. Not included are many graphic novels (Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns and Preacher to name a few), books I have recorded (the works of Tim Dorsey and Christopher Moore particularly), and the glorious heroic fiction of writers like Sapper, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, and the late David Gemmell. Oh, and just about everything by Frank Herbert, Larry Niven, Philip Jose Farmer, Frederik Pohl... Can I do a list of top 1,000 books?

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