A few of my favorite things…Books!

I love recommending books to people.  Unlike films, unless there is a HUGE buzz around a book, it can be hard to really get a feel for what’s out there.

Many of my favorite books were recommended to me by friends and loved ones, so it’s only fair to share the love!

I’ve broken the lists out into “recommended”, and “recommended with reservations”, in the style of the fabulous Cook’s Illustrated (another favorite thing).

Usually, the “Reservations” are because the book is incredible, but has some component that might offend a big enough chunk of people out there that it’s worth giving you a head’s up before you grab it.  Sometimes, the “Reservations” are because there is something incredible in the book, even though it might have other serious drawbacks.

Without further ado:


1. Myth Adventures by Robert Asprin

2. The Stainless Steel Rat, by Harry Harrison

4. Lady Slings the Booze, by Spider Robinson

5. Diplomat-At-Arms, by Keith Laumer

6. Phule’s Company by Robert Asprin

7. Hellspark by Janet Kagan

8. The Eight by Katherine Neville

9. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman

10. Quarter Share, by Nathan Lowell

11. Storm Front, by Jim Butcher

12. Soulless, by Gail Carriger

Recommended with Reservations

1. Inherit the Stars, by James P. Hogan

2. Kushiel’s Dart, by Jacqueline Carey

3. The True Game, by Sherri S. Tepper

4. West of Eden, by Harry Harrison

5. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein

6. Time Enough for Love, Robert A. Heinlein

7. Furies of Calderon, by Jim Butcher

8. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffery

Bonus! Guilty Pleasures

1. Sahara, by Clive Cussler

2. Killing Floor, by Lee Child

3. Created, the Destroyer, by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir

4. The Man Who Never Missed, by Steve Perry

5. Pawn of Prophecy, by David Eddings

6. Darkwalker on Moonshae, by Douglas Niles

7. Suite Scarlett, by Maureen Johnson

8. Castle Roogna, by Piers Anthony

9. Key of Light, by Nora Roberts

Bonus Bonus!  Technical Books

1. The Complete HyperCard Handbook, by Danny Goodman

2. Oracle: The Complete Reference, by George Koch and Kevin Loney

3. The Pragmatic Programmer, by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas

4. Coders at Work, by Peter Seibel

5. Thinking in Java, by Bruce Eckel

Short Stories

1. Diplomat-At-Arms, by Keith Laumer

2. Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry

3. Prostho Plus, by Piers Anthony

Scarred for Life Books

1. Anthonology, by Piers Anthony

2. Wizard’s First Rule, by Terry Goodkind

3. Splatterpunks: Extreme Horror, edited by Paul F. Sammon

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