Book List

“I need to compile a book list of ones you recommend.” – goaterhead

Okay yeah. Let’s do that.

This’ll be an ever growing list. I’ll put it up as a simple post, but link it in the sidebar. I’m not going to post the standards. Yeah, read the Tao, Machiavelli, The Bible, Lord of the Rings, The Analects of Confucius, Meditations, Hemmingway, and as much Cormac McCarthy as you can stand (for me, not a lot.) Yeah yeah, we all know those.

Philosophy/Metaphysics:

  • “In Search Of The Miraculous” – P.D. Ouspensky
  • “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” – Shunryu Suzuki
  • “Finite and Infinite Games” – James P. Carse

Nonfiction:

  • “The Antidote: Happiness for people who can’t stand positive thinking” – Oliver Burkeman
  • “Unfuckology” – Amy Alkon
  • “Think And Grow Rich” and (almost more importantly) “Outwitting The Devil” – Napoleon Hill. Stick with these ’til the end. Think And Grow Rich is a far more interesting book in the last third than people give it credit for.
  • “The Evelyn Wood Seven-Day Speed Reading and Learning Program” by Stanley D. Frank. Listen, “speed reading” gets a really bad rap for no reason. I’ve given out more than a dozen copies of this book over the last 20 years. It used to be available from Barnes & Noble for about $8. I can not recommend it highly enough.

Fiction:

  • “Manalive” – G.K.Chesterton. This book is my single favorite thing ever created by a human.

Lighter fare:

  • The Pine Cove Trilogy (Pratical Demonkeeping, The Lust Lizard of Meloncholy Cove, and The Stupidest Angel) by Christopher Moore
  • The Love Story/San Francisco Trilogy: (Bloodsucking Fiends, You Suck, Bite Me) also by Christopher Moore.
  • Fluke, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, Sacre Bleu – Also by Christopher Moore (Sensing a trend yet?)

Science Fiction:

  • “Neuromancer” by William Gibson. Easily my favorite bit of science fiction
  • “The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer” – Neal Stephenson
  • “Bobiverse” by Dennis Taylor. The first trilogy is really quite exceptional. Behind the other two in quality. The fourth book leaves me a little cold. But it may be redeemed by 5 & 6. I’ll let you know.

Fantasy:

  • “Neverwhere” – Neil Gaiman

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