Books for anyone:
- The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman. Parts one
and two of a fantastic new fantasy trilogy by a writer of great talent,
perhaps the most innovative approach to an old form in years.
- The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. Still the definitive work
in epic fantasy, a work that hasn't lost a bit of its impact with time's
- Dune by Frank Herbert. A challenge for some, but a really terrific
work of science fiction dealing with political upheaval, ecology, and
coming of age in another world.
- Warrior by Donald E. McQuinn. Another big book, this one more
recent, but written by a stylist and storyteller who knows what he is
doing. This is a post-apocalyptic Northwest tale involving a tribal
society that survives the destruction.
- Shoeless Joe by William Kinsella. A baseball fantasy that
transcends the genre in myriad ways.
Writers and books I admire:
- Cormac McCarthy's All The Pretty Horses and The Crossing.
- In The Blue Light of African Dreams by Paul Watkins.
- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
- Ivanhoe and Quentin Durward by Sir Walter Scott, The Three
and The Man In The Iron Mask by Alexander Dumas, and Treasure Island and
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson.
- The entire 87th Precinct series by Ed McBain.
- Alice Hoffman's Seventh Heaven.
- The Birthday Boys by Beryl Bainbridge.