Brooks's Favorite Books

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 passing.

  • 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 Musketeers 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.

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