The following are books that have either proven influential to me or are just excellent reads. I'm breaking them up by author, as this makes them a little easier to organize. Non-fiction works are designated by an asterisk. The selections are not intended to be representative of their best work, or the work they're best known for. They're the ones I've personally read that made an impact on me. I'll be adding to the list periodically.

 

Isaac Asimov

The Robot Stories

 

 

A. A. Attanasio

Wyvern

 

 

Richard Bach

Illusions

Running From Safety

 

Iain M. Banks

The Player of Games

 

 

Nick Bantcock

The Forgetting Room

The Venetian's Wife

 

Clive Barker

Imajica

 

 

Anne Beattie

Perfect Recall (stories)

 

 

Ray Bradbury

Dandelion Wine

The Martian Chronicles

Something Wicked This Way Comes  

 

Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Mars Books

 

 

Michael Chabon

The Amazing Adventures of
Kavalier & Clay

The Final Solution

 

C. J. Cherryh

The Cyteen Trilogy

 

 

Charles Dickens

Great Expectations

 

 

Harlan Ellison

The Essential Ellison: 50 Year Retrospective

Mefisto in Onyx

An Edge in My Voice*

City on the Edge of Forever

Mindfields  

 

Phillip Jose Farmer

Dayworld

Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life

 

Janet Fitch

White Oleander

 

 

Alan Dean Foster

Slipt

 

 

C. S. Friedman

This Alien Shore

In Conquest Born

The Coldfire Trilogy

 

 

Neil Gaiman

American Gods

Stardust

 

William Gibson

Pattern Recognition

Spook Country

Neuromancer

 

 

Malcolm Gladwell

Blink*

Outliers*

 

Peter F. Hamilton

The Night's Dawn Trilogy

 

 

Robert A. Heinlein

Stranger in a Strange Land

 

 

Frank Herbert

Dune

 

 

Stephen King
The Dark Tower

On Writing*

Bag of Bones

Lisey's Story

The Stand

Hearts in Atlantis

 

Dean Koontz

Fear Nothing

Seize the Night

 

Fritz Leiber

The Fahfrd & the Gray Mouser stories

 

 

Jack London

Call of the Wild

Short fiction

 

Steven Milhauser

The Knife Thrower & Other Stories

 

 

Michael Moorcock

The original Elric series

Castle of the Pearl

 

Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

Watchmen

 

 

Christopher Moore

Coyote Blue

Island of the Sequined Love Nun

Bloodsucking Fiends  

 

Toni Morrison

Beloved

 

 

Jodi Picoult

The Tenth Circle

 

 

Anne Rice

Interview with the Vampire

Pandora

 

Kenneth Robeson

The Doc Savage Novels

 

 

Jennifer Roberson

Lady of the Forest

 

 

William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing

Twelfth Night

 

Mary Shelley

Frankenstein

 

 

Robert Silverberg

Lord Valentine's Castle

 

 

Wilbur Smith

Birds of Prey

 

 

Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash

Cryptonomicon

Zodiac

 

 

Peter Straub

Mystery

Koko

 

William Strunk & E. B. White

The Elements of Style

 

 

Amy Tan

The Bonesetter's Daugher

The Chinese Siamese Cat

 

Rosemary Wells
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

 

Tad Williams

Tailchaser's Song

 

 

Roger Zelazny

The Chronicles of Amber

Roadmarks

Eye of Cat

 

 

 

 

Listed below are links from sites belonging to friends or family of mine I thought you might find entertaining or informative. Following these are a few links to various sites I myself have visited during my journeys through cyberspace. There aren't all that many just yet, but the list will no doubt grow as time passes, so be sure to drop back by periodically.

 

Personal Links

Barry Orkin Artist, Illustrator, Designer, Painter
Benoir Musician & Composer
Scentral Station Fine Candles, Oils & assorted other interesting items..
Sharmuse

Musician, Songwriter, Social Activist

Steven Peros Screenwriter & Director
Crusade Entertainment William Tucci: Publisher, Writer, Artist
Christopher Caliendo Composer & Musician
Foxtrot Studios Mark Bailey: Animator
Candy Kane

Adult Film Star - All sex, all the time.
(Go on, click me. you know you want to, baby... :* )

 

Other Links

Pandora.com Internet radio station that allows you to create customized play lists at no charge. Consummately cool.
Freerice.com Donation site with various educational quizzes. The more you get right, the greater the donation of rice to the UN Food Bank! Quite addicting.
The Breast Cancer Site.com Another donation site, it includes tabs to five other worthy causes that require only that you click their pages once a day to generate donations.
Ask.com I like Google, but they're getting a little big for their britches, don't you think? I've found this search engine to be quite excellent.
Firefox.com I've found this free browser to be far easier and more intuitive to use than Internet Explorer. I also strongly recommend their email program, Thunderbird.
Openoffice.org Free suite of office applications, including word processor, spreadsheet, presentation program, and a few others. It's not quite as slick as Microsoft Office, but it's free, and it's a very viable alternative.

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