What to read.
This is a listing of my favorite books that I’ve read over the years. Most of the books listed here are novels, but one is a short story collection and a couple are larger works derived from shorter pieces.
I feel this list represents some of the best in science fiction, fantasy and spy stories.
I recommend you check them out!!
Incarnations of Immortality Series by Piers Anthony
Start with On A Pale Horse, the story about Death, and if you can get through the next book, Bearing An Hourglass, dealing with the story of Time, you got it made until the end.
A Talent For War by Jack McDevitt
Nope this guy ain’t related to me, but he did send me a nice letter. This is a fantastic mystery set in a completly imagined far future. Probably my favorite book of all time.
Moonfall by Jack McDevitt
The most original tale of mass destruction that I’ve ever read. Set in a future not far from today, a comet is on a collision course for the moon. What happens next is wonderfully written with the most believable characters McDevitt has ever written.
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Another story with a completely believable future. The characters are the best part about this book. Richly detailed in all respects. At least three sequels you will WANT to read. Thank you Mark Lichtenwalter for loaning me my first copy. What a guy!
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
Forget the movie, this is the definitive James Bond. This first adventure is really more like a novella that speeds the reader through to the shocking climax. Description is everything and Fleming doesn’t disappoint. Thanks, Dad.
Star Trek: The Next Generation — Q-Squared by Peter David
The first of two Peter David works in my list, this story takes the Next Generation crew, the crew from the episode Yesterday’s Enterprise and David’s own imaginary universe and blends them together. If you like parallel worlds and what-if stories, this is the one for you. David always seems to write like a fan-boy.
Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov
The grandmaster himself connected all of his future history stories together with this amazing story of psychohistory, robots and aliens among us. Start with Prelude to Foundation and go through the books in their proper order (not chronologically). Afterwards go back and read the Robot mysteries and the Empire series and a smile from ear to ear will appear.
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
The movie was great, but the book is better. The raging river ride (which isn’t in the movie) is suspenseful and the story really does end at the end. Lose Lost World.
Star Trek: The New Frontier by Peter David
A brand new adventure with a new crew with some familiar faces. David writes like a Trekkie wet dream by introducing a cool new concept in the regular Star Trek universe. A niche that Star Trek fans have been waiting for. Pick them up!
Angels and Visitations by Neil Gaiman
A collection of short stories. Gaiman is a wonderful writer. A war in Heaven, an elusive centerfold face and more are stories waiting to be read. Buy this book NOW! I’m not kidding… while you’re at it pick up Gaiman’s comic work, Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes from DC Comics as well.
So, you wanna know my personal picks for the best comic collections around? I thought so. Read the list anyway. They are in no particular order. Most of these can be had at your friendly neighborhood Barnes and Noble or head Amazon.com.
If you are going to read one Marvel comic series in your life, read this one.
If you are going to read one DC comic series in your life, read this one.
Batman: Dark Knight Returns
The definitive Batman story.
The most depressing story I’ve ever read. Comic is better than movie.
Astro City: Life in the Big City
Superheroes as they should be.
Batman: The Killing Joke
The definitive Joker story. By this Alan Moore guy.
The Golden Age
The definitive DC Universe post World War II story, even if it is outside continuity.
The rebirth in storytelling. Cinematic quality with foreshadowing, symbolism and engaging, real characters. My favorite story of all time. Alan Moore (again) is incredible!
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Anytime Wolverine dies its worth a few bucks. This is the first time and the best time.
X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga
Wonderful story illustrating absolute power corrupts absolutely. Crappy ending, since corrected.
The Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
The most powerful Teen Titans story of all time. Perez’s artwork is fantastic. Deathstroke the Terminator is about as cool a character as Boba Fett and by far Marv Wolfman’s greatest creation. Get his origin here.
Crisis on Infinite Earths
The cleaning up of the DC Universe really didn’t do enough at the time. Perez’s art is amazing. Personally I liked the Multiverse (maybe because I understood it?) Trade paperback has a George Perez cover painted by Alex Ross of all 157 (or so) characters of the DC Universe.
Alan Moore’s (yes, him again) vision of the British Captain marvel took a simplistic and tired idea and made it fresh, exciting and terrible for London. Good luck finding it for anything under $100.
Buy every one of the trade paperbacks. Great, great stuff.
Buy every one of the trade paperbacks. This finite series brought a literary quality to comics earning it reviews in Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly.
Ultimate Spider-Man: Power and Responsibility
Fans of the movie will enjoy this retelling of Spider-man. One of the best examples of perfect writing and art creating some of the best stories of the web-head to date.
Planetary: All Over the World and Other Stories
Amazing stories. Warren Ellis gets to play with every iconic character you can think of and some you didn’t.
Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl?
The best dialogue I have ever read in a comic book.