Favorite Books

A semi-arbitrary list of my very favorite books. These are books that I have read (or will read) multiple times, and have (or plan to get) in hardcover.

Gael Baudino Gossamer Axe
When I first examined this book in a bookstore, I read the back cover, snorted "you've got to be kidding me", and put it back on the shelf. Some last minute impulse prompted me to buy it anyway, and I loved it -- enough to make this list.
Marion Zimmer Bradley "Darkover" novels
Tom Clancy The Hunt for Red October Don't knock Clancy until you've read him. This book is excellent, even better than the movie, which I thought was pretty good, too.
Rick Cook Wizard's Bane Programming meets magic. Light, sweet, amusing.
Stephen R. Donaldson The Mirror of Her Dreams
and A Man Rides Through
If you hated the Thomas Covenant novels (as I did), give these a try. Delightful!
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories
Need I explain?
Ru Emerson "Nightthreads" series
A fantasy series of the "people from our world get transported to another" ilk, with good characters and storytelling.
Philip Jose Farmer "Riverworld" series A "must read" for any SF lover.
Raymond E. Feist the "Riftwar" tetrology:
Magician: Apprentice
Magician: Master
A Darkness at Sethanon
These first four books were excellent, though the sequels that followed after did not meet the same level of quality.
Ian Fleming James Bond novels The literary Bond is very, very different from the cinematic Bond -- and just as entertaining, in my opinion.
Terry Goodkind Wizard's First Rule I also liked the first couple of sequels, but I felt that the quality didn't hold up after the first few.
Robert A. Heinlein "Future History" series:
The Past Through Tomorrow
      (short stories) and
Time Enough for Love
I confess: Lazarus Long is my #1 favorite fictional character.
Zenna Henderson "The People" stories
James P. Hogan Voyage from Yesteryear
Tanya Huff Summon the Keeper
Robert Jordan Wheel of Time series
Okay, laugh if you will. Book #1 was lying around, so I read it. I enjoyed it enough to get the next book, and the next, expecting to get bored after three or four. I didn't. This is good, serviceable storytelling with 3-dimensional characters you can sympathize with (well, some of them), and I'm amazed that Jordan can keep holding my interest through that many pages.
Michael P. Kube-McDowell Trigger What would happen if all guns everywhere could be disabled? Fascinating premise, excellent book.
Katherine Kurtz Deryni saga
Ursula K. Leguin the Earthsea trilogy: A Wizard of Earthsea
The Tombs of Atuan
The Farthest Shore
Quite possibly my #1 favorite fantasy series of all time.
C. S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia
Elizabeth A. Lynn the Chronicles of Tornor: The Dancers of Arun
The Northern Girl
Anne McCaffrey the Pern novels, especially Dragonsong
Pern is at or near the top of my list of fantasy worlds I'd most like to visit.
Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged
J. K. Rowling the Harry Potter books
I resisted the fad because it was a fad, until I read the first book at my daughter's insistence. Now I'm a convert.
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough Tales from the Seashell Archives
L. Neil Smith Probability Broach
An extremely amusing Libertarian fairy tale.
Sherri S. Tepper The Family Tree
Sherri S. Tepper The Gate to Women's Country
J. R. R. Tolkien The Hobbit and
The Lord of the Rings
Harry Turtledove The Guns of the South
John Varley Titan
Another "must read" for any SF lover.
Joan D. Vinge Snow Queen and
The Summer Queen
T. H. White The Once and Future King
and The Book of Merlin
Connie Willis To Say Nothing of the Dog