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Recommended Reading

**A Note about my Recommendations: It should be obvious that I have recommended books that I have enjoyed reading here. What is not obvious is that these are books which, in most cases, I have enjoyed reading multiple times. Additionally, in the case of series, I have only recommended the first book in the sequence. Whether the series is worth reading beyond the first book is left to your judgement. Should you have a question why something appears on this list, feel free to ask in comments or to email me (jadettman[at]


Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

Dune by Frank Herbert

A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny

The Black Company by Glen Cook

Wizard War by Hugh Cook

Seventh Son by Orson Scott Card

Running with the Demon by Terry Brooks

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Spin by Robert Charles Wilson

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The Infinity Concerto by Greg Bear

Astro City by Kurt Busiek

Diamond Age by Neil Stephenson

The Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith

Liege Killer by Christopher Hinz

Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton

Sorcerer’s Son by Phyllis Eisenstein

When Gravity Fails by George Alec Effinger

Watchmen by Alan Moore

Guards! Guards! by Terry Prachett

The Story of the Stone by Barry Hughart

Chung Kuo by David Wingrove

The Towers of Sunset by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.

Powers by Brian Michael Bendis

Armor by John Steakley

A Sorcerer and a Gentleman by Elizabeth Willey

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman


The Non-Designer’s Design Book by Robin Williams

The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell


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