My Favourite Books

Top Five Favourites

  1. Lord of the Rings Boxed Set Lord of the Rings - Boxed Set - by J.R.R. Tolkein. Possibly the best books ever written, now popularized by an excellent movie.

  2. The Hobbit The Hobbit - by J.R.R. Tolkein. Establishes the story for The Lord of the Rings, and in an easier-to-read format since it was written for a younger audience.

  3. Stupid White Men Stupid White Men ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation - by Michael Moore. A humourous yet frightening book that everyone should read.

  4. Tigana Tigana - by Guy Gavriel Kay. A superb tale by one of my favourite authors.

  5. Wyrd Sisters Wyrd Sisters - by Terry Pratchett. One of the Discworld series as described below. An utterly hilarious parody of Shakespeare.

For information on my novel to be released in October, 2003, please see the Sorrows of Adoration page.

I love reading. My tastes range many genres, although I'm particularly fond of well-written fantasy. I do not enjoy fantasy that is predictable, with the same hero going after the same nasty person or monster every time. I like science fiction, but find too much of it to be cold, drab, and frankly, boring. Both of these genres also far too often delve into the male juvenile mindset that sets female characters in chain mail bikinis or glorifies sexual violence. I certainly don't read that crap.

I also enjoy nonfiction, although those books have to be particularly well-written to hold my interest when there's a good story waiting to be read. I like children's stories that are meaningful in ways that only adults can understand and appreciate. I love well-done humour, whether it's intellectual or silly, so long as it's actually funny.

Unless otherwise noted, the links here go to's page for the book. Why Amazon? Because I'm a happy customer of theirs. They've never screwed up an order and have always been good about sending things quickly, keeping me informed of backorders, giving coupons and deals, and other good e-commerce habits. Basically, they've never pissed me off, and that's saying something for an online store. Furthermore, if you go to the Amazon page for the book, many times you'll see reviews by other readers. I've found this quite helpful in deciding what to buy for myself. Also, Amazon has an associate program. If you purchase the book after clicking on it here, I get a very tiny amount of credit. Since the summer of 2001, I've earned a total of about US$164.


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Page last updated December 4, 2003.

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