It was recently asked of me as to what my favorite book was, to which I struggled with for a few minutes before finally settling on an answer.
The answer I gave was Armor by John Steakley, a book which was given to me by my uncle when I was thirteen. It was my first foray in to Science Fiction, and also my first to actually reading for pleasure. Previously I had only read Hardy Boys or Goosebumps or whatever else was required by school. Armor was the first book that I absolutely loved and I still love it today even after reading it 15 times or so. It’s probably not the best book I’ve ever read, but how do you quantify that anyway?
Regardless, it got me thinking what are my favorite books? So I decided to come up with a list. In no particular order, these are my favorites and ones that I heartily recommend.
- Snow Crash
- The Diamond Age: or A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer
- The Stars My Destination
- Stranger in a Strange Land
- A Scanner Darkly
- The Man in the High Castle
- Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
- Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb
- The Reality Dysfunction
- Consider Phlebas
- The Player of Games
- Use of Weapons
- The Sandman
- American Gods
- I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream
- The Dark Tower
- The 48 Laws of Power
- The Art of Seduction