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One Author's 12 Favorite Books

1 Author's 12 Preferred Books

Education of a Wandering Man

by Louis L'Amour

Author L'Amour is very best recognized for all the Western novels he wrote, but this autobiography from him is my preferred of all his writings. Louis talks mostly about his early days in the 1930s prior to he became a full-time writer, his days working all kinds of jobs from mining in Death Valley to steam ships in the Pacific Ocean. He tells that one of the reasons he wanted to travel so a lot before settling down as a writer was so that he could encounter all walks of life and meet all kinds of individuals to make him a greater writer. Even if you're not a fan of Westerns, you really should read this book, because this isn't a Western. It is a story of a life nicely lived.

In Cold Blood

by Truman Capote

In my opinion, the best true-crime book ever written. Capote's writing here is at his strongest, and whatever side you take on the death penalty, this book will question your beliefs. This non-fiction book looks into the 1959 murders of a Kansas family and the two men responsible for the slayings. You will in no way look at crime or crime stories the same ever once again, the writing is that robust.

Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass

by Stephen King

Of all King's books in his Dark Tower series, this is by far my favorite. It's various from any of the other novels in this series in that most of the book takes a look back into the past of Roland Deschain, the gunslinger and the protagonist of the Dark Tower books. With out giving anything away, it is one of the saddest and most heartwrenching tales I have ever read. Interestingly adequate, fans of the DT series are typically split on this book, some loving it and others hating it since it halts the primary action for a tale of Roland's past. I come down on the loving it side.

Paradise Lost

by John Milton

This blank verse, epic poem was initial published in 1667 and it concerns the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. With Satan as the principal character for the most portion. Yes, that is appropriate, I stated Satan. And it's 1 of the most lovely stories ever told. Satan's point of view comes across nicely in this tale, though he is nonetheless a bad guy. It's just that he gives up his reasons for becoming what he is and for performing what he does, although his reasoning is futile and not often logical. If you are a Christian, you must read this story to find out a various viewpoint. If you are not a Christian, you ought to nonetheless read "Paradise Lost" for the beauty of the words. Also, Milton's writings have undoubtedly had their affect on Christianity more than the last 500 or so years, and this is the location to locate out just what he wrote.

Some thing Wicked This Way Comes

by Ray Bradbury

I do not have kids, but I do have parents, and in my opinion this novel by a science fiction excellent says a lot more about fatherhood and boyhood than any other book I've ever read (about a thousand books at last count ... yes, I maintain track). But there's also adventure here, and by today's reading standards this is far more of a horror novel (or perhaps dark fantasy) than it is science fiction or straight-out fantasy. A definite need to-read for boys, teen boys, fathers and expecting fathers.

Starship Troopers

by Robert A Heinlein

Military science fiction at its absolute best, but this novel is much more than just action and combat (though there's plenty of that, too). This novel touches upon patriotism and honor and machismo and all that goes along with it. If you are 1 of those readers of contemporary military sci-fi from Baen and DAW, I recommend going back to the roots of the genre with this classic novel.

The Iliad

by Homer

Really possibly the first classic adventure story in a written form, "The Iliad" tells of the Trojan War with the hero Achilles pretty much getting the principal character, though there are literally hundreds and hundreds of warriors and kings and princes and gods of all kinds throughout this epic tale. If you are a fantasy reader, I think you ought to check out this one. It's an original.

The Road Less Traveled

by M. Scott Peck

It is practically unfair to choose out this 1 book from those written by Scott Peck because this was the very first book and it is just the beginning of his writings and his own individual journey of faith. At the writing of this specific book, Peck is still what I would call a secular humanist, but 20 years later, book by book, he becomes a Christian. Whatever your thoughts and feelings on Christianity and secular humanism, this series of books, starting with "The Road Less Traveled" is worth checking out. You may not agree with everything Peck wrote, I know I don't, but these books can open your eyes to a new way of looking at spirituality.

The Stand

by Stephen King

The King of horror makes the list again, and it is a lot deserving. "The Stand" is an epic tale for modern life. Portion epic fantasy, portion horror, this long novel follows both good guys and poor guys in a world that has been devastated by a vicious flu bug that has destroyed nearly all of humanity. Very good and evil function against 1 an additional throughout this tale, leading to a climax that won't please everybody but feels type of appropriate.

The Three Musketeers

by Alexandre Dumas

This novel has been produced into a movie many times by Hollywood, but not of the films have completed this story justice. And none ever will. It's almost impossible. "The Three Musketeers" is a difficult tale that roams all over the location and is merely too big and complex to venture onto the silver screen properly, unless possibly a director did 3 movies based upon this single novel. Yes, you will locate here the expected adventuring and very good laughs typically portrayed in the film versions, but "The 3 Musketeers" is significantly far more. There are darker tales lurking inside, and tales of humility and humanity. Tales that stretch throughout all the human emotions.

Watership Down

by Richard Adams

This novel is about rabbits. I understand that sounds kind of cute and quaint, but the story is not. No, "Watership Down" is an epic tale on the level of Homer's Odyssey or Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Yes, the rabbits can speak, but only to one an additional and some other animals. These rabbits can't communicate with humans, so you're not going to see some thing out of Disney here. What you will get is a tale of adventure, travels, life and death and struggles physical and even spiritual. Adams even designed a sort of mythology for his rabbits, and a language, and it works really properly.

Globe War Z

by Max Brooks

The most contemporary of all the books on this list. Yes, it is a zombie novel, but it's so much much more than that. Certain, there are some gross parts in this book, but emotionally and even spiritually this book goes far beyond the simplistic horrors of the walking dead. You get humor and horror, yes, but you also get hope and empathy and so a lot, a lot more. Really, this book has a bit of everything emotionally. And I really hesitate to call it a novel given that it's a lot more of a collection of stories, although there is a theme that runs throughout. Even if you cannot stand horror, you must give this book a try.

Honorable mention - The Sandman

There's 1 piece of literature I have to mention here amongst my list just simply because I adore it so a lot, and that is Neil Gaiman's graphic novels named "The Sandman." Genuinely, I think Neil's writing for this series is the very best thing the English language has seen considering that Shakespeare, and I do not mean to exaggerate when I say it. If you are a fan of fantasy fiction, horror and comparable tales, "The Sandman" series should be to your liking. Don't push it aside just simply because you feel it's a comic book. "The Sandman" is significantly, considerably far more than a comic book. It is sheer genius on the page.

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