The Storied Reading List

Stories I've read and love:
The Wizard Knight (duology), Gene Wolfe
In the Eye of Heaven and In a Time of Treason, David Keck
A City in Winter and Veil of Snows, Mark Helprin
A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
Legendarium, J. R. R. Tolkien & Christopher Tolkien
            The Hobbit
            The Lord of the Rings
            Unfinished Tales
Mythago Wood, Robert Holdstock
The Gormenghast novels (including “A Boy in Darkness”), Mervyn Peake
Leaf by Niggle, J. R. R. Tolkien
The Illiad, Homer
The Commons, Matthew Hughes
Anathem, Neal Stephenson
Genesis, Bernard Beckett
Quincunx, Charles Palliser
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig
Kala Imperial and Trafalgar, Angélica Gorodischer

Stories I’ve read and think are very good:
Well of the Unicorn, Fletcher Pratt
Islandia, Austin Tappan Wright
The Story of Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs, William Morris
The Orphan’s Tales: in the Night Garden, Catherynne Valente
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories, Susanna Clarke
Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino
The King of Elfland's daughter, Lord Dunsany
The Devil's Detective, Simon Kurt Unsworth

Science fiction I love:
Canticle for Liebowitz, Walter M. Miller Jr.
Dune, Frank Herbert
ConSentiency Series (Matter of Traces, Tactful Saboteur, Whipping Star, Dosadi Experiment) Frank Herbert
Destination Void, Frank Herbert
The Godmakers, Frank Herbert
The Heaven Makers, Frank Herbert
The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin
The Santaroga Barrier, Frank Herbert

Poetry I love:
My newest favorite poet, Osip Mandelstam: ‘And I was alive
My old favorite poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins:
The Windhover (at
'As kingfishers catch fire' (at
[and anything else Hopkins ever wrote]

Stories I’ve read and think rather good:
Bartimaeus Trilogy, Jonathan Stroud                 
Stardust, Neil Gaiman
Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
The Princess Bride, William Goldman                
Across the Nightingale Floor, Lian Hearn
The Islar: A Narrative of Lang 3, Mark Saxton   
Thomas the Rhymer, Ellen Kushner
The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
Lud-In-the-Mist, Hope Meerlees
Magicians and Mrs. Quent, Galen Beckett
Black Pearl, O'Dell, Scott
Smith of Wootton Major and Farmer Giles of Ham, Tolkien, J.R.R.
Hengis Hapthorn: Majestrum, The Spiral Labyrinth, Hespira, Matthew Hughes
The Other, Matthew Hughes
Template, Matthew Hughes
Black Brillion, Matthew Hughes
Stonefather, Orson Scott Card
The Alchemist, Paolo Bacigalupi
Odd and the Frost Giants, Neil Gaiman
Fun Home, Alison Bechdel (Are You My Mother? is good too!)
Ransom, David Malouf
Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco
Soldier of the Mist and Soldier of Arete, Gene Wolfe
Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemmingway
The Russia House and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John Le Carre

Stories and Authors I always appreciate:
Douglas Adams: [Anything]
Theodore Sturgeon: The Cosmic Rape / To Marry Medusa, The synthetic man /The dreaming jewels
Jim Butcher: Harry Dresden
Ray Bradbury: [Anything]
A. Lee Martinez: The Automatic Detective
Robin Hobb: Assassin's Apprentice & Farseer Trilogy
Orson Scott Card: The Lost Gate, Ender’s Game
Lois McMaster Bujold: Miles Vorkosigan Series
Dana Stabenow: Kate Shugak Series
John Scalzi: Redshirts, Old Man’s War, After the Coup, The Ghost Brigades, The Last Colony, The Human Division
Watt-Evans, Lawrence: Ethshar Series, The Fall of the Sorcerers, Obsidian Chronicles, Touched by the Gods
Jacqueline Carey, Santa Olivia
Norman Spinrad: The Void Captain's Tale
Dave Duncan: Ill Met in the Arena, King's Blades
Michael Scott Rohan: Winter of the World
David A. Gemmell: Rigante Series, Troy Trilogy