Reading

Books I have read and in some cases reviewed.

Marvel over my taste for modern day trash.

2017
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions (Dan Ariely)
Monster Maelstrom: A Flash Fiction Halloween Anthology (George Donnelly)
Dark Matter (Blake Crouch)
Steve Jobs (Walter Isaacson)
Little Heaven (Nick Cutter)
The Guy Who Pumps Your Gas Hates You (Sean Trinder)
The Sentinel (Arthur C. Clarke)
Fifteen Dogs (Andre Alexis)
Writing a Novel with Ulysses III (David Hewson)
The Fireman (Joe Hill)
1969: The Year Everything Changed (Rob Kirkpatrick)
The Tommyknockers (Stephen King)
How to Grow a Novel (Sol Stein)
Brandwashed (Martin Lindstrom)
Steal Like an Artist (Austin Kleon)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur C. Clarke)
The Eerie Silence (Paul Davies)
Blind Lake (Robert Charles Wilson)
Nightmares Unhinged (Joshua Viola)
Descent (Tim Johnston)
A Long Way Home (Lion) (Saroo Brierley)
From a Distant Star (Karen McQuestion)
It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences (June Casagrande)
All Our Wrong Todays (Elan Mastai)
Haven (Tom Deady)
The Ways We End: Six Tales of Doom (Ann Christy)
Cold on the Mountain (Daniel Powell)
Five Stories High (Jonathan Oliver)
Story Genius (Lisa Cron)
The Fold (Peter Clines)
American Elsewhere (Robert Jackson Bennett)
The Folcroft Ghosts (Darcy Coates)
Take Off Your Pants! Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing (Libbie Hawker)
One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way (Robert Maurer)
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places (Colin Dickey)
The Boy Who Drew Monsters (Keith Donohue)
Odd Hours (Dean Koontz)

2016
Bazaar of Bad Dreams (Stephen King)
The Three (Sarah Lotz)
Blackout (Tim Curran)
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)
Talking to Crazy (Mark Goulston)
What If? (Randall Munroe)
11/22/63 (Stephen King)
Day Four (Sarah Lotz)
The Ballad of Black Tom (Victor LaValle)
The Super Natural (Whitley Strieber and Jeffrey J. Kripal)
Wastelands 2 (John Joseph Adams, editor)
Carrie (Stephen King)
Brother Odd (Dean Koontz)
Trigger Warning (Neil Gaiman)
The World Beyond Your Head (Matthew B. Crawford)
The Chronoliths (Robert Charles Wilson)
Shattered Glass (Dani Alexander)
A Darker Shade of Magic (V.E. Schwab)
Warday (Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka)
The Songs of Distant Earth (Arthur C. Clarke)
The Communion Letters (Whitley Strieber and Anne Strieber)
The Loney (Andrew Michael Hurley)
Slade House (David Mitchell)

2015
The City and the Stars (Arthur C. Clarke)
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Douglas Adams)
Mr. Mercedes (Stephen King)
Life, the Universe and Everything (Douglas Adams)
UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record (Leslie Kean)
How Not to Write a Novel (Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman)
Hearts in Atlantis (Stephen King)
Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
The Deep (Nick Cutter)
The Forge of God (Greg Bear)
Opening Heaven’s Door (Patricia Pearson)
North American Lake Monsters (Nathan Ballingrud)
Horrorstör (Grady Hendrix)
The Ruins (Scott Smith)
Time’s Eye (Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter)
The Store (Bentley Little)
Station Eleven (Emily St. John Mandel)
Forever Odd (Dean Koontz)
Foundation (Isaac Asimov)
Good Omens (Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman)
Ghosts: Recent Hauntings (Paula Guran, editor)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman)
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (Douglas Adams)
From a Buick 8 (Stephen King)
Dreamcatcher (Stephen King)
On Writing (Stephen King)
The Library at Mount Char (Scott Hawkins)
Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (Lewis Carroll)
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits (David Wong)
Legion (William Peter Blatty)
Idiot America (Charles P. Pierce)
Given the Circumstances (Brad Vance)
The Gate at Lake Drive (Shaun Meeks)
In the Tall Grass (short story – Joe Hill & Stephen King)
Hell House (Richard Matheson)
The Illustrated Complete Works of HP Lovecraft (HP Lovecraft)
Swan Song (Robert McCammon)

2014
The Kraken Wakes (John Wyndham)
This Book is Full of Spiders (David Wong)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll)
The Best New Horror 6 (Stephen Jones, editor)
Area 51 – An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base (Annie Jacobsen)
On Writing Horror (Mort Castle, editor)
Doctor Sleep (Stephen King)
A Book of Horrors (Stephen Jones, editor)
1984 (George Orwell)
The Troop (Nick Cutter)
The Invisible Man (H.G. Wells)
Robot Visions (Isaac Asimov)
NOS4A2 (Joe Hill)
The Best Horror of the Year Volume Five (Ellen Datlow, editor)
Joyland (Stephen King)
The Chrysalids (John Wyndham)
The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins)
Rosemary’s Baby (Ira Levin)
The Final Winter (Iain Rob Wright)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
The Fountains of Paradise (Arthur C. Clarke)
Dead Sky Morning (Karina Halle)
The Returned (Jason Mott)
Blue World (Robert McCammon)
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories (Laird Barron)
We Are All Completely Fine (Daryl Gregory)
Son of Rosemary (Ira Levin)
2012  (Whitley Strieber)
The Book of Cthulhu (Ross E. Lockhart, editor)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Rendezvous with Rama (Arthur C. Clarke)
You Are Now Less Dumb (David McRaney)
Odd Thomas (Dean Koontz)
Bag of Bones (Stephen King)
The Funny Thing Is… (Ellen DeGeneres)
Irresponsible Government (Brent Rathgeber)
The Haunting of Hill House (Shirley Jackson)

2013
John Dies at the End (David Wong)
Southern Gods (John Hornor Jacobs)
Stories of Your Life and Others (Ted Chiang)
Summer of Night (Dan Simmons)
Heart-Shaped Box (Joe Hill)
The Stand Complete and Uncut Edition (Stephen King)
American Gods (Neil Gaiman)
Under the Dome (Stephen King)
Solar Flares (Whitley Strieber)
Twilight Zone Anthology (Carol Serling, editor)
A Deepness in the Sky (Vernor Vinge)
Fade-Out (Patrick Tilley, third reading)
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (Susannah Clarke)
The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (Stephen King)
Write Great Fiction – Revision And Self-Editing (James Scott Bell)
Night Shift (Stephen King, second reading)
The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three (Stephen King)
Tales From Development Hell (David Hughes)
The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands (Stephen King)
The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass (Stephen King)
The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla (Stephen King)
The Dark Tower VI: Song of Sussanah (Stephen King)
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower (Stephen King)

2012
You Are Not So Smart (David McRaney)
Poe’s Children: The New Horror (Peter Straub, editor)
Solving the Communion Enigma (Whitley Strieber)
The Exorcist (William Peter Blatty) – second (or maybe third) reading
The Fog (James Herbert)
The Keep (F. Paul Wilson)
Wildwood Road (Christopher Golden)
Redshirts (John Scalzi)
Horns (Joe Hill)
Duma Key (Stephen King)
A.D. After Disclosure (Richard M. Dolan and Bryce Zabel)
Throttle (short story – Joe Hill & Stephen King)
No Plot? No Problem! (Chris Baty)

2011
Cosm (Gregory Benford)
The Passage (Justin Cronin)
Full Dark, No Stars (Stephen King)
The Omega Point (Whitley Strieber)
Talent Is Overrated (Geoff Colvin)
Spin (Robert Charles Wilson)
Song of Kali (Dan Simmons)
Dark Delicacies III: Haunted (Del Howison & Jeff Gelb, editors)
My Work Is Not Yet Done (Thomas Ligotti)
Dracula (Bram Stoker)
Four Weird Tales (Algernon Blackwood)

The Rising (Brian Keene)
Majestic (Whitley Strieber)
Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
Salem’s Lot (Stephen King)
Mile 81 (short story – Stephen King)

2010
Small Gods (Terry Pratchett)
Refuse to Choose (Barbara Sher)

2009
Childhood’s End (Arthur C. Clarke)
The War of the Worlds (H. G. Wells)
The World Without Us (Alan Weisman)
On Writing (Stephen King – second reading)
Dark Delicacies (Del Howison & Jeff Gelb, editors)
Everything’s Eventual (Stephen King)
The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
Critical Mass (Whitley Strieber)
20th Century Ghosts (Joe Hill)
The Day of the Triffids (John Wyndham)
The Time Ships (Stephen Baxter)
Cell (Stephen King)
Just After Sunset (Stephen King)
Dark Delicacies II: Fear (Del Howison & Jeff Gelb, editors)

[spoiler title=”Incomplete list of pre-2009 books”]

I’ve read many books over the years, some of them as school assignments, some in order to ‘better myself’ (whatever that means) or to learn how to do something or just to expose myself to something new or different. Most books I’ve read were simply meant to entertain, nothing more. That means most of the books in this list are not exactly literary classics. What can I say? As a 12 year old, I grooved on The Exorcist, not The Diary of Anne Frank. As an adult, not much has changed. Science fiction and horror remain my preferred genres.

Grouped by author where appropriate.

The Exorcist (William Peter Blatty)
The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien)
Stinger (Robert McCammon)
Helter Skelter (Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry)
Fade-Out (Patrick Tilley)
Emma (Jane Austen)
The Difference Engine (William Gibson and Bruce Sterling)
Neuromancer (William Gibson)
Lucifer’s Hammer (Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle)
The Amityville Horror (Jay Anson)
Dune (Frank Herbert)
Good News From Outer Space (John Kessell)
The Quiet Pools (Michael P. Kube-McDowell)

Stephen King:
The Shining
The Stand
The Dead Zone
Christine
Danse Macabre
The Talisman (with Peter Straub)
Night Shift
Firestarter
Cujo
Different Seasons
Pet Sematary
Cycle of the Werewolf
Thinner
Skeleton Crew
It
The Eyes of the Dragon
Misery
The Tommyknockers
The Dark Half
Four Past Midnight
Needful Things
Nightmares & Dreamscapes
Insomnia
The Green Mile
Desperation

Isaac Asimov:
Foundation
Foundation and Empire
Second Foundation
Foundation’s Edge
Foundation and Earth
Prelude to Foundation
Nemesis

Douglas Adams:
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Life, the Universe and Everything
So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

Whitley Strieber:
Communion
Transformation
Breakthrough
Confirmation
The Secret School
Nature’s End
The Grays
Warday

Gregory Benford:
Timescape
Great Sky River
Artifact

Peter Straub:
Ghost Story
Mystery

Clive Barker:
The Great and Secret Show
Sacrament

Michael Crichton:
Jurassic Park
The Lost World
Sphere

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