At 6/7/14 10:54 PM, The-Great-One wrote:
What do you read in your downtime.
*Warning: Major TL;DR ahead*
I read a lot of non-fiction, mostly theoretical work that seeks to explain things – or raise some hell. For that reason, I absolutely loved Rogue States by Noam Chomsky and Radical democracy by C. Douglas Lummis. I’d like to point out that these books are flawed, but they’re thought-provoking, and that’s something I value greatly in any writing. Subjects like terrorism, civil wars and the like also interest me.
As far as fiction goes, I mostly read whatever I find interesting at the moment. Right now I’m reading a lot of HP Lovecraft, George Orwell, Steven King, and Tom Clancy.
I loved Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Honestly, that last one would be worth getting simply because Solzhenitsyn managed to write the whole novel without a single chapter break, and still keep it stupidly engrossing and enjoyable to read.
Comics are greatly underrated! I think everyone should read Maus by Art Spiegelman. It’s is my favorite comic. It humanizes everyone involved and explains how people could live through the Holocaust.
V For Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd is brilliant, and got me briefly interested in anarchy. Yes, it was a phase I grew out of.
The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller is a textbook example of pacing. Although only as subtle as a brick in your face, this Batman yarn manages to take on a life of its own, and it’s the most exciting comic I’ve ever read.
My current summer reading list, in no particular order: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi, Channel Zero by Brian Wood, The Foundation series by Isaac Asimov, The New Testament (courtesy of the Gideons International), The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli, too many Judge Dredd comics to count, and Easy Money by Jens Lapidus.
Once I finish those, I plan on acquiring a bunch of more or less new sci-fi books that caught my eye: The Human Division by John Scalzi, Chindi by Jack McDevitt, The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi, New Modell Army by Adam Roberts, and 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson.
Also, asking me to name a favorite writer is just cruel.
*Now leaving the Wall of Text*
This post just went on and on. Sorry! :(