Friday, June 13, 2008

What You're Reading

Here is the full list of reading recommendations you’ve sent thus far. Any spelling errors are YOUR fault, not mine, because I simply copied and pasted some of these directly from the emails I’ve received. This list was compiled in chronological order, so it’s not organized in any particular way, nor is it sorted - which I know is pretty annoying, but hey, I just spent the last two hours copying all this shit down, so take what you can get.

And don’t say I’ve never done anything for you.

What Is the What -- Dave Eggers
The Chess Machine -- Robert Lohr and Anthea Bell
The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories -- Susanna Clarke
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell -- Susanna Clarke
The Yiddish Policemen's Union: A Novel (P.S.) -- Michael Chabon
Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy -- Jostein Gaarder
Motherless Brooklyn -- Jonathan Lethem
Savage Night -- Jim Thompson
Generation Kill -- Evan Wright
Playing for Pizza -- John Grisham
Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets -- Sudhir Venkatesh

Ugly Americans: The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided
the Asian Markets for Millions -- Ben Mezrich

Dies the Fire (series) –- S.M. Stirling
Stones for Ibarra –- Harriet Doerr
The Road -- Cormac McCarthy
American Gods AND Sandman (series) -- Neil Gaiman
Then We Came to the End -- Joshua Ferris
Lush Life -- Richard Price
Absurdistan -- Gary Shteyngart
Beautiful Children -- Charles Bock
The Lions of al-Rassan AND A Song for Arbonne -- Guy Gavriel Kay
Boss -- Mike Royko
Forever - Pete Hamill
The Zanzibar Chest -- Aiden Hayley
Murray Whelan series -- Shane Maloney
A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century -- Barbara W. Tuchman
The World Without Us -- Alan Weisman
Shadow & Claw: The First Half of 'The Book of the New Sun' -- Gene Wolfe
Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever -- Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman

Skillful Means -- Tarthang Tulku
Shame -- Jasvinder Sanghera
Long Walk to Freedom -- Nelson Mandela
Infidel -- Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Beach Road -- James Patterson
Deception Point -- Dan Brown
The God Delusion -- Richard Dawkins
Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found -- Suketu Mehta
Run With the Horsemen -- Ferrol Sams
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? -- Philip K. Dick
The Fountainhead -- Ayn Rand
Einstein: His Life and Universe -- Walter Isaacson
Anything by R.A. Salvatore
John Adams -- David McCullough
Island in the Sea of Time -- S.M. Stirling
Blood Curdling Tales of Horror and the Macabre -- H.P. Lovecraft
The Walking Drum -- Louis L’Amour
Grim Lands -- Robert E. Howard
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder -- Vincent Bugliosi
Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army -- Jeremy Scahill

Glenn Reynolds -- An Army of Davids
John Robb -- Brave New War
Riddley Walker -- Russell Hoban
Waiting for the Barbarians -- J.M.Coetzee
Pan -- Knut Hamsun
Anything by Derek Robinson
Carry Me Home -- John M. Del Vecchio
Anything by Alan Sillitoe OR David Storey
Hot Property: The Stealing of Ideas in an Age of Globalization -- Pat Choate
Falling Man -- Don DeLillo
The Thought Gang -- Tibor Fischer
Life, A User's Manual -- Georges Perec
Concrete Island -- J.G. Ballard
Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth -- Andrew Smith
The Trouble With Physics -- Lee Smolin
Red Harvest AND The Maltese Falcon -- Dashiell Hammett
Anything by Slavoj Ziztek
America’s Splendid Little Wars -- Peter Huchthausen
The Pillars of the Earth -- Ken Follett
Anything by Tom Robbins
The Rediscovery of Man AND Norstrilia -- Cordwainer Smith
City -- Clifford Simak
Immortality -- Milan Kundera
Mr. Vertigo -- Paul Auster
The Magus -- John Fowles
The Scramble for Africa -- Thomas Pakenham
The State of Africa -- Martin Meredith
One Day In The Life Of Ivan Desinovich -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Death's Men -- Denis Winter
Among the Thugs -- Bill Buford
The Soul Of Battle: From Ancient Times to the Present Day -- Victor Davis Hanson

Down and Out in London and Paris -- George Orwell
James Clavell OR Robert Heinlein
Lamb -- Christopher Moore
Lost Fleet (series) -- Jack Campbell
Anything by Andy McNab
"No Matter Where You Go, There You Are" by John Kabat-Zinn
"Persuasion" by Jane Austen
Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the
Beatles -- Geoff Emerick

A Short History of Nearly Everything -- Bill Bryson
Aspects of the Novel -- E.M. Forster
The Harry Dresden series of novels by Jim Butcher
A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels by George R.R. Martin
Any cookbook in the "Cooks Illustrated" series
Melissa Good (Lesbian romance novels!!!)
John Kennedy Toole -- A Confederacy of Dunces
Baghdad Without a Map -- Tony Horowitz
Portnoy’s Complaint -- Phillip Roth
The Idiot -- Fyodor Dostoevsky
Roughing It -- Mark Twain
The Children's War -- J.N. Stroyer
Factotum -- Charles Bukowski
Raymond Chandler OR Nabokov OR Nathanael West
Altered Carbon -- Richard Morgan
Charles Stross (Halting State & Glasshouse)
Neal Gaiman (American Gods & Anansi Boys)
John Scalzi (Old Man's War trilogy)
In the Presence of Mine Enemies: War in the Heart of America, 1859–1863 AND The Promise of the New South: Life after Reconstruction -- Edward Ayers
Shantartam -- Gregory Roberts
The Terror -- Dan Simmons
Revelation Space -- Alastair Reynolds
The Blind Watchmaker -- Richard Dawkins
The Canon -- Natalie Angier
American Psycho -- Bret Easton Ellis
Liar’s Poker -- Michael Lewis
The Chosen -- Chaim Potok
Youth in Revolt -- C.D. Payne
The Man in the High Castle -- Phillip K. Dick
Dubliners -- James Joyce
A Prayer for Owen Meany -- John Irving
The Glass Castle -- Jeannette Walls
God is Not Great -- Christopher Hitchens
Slaughterhouse Five -- Kurt Vonnegut
Anything by Andrew Vachss OR Jonathan Archer
Shadow Divers -- Robert Kurson
The Devil in the White City -- Erik Larson
Anything by James Ellroy
Private Angelo -- Eric Linklater
The Know-It-All -- A.J. Jacobs
In a Sunburned Country -- Bill Bryson
Anything by Cory Doctorow
Jack Reacher (series) -- Lee Child
Sharpe’s Rifles (series) -- Bernard Cornwell
Little Fuzzy -- Henry Beam Piper
Ender’s Game -- Orson Scott Card
Parasite Rex -- Carl Zimmer
Freakonomics -- Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
With the Old Breed -- E.B. Sledge
His Excellency: George Washington -- Joseph J. Ellis (Isn’t this the guy who claimed he fought in Vietnam, but didn’t?)

The Poems of Wilfred Owen -- Jon Stallworthy
The Master and Margarita -- Mikhail Bulgakov
Crime and Punishment -- Dostoyevsky
Boomsday -- Christopher Buckley
The Mortdecai Trilogy -- Kyril Bonfiglioli
Anything by Paul Auster
The GM -- Tom Callahan
Anything by Alan Furst (agreed)
Manhunt -- James L. Swanson
Anything by Mary Roach
Anything by David Sedaris
Anything by Chuck Klosterman
Ace of Spades -- David Matthews
The Professor and the Madman -- Simon Winchester
Fine Balance -- Rohinton Mistry

Power of One -- Bryce Courtenay
Piercing -- Ryu Murakami
Geek Love -- Katherine Dunn
Reefer Madness -- Eric Schlosser
Dante’s Inferno -- Dante Alighieri
Hegemony or Survival -- Noam Chomsky
Jesse Livermore: World's Greatest Stock Trader -- Richard Smitten
Gates of Fire -- Steven Pressfield
Perdido Street Station -- China Mieville
Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World -- Mark Kurlansky
Already Dead -- Charlie Huston
The Siege of Mecca -- Yaroslav Trofimov
Anything by George R.R. Martin
The Sopranos OR Morvern Callar -- Alan Warner
Theft -- Peter Carey
The Fox in the Attic OR The Wooden Shepherdress -- Richard Hughes
Scoop AND Vile Bodies -- Evelyn Waugh
Black Swan Green -- David Mitchell
Anything by Penelope Fitzgerald
Lives of the Saints -- Nancy Lemann
Anything by Robert Girardi
Kissing in Manhattan -- David Schickler
A Time of Gifts -- Patrick Leigh Fermor
Anything by Julian Barnes
Towing Jehovah OR This is the Way the World Ends -- James Morrow
The History of Love -- Nicole Krauss
An Artist of the Floating World -- Kazuo Ishiguro
The Eyre Affair -- Jasper Fforde
The Count of Monte Cristo -- Dumas
A Feast of Snakes -- Harry Crews
The End of the Road -- John Barth
A Modern Magician -- Robert Weinberg
Anything by Matthew Reilly
Supercapitalism -- Robert Reich
The Name of the Wind -- Patrick Rothfuss
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party -- M.T. Anderson
Doomsday Book -- Connie Willis
Life of Pi -- Yann Martel
The Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri
Anything by Louis Bayard
Bounty Trilogy -- James Hall and Charles Nordhoff
Robinson Crusoe -- Daniel Defoe (Great idea…this might be the first one I read on this entire list)

Anything by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A Thousand Splendid Suns -- Khaled Hosseini
The Rising Tide -- Jeff Shaara
Anything by Jeff Shaara or Michael Shaara
Anything by Steven Pressfield
Anything by Italo Calvino
Scott's Last Expedition -- The journals of Captain R. F. Scott
Atonement -- Ian Mcewan
The Last Campaign -- Thurston Clarke
The Fighter -- Craig Davidson
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War -- Max Brooks
In the Heart of the Sea -- Nathaniel Philbrick
Liberal Fascism -- Jonah Goldberg
Moment of Truth in Iraq -- Michael Yon
Albert Speer: His Battle With Truth -- Gitta Sereny
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt -- Edmund Morris
The Fifties -- David Halberstam
Befriend and Betray -- Alex Caine
Nocturnes OR The Book of Lost Things -- John Connolly
Ishmael -- Daniel Quinn
Life in the French Foreign Legion -- Evan McGorman
Shock Doctrine -- Naomi Klein
Revelation Space -- Alastair Reynolds