My Reading List


del Toro, Guillermo & Chuck Hogan. The Night Eternal: Book Three of The Strain Trilogy. William Morrow (2011). 384 pgs. September 2010.
A fun page turner & a good way to end the series.

Man, John. The Gutenberg Revolution: The Story of a Genius and an Invention That Changed the World. Headline Review (2003). 320 pgs. January 2011.
Very good history of one of the central inventions in history.


King, Stephen. 'Salem's Lot. Doubleday (1975). 439 pgs. 28 November 2010.
A great vampire novel with lots of fantastically creepy touches. 1st book read on a Kindle!

Larbalestier, Justine. Magic or Madness. Razorbill (2005). 288 pgs. November 2010.
Just OK. For instance, it took far too long to actually get going.

del Toro, Guillermo & Chuck Hogan. The Fall: Book Two of The Strain Trilogy. William Morrow (2010). 320 pgs. September 2010.
Not as good as the 1st one, but still good, in that Empire Strikes Back, everything-goes-to-Hell way.

Levy, Steven. Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution. Penguin (2001). 464 pgs. June 2010.
Excellent history of 3 ages in hackerdom: hardware, software, & games.

Teachout, Terry. Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2009). 496 pgs. 13 June 2010.
Excellent biography of an amazing artist and man.

Martell, Nevin. Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip. Continuum Pub Group (2009). 256 pgs. 9 May 2010.
This would have been a lot better as a long article. Meh.

Howard, Robert E.. Heroes in the Wind: From Kull to Conan: The Best of Robert E. Howard. Penguin Classics (2009). 560 pgs. 2 May 2010.
An excellent collection that introduced me to several stories I should have read before now.

Kamp, David & Steven Daly. The Rock Snob's Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Rockological Knowledge. Broadway Books (2005). 176 pgs. 14 February 2010.
A fun book that serves to confirm my status as a rock snob.

Fox, Angie. The Accidental Demon Slayer. Love Spell (2008). 292 pgs. 7 February 2010.
A fun romp written by a good friend.

Sikov, Ed. Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers. Hyperion (2002). 448 pgs. 1 February 2010.
The author's judgmental tone annoyed me, but the information was fascinating about a screwed-up man's life.

Davis, Eleanor. The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook. Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (2008). 160 pgs. 16 January 2010.
Excellent! Pro-science, pro-nerd, pro-learning. Great for kids & adults.

Price, Richard. Lush Life. Picador (2008). 480 pgs. 6 January 2010.
A great book, but the ending was a bit rushed to me, a bit too deus ex machina.


Bianculli, David. Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Touchstone (2009). 400 pgs. 29 December 2009.
Easy to read, fascinating history of a volatile time in American history & media.

Huston, Charlie. My Dead Body. Del Rey (2009). 336 pgs. October 2009.
A great way to finish the series!

del Toro, Guillermo & Chuck Hogan. The Strain: Book One of The Strain Trilogy. William Morrow (2009). 416 pgs. June 2009.
Excellent modern horror—a real page-turner!

Wallace, David Foster. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments. Back Bay Books (1998). 368 pgs. 27 May 2009.
With the exception of the 2nd essay, which was too much a product of academia, these were insightful, funny, & amazingly well-written.

Owen, Frank. No Speed Limit: Meth Across America. St. Martin's Press (2007). 256 pgs. 6 April 2009.
Level-headed, sane look at a problem, not an epidemic.

Hack, Richard. Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos and Letters: The Definitive Biography of the First American Billionaire. New Millennium Press (2001). 444 pgs. 30 March 2009.
Fascinating biography of an endlessly fascinating, though deeply flawed man; the writing, however, veered toward People \1agazine a few times.

Parish, James Robert. Fiasco: A History of Hollywood's Iconic Flops. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2006). 359 pgs. 7 March 2009.
A fun, easy journey through some disastrous business & artistic decisions.


Huston, Charlie. Every Last Drop. Del Rey (2008). 272 pgs. December 2008.
A slow start, but then a crackerjack finish. Can't wait for the 5th and final volume!

Klaus, Marshall H. and Phyllis H. Klaus. Your Amazing Newborn. Da Capo Press (1998). 113 pgs. 12 November 2008.
I learned a lot more about the capabilities newborns possess than I ever thought I'd know. Amazing little critters!

Sears, Dr. William and Martha Sears. The Pregnancy Book: Month-by-Month, Everything You Need to Know From America's Baby Experts. Little, Brown & Company (1997). 430 pgs. 12 November 2008.
Let's just say, it's amazing, but I'm glad I'm a man.

Zelazny, Roger. A Night in the Lonesome October. William Morrow (1993). 280 pgs. 9 November 2008.
Fun fantasy with some of the best Victorian characters, plus H. P. Lovecraft's mythos!

O'Neil, Dennis and Neal Adams. Batman: Tales of the Demon. DC Comics (1992). 208 pgs. 30 July 2008.
Enjoyable, but with weird jumps in continuity.

Carey, Mike and Pasqual Ferry. Ultimate Fantastic Four 9: Silver Surfer. Marvel Comics (2008). 120 pgs. 26 July 2008.
An interesting take on the Silver Surfer.

Carey, Mike and Mark Brooks, Stuart Immonen, & Frazer Irving. Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol. 8: Devils. Marvel Comics (2007). 112 pgs. 26 July 2008.
An OK tale with some nice Thing characterization.

Moench, Doug, Kelley Jones, & John Beatty. Batman: Vampire. DC Comics (2007). 288 pgs. 23 July 2008.
Read in one night. Scary, tragic, inventive stuff.

Huston, Charlie. Half the Blood of Brooklyn. Del Rey (2007). 240 pgs. 22 July 2008.
Read the last 150 pages in one night. A good 'un.

Ohba, Tsugumi and Takeshi Obata. Death Note, Volume 12: Finis. VIZ Media LLC (2007). 200 pgs. 2 July 2008.
It all wraps up, neat & tidy.

Ohba, Tsugumi and Takeshi Obata. Death Note, Volume 11: Kindred Spirit. VIZ Media LLC (2007). 200 pgs. 2 July 2008.
How's it gonna end?.

Ohba, Tsugumi and Takeshi Obata. Death Note, Volume 10: Delete. VIZ Media LLC (2007). 200 pgs. 1 July 2008.
It's winding down & winding up.

Ohba, Tsugumi and Takeshi Obata. Death Note, Volume 9: Contact. VIZ Media LLC (2007). 200 pgs. 29 June 2008.
Lots of action & suspense.

Ohba, Tsugumi and Takeshi Obata. Death Note, Volume 8: Target. VIZ Media LLC (2006). 200 pgs. 27 June 2008.
New characters, new complications.

Ohba, Tsugumi and Takeshi Obata. Death Note, Volume 7: Zero. VIZ Media LLC (2006). 200 pgs. 20 June 2008.
What you've been waiting for finally happens.

Ohba, Tsugumi and Takeshi Obata. Death Note, Volume 6: Give-and-Take. VIZ Media LLC (2006). 200 pgs. 18 June 2008.
He's back, and now it really takes off.

Ohba, Tsugumi and Takeshi Obata. Death Note, Volume 5: Whiteout. VIZ Media LLC (2006). 200 pgs. 12 June 2008.
A new Light.

Ohba, Tsugumi and Takeshi Obata. Death Note, Volume 4: Love. VIZ Media LLC (2006). 200 pgs. 6 June 2008.
More twists, more turns!

Ohba, Tsugumi and Takeshi Obata. Death Note, Volume 3: Hard Run. VIZ Media LLC (2006). 200 pgs. 1 June 2008.
Twists and turns!

Ohba, Tsugumi and Takeshi Obata. Death Note, Volume 2: Confluence. VIZ Media LLC (2005). 200 pgs. 30 May 2008.
The morality questions get much murkier in volume 2.

Ohba, Tsugumi and Takeshi Obata. Death Note, Volume 1: Boredom. VIZ Media LLC (2005). 200 pgs. 28 May 2008.
A great idea for a story!

Rogers, Heather. Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage. The New Press (2005). 288 pgs. 10 May 2008.
Fascinating, insightful critique of capitalism's creation of garbage.

Deutschman, Alan. The Second Coming of Steve Jobs. Broadway Books (2000). 321 pgs. 12 March 2008.
Quick, easy read about a brilliant pain in the ass.

Kessler, Andy. How We Got Here: A Slightly Irreverent History of Technology & Markets. HarperCollins (2005). 282 pgs. 10 March 2008.
Some good history, but too much conservative politics & money stuff I didn't understand.


Millar, Mark & Greg Land. Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol. 6: Frightful. Marvel Comics (2006). 152 pgs. 25 November 2007.
Very good resolution to the Marvel Zombies.

Millar, Mark & Greg Land. Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol. 5: Crossover. Marvel Comics (2006). 144 pgs. 25 November 2007.
Ultimates meet Marvel Zombies; mayhem ensues.

Ellis, Warren, Trevor Hairsine, Steve Epting, Steve McNiven, Tom Raney, & Brandon Peterson. Ultimate Galactus Trilogy. Marvel Comics (2007). 368 pgs. 25 November 2007.
Good re-imagining of Galactus & many central characters.

Russell, Ross. Bird Lives!: The High Life and Hard Times of Charlie (Yardbird) Parker. Da Capo Press (1973). 404 pgs. 12 November 2007.
Excellent bio of one of the central figures in jazz.

Carey, Mike, Mark Millar, & Jae Lee. Ultimate Fantastic Four, Vol. 4: Inhuman. Marvel Comics (2005). 96 pgs. 15 September 2007.
Good, but I didn't like the art.

Ellis, Warren & Andy Kubert. Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol. 3: N-Zone. Marvel Comics (2005). 144 pgs. 15 September 2007.
Interesting excursion into the N-Zone.

Millar, Mark, & Bryan Hitch. The Ultimates 2, Vol. 2: Grand Theft America. Marvel Comics (2007). 232 pgs. 15 September 2007.
Lots of action in this one.

Millar, Mark, & Bryan Hitch. The Ultimates 2, Vol. 1: Gods and Monsters. Marvel Comics (2005). 152 pgs. 15 September 2007.
Excellent characterization.

Millar, Mark, Bryan Hitch, & Andrew Currie. The Ultimates Vol. 1: Super-Human. Marvel Comics (2002). 160 pgs. 15 September 2007.
Really good, especially the "new" Captain America.

Wilson, James. The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America. Grove Press (1998). 466 pgs. 21 August 2007.
A sad, informative, distressing story that revealed areas of history I'd didn't know.

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Arthur A. Levine Books (2007). 784 pgs. 23 July 2007.
A fitting end to a long and enjoyable series … though I wish the epilogue had more info.

Huston, Charlie. No Dominion. Ballantine Books (2006). 251 pgs. 1 June 2007.
A sequel with even more bite and an even more labyrinthian plot.

Huston, Charlie. Already Dead. Ballantine Books (2005). 268 pgs. 25 May 2007.
A slambang vampire noir, funny and horrifying violent, full of clever characters and page-turning action.

Shakespeare, William (Ed. by John D. Cox & Eric Rasmussen)King Henry VI, Part 3. Arden Shakespeare Paperbacks (2001). 460 pgs. 20 May 2007.
A fitting end to the Henry VI trilogy. Very good, especially the character of the future Richard III.

Hamilton, Laurell K. The Laughing Corpse. Jove (1994). 293 pgs. 22 April 2007.
Even better than the first—more interesting story, lots more horror, deeper characterization.

Hamilton, Laurell K. Guilty Pleasures. Jove (1993). 266 pgs. 6 April 2007.
A fun, hard-to-put-down combination of horror, mystery, humor, & a dash of romance.

Shakespeare, William (Ed. by Ronald Knowles)King Henry VI, Part II. Arden Shakespeare Paperbacks (1999). 491 pgs. 1 March 2007.
Very good, especially the Jack Cade scenes.

Brubaker, Ed, Steve Epting, Mike Perkins, & Michael Lark. Captain America: Winter Soldier, Vol. 2. Marvel Comics (2006). 136 pgs. 5 February 2007.
Bucky comes back.

Wozniak, Steve, with Gina Smith. iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I invented the personal computer, co-founded Apple, and had fun doing it. W. W. Norton & Company (2006). 313 pgs. 29 January 2007.
An easy-to-read history by one of the obvious geniuses of the computer age.

Shakespeare, William (Ed. by Andrew S. Cairncross)King Henry VI, Part I. Arden Shakespeare Paperbacks (1969). 172 pgs. 13 January 2007.
Actually quite enjoyable & interesting, esp. the portrayal of Joan of Arc.


Dick, Philip K. The Crack in Space. Vintage Books (2005/1966). 188 pgs. 31 December 2006.
Not Dick's greatest, but still fun mid-60s scifi.

Snicket, Lemony. A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book the First: The Bad Beginning. HarperCollins (1999). 162 pgs. 28 December 2006.
A fun yet frivolous book for kids, with some sly wit about it.

Keegan, John. Winston Churchill. Penguin Books (2002). 196 pgs. 24 December 2006.
A short, informative biography of an amazing individual.

Brooks, Max. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead. Three Rivers Press (2003). 254 pgs. 19 December 2006.
A fun read that does a good job appearing "realistic".

Dick, Philip K. Time Out of Joint. Vintage Books (2002/1959). 255 pgs. 18 December 2006.
Another mind-twister from Dick, this one obviously enormously influential.

Foote, Shelby. The Civil War: A Narrative: Red River to Appomattox. Vintage Books (1974). 1106 pgs. 14 December 2006.
The final volume in a magisterial history lesson.

Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms. Scribner (1929). 332 pgs. 9 September 2006.
Excellent battle accounts & a very moving tragedy.

Diamond, Jared. Guns, Germs, And Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. W. W. Norton & Company (2005). 518 pgs. 17 August 2006.
A fascinating, wide-ranging, thoroughly-researched explanation for some of the most important questions in human history.

Gay, Peter. Mozart. Penguin Books (1999). 177 pgs. 17 August 2006.
A nice, friendly overview of the life & music of Mozart.

Lacey, Robert and Danny Danziger. The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millenium: An Englishman's World. Little, Brown and Company (1999). 230 pgs. 15 August 2006.
Light history, but contained many interesting details.

Foote, Shelby. The Civil War: A Narrative: Fredericksburg to Meridian. Vintage Books (1963). 988 pgs. 12 August 2006.
More of some of the best history ever written.

Bendis, Brian Michael, & Mark Millar, Warren Ellis, Adam Kubert, & Stuart Immonen. Ultimate Fantastic Four, Vol. 1: The Fantastic. Marvel Comics (2004). 144 pgs. 16 April 2006.
An excellent re-telling of the Fantastic Four origin.

Foote, Shelby. The Civil War: A Narrative: Fort Sumter to Perryville. Vintage Books (1958). 840 pgs. 16 April 2006.
Some of the best history ever written.

Millar, Mark, & Greg Land. Ultimate Fantastic Four, Vol. 5: Crossover. Marvel Comics (2006). 144 pgs. 16 April 2006.
The intro of Marvel Zombies!


Blatty, William Peter. Legion. Simon and Schuster (1983). 248 pgs. 31 December 2005.
A weird amalgamation of detective mystery & religious meditation.

Wolfman, Marv and George Perez. Crisis on Infinite Earths. DC Comics (2000). 364 pgs. December 2005.
A damn good graphic novel epic.

Capp, Al. The Short Life and Happy Times of the Shmoo. The Overlook Press (2002). 143 pgs. 27 August 2005.
It's shmooriffic!

McMurtry, Larry. Crazy Horse. Lipper/Viking (1999). 148 pgs. 25 August 2005.
I learned a lot that I didn't know, which means it was good.

Gleick, James. Isaac Newton. Pantheon Books (2003). 272 pgs. 18 August 2005.
Good, but spotty: I wanted more info in several places.

Hiltzik, Michael. Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age. HarperBusiness (1999). 448 pgs. 15 August 2005.
An excellent history of a vital, fascinating, amazingly inventive group of people in a corporation that didn't know what to do with them.

Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. Bantam Books (2003). 470 pgs. 7 August 2005.
I can't believe I'd never read this before. Wow! Audaciously brillant, for starters … & then it gets better.

Reaves, Michael and John Pelan, eds. Shadows Over Baker Street. Ballantine Books (2003). 446 pgs. 28 July 2005.
Sherlock Holmes in H.P. Lovecraft's world. Half the stories were OK (just OK), and half were ineffectual, but on the whole, an idea that simply didn't work.

Eco, Umberto. Five Moral Pieces. A Harvest Book (2002). 111 pgs. 18 July 2005.
Humane, enlightened, compassionate.

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Arthur A. Levine Books (2005). 652 pgs. 17 July 2005.
Can't wait for the next—& last—book!

Miller, Frank. Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For. Dark Horse Books (2005). 206 pgs. 13 July 2005.
The hardest of the hard boiled.

Barker, Clive. Books of Blood: Volumes One to Three. Berkley Books (1998/1984). 507 pgs. 12 July 2005.
2/3 were scary or disturbing -really \1cary or disturbing—& 1/3 were crap. Not a bad ratio, really.

Various. Constantine: The Hellblazer Collection. DC Comics (2005). 168 pgs. 10 July 2005.
A movie adaptation and some class Constantine stories by Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, & others. Good overall.

Bryson, Bill. A Short History of Nearly Everything. Broadway (2004). 560 pgs. 3 July 2005.
Absolutely wonderful. It made me want to learn more about science, which tells you it's done its job.

Dick, Philip K. Martian Time-Slip. Vintage Books (1995/1964). 262 pgs. 22 June 2005.
Another brilliant, thoughtful novel about madness, reality, & fate by Dick.

Ligotti, Thomas. Noctuary. Carroll & Graf, Inc. (1994). 194 pgs. 13 June 2005.
Terrible. I couldn't stand his writing style.

Lovecraft, H.P. and others. Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos. Del Rey (1998). 461 pgs. 5 June 2005.
A collection of stories, most very good, some that started well & petered out, & a few that were pointless.

Whitman, Michael E. and Herbert J. Mattord. Management of Information Security. Thomson Course Technology (2004). 559 pgs. 26 May 2005.
A good textbook on a complicated subject. Definitely for the manager, not the technician.

Melville, Herman. Moby-Dick, or, The Whale. Penguin Classics (1988). 654 pgs. 21 May 2005.
An American epic, Shakespearean in its scope & characterization.

Deaver, Jeffery. The Blue Nowhere. Pocket Books (2001). 505 pgs. 4 April 2005.
Fast-paced & completely ludicrous, but a page turner.

Dick, Philip K. The Man in the High Castle. G. P. Putnam's Sons (1962). 218 pgs. 3 April 2005.
Dense, philosophical, looping around on itself.

Fest, Joachim. Inside Hitler's Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2002). 179 pgs. 2 April 2005.
An excellent, brief overview of nihilism in power.

Dick, Philip K. A Scanner Darkly. Vintage Books (1991). 278 pgs. 30 March 2005.
Very unnerving … a great idea, well done.

Thomas Jr., Robert McG. 52 McGs: The Best Obituaries from Legendary New York Times Writer Robert McG. Thomas Jr.. Scribner (2001). 192 pgs. 20 March 2005.
So many interesting people and fascinating lives!

King, Dean. Skeletons on the Zahara. Little, Brown and Company (2004). 351 pgs. 20 March 2005.
An amazing true tale of harrowing adventure.


Zeldman, Jeffrey. Designing with Web Standards. New Riders (2003). 436 pgs. 6 September 2004.
As Jans says, I wish I could eat his brain.

Russell, Ryan, Ido Dubrawsky, FX, Joe Grand, Tim Mullen, et al. Stealing the Network: How to Own the Box. Syngress (2003). 303 pgs. 5 September 2004.
Wonderfully informative.

Truss, Lynne. Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Gotham Books (2004). 209 pgs. 14 June 2004.
I ate it up.

Nabokov, Vladimir. Pale Fire. Perigee Books (1980). 315 pgs. 23 April 2004.
Sheer playful, postmodern, parodic brilliance.

Bendis, Brian Michael and Michael Avon Oeming. Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl?. Image Comics (2000). 207 pgs. 18 April 2004.
A pretty smart conceit and, yes, a retro art style makes this one a winner.

Underhill, Paco. Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping. Simon & Schuster (1999). 255 pgs. 1 April 2004.
A clever, interesting look into a subject I had not considered.

Wade, Carlson. Great Hoaxes and Famous Imposters. Jonathan David Publishers (1976). 239 pgs. 25 March 2004.
It's a juvenile lit book that unfortunately is not always written the best, but it's still informative & fun.

Shanower, Eric. Age of Bronze Volume 1; A Thousand Ships. Image Comics (2001). 223 pgs. 19 March 2004.
A fascinating, all-encompassing re-telling of the Trojan War, from Paris to the ships leaving Aulis.

Sachar, Louis. Holes. Frances Foster Books (1998). 233 pgs. 15 March 2004.
A wonderful, magical, absorbing, beautifully-plotted book, suitable for adults as well as children.

Schneier, Bruce. Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security In An Uncertain World. Copernicus Books (2003). 295 pgs. 13 March 2004.

Conlon, Gerry. In the Name of the Father. Plume (1993). 234 pgs. 3 March 2004.

Brown, Dan. The Da Vinci Code. Doubleday (2003). 454 pgs. 23 February 2004.
An ingenious thriller.

Moore, Alan. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 2. DC Comics (2003). 224 pgs. 14 February 2004.
What is there to say? Alan Moore, the League, steampunk … it's all good.

Frum, David. How We Got Here: The 70's: The Decade That Brought You Modern Life—For Better or Worse. Basic Books (2000). 357 pgs. 14 February 2004.
Some of the worst editing I've ever seen, and an only-intermittently well-argued book. Not recommended.

Dick, Philip K. Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick. Pantheon Books (2002). 473 pgs. 26 January 2004.
A fabulous collection!

Matheson, Richard. I Am Legend. Buccaneer Books (1954). 151 pgs. 11 January 2004.

Stoker, Bram. Ed. by Leonard Wolf. The Essential Dracula: The Definitive Annotated Edition of Bram Stoker's Classic Novel. Plume (1993). 484 pgs. 10 January 2004.


Hazen, Charles Downer. The French Revolution, vol. 2. Henry Holt and Company (1932). 498 pgs. 30 December 2003.

Hazen, Charles Downer. The French Revolution, vol. 1. Henry Holt and Company (1932). 518 pgs. 30 September 2003.

Johnson, Paul. Napoleon. Viking Penguin (2002). 190 pgs. 1 September 2003.

Barzun, Jacques. From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life: 1500 to the Present. HarperCollins (2000). 802 pgs. 26 August 2003.

Gibson, William. Neuromancer. Ace Books (1984). 278 pgs. 24 August 2003.

Gaiman, Neil. Coraline. HarperCollins (2002). 176 pgs. 9 August 2003.

Newman, Kim. Anno Dracula. Avon (1994). 416 pgs. 9 August 2003.

Mignola, Mike and John Byrne. Hellboy: Seed of Destruction. Dark Horse Comics (1994). 128 pgs. 5 July 2003.

Ennis, Garth and Steve Dillon. Preacher: Until the End of the World. DC Comics (1997). 264 pgs. 4 July 2003.

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (No. 5). Scholastic Trade (2003). 870 pgs. June 2003.

Beevor, Antony. Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943. Penguin Books (1999). 440 pgs. 28 February 2003.

Red Hat Linux 8.0: The Official Red Hat Linux Getting Started Guide. Red Hat, Inc. (2002). 161 pgs. 18 February 2003.

Nunberg, Geoffrey. The Way We Talk Now. Houghton Mifflin Co. (2001). 256 pgs. 17 February 2003.

Red Hat Linux 8.0: The Official Red Hat Linux System Administration Primer. Red Hat, Inc. (2002). 138 pgs. 10 February 2003.

Moore, Alan, and Kevin O'Neill. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. DC Comics (2002). 192 pgs. January 2003.


Finney, Jack. About Time: Twelve Stories. Scribner Paperback Fiction (1998). 224 pgs. 15 December 2002.

O'Nan, Stewart. The Circus Fire. Doubleday (2000). 363 pgs. 4 December 2002.

Pears, Iain. The Dream of Scipio. Riverhead Books (2002). 398 pgs. 28 November 2002.

Lasser, Jon. Think Unix. Que (2000). 266 pgs. 11 November 2002.

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. In The Essential Frankenstein: Including the Complete Novel by Mary Shelley. Ed. Leonard Wolf. Plume (1993). 357 pgs. 2 November 2002.

Lewis, Michael. Next: The Future Just Happened. W. W. Norton & Company (2001). 236 pgs. 20 October 2002.

Zinn, Howard. Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology. HarperCollins (1990). 341 pgs. 29 September 2002.

Philbrick, Nathaniel. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. Viking (2000). 278 pgs. 23 August 2002.

Torvalds, Linus, and David Diamond. Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary. HarperBusiness (2001). 288 pgs. 22 August 2002.

Williams, Sam. Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software. O'Reilly & Associates (2002). 240 pgs.

Ierley, Merritt. Wondrous Contrivances: Technology at the Threshold. Clarkson N. Potter (2002). 256 pgs. 20 August 2002.

Sugden, Philip. The Complete History of Jack the Ripper. Carroll & Graf (2002). 544 pgs. 12 August 2002.

Kurtzman, Harvey, and Roger Price, Jack Davis, Bill Elder. The Mad Reader. iBooks (2002). 192 pgs.

Reeves, Richard. President Nixon: Alone in the White House. Simon & Schuster (2001). 702 pgs. 22 July 2002.

Pullman, Philip. The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, No 3). Knopf (2000). 518 pgs. 28 May 2002.

Moore, Alan, and Eddie Campbell. From Hell. Eddie Campbell Comics (2000). 572 pgs.

Moore, Alan, and Ron Randall. Swamp Thing: The Curse. DC Comics (2001). 189 pgs.


Tolkien, J. R. R. The Return of the King. Houghton Mifflin Company (1954). 440 pgs. November 2001.

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Two Towers. Houghton Mifflin Company (1954). 352 pgs. 29 October 2001.

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Fellowship of the Ring. Houghton Mifflin Company (1954). 423 pgs. 17 October 2001.

Pullman, Philip. The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, No 2). Knopf (1997). 326 pgs. 20 May 2001.

Pullman, Philip. The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, No 1). Knopf (1996). 399 pgs. 14 May 2001.

King, Stephen. The Dead Zone. Viking Press (1979). 426 pgs.


Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (No 4). Scholastic Trade (2000). 734 pgs. 14 July 2000.

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (No 3). Scholastic Trade (1999). 435 pgs. 1 July 2000.

Freiberger, Paul, and Michael Swaine. Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer. McGraw-Hill (2000). 448 pgs. 18 June 2000.


Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (No 2). Scholastic Trade (1999). 341 pgs. 23 July 1999.

Alexander, Caroline. The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition. Knopf (1998). 211 pgs. 12 July 1999.

Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (No 1). Scholastic Trade (1998). 309 pgs. 10 July 1999.

Harris, Thomas. Hannibal. Delacorte Press (1999). 484 pgs. 5 July 1999.

Standage, Tom. The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-Line Pioneers. Walker & Co (1998). 227 pgs. 9 April 1999.

Johnson, Steven. Interface Culture: How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate. Harper San Francisco (1997). 272 pgs. 23 March 1999.

Nickles, Sara, ed. Drinking, Smoking, and Screwing: Great Writers on Good Times. Chronicle Books (1994). 224 pgs. 22 March 1999.


Matheson, Richard. Somewhere in Time. St. Martin's Press (1999). 304 pgs. 21 December 1998.

Junger, Sebastian. The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea. Harper Mass Market Paperbacks (1998). 301 pgs. 31 Nov 1998.

Gilmore, John. Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia Murder. Amok Books (1998). 288 pgs. 18 October 1998.

Heinlein, Robert A. Starship Troopers. Berkley Pub Group (1987). 263 pgs. 12 Oct 1998.

Card, Orson Scott. Ender's Game. Tor Books (1992). 226 pgs. 4 Sept 1998.

Zehme, Bill. The Way You Wear Your Hat: Frank Sinatra and the Lost Art of Livin'. HarperCollins (1997). 256 pgs. 26 May 1998.

Gilster, Paul. Digital Literacy. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (1997). 270 pgs. 27 April 1998.

Gelman, Robert B., and Stanton McCandlish, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Esther Dyson. Protecting Yourself Online: The Definitive Resource on Safety, Freedom, and Privacy in Cyberspace. HarperCollins (1998). 224 pgs. 13 April 1998.

Norman, Donald. The Psychology of Everyday Things. Basic Books (1988). 272 pgs. 27 Mar 1998.

Winkler, Ira. Corporate Espionage: What It Is, Why It Is Happening in Your Company, What You Must Do About It. Prima Publishing (1997). 320 pgs. 22 March 1998.

Hafner, Katie, and Matthew Lyon. Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet. Simon & Schuster (1998). 270 pgs. 11 Jan 1998.

Cringely, Robert X. Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can't Get a Date. HarperBusiness (1996). 384 pgs.


Spiekermann, Eric, and E. M. Ginger. Stop Stealing Sheep & find out how type works. 6 October 1997.

Williams, Robin. The Non-Designer's Design Book. 26 September 1997.

Ellroy, James. L.A. Confidential. 30 August 1997.

Mackey, Harvey. Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt. 17 Aug 1997.

McMurtry, Larry. Lonesome Dove. June 1997.

Gowdy, Barbara. We So Seldom Look On Love. 14 June 1997.

Ellroy, James. The Big Nowhere. 4 June 1997.

Sedaris, David. Naked. 31 May 1997.

Boyle, T. Coraghessan. Greasy Lake & Other Stories. 27 May 1997.

Merwin, W. S. Poem of the Cid. New American Library (1975). 301 pgs. 12 May 1997.

Hyman, Michael. PC Roadkill. 10 May 1997.

Einhardt. The Life of Charlemagne. 9 May 1997.

Ontdaaje, Michael. The English Patient. 7 May 1997.

Knowlton, Janice. Daddy Was the Black Dahlia Killer. 2 May 1997.

Douglas, John, and Mark Olshaker. Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit. 15 February 1997.

Ellroy, James. The Black Dahlia. 15 January 1997.

West, Nathanael. "The Day of the Locust". 8 January 1997.


West, Nathanael. "Miss Lonelyhearts". 28 December 1996

Marlowe, Christopher. The Jew of Malta. 26 December 1996.

Ebert, Roger. Ebert's Little Movie Glossary. 26 December 1996.

Davis, Miles, and Quincey Troupe. Autobiography. December 1996

Nabokov, Vladimir. Lolita. November 1996.

Thompson, Jim. The Killer Inside Me. November 1996.

Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women, Part I. August 1996.

Forster, E. M. Howard's End. Vintage International (1989). 359 pgs. 6 July 1996.
One of the best novels I've ever read.


Sedgwick, Catharine Maria. Hope Leslie. Rutgers University Press (1993). 365 pgs.


Gross, John. Shylock: A Legend and Its Legacy. Simon & Schuster (1992). 372 pgs. 24 July 1993.

Stampp, Kenneth M. The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South. 11 April 1993. 436 pgs.

Fussell, Paul. The Great War and Modern Memory. Oxford University Press (1975). 363 pgs. 26 February 1993.
Finished at Paul's Books/Ibid's, with Rachael, after 2 days of no school because of snow.

Oliver, Roland. The African Experience: Major Themes in African History From Earliest Times to the Present. IconEditions (1992). 284 pgs. 2 August 1993.
Finished 2 August 1993, @ 9:39 pm, on the patio outside Ibid's, next to Paul's Books, accompanied by Rachael, reading Ian Wilson's Jesus, and Alex.

Thomas, Roy, and Gil Kane, and Jim Woodring. The Ring of the Nibelung. 10 January 1993.


Scieszka, Jon, and Lane Smith. The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales. 14 November 1992.

Apollonius of Rhodes. The Voyage of Argo. 18 October 1992.

King, Stephen. It. 26 August 1992.

Boswell, James. The Life of Johnson. 28 July 1992.

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. "The Yellow Wallpaper". 25 July 1992.

Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest. 17 July 1992.

Hibberd, Dominic, and John Onions. Poetry of the Great War: An Anthology. 17 July 1992.

Randolph, Vance. Pissing in the Snow and Other Ozark Folktales. 5 July 1992.


Faulkner, William. Go Down, Moses. Penguin Books (1965). 288 pgs.

Wordsworth, William. The Prelude: 1799, 1805, 1850. W. W. Norton & Company (1979). 684 pgs.


Note: I'm unsure exactly when I read these, but I know I read many of them while I was teaching at Crossroads School, from 1989-1996.

Ariès, Philippe. Western Attitudes Towards Death: From the Middle Ages to the Present. The Johns Hopkins University Press (1974). 111 pgs.

Boorstin, Daniel J. The Discoverers: A History of Man's Search to Know His World and Himself. Vintage Books (1985). 745 pgs.

Clarke, Howard W. The Art of The Odyssey. Prentice-Hall Inc. (1967).

Dorsch, T. S. Aristotle/Horace/Longinus: Classical Literary Criticism. Penguin Books (1986). 158 pgs.

Edwards, Mark W. Homer: Poet of the Iliad. The Johns Hopkins University Press (1987).

Finley, M. I. Ancient Slavery and Modern Ideology. Penguin Books (1986). 202 pgs.

Finley, M. I. The Ancient Greeks. Penguin Books (1987). 204 pgs.

Finley, M. I. The World of Odysseus (2nd edition). Penguin Books (1986).

Fromm, Erich. Psychoanalysis and Religion. Bantam Books (1967). 115 pgs.

Gardner, John & John Maier, Trans. Gilgamesh: Translated from the Sin-Leqi-Unninni Version. Vintage Books (1985). 304 pgs.

Gould, Stephen Jay. The Flamingo's Smile: Reflections in Natural History. W. W. Norton & Company (1985). 476 pgs.

Guthrie, W. K. C. The Greeks and Their Gods. Beacon Press (1968). 388 pgs.

Heidel, Alexander. The Babylonian Genesis: The Story of Creation, 2nd edition. The University of Chicago Press (1963). 166 pgs.

Heidel, Alexander. The Gilgamesh Epic and Old Testament Parallels. The University of Chicago Press (1963). 269 pgs.

Homer. The Iliad (Translated by Richmond Lattimore). The University of Chicago Press (1967).

Homer. The Iliad (Translated by Robert Fitzgerald). Anchor Books (1975).

Jacobsen, Thorkild. The Treasures of Darkness: A History of Mesopotamian Religion. Yale University Press (1976). 273 pgs.

Jones, Peter V. Homer's Odyssey: A Companion to the Translation of Richmond Lattimore. Southern Illinois University Press (1988). 235 pgs.

Lattimore, Richmond. Story Patterns in Greek Tragedy. The University of Michigan Press (1969). 106 pgs.

Littlefield, David J. Twentieth Century Interpretations of The Frogs: A Collection of Critical Essays. Prentice-Hall Inc. (1968). 118 pgs.

Merchant, Paul. The Epic. Methuen (1979). 103 pgs.

Osborne, Richard. Philosophy for Beginners. Writers and Readers Publishing (1991). 182 pgs.
One of the most poorly-edited books I've ever read, with typos on almost every page.

Pinney, Roy. Slavery: Past and Present. Thomas Nelson Inc. (1972). 155 pgs.

Pope, Alexander. An Essay on Man. The Library of Liberal Arts (1965). 55 pgs.

Richardson, Samuel. Pamela. Houghton Mifflin Company (1971). 415 pgs.

Sandars, N. K., Trans. Poems of Heaven and Hell from Ancient Mesopotamia. Penguin Books (1971). 184 pgs.

Sandars, N. K., Trans. The Epic of Gilgamesh. Penguin Books (1972). 128 pgs.

Silk, Michael. Homer: The Iliad (Landmarks of World Literature). Cambridge University Press (1987).

Stanford, W. B. The Ulysses Theme: A Study in the Adaptability of a Traditional Hero. The University of Michigan Press (1968).

Tarnas, Richard. The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View. Ballantine Books (1991). 544 pgs.

Thackeray, William Makepeace. The History of Henry Esmond. The Modern Library. 615 pgs.

Tracy, Stephen V. The Story of the Odyssey. Princeton University Press (1990). 160 pgs.

Twain, Mark. Life on the Mississippi. Penguin Classics (1984). 450 pgs.

Van Doren, Charles. A History of Knowledge: The Pivotal Events, People, and Achievements of World History. Ballantine Books (1991). 422 pgs.

Willcock, Malcolm M. A Companion to the Iliad: Based on the Translation by Richmond Lattimore. The University of Chicago Press (1976).


Note: I'm unsure exactly when I read these, but many of them I know were for classes at Washington University in St. Louis. Some were in high school.

Aeschylus. The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides (Trans. by Robert Fagles). Penguin Books (1986). 335 pgs.

Beaumarchais. The Marriage of Figaro.

Brown, Claude. Manchild in the Promised Land. Signet (1965). 429 pgs.

Camus, Albert. The Myth of Sisyphus & Other Essays. Vintage Books (1955). 151 pgs.

Capote, Truman. Breakfast at Tiffany's. Signet (1980). 127 pgs. 4 July 1988.
I wrote "Wow!" at the end.

Chafe, William H. Women and Equality: Changing Patterns in American Culture. Oxford University Press (1978). 207 pgs.

Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe. Penguin Books (1987). 319 pgs.

Demos, John Putnam. Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England. Oxford University Press (1983). 543 pgs.

Fowles, John. The French Lieutenant's Woman. Little, Brown and Company (1969). 480 pgs.

Gosse, Edmund. Father and Son. Penguin Modern Classics (1982). 224 pgs.

Greene, Graham. Loser Takes All. Penguin (1980). 124 pgs.

Greene, Graham. The Quiet American. Penguin (1980). 189 pgs.

Goulden, Joseph C. The Best Years: 1945-1950. Atheneum (1976). 468 pgs.

Hamilton, Edith. The Greek Way. W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. (1964). 212 pgs.

Hirsch, Jr., E. D. Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs To Know. Vintage Books (1988). 253 pgs.

Knowles, John. A Separate Peace. Bantam Books (1968). 196 pgs.

Lewis, David L. King: A Biography. University of Illinois Press (1978). 470 pgs.

Lewis, W. H. The Splendid Century: Life in the France of Louis XIV. Morrow Quill Paperbacks (1976). 306 pgs.

Miller, Arthur. The Crucible. Bantam Books (1967). 145 pgs.

Moody, Anne. Coming of Age in Mississippi: An Autobiography. Laurel (1976). 384 pgs.

Oates, Stephen B. Abraham Lincoln: The Man Behind the Myths. New American Library (1984). 224 pgs.

Ovid. Metamorphoses (Trans. by A. D. Melville). Oxford University Press (1987). 480 pgs.

Plato. The Republic (Trans. by Desmond Lee). Penguin Books (1955). 464 pgs.

Potter, David M. Division and the Stresses of Reunion: 1845-1876. Scott, Foresman and Company (1973). 237 pgs.

Roth, Philip. Portnoy's Complaint. Bantam Books (1972). 309 pgs.

Simpson, Alan. Puritanism in Old and New England. The University of Chicago Press (1955). 126 pgs.

Spretnak, Charlene. Lost Goddesses of Ancient Greece: A Collection of Pre-Hellenic Myths. Beacon Press (1978). 132 pgs.

Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver's Travels. W. W. Norton & Company (1970). 432 pgs.

Synge, John M. The Playboy of the Western World.

Vonnegut, Kurt. Jailbird. Dell (1979). 288 pgs.

Vonnegut, Kurt. The Sirens of Titan. Dell (1978). 319 pgs.

Vonnegut, Kurt. Slapstick, or, Lonesome No More! Delta (1976). 243 pgs.

Whyte, Jr., William H. The Organization Man. Simon & Schuster (1956). 431 pgs.

Wills, Garry. The Kennedy Imprisonment: A Meditation on Power. Pocket Books (1982). 323 pgs.

Wollstonecraft, Mary. Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Penguin Books (1985). 319 pgs.

X, Malcolm & Alex Haley. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Ballantine Books (1984). 460 pgs.


Lester, Julius. To Be a Slave. Laurel-Leaf Library (1978). 158 pgs.

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