Recommended Reading

I’m often asked for book recommendations, so here’s a list of my favourite books sorted according to genre with links to my Goodreads reviews:


The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

Paternus: Rise of Gods by Dyrk Ashton

The Darkness that Comes Before by R. Scott Bakker

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black

Pawn of Prophecy (Belgariad #1) by David Eddings

Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher

The Mirror’s Truth by Michael R. Fletcher

Norlyska Groans by Michael R. Fletcher and Clayton W. Snyder

The Lost Regiment #1: Rally Cry by William R. Forstchen

Spellsinger by Alan Dean Foster

The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French

The City by Stella Gemmell

Legend by David Gemmell

Ravenheart by David Gemmell

Waylander by David Gemmell

Wolf in Shadow by David Gemmell

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

The Hand of the Sun King by JT Greathouse

The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Ship of Magic (The Liveship Traders #1) by Robin Hobb

Blackdog by KV Johansen

The Gunslinger (Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King

Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

Dark Water Daughter by HM Long

Dream Songs by George RR Martin

Blackwing by Ed McDonald

Promise of Blood by Brian McLellan

The Scar by China Mieville

The Crown Conspiracy  (The Riyria Revelations #1) by Michael J Sullivan

The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig

The Thousand Names by Django Wexler

The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

Science Fiction

Use of Weapons by Iain M Banks

Voyage by Stephen Baxter

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Dauntless by Jack Campbell

Midshipman’s Hope by David Fientuch

Neuromancer by William Gibson

Count Zero by William Gibson

Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson

Slow River by Nicola Griffith

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F Hamilton

Dune by Frank Herbert

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Broken Angels by Richard Morgan

Vurt by Jeff Noon

Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Olympos by Dan Simmons

Blackthorne by Clayton Snyder

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

The Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

City of Golden Shadow (Otherland #1) by Tad Williams

The Middle Kingdom (Chung Kuo #1) by David Wingrove


The Smoke by Tom Barling

Every Dead Thing by John Connelly

The Big Nowhere by James Ellroy

White Jazz by James Ellroy

American Tabloid by James Ellroy

Perfidia by James Ellroy

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

Skin Tight by Carl Hiaasen

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King:

The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow


World War Z by Max Brooks

The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Fireman by Joe Hill

NOS4R2 by Joe Hill

Cell by Stephen King

The Dead Zone by Stephen King

It by Stephen King

The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub

I am Legend by Richard Matheson

Boy’s Life by Robert R. McCammon

Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman

The Bloody Red Baron by Kim Newman

Famous Monsters by Kim Newman

The Original Dr Shade and Other Stories by Kim Newman

Jago by Kim Newman

Infected by Scott Sigler

The Terror by Dan Simmons

Floating Dragon by Peter Straub

Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

John Dies at the End by David Wong

Historical Fiction

The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Sharpe’s Enemy by Bernard Cornwell

Bomber by Len Deighton

Flashman in the Great Game by George McDonald Fraser

Lord of the Silver Bow by David Gemmell

Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon

The Queen of Bedlam by Robert R. McCammon

Mister Slaughter by Robert McCammon

Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield

The Afghan Campaign by Steven Pressfield

Dark Fire by CJ Sansom

Contemporary Fiction

Complicity by Iain Banks

The 13th Valley by John M. Del Vecchio

The City and The City by China Mieville


The United States of Absurdity by Dave Anthony & Gareth Reynolds:

I, Partridge by Steve Coogan et al

Nomad by Steve Coogan et al

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

How Not to Grow Up by Richard Herring

Backstory by David Mitchell

Wilt by Tom Sharpe


Reel History by Alex Von Tunzelmann

Stalingrad by Antony Beevor

The Social History of the Machine Gun by John Ellis

Fake Heroes by Otto English

Fake History by Otto English

War of the Aeronauts by Charles M. Evans

The Gunpowder Plot by Antonia Fraser

Bloody April by Peter Hart

Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 by Max Hastings

Bomber Command by Max Hastings

All Hell Let Loose by Max Hastings

A History of Warfare by John Keegan

Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson

War on the Waters by James M McPherson

The First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook

War in the Air 1914-45 by Williamson Murray

Business in Great Waters by John Terraine

The Right of the Line by John Terraine

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

1812: Napoeleon’s Fatal March on Moscow by Adam Zamoyski

The Black Death by Philip Ziegler


If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B-Movie Actor by Bruce Campbell

The Hell of it All by Charlie Brooker

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss

Icon by Frank Frazetta

Alien by HR Giger

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Beyond the Horizon: The Art of John Harris

An Animated Life by Ray Harryhausen

Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix

Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club by Robin Ince

On Writing by Stephen King

Chickenhawk by Robert Mason

Mussolini: His Part in My Downfall by Spike Milligan

The Successful Novelist by David Morrell

Watching War Films with My Dad by Al Murray

Write. Publish. Repeat. by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson:

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

First Light by Geoffrey Wellum


Crossed by Garth Ennis

Sandman vol 1 – Neil Gaiman

Daredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli

The Complete Halo Jones by Alan Moore and Ian Gibson

Chopper: Song of the Surfer by John Wagner and Colin McNeil


William Blake: The Complete Writings

One response to “Recommended Reading

  • 18yess

    I can’t remember if it was The Book of Three (in Swedish though) or Tolkien that I read first but I was firmly set on fantasy from an early age. Had my daughters read The Book of Three and now realised that I have to find it for my 10 year old son as well 🙂 For me Steven Erikson would be on any list as well as a few others but reading this I seem to have missed Gemell. Will rectify that as soon as I can.

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