My To Read List

I decided; what the heck--why not make this list online, rather than something that's kept on the hard drive of my laptop?

It's not really my reading list, what it really is is The List of Books that I Own But Haven't Yet Read™.  For reasons that largely center around making it easier for me to digest, I've broken it into categories.

I'll make updates to this list periodically, although I don't claim that I'll keep it 100% up to date.  I never did with the file on my hard drive, after all.  The book that I'm currently reading, when not distracted by material from the library, is marked in bold and blood red.

Five Most Recently Finished
  • The South Was Right
  • Treason
  • Skin Game
  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America
  • Ghouls of the Miskatonic
Gaming Books
  • Rokugan Campaign Setting
  • Complete Psionic
Tie-In Novels
  • Predator: Big Game
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Hunter's Planet
  • Aliens: Rogue
  • Nagash the Unbroken
  • Nagash Immortal
  • Vampire Wars: the Von Carstein Trilogy
  • Queen of Thorns
  • Horus Rising
  • The Eye of the Chained God
  • Death's Heretic
  • Bones of the Yopasi
  • The Return of Nagash
  • The Rise of the Horned Rat
Read Before, but not the copy I own currently
  • Transit to Scorpio
  • The Hobbit
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • The Return of the King
  • Unfinished Tales
  • Dracula
  • Ill-Met in Lankhmar
  • Return of the Black Company
  • The Many Deaths of the Black Company
  • Scar Night
Sci-Fi/Fantasy Books
  • Iron Angel
  • God of Clocks
  • Lords of Destruction
  • Tooth & Claw
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora
  • Kull: Exile of Atlantis
  • Savage Tales of Solomon Kane
  • Looking Glass Wars
  • Cthulhu's Reign
  • Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos
  • Dreams of Terror and Death
  • The Road to Madness
  • The Best of H. P. Lovecraft
  • The Horror in the Museum
  • Year's Best SF 10
  • Empress
  • Way of Shadows
  • Winterbirth
Books Picked up from Work; Genre Dubious
  • Search the Shadows
  • Wait For What Will Come
  • Those Who Hunt the Night
  • The Love Talker
  • Sons of the Wolf
Mainstream Thrillers and Mysteries
  • 1st To Die
  • Certain Prey
  • The Eye of the Tiger
  • Lost Light
  • London Bridges
  • State of Fear
Kindle Books
  • The Complete Works of H. P. Lovecraft
  • Reassessing the Presidency
  • A Throne of Bones
  • The Realm Shift
  • Stealer of Flesh
  • The Prophecy
  • The Unsuspecting Mage
  • Sword Bearer
  • Red Axe, Black Sun
  • A Dwarf With No Name
  • Winds of Change
  • Forged in Death
  • The Elder Unearthed
  • Death's Angels
  • Knights: The Hand of Tharnin
  • Hammers in the Wind
  • The Sable City
  • Wind Warrior
  • A Tide of Shadows
  • Cthulhu Mythos Writers Sample 2013
  • Knights: The Eye of Divinity
  • The God King
  • The White Tree
  • Moth
  • Nightblade
  • The Last Roman
  • The Last of the Sages
  • Thinblade
  • Witchhunt
  • The Dark Citadel
  • Fire Mage
  • The Heroes of Dragon
  • Eye of the Moonrat
  • A Quest of Heroes
  • Altdorf: The Forest Knights
  • Where the World is Quiet
  • The Metal Monster
  • The Moon Pool
  • The Way of Kings
  • Pellucidar
  • At The Earth's Core
  • Chosen
  • Servant
  • Quantum Mortis: A Mind Programmed
  • Awake in the Night
  • The Testing
  • Child of the Ghosts
  • The Tower of Endless Worlds
  • Blood of Requiem
  • Magic of Thieves
  • A World is Born
  • Polaris of the Snows
  • A Princess of Mars
  • Gods of Mars
  • Warlord of Mars
  • Captain Blood
  • Scaramouche
  • The Sea-Hawk
  • The Circle of Sorcerers
  • Gateway to Nifleheim
  • The Darkslayer
  • The Weight of Blood
  • Caliphate
  • A Magic Broken
  • The Wardog's Coin
  • The Irrational Atheist
  • Barsoom Tales
  • Hugo Awards 2015: The nominated short fiction works of John C. Wright
  • The Altar of Hate
  • A Throne of Bones
  • The Deerslayer
  • Last of the Mohicans
  • Pathfinder
  • The Prairie
  • Monster Hunter International
  • Children of the After: Awakening
  • Anvil of Tears
  • The Restorer
  • I Bring the Fire
  • Gods and Mortals
  • Blast of the Dragon's Fury
  • The Choosing
  • Taming Fire
  • Quest
  • The Castrofax
  • Dark Reality
  • Fade to Black
  • Road to Shandara
  • Rise of the Dragons
  • Murder Haven
  • A Cast of Stones
Nonfiction Recommended Reading List
OK, so this section is new.  I've read a few books over the last few years that have either scratched an itch--i.e., they explained something that never seemed quite right to me before, or they opened my eyes to something that I hadn't even considered.  In a few cases, they just confirmed stuff that I knew intuitively, but hadn't really bothered articulating in a coherent format.  These are not fiction books, and many of them--most of them, really--are either about social or political topics.  But they make for an interesting recommended reading list; anyone who hasn't familiarized themselves with the topics therein don't count as having an opened mind, in my opinion.
  • Primetime Propaganda by Ben Shapiro.  Nothing surprising here, but it's nice to see it all collated into a single source.  It's not "scientific"; rather it seeks to convince by throwing a preponderance of evidence at you.
  • Left Turn by Tim Groseclose.  Also not surprising, but difficult to convince many people who don't necessarily see it for themselves.  This is extremely scientific and has not been refuted or rebuked effectively, so you can take the results to the bank.
  • Men on Strike by Dr. Helen Smith.  Taking the preponderance of evidence approach again, Smith demolishes the claims of the feminist movement, exposing it as a movement that's an emotionally abusive lust for power and control phenomena rather than one that redresses any actual wrongs in society.
  • The Evolutionary Psychology Behind Politics by Anonymous Conservative.  I'm a little skeptical that the nature/nurture debate which underpins this premise is fully resolved, but the predictive power of this model is astounding.  Everyone should read this book to understand the psychology of the rabbits among us.  Uncannily powerful.
  • Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg.  I used to always wonder why communism and Nazism resembled each other so much; why the communists and the Nazis voted together in the Reichstag, etc. if one was far left and the other was far right.  I hadn't ever read either Mussolini's Fascist Manifesto or Hitler's Nazi Party platform before.  If I had, I would have made the intuitive leap that this book does, well documenting the fact that fascism is a phenomena of the left that has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the Right (either the European Right or the American Right, which are fundamentally very different things.)
  • American Nations by Colin Woodard.  Although peppered with shoddy research and claims (it says Republicans were the party opposed to Civil Rights--he should look again at who voted for and against the Civil Rights Amendment and which party they belonged to) and offensive nationalism against some groups of Americans (my own nationality within America is consistently portrayed as a caricature of an uncouth barbarian) if you have enough social and historical literacy to see past that, he's really on to something.  We are not "One Nation under God"--in part because we longer can fairly claim to be a nation under God, but we also can't claim to be one Nation!  I find that I have more hostility and feel more a sense of dislocated alienness when I'm in a place like NYC or San Francisco than I do in actual foreign states like Argentina or the Caymans.  This is because they are fundamentally different nations with a different ethnogenesis and different culture from me, that are brought together in a federalized state by the accident of history.  Seeing the fault lines continue to grow in our country, this is likely to become more relevant rather than less so as time goes on.
  • Stabilization Theory by Dr. Eugene McCarthy.  This is more "out there" in terms of mainstream reading, but it was fascinating nonetheless.  Not that you would know it from what you're taught in school, but the "theory" of Evolution has serious problems that any honest biologist should admit.  However, due to political and other pressures, nobody has seriously attempted to present a scientific alternative.  This is one.  I'm not sure that it's completely convincing (when he goes into specific examples, he really loses me) but it's still fascinating reading nonetheless, and anyone who claims to be reasonably well-versed in biology should read it, if nothing else, for the counter-arguments against evolution which still are valid today--even though many of them are actually quite old.

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