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MHH Summer Book Club: Chapter II

Thanks to everyone’s suggestions, we’ve got a doozy of a reading list now. I scraped the thread as best I could, I’m sure I missed a few by pure oversight a few I neglected due to vague description, and put together this opus separated as best I could by genre. Enjoy.



Infinite Jest - DF Wallace
The North Water - Iain McGuire
Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon
Bone Clocks - David Mitchell
A Farewell To Arms - Ernest Hemingway
Naked Lunch - William S Burroughs
Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
White Noise/Underworld - Don Delillo
Gravity’s Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon
Cartel - Don Winslow
Swan Song - Robert McCammon
Nausea - JP Sartre
The Quiet American - Graham Greene
Survivor - Chuck Pahlaniuk
Shark-Infested Custard - Charles Willeford
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
Sherlock Holmes series - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
City on Fire - Garth Risk Hallberg
How To Kill a Rock Star - Tiffanie DeBartolo
The Aubrey-Maturin series - Patrick O’Brian
The Long Goodbye - Raymond Chandler
Tourist Season/Stormy Weather - Carl Hiaasen
Longmire series - Craig Johnson


Ringworld series - Larry Niven
The Culture Series - Iain M Banks
Ancillary Trilogy - Ann Leckie
Book of the New Sun - Gene Wolfe
Dune - Frank Herbert
Wool - Hugh Howey
Foundation Trilogy - Isaac Asimov
anything by Phillip K Dick


Mistborn/Stormlight series - Brandon Sanderson
Night Angel trilogy - Brent Weeks
The Grace of Kings - Ken Liu (sequel “The Wall of Storms” will be out in Oct)
The Dying Earth - Jack Vance
The Black Company series - Glen Cook
The Chronicles of Amber - Roger Zelazny
Forgotten Realms series - RA Salvatore
The Stand/Dark Tower series - Stephen King
The Witcher Saga - Andrzej Sapkowski

Short Stories

Didn’t get much action on this one so I’ll just put forth a few of my fave authors in various genres:
Vonnegut, Henry Rollins, Lovecraft, Niven, Heinlein



Save by Roy - Adrian Dater
The Rebel League - Ed Willes
Future Greats & Heartbreaks - Gare Joyce
The Game - Ken Dryden


Killing Lincoln/Killing Patton - Bill O Reilly
Please Kill Me: An Uncensored Oral History Of Punk - Legs McNeill & Gillian McCain
Theodore Rex - Edmund Morris
In the Garden of Beasts - Erik Larsen
The Executioner’s Song - Norman Mailer
On Writing - Stephen King
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee - Dee Brown
Born Bright - C. Nicole Mason
To Hell and Back - Audie Murphy
The Golden Spruce - John Vaillant
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test - Tom Wolfe
1491/1493 - Charles C Mann

Other Non-Fiction

Microcosm - Carl Zimmer
The Anarchist’s Tool Chest - Christopher Schwartz
Clapton’s Guitar - Allen St John
The Evolution of Useful Things - Henry Petroski


I want you to read all these and have reports on my desk by Monday, ok?

This is sort of like getting a pet elephant, now that we have it, what do we do with it? For me, I love the challenge of finding and acquiring books, it can be almost as much fun as reading them. I sense a trip to the largely inaccessible main downtown branch of the Asheville Library is in my future.

There’s still more than a month until anything hockey related begins, plenty of time to check off a few on the list above and even add to it. The scary part is in checking out a few of these already there are plenty of other books by the same authors I’d love to add to my own personal list. I’m sure I have time to read 3000 books before my eyes fail from old age.

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions and feel free to keep adding and discussing.