Fiction Recommendations


After making this list I realized that I have a definite preference for long series over individual novels. If you’re looking for a short read, this might not be the place to start.

Highly Recommended

  • Adams, Richard: Watership Down
  • Duncan, Dave: The Reluctant Swordsman (Series)
  • Eddings, David: Pawn of Prophecy (Series)
  • Feist, Raymond E.: Magician: Apprentice (Series)
  • Geillor, Harrison: The Zombies of Lake Weobegotten
  • Leguin, Ursula: A Wizard of Earthsea (Series)
  • Modesitt, L.E.: The Magic of Recluce(Series)
  • Moon, Elizabeth: Sheepfarmer's Daughter (Series)
  • Pratchett, Terry: Reaper Man
  • Rice, Anne: Interview with the Vampire
  • Rosenberg, Joel: The Sleeping Dragon (Series)
  • Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Series)
  • Sawyer, Robert: Far-Seer
  • Weis and Hickman: Dragons of Autumn Twilight (Series)
  • Zelazny, Roger: Nine Princes in Amber (Series)

Science Fiction

Another preference. This time for “hard science” over “fanciful science fiction”, and a definite preference for engineering and military themes.

Highly Recommended

  • Card, Orsen Scott: Ender's Game
  • Clarke, Arthur C.: Childhood's End
  • Cline, Ernest:Ready Player One
  • Heinlein, Robert A.: Starship Troopers
  • Hogan, James P.: Inherit the Stars (Series)
  • Huff, Tanya: Valors Choice
  • McCaffrey, Anne: The Ship Who Sang
  • Moon, Elizabeth: Hunting Party (Series)
  • Ringo, John: A Hymn Before Battle (Series)
  • Ringo, John: Live Free or Die (Series)
  • Stiegler, Marc: David's Sling
  • Stiegler, Marc: Earthweb
  • Taylor, Dennise: We are Legion We are Bob (Series)
  • Weber, David: Off Armageddon Reef (Series)
  • Weir, Andy: The Martian
  • Zahn, Timothy: Cobra

Science Fiction and Fantasy Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mentions

  • Andrews, Ilona: Magic Bites (Series)
  • Biggle, Lloyd: Monument
  • Chalker, Jack: When the Changewinds Blow
  • Clarke, Arthur C.: 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Hambley, Barbara: The Time of the Dark
  • Flint, Eric: 1632
  • Forstchen, William: One Second After
  • Huff, Tanya: The Enchantment Emporium
  • McCaffrey, Anne: The Crystal Singer
  • Perry, Steve: The Man Who Never Missed (Series)
  • Ringo, John: The Last Centurion
  • Salvatore, R.A: Cleric Quintet
  • Steakley, John: Armor

Concept Novels

Sometimes a good concept can carry the entire story.

Concept Novels

  • Asimov, Isaac: Nightfall
  • Clarke, Arthur C.: Foundations of Paradise
  • Harrison, Harry: Wheel-World
  • Heinlein, Robert A.: The Menace from Earth
  • Keyes, Daniel: Flowers for Algernon
  • Niven, Larry: Ringworld
  • Sheffied, Charles: Between the Strokes of Night
  • Zelazny, Roger: Lord of Light

Young Adult

Not to say that adults won’t like these, but they may be more of a 'light' read for an adult.

Young Adult

  • Alexander, Lloyd: The Book of Three (Series)
  • Bellairs, John: The House with a Clock in Its Walls
  • Christopher, John: The White Mountains
  • Lewis, C.S.: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • O'Brien, Robert: The Secret of NIMH