Category: Fiction

Starship Troopers

Part sci-fi, part political philosophy, it’s a thought provoking book. An excerpt below: The Terror had not been just in North America — But it reached its peak there shortly before things went to pieces. “Law-abiding people,” Dubois had told us, “hardly dared go into a public park at night. To do so was to risk attack by wolf packs...

The Godfather

It’s unusual to find a book and movie that remain true to each other, but in this case they do, and both are great.


Amazingly engaging for such a thick book. Clavell was a great writer. The TV mini-series also amazing.


Follows some arrogant Brits as they attempt to get to the Alaska gold fields without setting foot in America. Also passes through my home town Edmonton. It’s not a “true” story, but it rings very true, for anyone who understands Canadian winter. I’ve read it several times over.


Just an amazing integration of history and fiction, covering a span of hundreds of years but always on point and entertaining.

House of Sand and Fog

When I read this book I thought, “this would make a great movie.” I was wrong. The movie was horrible. But the book remains amazingly great! Told from two points of view, an immigrant and a local, both of whom believe they are the rightful owner of the same house.

Skin Tight

I’ve read a number of Hiaason novels, all entertaining and hilarious, but this one probably best, followed closely by Strip Tease.

Elmore Leonard

I’ve read almost everything Elmore Leonard has written, but I would suggest these as his very best: Gold Coast, Valdez is Coming, Riding the Rap, Unknown Man #89, Rum Punch, and Killshot.

Ender’s Game

One of the best written Sci-Fi novels ever. They tried to make it into a movie, but forgot about that. Read the book.

The Fountainhead

Ayn Rand was super-trendy in the early 90s in Silicon Valley, so I picked up her first novel to see what all the fuss was about. Wow! It was the first time I really identified with a main character, Howard Roark, and saw so much of how the world works through this tale. Here Roark explains why he blew a...