Joel Adams' Reading Interests
I do lots of
(i) technical reading for professional development, and
(ii) recreational reading for entertainment.
For recreational reading, I most enjoy mysteries,
fantasy, and science fiction.
Within these genres,
I find that the authors I like excel at
character development, and are
by which I mean they avoid becoming formulaic
from one book to another.
Some of my favorite authors (in alphabetical order) include:
Iain M. Banks
You never know what to expect when you start one of his SF books.
Buechner writes both non-fiction and fiction
(including some very unusual SF-like stories),
and his explorations of the human condition
are second to none.
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Her Miles books are a nice blend of SF, mystery,
Cook's worst books are better than most writers' best books.
His Inspector Morse character is unforgetable.
All of her books are intriguing, but her Richard Jury
stories really shine.
Few writers have explored the interaction of technology
and the human psyche the way Lem has.
Whether fiction or non-fiction, Lewis' books are always
A friend from North Carolina introduced me to this writer,
and I greatly enjoy her heroines.
I haven't read everything by this prolific writer,
but what I have read I've liked a lot.
For sheer creativity and imagination,
Sheri Tepper is hard to beat, especially her nine
True Game books.
The intricately detailed worlds Tolkien created
allow endless enjoyable hours of exploration.
This friend of Lewis and Tolkien wrote some of the
strangest (and most interesting) stories I've ever read.
Some of her stories are dark, others are comedies,
but they are always well-written.
An amazing writer,
Wolfe is the only SF author whose work The
Atlantic Monthy described as literature.
Joel Adams —