Recommended Reading

Blast from the Past


Not All Good Things Must Come to an End

There are those people who'll tell you that ol' Lewis is about as progressive as a wringer washer. In many ways they are right. I don't tweet, I don't twitter, I don't text, and my neglected Facebook page has only four friends, none of whom I really like.

But I do really like books and writing.

Time marches on, as they say. One of the function of this website is to find and promote quality works from recent authors and save you the hassle of needles and haystacks; but, as we row down the river of progress, in our wake drifts some really good reading, books that have escaped our short memories perhaps or that many of you are too young to recall.

I admit to being something of a fuddy and duddy. I prefer classic rock to boy bands, I like football much more than soccer, I have a cell phone that I use only to make calls, Viagra is a mispronunciation of a large body of falling water and, to me, a "Rave" is something that happens only under extreme emotional distress. I have been married to the same lovely woman for over four decades, I do not drink bottled water, I have never texted anyone, I think that Al Gore is Gepetto's illegitimate son, and I believe that any person who can win public office probably does not deserve to.

My mission in this section is not to review books, but to offer recommended reading of some old favorites. I enjoy a good book. While "good book" is a very subjective statement, my reading interest is wide and varied, as are the novels listed at the bottom of this page. Browse through them if you like. You will find a broad collection of stories with something that might appeal to you and some truly fine writing. In many ways and for different reasons, I have enjoyed and learned from each of them. These books or authors have entertained me and, in one way or another, influenced my writing. I have read them over and over and will probably have them on the nightstand beside my deathbed. That's why I call them recommended reading.

The list will be short.

TUNNEL IN THE SKY by Robert A. Heinlein

SHOGUN by James Clavell

The McNALLY Series by Lawrence Sanders

MONTE WALSH by Jack Schaefer


The SPENCER series by Robert B. Parker

SEMI-TOUGH by Dan Jenkins


SPACEPAW by Gordon R. Dickson


HORN OF THE HUNTER by Robert Ruark

LONESOME DOVE by Larry McMurtry

All of the above books may not be available in a digital format.

Check your local library.

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