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Today he shares his 6 books with us...
I’m currently reading the latest Tom Holt novel, The Management Style of the Supreme Beings, which is a lot of fun. It’s a satire on religion, and reminds me a lot of Jeremy Leven’s Satan, His Psychotherapy and Cure by the Unfortunate Dr. Kassler, J.S.P.S., which is a weird book I read years ago, and a bit of James Morrow’s Only Begotten Daughter, which I adore.
William Gibson’s Agency. I am always floored by Gibson’s work and I don’t think we’ve ever needed his worldview more than we do right now.
Hmm. I don’t get to re-read much at all. You know how life is when you’re up to your neck in reading new stuff. There’s no time. But I’d love to re-read some Terry Pratchett. Possibly Guards, Guards! or Night Watch. Terrifyingly smart, funny, and also kind. Pratchett’s best books are always worth revisiting.
Hmm. Asimov’s Foundation. I loved it when I was young. Was sure it was going to be terrible to revisit when I was in my 20s, and found that it was actually surprisingly fresh and readable when I went back to it.
One book? There are a couple, but probably the single most influential book on my editing was Michael Bishop’s superb 1984 anthology Light Years and Dark, which changed my reading, opened me up to new approaches and perspectives and introduced me to a whole pile of writers who have since become favourites. It’s the benchmark in the back of my mind every time I start work on a new book.
Infinity Wars. It’s the latest in the Infinity series and, as the title suggests, this time it’s looking at war and conflict. It’s awesome because fifteen smart, talented people have produced incredible stories that give new perspectives on war and living through and beyond it. The stories are whipsmart and great stuff. Whether you loved Starship Troopers, The Forever War, or Miles Vorkosigan and Honor Harrington, there’s something for everyone.
POSTED BY: Joe Sherry - Co-editor of Nerds of a Feather, 2017 Hugo Award Finalist for Best Fanzine. Writer / Editor of the mostly defunct Adventures in Reading since 2004. Minnesotan.