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DEPARTMENT OF ANATOMY

 

Righteous Reading

William Bligh-Glover, MD


Nicholson Baker    Vox is truly impressive.

Iain M. Banks   Player of Games, Use of Weapons, Complicity Banks is a genius. His writings are like a delayed-action bomb, hitting you when you least expect it. When you read his work a second time, you see all the clues he left for you that you ignored. The names he gives his spaceships are worth the price of the books alone.

Clay Blair   Silent Victory This comprehensive survey of the submarine war in the Pacific combines thoroughness and a flair for the dramatic.

Steven Brust    He's taken hard-boiled detective fiction and brought it to a world of swords, sorcery, witchcraft [there's a difference] and dragons. His The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars, is also one of the most impressively crafted books I've read.

Raymond Chandler    He's one of the masters of the genre, and one of the reasons Los Angeles is the place for crime in the 20th century.

Pamela Dean    Tam Lin, Juniper, Genitan, and Rosemary. Minnesota is well represented by Ms. Dean and her supernatural world is interesting.

James F. Dunnigan    How to Make War, Victory and Deceit, Dirty Little Secrets Of World War II. Dunnigan is a terminal smart aleck. He also has the gift of synthesis and crystal-clear exposition.

Kinky Friedman    Friedman has been called the Clown Prince of Crime. He's also a terminal smart aleck, and he puts his friends in his books as supporting characters.

John McPhee     Pieces of the Frame, Giving Good Weight I read these books and wanted to become an essayist in college. I then tried it, and it's harder than it looks. McPhee makes it easy. From oranges, to birch bark canoes, to tennis, he hold your attention.

Robert B. Parker    Double Deuce, Ceremony, Thin Air are his best, pretty much anything is worth a read. I love his philosophy of personal responsibility and his ability to evoke the Boston area. I've also gotten good meals and quotes from Parker.

Dorothy L. Sayers    Nine Taylors, Murder Must Advertise, Gaudy Night. Yes, these are period pieces. Yes, Ms. Sayers had bees in her bonnet about socialism and Christianity. Yes, sometimes she reaches for the fantastic. Never mind. Read these, you won't regret it.

Andrew H. Vachss    Strega, Down in the Zero, Pain Management Vachss (pronounced vax) is the Miles Davis of mystery writers. He's edgy and nervous. His books are not relaxing or happy. He doesn't intend for them to be. Vachss wants to make you think, and he finds writing novels is more effective than preaching. If there were more people like Burke around, the world would be interesting and probably safer.