My reading habit started back when I was a kid.
See in those days my parents didn’t have a television. Sure they could afford it. They just chose to go without.
The internet didn’t exist yet.
And video games were still in infancy.
Which meant I had two main choices:
Play outside with my friends and little sister. Or read. So I did both.
Anyway, I still read constantly.
Of course, I read tons of non-fiction books. Business, marketing, history, biographies, how-to books, game guides, etc. Non-fiction is a must – the intellectual equal of eating fresh, healthy food.
But I also love savoring fiction. Like aged whiskey, the finest greed bud, or tight young pussy – fine fiction makes life worth living. It’s a soothing tonic for your soul – it replenishes, stimulates, and refreshes.
Are you a heavy reader like me?
A man who’s hungry to consume top-quality fiction?
Well, then look no further.
Here’s my comprehensive list of the most bad-ass FICTION books ever written, listed in no particular order…
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Robert Jordan is an American mercenary soldier and demolition expert. He joins up with leftist guerrillas during the Spanish Civil War, and together they do battle against the Fascists in the rugged mountains around Segovia.
“War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner.” Follow an ultra-violent gang of frontier scalp-hunters as they ravage their way across the American Southwest and northern Mexico during the late 1840’s.
The father of all modern-day super-heroes. This ancient Norse saga tells the tale of Beowulf, the quasi-human warrior king who battled sea-monsters, dragons, Grendel, and the man-eating fiend called Grendel’s Mother.
Conan is the original sword-and-sorcery character. Texas native R.E. Howard unleashed his brooding Cimmerian barbarian onto the world in pulp fiction magazines during the 1930’s. Don’t let the cheesy Schwarzenegger remakes fool you! Howard was a master story-teller with a sharp military mind, resulting in some of the finest, most masculine fiction I’ve ever read.
More amazing fantasy from Howard. Well-written stories featuring various characters. But two heroes stand out. Join the murderous Puritan called Solomon Kane as he wreaks violence and vengeance across supernatural Africa. And marvel at the massive power, bravery, and ruthless survival skills of the incomparable intergalactic badass named Esau Ironhand.
A frightened but brave young Hobbit embarks on a life-changing quest with a wizard named Gandalf and a group of warrior-dwarves. This book lays the foundation for the LOTR trilogy and introduces famous antagonists like Smaug the Dragon and Gollum.
The trilogy includes The Fellowship of the Ring, the Two Towers, and the Return of the King. Pure fantasy – an epic good versus evil, sword and sorcery story. Centered on a young Hobbit on a life-changing journey to destroy the deadly and powerful One Ring. Weaves together thousands of years of imaginary history, culture, and legend.
Peekay is a frail British boy born in apartheid South Africa. Feeble and bullied – until he learns to harness his inner power and transforms himself into a world-class boxer. Paints a vivid picture of mid-20th-century SA, illustrating the boiling tension between the Brits, Boers, and various African tribes.
The tale of a samurai murdered in a grove in feudal Japan. This unique story is told through the eyes of multiple eye-witnesses, including the ghost of the victim. Akira Kurosawa later made this novella into a compelling classic film.
A troubled office drone struggling with insomnia deals with his disillusion by becoming the hard-as-nails leader of an underground bare-knuckle boxing club. Some (including the author) say the movie is better than the book; but I liked both.
Answer the call of Cthulhu – the gargantuan beast-god from beyond the stars who now lies dreaming beneath the sea, patiently waiting to awaken and enslave humanity. Includes 15 other great short horror stories linked by the Cthulhu mythos.
Follow selfless Number Ten Ox and the slightly skewed Master Li Kao as they roam fantastical ancient China looking for the Great Root of Power. The pair survive wild adventure and encounter a host of curious characters on their quest to save a village from a terrible, mysterious illness.
Gripping rabbit adventure. A clan of anthropomorphic bunnies in south-central England survive the destruction of their warren and are forced to endure many hardships on the dangerous journey to their new home.
A hardy band of post-apocalyptic survivors do battle against a shadowy demonic figure and his evil minions after a plague destroys civilization. I’m generally not a fan of the wordy King; this book is the exception.
Megalomaniacal Captain Ahab vows to track and kill Moby Dick, an elusive white sperm whale that “reaped” his leg. Even if it means annihilation for his ship and crew. Beyond the vengeance; this classic American novel also presents a vividly detailed and fascinating look at the bloody business of 19th-century whaling.
“Make friends with pain, and you’ll have a friend for life.” Michael Gallatin is a womanizing Russian-born British secret agent fighting covertly in World War II. But his real secret? He’s been a werewolf since childhood. And that’s useful when making war on Nazis.
An innocent but tormented young Catholic priest falls in love with a famous porn star in San Francisco. Then he’s compelled to protect her from another obsessed local fan who just happens to be a serial killer. Also includes several other short and terrifying horror stories.
Juan “Johnnie” Rico and the Mobile Infantry use powered armor to fight an interstellar war against mankind’s greatest enemy. The movie was silly satire, yes. But this sci-fi military philosophy novel is deadly serious. Heinlein’s ideas heavily influence modern armed forces – Starship Troopers is actually on the reading lists of the US Navy and the Marine Corps.
William Mandella joins the United Nations Exploratory Force so he can fight against ruthless Tauran aliens. Stargate technology allows our troops to battle the enemy deep out in space-time. When Mandella returns home on leave, he’s only a few months older. But because of his time-travel, it’s hundreds of years later on Earth! Towards the end of the war Mandella is still a young man, but our planet has aged thousands of years. Earth and her humans (including new recruits under his command) are now almost unrecognizable.
John Perry turns 75 on the day he joins the Colonial Defense Force. Like all other recruits, his mind is quickly transferred into a brand-new, super-enhanced, bioengineered version of his younger self (grown from his own DNA). Armed with his lethal and battle-ready new body, he travels the galaxy with the co-ed CDF; committing alien genocide in the name of ‘protecting’ human space colonies.
So there you go, my friend.
Some of the best fiction books I’ve ever read – highly recommended for any man who enjoys reading.
I’ll update this list as I find more good stuff.
Have you read any great fiction books that I forgot to mention?
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