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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Good Books:

Having covered anime, manga, visual novels and video games, I thought it was only natural to next include a list of worthwhile books I've read.  Since that includes way too many books, I'll go by authors instead.  The only way to make this rating system fair is to break the authors down into three sections, generic fiction writers, Japanese light novel writers, and non-fiction writers.  For now we'll go with 41 in the fiction category, 25 in the Japanese light novel category, and 34 in the nonfiction category, for a grand total of the top 100 authors of the world:

Fiction: (From a value added perspective, ie, above and beyond any possible adaption it may have received.)

1.  Myself
2.  Charles Dickens
3.  Fyodor Dostoyevsky
4.  Robert Jordan
5.  Orson Scott Card
6.  E. E. Doc Smith
7.  David Zindell
8.  James Clavell
9.  Ayn Rand
10.  Piers Anthony
11.  Timothy Zahn
12.  Fred Saberhagen
13.  Samuel Richardson
14.  Leo Tolstoy
15.  James Fenimore Cooper
16.  H.G. Wells
17.  William Shakespeare
18.  Jane Austen
19.  John Steinbeck 
20.  Ludovico Ariosto
21.  George Eliot
22.  Nikolai Gogol
23.  Murasaki Shikibu
24.  Arthur Conan Doyle
25.  Louisa May Alcott
26.  George Orwell
27.  Katherine Kerr
28.  Terry Goodkind
29.  Kate Elliott
30.  Harold Covington 
31.  Jennifer Roberson
32.  J.R.R. Tolkien
33.  Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle/Steven Barnes
34.  Robert Heinlein
35.  David Eddings
36.  Margaret Weiss/Tracy Hickman
37.  Isaac Asimov
38.  Jim Kjelgaard
39.  Jean Raspail
40.  Wilson Rawls
41.  George R.R. Martin
Light Novel Writers: (From a value added perspective, ie, translated books the anime doesn't cover)

1.  Ao Jumonji (Hai to Gensou no Grimgar books 3-14)
2.  Kazuma Kamachi (Index NT books 1-22 + 22 Reverse)
3.  Shoji Gatoh (Full Metal Panic books 6, 10-12, Amagi Brilliant Park books 3-6)
4.  Tsukasa Fushimi (Oreimo books 10-11, Eromanga Sensei books 4-9)
5.  Tsukasa (Juuou Mujin no Fafnir books 4-12 + prequel)
6.  Nagaru Tanigawa (Haruhi Suzumiya books 7-11, plus some short stories from books 5 and 6)
7.  Hiro Ainana (Death March web novels 6-16)
8.  Oyuki Konno (Maria-sama ga Miteru books 28-33)
9.  Ishio Yamagata (Rokka no Yuusha books 2-6)
10.  Matsu Tomohiro (PapaKiki books 2-3)
11.  Fuyumi Ono (12 Kingdoms books 5-8)
12.  Onikage Spanner (Lazy Dungeon Master chapters 1-370)
13.  Reki Kawahara (SAO Progressive 1-6)
14.  Ichiro Sakaki (Outbreak Company books 5-10)
15.  Isuna Hasekura (Spice and Wolf books 4, 6-20, Parchment 1-3)
16.  Satoshi Wagahara (Hataraku Maou-sama books 3-16, 0, 5.5 plus short stories)
17.  Yomi Hirasaka (Haganai books 9-10, Imouto Sae Ireba Ii book 4)
18.  Kenji Inoue (Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu books 8-12.5)
19.  Yuji Yuji (Oreshura books 5-7, 6.5)
20.  Hiroyuki Morioka (Seikai no Senki book 4)
21.  Akira Kareno (Suka Suka books 4-5 plus EX)
22.  Yuu Kamiya (No Game No Life books 4-5, 7-8)
23.  Honobu Yonezawa (Hyouka books 5-6)
24.  Takumi Yanai (GATE books 7-10)
25.  Narita Ryohgo (Baccano! books 5-13, 15-22)

Non-Fiction: (From a value added perspective, ie, above and beyond any possible adaption it may have received.)

1.  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
2.  Plutarch
3.  Plato
4.  Edward Gibbon
5.  David Hume
6.  Charles Murray
7.  Thomas Paine
8.  Aeschylus/Euripides/Sophocles/Aristophanes
9.  Bertrand Russel
10.  Friedrich Nietzsche
11.  Aristotle
12.  Homer
13.  Jean-Jacques Rousseau
14.  James Boswell/Samuel Johnson
15.  Blaise Pascal
16.  Lucretius
17.  Thucydides
18.  Tacitus
19.  Ann Coulter
20.  Jeff Shaara
21.  Charles Darwin
22.  Karl Marx
23.  Craig Winn
24.  Thomas Malthus
25.  Voltaire
26.  Adam Smith
27.  Herodotus
28.  Xenophon
29.  John Philippe Rushton
30.  Thomas Jefferson
31.  Baruch Spinoza
32.  Sun Tzu
33.  Immanuel Kant
34.  Luo Guanzhong

I based my rankings on A) how much time and attention I've given these authors because they were so absorbing, and B) how much did I learn from and take away from these authors, how much did they change my life.  Beyond these two factors I can't really imagine how else an author should be judged, so I'll leave it at that.  Some authors excelled in one field, and others excelled in the other, but usually both excelled at both.  These are the best of the best after all.

I encourage everyone to read all of these authors early on in their lives when it's still useful and you can apply it to your philosophy.  This would be a good list of authors to read for home schooling, instead of learning useless crap like trigonometry.  If you read all these authors by age 18, you'd have a far superior education to anything any college is offering -- not that you'll receive any college credit or a high paying job for it though.  But it just might be useful when you decide what to do with yourself or who to be with, which is a lot more important than how much money you make anyway.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You must spend virtually all of your free time reading either classical authors, or watching anime. I admire your fortitude - I get distracted by the internet much too easily, I'm afraid.