Books and Movies for You


I read a ton of books and watch a ton of movies. I just do. It’s kind of serious. Here  [will be] links to my favorite fictional stories, plus my own reviews and comments. All that jazz coming soon.

For now, though, I’ll give you an off-the-top-of-my-head list, in no particular order:


The Lord of the Rings trilogy, books and movies. One of the greatest works of fiction in the history of earth. This is the timeless saga of two simple Hobbits attempting the almost impossible task of saving their world from the clutches of a powerful enemy. I have watched the movies a rather embarrassing number of times.

The Hobbit, book. (I didn’t hate the movies, but the book is better.) This is a prequel to TLOTR (see above). It is much shorter, lighter, and easier to read. It is a classic adventure story, complete with dragons, goblins, and gold.

Sherlock Holmes, books. All of them. These stories shaped my deductive reasoning skills. They are brilliant, wittily British, and entertaining. [Random note: as a personal tribute to the legendary greatness of the title character, every story I write or conceive features a character whose initials are S.H.]

The Chronicles of Narnia, books. There are seven. One of the series’ most impressive aspects is the fact that it is an entertaining story for any child as well as deep allegory for those who want more.

The Space Trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength, books. Also by C. S. Lewis, these science fiction novels are some of my favorite stories of all time.

Pirates of the Caribbean, movies. Especially the first three. Madly funny, exciting, and rather enchanting.

The Book Thief, book. A WWII story set in Nazi Germany and narrated by Death (way cool and not as creepy as it sounds), this is a novel that kept me up all night. And it’s the only book that has made me cry.

Ben-Hur, movie mostly. The old movie with Charlton Heston. Preferably watch it before you read the book [gasp! she actually said that]. Messala is, in my opinion, one of time’s top movie villains, right up there with Darth Vader and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Star Wars, movies. Particularly episodes IV-VI. If you haven’t watched these, go do it right now, you sorry human being.

The Scarlet Pimpernel, book. The novel has a slow start, but once it gets rolling is an exciting ride through revolutionary France.

Ender’s Game, book. One of the best science fiction stories out there. Suspenseful, brutal, funny, and touching.

The Twenty-One Balloons, book. One of the quirkiest stories of my childhood, this is the wildly inventive tale of  the man who rides his hot air balloon to the tiny nation of Krakatoa: an island governed by alphabetical foods, inhabited by fine English families, and resting on top of one of the world’s largest volcanoes.

A Wrinkle in Time, book. This science fiction novel is gently powerful in its own odd, matter-of-fact way. Plus, all the main characters have super-high IQs: always a bonus.

Bourne Identity, Bourne Supremacy, Bourne Ultimatum, Bourne Legacy, movies. I have not read the books, but these are the ultimate action movies.

Treasure Island, book. Every child should read this. So should every adult. That’s all I have to say.

To Kill a Mockingbird, book and movie. Set in 1930s Alabama, this is a tragic but hopeful tale of prejudice and the power of shared humanity. It is narrated by the young daughter of a white attorney who dares to represent  a black man in court.

The Ocean’s Accomplice, book. The honest account of a bitter young bounty hunter who is offered a fortune to kill a stranger, only to discover that the stranger is the prophesied rescuer of humanity. [I have read this one a few times.]  You can check it out on Amazon.


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