II (Suggested Reading)

Non-Fiction

Guns, Germs, and Steel – Jared Diamond – this books at its core is about Human Geography, but it also delves into theories of why certain civilizations conquered other civilizations and not the other way around.  (The example used most frequently in the book is that of the Spanish coming to the Americas and conquering the native inhabitants.)  It’s a fascinating look at humanity’s progression from pre-history all the way up to present day.  Well worth a read.  Buy Here.

Breaking the Spell – Daniel Dennett – as one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse (Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens are the other three) Dennett is staunchly and unapologetically atheist.  The main point of the book is to look at Religion as a natural phenomenon and pushes for a scientific study into all that is sacred.  Extremely well written and accessible, this book is definitely one to read.  Buy Here.

The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins – A fascinating book about the irrationality of believing in a personal God.  This book precipitated one of the many paradigm shifts that has made me the person I am today!  The book builds a convincing case against religion and shows that it isn’t just something unhelpful to the progress of our civilization, it’s actually a maliciously harmful and frequently deadly human invention.  Buy Here.

LOST and Philosophy – Edited by Sharon M. Kaye – A beautiful collection of philosophical concepts presented in the framework of the television series LOST.  With chapters on what it means to be an “other”; how we perceive time and many other mind blowing topics, LOST and Philosophy should be on every fan’s bookshelf. Buy Here.

Fiction

Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton – The first adult novel I ever read.  And not “Adult” as in sexual, adult as in NOT Animorphs or Choose Your Own Adventure.  *both of which are awesome, PS.  Jurassic Park is far better than the amazing film it spawned, which is saying something since Jurassic Park is one of my favourite movies.  Much different than the film, Samuel L. Jackson’s character doesn’t exist, there’s a character named Ed Regis who isn’t in the movie, there’s more Dinosaurs and it’s just more epic in every way imaginable.  Such a great book.  Buy Here.

The Stand – Stephen King – A monstrous, but enjoyable read, at 1168 pages!  About a post-apocalyptic world after a virus has torn through America leaving only a few sparse groupings of humanity.  It follows the characters as they band together to try and survive.  I also love that Stephen King throws in one of my favourite characters, Flagg!  He’s from many of his other books, The Dark Tower series, the Eyes of the Dragon and others.  Buy Here.

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