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This page is dedicated to the different authors that I have read. As a writer, you must also undertake the task of reading. It is essential to your own development. I won’t ruin the plots of the books or write an exposé on each of that writers. That sort of information you can already find through google or autobiographies (things like that). This page is to document my own journey as a reader and how I came across the different material that I’ve read (only including works that I have actually read cover to cover, the list of half read books and reference materials that I use would be a lot longer and I’m not including books from my childhood [Goosebumps – R. L Stine, plenty of them]). I acknowledge that in some shape or way all of the writers that I have read have contributed to my overall development. And for that I thank them all. So here is a list of books that I have read, and a short detail of how I came across each one.

  • Anonymous
  • Buddhist Scriptures

After studying in Thailand, I decided to do further reading into the Buddhist religion.

  • Martin Amis
  • Time’s Arrow

I wanted a short book to read and so my oldest brother suggested I read Time’s Arrow.

  • Jane Austen
  • Pride and Prejudice

One of the selected texts for high school reading.

  • Paul Auster
  • The Brooklyn Follies

An economics lecturer gifted ‘The Brooklyn Follies’ to me for one of my birthdays.

  • Honore de Balzac
  • Eugenie Grandet

I read up on Balzac on the internet and found out a couple of things that interested me. So the next time I went to a bookstore I picked up a copy of Eugenie Grandet.

  • Charles Bukowski
  • Factotum

The working class writer. I saw a documentary about his life and realized the nature of his work. So I found Factotum in a second hand bookshop in Katthmandu in Nepal. Didn’t have the money to go trekking or anything like that after having spent the past six months in India. So I just read.

  • Bruce Campbell
  • Confessions of a B Movie actor

I loved the evil dead trilogy as a child growing up. So I decided to read the autobiography of the man who played Ash in the films.

  • Albert Camus
  • The Plague, The Outsider

I studied some French in high school. Never did that well. But we had to research famous French people for one of our school projects for the subject. So I researched Albert Camus. And then later on in life read a couple of his novels.

  • Isobelle Carmody
  • The Gathering

It was part of the core reading for high school. Teenage fiction.

  • G K Chesterton
  • The man who was Thursday

I found a quote by G. K Chesterton in a book of quotes. I liked the quote and so decided to read one of his books.

  • Joseph Conrad
  • Heart of Darkness

One of the required books for VCE reading when I was in high school.

  • Alesteir Crowley
  • Moonchild

I went to high school and was friends with a guy who either was or claimed to be the great nephew of Alesteir Crowley. So I became obsessed with his life and eventually read ‘Moonchild’.

  • Stephen Dedman
  • Never Seen by Waking Eyes

I found Dedman’s short story in ‘Cthulu Deep Down Under: Volume One’ to be my favorite among the collection. And so I purchased a copy of his own work.

  • Anton de Saint-Exupery
  • The Little Prince

My oldest brother gave me this to read after I had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

  • Jared Diamond
  • Guns, Germs and Steel

A friend at university recommended this book to me. So I bought it and read it.

  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Brothers Karamazov

A philosophy tutor at university said, ‘If there’s anything else you want to know, just read the Brothers Karamazov’… So I did.

  • Alan Duff
  • Once Were Warriors

I had already seen the film long ago. But was studying post-colonial literature at university and it was part of the essential reading list.

  • Brett Easton Ellis
  • Lunar Park

A friend said that his favorite book by Brett Easton Ellis was ‘Lunar Park’ so I decided to read it.

  • Steven Erikson
  • Gardens of the Moon

I read the first book of the fantasy series on a friend’s suggestion. But never followed through with the others.

  • Gyorgy Faludy
  • My Happy Days in Hell

A Hungarian writer. I met a Hungarian while travelling through Indonesia and they sent this book to me as a gift when they discovered that I was a writer.

  • Jasper Fforde
  • The Eyre Affair

My oldest brother was reading the series, so I thought I’d read it too.

  • Michel Foucault
  • Discipline and Punish

My father read some of his material while completing his phD and I would always argue with him. His comeback to everything was ‘Foucault says…’ and so I eventually started reading him.

  • Erich Fromm
  • The Sane Society

I developed a taste for the psychoanalysts and by reading the title in a bookshop, thought it was a book I should read.

  • William Golding
  • Lord of the Flies

One of the selected texts for high school reading.

  • Rob Grant
  • Backwards

I loved the television show ‘Red Dwarf’ and decided to read the books.

  • Joe Haldeman
  • The Forever War, Camouflage

My oldest brother was reading ‘Forever Peace’ so I started reading ‘The Forever War’. My older brother also gifted Camouflage to me.

  • Joseph Heller
  • Catch 22

‘Catch 22’ is just one of those books that most readers will pick up somewhere along the way by someone else talking about it.

  • Willem Frederik Hermans
  • Beyond Sleep

I was looking for a Dutch author to read because of my Dutch ancestry, so my Oma bought this for me one Christmas.

  • Hermann Hesse
  • Damien, Siddhartha

A friend who I was living with in India started talking about Hermann Hesse, I found a copy of Damien in a second-hand bookstore in Nepal and followed up further reading with Siddhartha.

  • Robert A. Heinlein
  • Stranger in a strange land

A friend’s stepfather suggested that I read this book. So I did.

  • Keri Hulme
  • The Bone People

I was looking for something to read in a bookstore. I read the blurb and was in the mood for some serious literature.

  • Aldous Huxley
  • Brave New World

I was caught up in an alcoholic binge and someone started talking about this book. So I read it to understand what he was talking about.

  • Kazuo Ishigaro
  • The Buried Giant

A friend suggested the author. So I picked up a copy of The Buried Giant.

  • Marlon James
  • John Crow’s Devil

His debut novel. I was looking for something to read and the title appealed to me.

  • Robert Jordan
  • Wheel of time series: Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, The Dragon Reborn, The Shadow Rising, The Fires of Heaven, Lord of Chaos, A Crown of Swords, The Path of Daggers, Winter’s Heart, Crossroads of Twilight, Knife of Dreams, The Gathering Storm, Towers of Midnight, A memory of light

I found out about this epic fantasy series by talking to a drunk guy on a train on the way home from a play that I saw in high school. It was a random coincidence and led through to some delusional thinking along the lines of ta’varen (read books for reference).

  • Carl Gustav Jung
  • The Basic Writings

When I was first admitted into a psychiatric ward, I decided to read up on different psychological writings. This was the book that I chose that deals with some of those issues.

  • Franz Kafka
  • The Trial

My father bought me a copy of the Trial as a Christmas present one year. So I read that.

  • Jack Kerouac
  • On the road

I picked up on the road from a suggestion from someone at university. I didn’t get around to reading it until I was travelling around and stuck in Nepal.

  • Stephen King
  • Salem’s Lot, The Long Walk, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Desperation

Once again it’s difficult to not know about Stephen King. Many of his stories are produced into Hollywood films. I decided not to see Salem’s Lot and read the book instead. Because for the most part, films ruin the reading experience for me. The Long Walk was originally written under his pseudo name Richard Bachman, and looking through King’s material online it was the book that appealed most to me. I picked up ‘The Bazaar of Bad Dreams’ through a bookshop when looking for a compilation of short stories. Thus realizing that many of King’s short story collections do not have film adaptations and are well worth the read. I listened to Desperation as an audio book on a road trip with my father in high school.

  • Alfred Kubin
  • The Other Side

After reading Gustav Meyrink I did some research into some of the people he hung out with back in the day. Alfred Kubin was a visual artist among them who had written a book. I ordered ‘The Other Side’ online from a library that was closing down somewhere in the United States.

  • Harper Lee
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

One of the selected texts for high school essential reading.

  • C S Lewis
  • The Screwtape Letters, Till we have faces

I was attending a Christian university as an international student. One of the other students gifted me with a copy of The Screwtape Letters and I read it on the flight back to Australia. I realized that he wrote the Chronicles of Narnia, and found ‘Till we have faces’ in a bookshop one day which was really an enjoyable find.

  • John Uri Lloyd
  • Etidorhpa

I found this book on an internet list among the most esoteric books in the world.

  • H P Lovecraft
  • At the mountains of madness omnibus 1, Dagon and other macabre tales omnibus 2, The thing on the doorstep and other weird tales

If you love horror, it’s difficult not to know of H. P Lovecraft. I came across him through what seemed to be the google search engine. Reading up on forefathers of the horror genre.

  • Arthur Machen
  • The Great God Pan, The white people and other stories

Machen was sighted as one of the influences on Alesteir Crowley’s work and I was obsessed with Crowley’s life as a teenager.

  • George R. R Martin
  • Game of thrones, A clash of kings, A storm of swords, A feast for the crows, A dance with dragons

My brother suggested I read the first of the novels. That was before it was even in planning to be made into a television series. Then followed reading through the others.

  • Andrew McCann
  • Subtopia

This was a book that I had to read for a university course.

  • Gustav Meyrink
  • The Golem, The Green Face, Angel of the West Window, The White Dominicon, Walpurgisnacht

I was gifted a book that had a list of cult fiction authors within the text. I read through the different books and after my fascination with Alesteir Crowley, thought that The Golem sounded like something that I might like to read. And I was right so I decided to read as much of him as I could.

  • Haruki Murakami
  • Dance, Dance, Dance, The Wind-up bird chronicle, Kafka on the Shore, Norwegian Wood

I asked a bookstore attendant for a recommendation in magical realism. I read Kafka on the Shore and have been gradually picking up his books ever since.

  • Mudrooroo Narogin
  • Wildcat Falling

My father gifted me a book of short stories from a variety of indigenous authors. I read a story titled, ‘Struggling’ and decided to read further with his first novel.

  • Doug Naylor
  • Last Human

I loved the television show ‘Red Dwarf’ and decided to read the books.

  • Grant Naylor
  • Red Dwarf Omnibus

I loved the television show ‘Red Dwarf’ and decided to read the books.

  • Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife

A community doctor who worked in a youth center found out I liked to read and so suggested this book.

  • George Orwell
  • Animal Farm, 1984, Down and Out in Paris and London

I listened to the audiobook of Animal Farm on a road trip with my father in high school. I decided to read 1984 from a reading list that our high school teacher gave us on 100 most influential books. I decided to pick 1984 because all of the other kids were picking shorter novels to read. Then read Down and Out in Paris and London later on in life.

  • Chuck Palahniuk
  • Non-fiction

Fight Club was one of my favorite films while growing up. I found ‘Non-fiction’ in a second hand bookstore.

  • Adam Parfrey
  • Apocalypse Culture, Apocalypse Culture II

I found Apocalypse Culture II through the exploration of my university’s bookshelves. And then decided to see where it all began by purchasing the original Apocalypse Culture. These are a series of articles by various writers on different elements of culture that are considered apocalyptic.

  • Sylvia Plath
  • The Bell Jar

A friend realized I had schizophrenia and so recommended that I read this book.

  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Narrrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket

My father gifted this to me for Christmas one year.

  • Steve Proposch
  • Cthulu Deep Down Under Volume One

A bunch of Australian authors got together and decided to write Lovecraftian short stories. I saw it in a bookshop and read it.

  • Otto Rahn
  • Lucifer’s Court: A heretic’s journey in search of the Lightbringers

I found out about this guy through looking up on occult matter on the internet. This guy was basically the real version of Indiana Jones, though I think he was on the wrong side.

  • Sogyal Rinpoche
  • The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

After travelling and living in Thailand I decided to do some further reading into Buddhism.

  • Tom Robbins
  • Jitterbug Perfume, Another roadside attraction

My middle brother recommended this author and so I read a couple of his books. A fun writer to read.

  • J D Salinger
  • The Catcher in the Rye

I had just come out of a stay at a psychiatric hospital for adolescents and then decided to read this one. Coincidences do happen.

  • Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • A day in the life of Ivan Denisovich

I found ‘a day in the life of Ivan Denisovich’ in a second-hand bookstore. It was quite short so I decided to buy and read it.

  • George R. Stewart
  • Earth Abides

My oldest brother gave this to me while I was under evaluation in an adolescent psychiatric hospital.

  • Antal Szerb
  • The Pendragon Legend

A Hungarian friend said that this was their favorite book. They sent me a copy to read, so I read it.

  • Hunter S. Thompson
  • The Rum Diary

I found out about Hunter S. Thompson through the film, ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’. What is it again? Buy the ticket, take the ride.

  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Galapogos, Jailbird, Slaughterhouse Five, The sirens of Titan, Palm Sunday

My father gave me the Psirens of Titan to read as a child. I was pleasantly surprised and read Galapogos, Palm Sunday and Slaughterhouse Five by stealing them off of his bookshelf. I found Jailbird in a second hand bookshop in Nepal.

  • Robert Anton Wilson
  • Wilhelm Reich in Hell

I heard about Robert Anton Wilson through a podcast that I used to listen to that talked about strange phenomenon. So I started reading some of his books.

  • Alexis Wright
  • Carpentaria

I read this for a post-colonial literature course at university.

  • John Wyndham
  • The Chrysalids

I decided to read this in high school because I was tired with the subject material they were giving us. Pulled it off my father’s bookshelf.

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