Inspirations Pt. 3

The Bookshelves

Inspirations Part 1 was about the impact of libraries and books. Part 2 was about RPG book influences in particular. Favorite and inspirational comic books could fill more screens than most would want to read. So, for Part 3, I thought I’d be a little more specific about a few books and authors that made lasting impressions. Given my, ahem, experience, there’s a broad range, but perhaps some are unfamiliar and spark in interest in a reader or two. I could fill screen after screen with books I love, so I’ve tried to limit myself to a few of the more unusual.

Authors such as R. A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, E.R. Burroughs, Edgar Allan Poe and others are virtually required reading IMHO, but are very well known as well.  Below are a few classics, a few you’ve probably never heard of, and maybe a future classic or two. If you choose to explore them, I hope you enjoy them as much as I have throughout the decad… years. No particular order here, just a general flow (at least to me) between genres.

There are so many options to find books these days that I hesitated to provide links. Some are likely in the public domain and possibly available in either (or both) print and electronic versions. This list is NOT intended to endorse (or imply endorsement) of any particular outlet, publisher, or edition; it’s just easiest to link to the Amazon versions. Caveat emptor (aka Your Mileage May Vary).

Friends and Favorites

Please note: many of these, like me, have been around awhile. There are a plethora of versions and editions. Where possible, I have linked to the one actually in my library. Where not, I went with what was available on Amazon.

And now for something completely different…

Guilty Pleasures



Written by D. D. Wolf

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I'm on my 5th or 6th career depending on how you count them, but ideally this one will be my last with the kind help of our readers. I've traveled to several states across the U.S., but the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina will always be where I'm most comfortable. I've been an avid reader of comics for more years than I'm going to mention, but I return time after time to the old pulps. Obviously the Doc Savage books have been a tremendous influence. There's just something about seeing and hearing those characters in your mind's eye, just the way YOU, as the reader, think they should be.. I've been writing poems, lyrics and stories of varying quality since I was in my teens, which means most of my archives are on paper in three-ring binders! I've been creating characters in various RPG systems for at least that long. I've always thought characters made the story: good characters can live on through story after story. It wasn't until the last 6 or 7 years that I felt I could write characters well enough to be engaging. You'll have to let me know how I'm doing.

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