The One Point Five Foot Shelf of Books

harvardHarvard University president Charles W. Eliot once suggested that a liberal education could be obtained by spending 15 minutes a day reading from a collection of books that could fit on a five-foot shelf.

These ain’t them. But some of them are classics; and some of them might be classics some day. Without further ado, here are the science fiction, fantasy, horror and related books that I am interested in reading in the next year or so.



  1. kevin

    That’s a great list. I’ve read the Borges and Yu books, and have been flirting with the Whitehead and North books.

    • Thanks. What should we read next? Any thoughts on the Golden Bough?

      • Eugene R.

        We have The Atrocity Archives for October, and I would suggest Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr for November, as Kathy K. has recommended it highly (and it will be issued in paperback in July).

  2. I was actually asking Kevin.

  3. kevin

    Whitehead or North for me. The Blaylock and Gregory books appeal to me as well. Golden Bough sounds more like a meta reference for textual decoding than a good night’s read. The Alderman book premise of teenage girls with superhuman powers is unnerving.

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