Jost's Suggested Reading List

In general, I'm not that big of a reader. When I do take the time to read, I try and make it something worthwhile and it has to be able to keep me interested or I'm going on to something else. Here are the last few books I've read:
  • "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams.

    Granted, this isn't the first time I've read it. This is actually the third time. For me to read a book multiple times, it's either really good or so lame that I didn't remember the first time I suffered through it. This book is definatly the former. If you haven't read this, you should stop whatever it is you're doing and go get a copy of it. Now! Go on. Okay, for those who have, you know that this is one hoopy book. High marks from Jost on this one.

  • "Star Trek: New Frontier #5 (Martyr) & #6 (Fire On High)" both by Peter David.

    About a year ago, Peter David came out with a series of four novella-length Star Trek books set during the Next Generation timeline but on a ship we had never heard of and a crew consisting of several minor characters from the Next Generation along with new crew members that he created. He called this the New Frontier series. They kicked much ass!

    I had pretty much given up on the Star Trek novels, unless of course they were written by any of the really good authors, but these got me back into them. I've really enjoyed Peter David's writing for a while, especially his Star Trek and comic book writing. He knows these characters and even though the ending of the original 4-part series was somewhat trite, the stories are all top notch. Four IDIC marks for this series.

  • "The Tao of Pooh" by Benjamin Hoff

    This books really makes a lot of sense. It explains the philosophy of Taoism in terms of how A.A. Milne's Winnie The Pooh views the world. It was followed up by "The Te of Piglet" which I haven't gotten to yet. My way of dealing with problems is very Taoist so I really enjoyed this book.

And now for Jost's Comic Corner. My recommended readings in the medium of comic books. Two particular works come to mind for recommendation. Both available in Graphic Novel format these days: "Kingdom Come" by Mark Waid and Alex Ross and "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns" by Frank Miller. Both of these are published by DC Comics. I cannot speak highly enough of both of these works as the highest echilons of comic genius. Both of these books take place in a possible future timeline in the DC Universe and both are done with incredibly beautiful artwork. These books are not to be missed!