My Dark Transhumanist Reading List
Figured since all the cool kids are doing it ...
I haven't read many books over the course of my life. I know that may sound shocking to some of you, given how often I'm praised for my intelligence, given that my views tend to align quite closely with Styxhexxenhammer (who reads like a thousand books a year or something ridiculous like that), and given that I, myself, am a published author.
I know that sounds strange, but I much prefer audio-video as time is short and I generally like to get at the distilled essence of a work or story. If I prefer to wander around and world build, I have other outlets for that, including writing.
Those few books I have read were generally all great for the most part. Obviously, as an author, I want everyone to buy and read the books I've written as well, but here are a few of the ones I really liked and would recommend, as written by other people:
The 48 Laws of Power
The Power of Now
What to Say When You Talk To Yourself
Personal Development for Smart People
The Art of Seduction
The Art of the Argument: Western Civilization's Last Stand
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big
Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter
How to Win Friends and Influence People
How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships
Dianetics: The Science of Mental Health
Scientology: A New Slant on Life
The Way to Happiness
Religion / Philosophy
The Tao Te Ching
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
God's Debris: A Thought Experiment
Handbook of the Navigator
Caesar's Messiah: The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus
(Religious texts in general)
Brave New World
The Law of Nations
The Red Amendment
Money / Wealth
The Slight Edge
The Art of the Deal
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Think and Grow Rich
Acres of Diamonds
The Richest Man in Babylon
Health / Wellness
Natural Cures THEY Don't Want You to Know About
The Merchant of Venice (my favorite)
Much Ado About Nothing
Hamlet: Prince of Denmark
A Winter's Tale
(Just read all his stuff, all of it.)
Anything by Dan Brown
The Lord of the Rings
The Hitchhiker's Guide series
The Pigman / The Pigman's Legacy
To Kill a Mockingbird
Comics / Manga
Yu Yu Hakusho
Ghost in the Shell
Full Metal Alchemist
All My Friends Are Dead
As I said, I generally prefer audio-visual, so there are many stories I've probably consumed as movies and/or TV shows instead of books that I could include here as well. Dune, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Clockwork Orange, ... thing like that. These are just the ones I've actually read as books.
I'll add to this list as I think of more stuff, or as I read more stuff that's worth including.
† - Despite what you might think, the works of Scientology that were written by Hubbard himself tend to read more like self-help books or psychology texts than they do religious scripture, which is why I've listed them separately. The actual Church of Scientology itself, on the other hand, is in many ways as much of a corrupt cult as the Roman Catholic Church.
! - There's at least one political book I've read that I'd recommend, but which would draw a lot of unwanted attention to me if I said what it is publicly, so I'll leave that to your imagination. No, it's not Mein Kampf! I haven't actually read that one.