I read a lot. But I've decided to combine my reading with a desire to read a selection of books in the genres I prefer. Each book set is compiled of books I might or might not have read, but I have an interest in. They are well considered by critics. Each set is meant to expand my knowledge and appreciation, and as I read them as a group I will gain an awareness of the conventions of each genre, and the strengths and weaknesses of the stories, by being able to compare them.
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Why these books? I like the Cyberpunk, and believe it is, more than any prior time, a vision of the future. I very much appreciate the Cthulhu Mythos. Both the writers of it, and the wide offerings of it as horror entertain me, and make me want to evoke such darkness. I am a historian, and reading historical books in the area of my highest interest gives me a deeper ability to understand the context of any event. Also, I believe humans resort to war much too quickly. Learning the causes of military action from the deepest past allows insight into future acts.