David Weber



Reading to power imaginary voyages across the universe.



David Weber, the author of the New York Times bestselling Honor Harrington novels, has reinvigorated the great tradition of spacefaring science fiction with his Horatio Hornblower-inspired tales of battle and politics portrayed at a galactic scale. His latest book, Off Armageddon Reef, launches a new series of epic adventures. He shared with us three novels that shaped him both as a reader and a writer.


Books by David Weber





David and the Phoenix

By Edward Ormondroyd


"The very first book I ever read entirely to myself, at the venerable age of six years. It's a young adult book that isn't written down to its audience, that any adult prose stylist can learn from, and that teaches kids that the universe is full of wonder."





The Influence of Sea Power
Upon History: 1660-1783

By Alfred Thayer Mahan


"I've always loved history, especially naval history, and this book—encountered at the vulnerable age of 14—had a tremendous effect on me. Some parts of Mahan's analysis have been strongly criticized since his original publication in 1918, but he remains one of the world's leading (and most lucid) writers on the subject and value of seapower."




By Anne McCaffery


"A hard pick over H. Beam Piper or Robert Heinlein (or, especially, Roger Zelazney's This Immortal), but the book which may have had the greatest influence on me in terms of world building. Anne gave us all the gift of the world of Pern, and it was a real world, a comprehensive world, that in many ways still sets the bar (for me, at least) when it comes to creating literary universes. Besides, it also gave us Lessa of Pern!"


April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.