An oil painting of a dragon breathing blue fire

Chief Recommendations

The following is a list of books, films, and other media that I consider to be exceptional.  Beyond that, these are the stories that have most influenced me in both my writing and my outlook on the world.  These are the stories that I not only feel that I can recommend to anyone, but that it is my moral obligation to recommend them to everyone.  Not only do I consider these stories to be fantastic, but I hold them up as the pinnacles of their respective genres and mediums.  Read/watch any of these you can get your hands on; they may just change your life as they changed mine.


I do not pretend that this list is entirely complete, as there may be works I’ve forgotten to add to it.  In that case I will update it as I see fit.

This list is presented in alphabetical order; the order in which they appear is wholly unrelated to their quality relative to one-another.  Indeed, when a story reaches this tier of greatness it is often meaningless comparing it with works of similar quality.


  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

Graphic Novels

  • Fullmetal Alchemist series by Hiromu Arakawa


  • The Hobbit “trilogy”
  • The Lord of the Rings “trilogy”