About Loren

Loren

For fiction, I don’t restrict myself by genre but lean towards horror, thrillers, science fiction, and historical fiction. Peter Straub would be my favorite author if I had to name one. His horror novels are genuinely unnerving, and his mysteries are some of the best thrillers I’ve read, dealing with murders and secrets and how crimes of the past affect the present.

Mostly I read nonfiction—history, philosophy, religion, science, or anything that catches my eye. I especially enjoy books that challenge well-established ideas.

 

In the list below, for example, Sam Harris’s book suggests that free will is an illusion, even though it’s something we all experience and take for granted. Ivan Eland ranks the U.S. presidents based on their adherence to constitutional principles, rather than their management style and popular appeal. Robert Spencer explains why free speech and expression is under threat today, especially from the left (as a leftist myself I agree).

 

John Meier, a conservative Catholic, believes that of the 32 parables attributed to Jesus in the Gospels, only four are historically reliable. Dale Allison writes about death and the fascinating ways we cope with the idea of our mortality. Dario Fernandez-Morera refutes the myth of a multicultural paradise in medieval Spain, and shows how Islamic rule was oppressive. Richard White presents research showing that the Scottish baron Henry Sinclair sailed to Massachusetts Bay in 1398. He also wrote a novel about Sinclair (Sword of the North), which I include in my fiction picks.

 

Loren’s Recommendations

Ready player one by Ernest Cline

Ready player one by Ernest Cline

Ubik by Philip Dick

Ubik by Philip Dick

The Five by Robert McCammon

The Five by Robert McCammon

 

Song of Kali by Dan Simmons

Song of Kali by Dan Simmons

 

Night Comes by Dale Allison

Night Comes by Dale Allison

 

Lost Boy, Lost Girl by Peter Straub

Lost Boy, Lost Girl by Peter Straub

 

Sword of the North by Richard White

Sword of the North by Richard White

 

The Twelve Children of Paris by Tim Willocks

The Twelve Children of Paris by Tim Willocks

 

Free Will by Sam Harris

Free Will by Sam Harris

 

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise by Dario Fernandez-Morera

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise by Dario Fernandez-Morera

Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume 5 by John Meier

Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume 5 by John Meier

 

The Complete Infidel's Guide to Free Speech by Robert Spencer

The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech by Robert Spencer

 

These Stones Bear Witness by Richard White

These Stones Bear Witness by Richard White

 

Recarving Rushmore by Ivan Eland

Recarving Rushmore by Ivan Eland