The Armageddon Rag (1983) by George R. R. Martin

A heartfelt ode to the 1960s in the form of a mystery novel centring on a series of murders connected to a fictional Led Zeppelin-esque rock band. Like “Dying of the Light”, you can feel Martin’s own experiences bleed through the text. His complex, shifting thoughts and attitudes towards the cultural shift in American society…

The Ice Dragon (1980) by George R. R. Martin

A charming short story from George R. R. Martin. Though sometimes touted as a story connected to Westeros and Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga, it decidedly isn’t. It’s a children’s story in its own self-contained world, as he’s maintained consistently. It was also written sixteen years before even the kernel of the…

The Art of War (5th century BC) by Sun Tzu

A timeless treatise on conflict, its lessons applicable not only to military strategy, but to all sorts of struggles and oppositions. Each of the thirteen chapters tackles a different aspect of “the art of war”. In my edition, the Penguin John Minford translation, these are stated as the “Making of Plans”, “Waging of War”, “Strategic…