Avid reader, prolific if infrequently published writer (mainly techie stuff) looking to embark on an exciting new fiction writing hobby.
On Writing by Stephen King - I keep going back to it.
Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks - the fist Culture novel, and my first space opera!
The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins - I don't agree with everything he says, but the book is fascinating.
The Bible - see above.
"It's better to have a gun and not need it, than to need a gun and not have it." - Clarence Worley in True Romance.