I’ve talked a lot about different aspects of writing and story telling over the past few months. As many of you may have noticed I mention that using others’ works as a resource pool for your own creativity is important. It is like a reservoir, to have any kind of creative output, you need something put in first.
In light of that, I wanted to offer up three different books that I have read recently as suggestions to get list started for yourself.
On a Pale Horse – Piers Anthony
This is easily one of my favorites of this list. The author does a wonderful job putting a human face, so to speak, upon the questions we often face with life and death. The story follows a young man who, through an odd turn of events, takes on the office of death itself. I found that I had a difficult time putting this particular book down as the story is so satisfying and so human. There, of course, is also a fun amount of magic, technology, and even romance. If you like fantasy/sci-fi novels, this is one for the bookshelf!
Dragonvein – Brian D. Anderson
This book is truer to your epic swords and spells fantasy. There is a vast world filled with dragons, dwarves, elves, and humans (as well as a few other fantastical beasts). This story follows another young man who was sent to Earth through a magic portal as a child only to be pulled back to his home planet seventeen years later and thrown into a ongoing struggle that he may be the only person with a solution to. It does tend to follow some of the standard tropes of fantasy writing, but it is a series that I have enjoyed thoroughly.
Desecration – J.F. Penn
I listen to this author’s podcast on a weekly basis. She has been very insightful into the book writing process, self-publishing, and more. This is the first book in a set of thriller novels she has written that follow a female detective named Jamie Brooke as she slowly unravels the mysterious murder of a young woman along with her hesitant partner, Daniel who is also a bit of a psychic or clairvoyant. For those of you who like a good mystery, this is a highly recommended series.
That’s all I have for this week.
What are some of your favorite books? Let me know in the comments below.