I’m a book review blogger with over 100 reviews posted since 2011. I read widely and eclectically. Here are some books I recommend and several them that influenced my writing. Click on the highlighted link to read my review for each recommended book.
1) Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin- One of my top 5 books and a beautiful, fantastical novel set in early 20th century New York City. Read my review.
2) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens- Dickens has claimed publicly that David Copperfield was his favorite novel to write. After I reading, I can see why. The story of David Copperfield’s journey into manhood has influenced my writing and one of my characters, Malcolm Copperwith, was named in honor of this book. Read my review.
3) The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber- This novel has been my favorite read in the past couple of years and that one I have recommended the most recently. A thought-provoking novel about marriage, faith, and what does it mean to pursue your calling. Read my review.
4) The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell- This powerful novel tells the story of Emilio Sandoz, a Jesuit priest, who leads a first contact mission to the Planet Rakhat. However, he returns to Earth as the only survivor and is blamed for the mission’s failure. Another novel dealing with faith under difficult circumstances. Read my review.
5) Home is the Sailor by Jorge Amado- Jorge Amado has been a major influence on my writing for the Kammbia novels. His colorful tales about Brazil have been a favorite for readers from around the world. Home Is The Sailor is my favorite Amado novel and tells the story of a retired sailor and his adventures at sea. Or did he really have those adventures? You will have to read the novel to find out. Read my review.
6) The Wooden Sea by Jonathan Carroll- Jonathan Carroll has leaped onto my favorite authors list after reading several of his novels over the past year. His surrealist stories are well written, engaging, and has expanded the boundaries of fantasy fiction. The Wooden Sea is my favorite Carroll novel and I can recommend it will be one of your favorites too. Read my review.
7) Opposite of Art by Athol Dickson- I believe Athol Dickson is one of our finest and unheralded novelists we have in contemporary fiction. His ability to write suspenseful, faith-oriented stories that does not provide easy answers deserved a wider audience. Opposite of Art is a good introduction to his work. Read my review.
8) The Retrieval Artist Series by Kathryn Kristine Rusch- This is my favorite ongoing series. It is CSI meets Star Trek and a lot of fun to read. Engaging characters, excellent plot twists, and a fascinating setting has kept me turning pages for every book in this series. Anniversary Day is the first book in the Anniversary Day Saga and a perfect introduction into the series. Read my review.