Need something new to read?
I just finished first-round edits on my historical superhero work-in-progress Wayfarer, but it will be awhile before it comes out and I can share it with you.
In the meantime, I thought I’d point you toward some of my favorite authors. As a writer, I’m always trying to write the kind of story I would love to read. If you enjoy what I write, then you may just enjoy what I like to read as well.
Here are my top 5 recommendations:
1. Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
Patrick O’Brian is the master of historical fiction. He writes so deep into his time period that he could almost be a classic author writing to us from the early 19th century, rather than the 1970s. His Aubrey/Maturin series starts with Master and Commander (from which the movie adaptation starring Russell Crowe got its name). For lack of a better term, his books have a bit of a “learning curve.” I nearly gave up after reading the first one, mostly just because it wasn’t what I expected. Lucky for me, several friends encouraged me to keep reading–and I’m so glad I did! By the time I hit the third book in the series, HMS Surprise, I was hooked by the incredible prose, the historical detail, and the rich, rich characters.
2. Black Prism by Brent Weeks
I’m usually hesitant to name authors I’ve read only recently as my “favorite.” But I will say this: Brent Weeks’s fantasy books rock my world like pretty much no other storyteller these days. He speaks my language when it comes to epic characters, deep themes, and just general fantastical awesomeness.
3. Light of Eidon by Karen Hancock
Hancock’s Christian fantasy series Legends of the Guardian-King is a little slower than Weeks’s, but it’s earth-shattering in its own way. The books are deeply inspiring, challenging, and archetypal in a brutally courageous way.
4. Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
I think of McMaster Bujold’s stuff as “literary fantasy.” If Weeks is blood and bombast, McMaster Bujold is quiet introspection–with a little magic thrown in. Her prose is beautiful, her characterization effortlessly honest, and her fantasy worlds unique and absorbing.
5. Into the Fire by Kim Vandel
This is a new one. I mentioned in last week’s “6 Things That Have My Attention” post that I read Vandel’s debut YA superhero offering here recently. Can’t say yet how my relationship with her stories will stand the test of time, as with the others above, but this was possibly the best book I’ve read this year. It’s one of those stories, likes Weeks’s, that sucked me in deep and wouldn’t let me go. Lots of fun! It’ll prime you for more superhero fun in Wayfarer. 😉