This list is HIGHLY recommended

Runelords by David Farland (reread this one that kicked off the NY Times Bestselling Series, and the land and magic system is just as strong as the powerful characters)

The First Five Pages by literary agent Noah Lukeman (Excellent advice to keep from the rejection pile)

The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West (West influenced Sam Shephard, one of America’s greatest playwrights, who I studied in Theater 110)

Dark Rivers of the Heart by Dean Koontz (a fascinating book with slight sci-fi connotations that are very believable and realistic)

One-Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (I read portions of this periodically, because it’s supposed to be surreal, and as this book won the Nobel Prize, I believe it shows what surreal fiction is like… and it is different than most surreal fiction written today)

First two books of the Witch & Wizard Series by James Patterson (W and The Gift) (These books are for young adults and they’re page-turners, thrillers, easy-reads to enjoy with your children or as “sophisticated” adults, lol!)

Water for Elephants by Sara Cruen (The ending brought tears of joy to my eyes)

Neverwhere by Neil Gaimon (UK authors seem to like quirky characters, and Gaimon tops them all in crafting a well-written story interwoven with bizarre “underground” personas)

Galilee by Clive Barker (It was a thrill to read a literary work of art by someone forced into the splatterpunk genre by his past works (Books of Blood); Barker proves he can write and tell a tale that spans the centuries with this one.)

Young World Rising by Bob Salkowitz (This book I have on my bookshelf right next to Malcom Gladwell’s “Outliers,” one of my favorite books. That should tell you of the importance of this book.)

I’ve read other books recently… I just can’t think offhand what they were.

What books have you read?

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