Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Today stopping by the blog is Shawn Thomas Odyssey, author of The Wizard of Dark Street! He's here to tell us a bit about his favorite books and his recommendations.
Reading is a part of writing. It is a cycle. Put something in and something comes back out. The more diverse the input, the more original the output. For instance, if a writer reads nothing but cold war spy novels, then what comes out of them will likely be pretty similar. But if they threw in, let’s say, some Ray Bradbury, a little Tom Robbins and a few Cormack McCarthy novels, something very different might take place. Maybe they’d still write a spy novel, but it might take place on a desolate, post apocalyptic Mars and involve deciphering secret messages through smelling various bottles of perfume. (Hey, I kind of like that). The books that a writer puts into his or her head are likely the biggest influences on their work, whether they are aware of it or not.
Here is a list of some of the books I read and loved over the past few years while writing The Wizard of Dark Street. Not nearly all of them.
Pillars of the Earth: Ken Follett
World Without End: Ken Follett
The Harry Potter series: J.K. Rowling
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Lemony Sincket
Leaving the Bellweathers: Kristin Clark Venuti
Ender’s Game: Orson Scott Card
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell: Susanna Clark
The Green Mile series: Stephen King
Echo falls mystery series: Peter Abrahams
The Name of The Wind: Patrick Rothfuss
1984: George Orwell
The Road: Cormac McCarthy
A Prayer for Owen Meany: John Irving
Lord of the Rings: J.R.R Tolkin
A song of Ice and Fire series (A Game of Thrones): by George R. R. Martin.
The Wizard of Dark Street is available in bookstores nationwide and online in both hardback and eBook formats.
Please visit: http://www.thewizardofdarkstreet.com/
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