The best original stories that make you think

Who am I?

I have written 12 books, 2 screenplays, directed a feature, and produced 2 movies. My foundation for any creative work I create, is an original story, a justified conflict, and interesting characters. If I don’t have anything original to create, I feel it’s better not to write something that has already been written before. My journey in life has taken me into multiple cultures, countries, continents, these journeys have fueled me with experiences that helped me with the eclectic nature of the books I write. 


I wrote...

Godhood

By Njedeh Anthony,

Book cover of Godhood

What is my book about?

144 Million people disappear from the planet in the blink of an eye. Every human being left on earth has become immortal, there are no more births, mythical gods roam the earth as mortals and Death resides in the penthouse of the Ferguson Hotel.

The books I picked & why

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Shōgun

By James Clavell,

Book cover of Shōgun

Why this book?

I love this book because it has one of the most interesting characters ever, in one of the most original stories I have ever read. I love any book that has something new I can learn from and Shōgun, takes you into old Japan and subtly makes you fall in love with it. The book taught me storytelling from the introspective angle of the characters. The book helped me become a writer, it put a floodlight on the two most important things in a novel for me, the story and the characters.


The Exorcist

By William Peter Blatty,

Book cover of The Exorcist

Why this book?

I highly recommend this novel, because it has this perfect balance between religion and science through the eyes of the protagonist. A testimony to how great the book is, it has been imitated multiple times in movies, television, and parodies. I truly enjoyed following the protagonist trying to figure out scientific answers to supernatural questions. The book tends to make you ask questions about demonic possession juxtaposed to mental health.


Things Fall Apart

By Chinua Achebe,

Book cover of Things Fall Apart

Why this book?

This novel is such a fertile work of art, that shows the universal nature of humanity. The author takes us into Nigeria, during the colonization by the British Empire and the fight by the protagonists to keep traditional customs with the changing landscapes. I loved the sophistication with which Chinua Achebe took us into colonial Africa and made us become one with the weight of the traditions of that time.


Gone Girl

By Gillian Flynn,

Book cover of Gone Girl

Why this book?

This novel was such a glorious rollercoaster. The book tells the story of the events from the point of view of both protagonists. The uniqueness of the novel comes through a little past the middle and the best part of the book is that it just gets better from that point.


Jurassic Park

By Michael Crichton,

Book cover of Jurassic Park

Why this book?

This novel shows the mastery of Michael Crichton, he takes such a complicated topic and creates a fictional novel that could be understandable by an elementary student. The story is solid but for me what makes the book a masterpiece is how fluid the story intersects with the science. Once you finish the book, you feel a lot wiser, not just from the science but from the standpoint of humanity.


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