The best books which spark the dreamer

Who am I?

As a decades-long collector of fossils & student of undiscovered and/or extinct creatures, I’ve gained traction in both fields on a professional level, which is what my spark ignited into. My choice for the final position could’ve been a tie between The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien, Roadmarks by Roger Zelazny, Farseer by Robert J. Sawyer, but since I could only choose 5 which sparked the dreamer.


I wrote...

Murder Red Ink

By Mord McGhee,

Book cover of Murder Red Ink

What is my book about?

In Murder Red Ink, Mord McGhee imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of horror, human nature, and captures the brutal reality of the monster behind the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888 in a science fiction whirlwind of the darkest sort. 

The books I picked & why

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The Lost World

By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,

Book cover of The Lost World

Why this book?

What could be dreamier than being told exactly how to win the heart of your first true love? This is how Doyle’s classic novel begins, and where he takes the reader is nothing shy of a boisterous affair; an adventure starring dinosaurs, cannibals, and excitement at every turn of page.

It’s on point and at pace, being a shorter book. But it was one of the first books which I found to spark the dreamer lurking in me. I’ve even done a modern translation of this book.

The Lost World

By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked The Lost World as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Conan

By Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague De Camp, Lin Carter, Frank Frazetta (illustrator)

Book cover of Conan

Why this book?

From the monumental opening quoted in the movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1980s, Howard establishes a mastery of how to set world, pace, and dream at once. Though there are many Conan novels and shorts, none sparked the dreams of a young reader more than this first in the series.

Recommended for young readers with an interest in writing fantasy. Howard’s brand of sword and sorcery was years ahead of its day.

Conan

By Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague De Camp, Lin Carter, Frank Frazetta (illustrator)

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Conan as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


The Black Company

By Glen Cook,

Book cover of The Black Company

Why this book?

Upon discovering Cook’s worlds, the dreamer in me fell in love with the idea that the antagonists do not always need to be good people. The Black Company are a band of mercenaries working for the worst villains yet theirs is a gripping tale with surprises aplenty. Knowing where Croaker ends up makes one want to go back and start over, just because.

This novel sparked for me a way of writing villainous heroes such as those in my Ghosts series. Unique and interesting.

The Black Company

By Glen Cook,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Black Company as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


The Book of Jhereg

By Steven Brust,

Book cover of The Book of Jhereg

Why this book?

The first novel in Brust’s Vlad Taltos novels features a young assassin armed with witchcraft and a reptilian familiar whose bite is not half as sharp as his wit, traversing a complicated realm of people called Dragaereans.

The action is fast, the dialog realistic and fun, and this is why Brust has made this list. Not only did he spark the dream, but he made a lifelong fan.

The Book of Jhereg

By Steven Brust,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked The Book of Jhereg as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


The Dinosaur Heresies

By Robert T. Bakker,

Book cover of The Dinosaur Heresies

Why this book?

It is Bakker’s controversial rethinking of the lives and science behind earth’s prehistory. In his avant-garde ideas, Bakker proposes and answers questions of things like what these monsters are and how they defended themselves or hunted. He even spoke on how they might have reproduced.

It’s a book to create dreamers who can take the torch to shed new light on those questions we all share in common as members of humanity.

The Dinosaur Heresies

By Robert T. Bakker,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Dinosaur Heresies as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


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