Friday, August 30, 2013

3 Books Everyone Should Read by Chris Hager

Kansas City's Chris Hager, who writes fan fiction at The Unreadable Blog,  was kind enough to do a guest post for www.tloclub.com about his favorite three books. (PS: He's also going to be one of my Self-published Writers of the Week. Stay tuned in the next few weeks to read his interview.)

Three Books Everyone Should Read and Why by Chris Hager
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. A great tale of vengeance that also serves as a great example of how an overuse of descriptive writing can utterly break the flow of a story. I read this book once in eighth grade and the chapter describing the preacher’s pulpit still haunts me. Maybe I wasn’t old enough to appreciate it.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I was late to the game on this one, but grateful I read it before the movie releases this fall! This is a great modern sci-fi novel that had a unique voice and approach to story-telling. I now see why people told me I had to read it. I second the recommendation. Definitely read it before you see the movie.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. I have never understood the seemingly universal acclaim surrounding the movie Blade Runner. I will spare you my critiques but after repeated viewings, it simply has never “worked” for me. Philip K. Dick’s original novel, however, was a dark psychological delight, proving (as is often the case) superior to the movie in nearly every way. Like most great science fiction, I would recommend this book to readers of any genre.

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Do you agree with Chris's list? Let us know in the comments!

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