As my new novel Tides approaches release day, I am hosting some giveaways to celebrate! This week, I'm sharing about the "why" behind the selections in my three hand-picked novel collections that make up the top prizes.
Check out the SFF Comics Collection and the SFF Strong (& Unusual) Female Protagonists Collection, too!
The Classics Collection will go to one lucky winner from among those of you who join my ARC readers list to read a free digital copy of Tides and review it on Amazon in the first week of release, between October 31 and November 7.
This was a hard collection to select--the classics are classics for a reason, after all. The list of classic sci-fi and fantasy novels runs deep and holds major cultural implications.
Ultimately, though, I stuck by three that have stuck with long past that first read, and have influenced my writing as I build out The Chronicles of the Third Realm Wars series.
Here they are:
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
This incredible novel gave the world two truly incredible things: The archetype of the mad scientist, and also the tragic monster. I choose this novel for both of these gifts.
From Dr. Jekyll to Dr. Walter Bishop to Lex Luthor, the mad scientist is one of my all time favorite sci-fi tropes--and one of the most feasible. The lure of knowledge--and the power that comes with it--is just too great, and ultimately, I think we're all mad scientists at heart.
Then, of course, there are the consequences of that drive. Frankenstein's monster has grown a shadow in our culture even greater than his character on the page. Though capable of terrible things, ultimately he's sad, troubled, and lonely.
Adem emerged from my imagination out of the same dark corner where that poor guy lurks.
The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkein
I am not, by and large, a Tolkein fan--a statement that I know could get my "fantasy author" card revoked, but it is what it is. And while you could not pay me to re-read The Hobbit, Tolkein's collection of Middle Earth mythology bewitched me from the first page.
I've always had a great love for mythology, and I find Tolkein's writing style particularly suited to it. Personally, I have greater respect for Tolkein's creation of a complete mythology for his world than I do for making up his own language.
This collection is stunning. Will you lose track of who's who? Absolutely. Almost immediately. But the language and imagery is so lovely it doesn't matter.
The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury
Now look, it's possible you have heard me rave over Ray Bradbury once or twice before, but I'm doing it again anyhow. The man deserves it, and this incredible novel double deserves it.
This may be my most-read book of all time, and I've got the beaten up paperback to prove it. I will forever say that this is Bradbury's greatest work, and that's saying a lot when the same man also produced Farenheit 451.
This novel dances seamlessly between science fiction and fantasy, and artfully crafts an alien planet into a complex portrait of humanity. As rich in prose as it is in imagination, the short stories that make up this novel are etched deeply into my soul with its magical blend of wonder, nostalgia and strangeness.
Want to win this collection? Join my ARC reader list and get your digital copy of Tides--this is the last week to join!