An up and coming author from Imperial, MO. While not writing, spends his time playing soccer or at school. Specializes in science fiction and fantasy, especially post-apocalyptic.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Only five? Well I guess I have some cuts to make then...
1. George R.R. Martin's A Storm of Swords. -In which the plot thickens. Very rarely do I become more invested in a series that I have already given my full attention, this is one of those exceptions. With the Red Wedding, Westeros changes from a den of intrigue with a glimmer of hope to a cesspool of greed and corruption, ready to be cleansed with fire and blood, and then to come back harder and stronger.
2. Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn. -No story that I've read has revolutionized the definition of magic like Mistborn did. Taking wizards from their high and mighty podiums and bringing them down to the level of petty thieves, was a bold move, much like taking the source of magic quite literally from the mind to the metal.
3. J.R.R. Tolkien's The Return of the King. -War is, whether you agree with it or not, one of the centerpieces of human nature. Without it there could be no peace. No battle in a fantasy book is as stunningly fantastic as the one between the Men of the West and the Orcs of Mordor.
4. Dante's Inferno -Fantastic imagery combines with hellish symbolism to create a story that manages to make most horrific images you could imagine into something almost beautiful.
5. Beowulf -The original epic tale which to this day inspires both heroes and monsters alike.
What do you read for pleasure?
Reading itself is a pleasure, and no one thing in particular brings more than another, but given the choice it is anything in the 'speculative fiction' branch of writing, such as science fiction and fantasy.