As you are reading this, I have just released Curse of Kali, the tenth Jason Dark supernatural mystery that I have written. Taking place in Victorian England, it is once again a riveting mystery that our occult detective has to solve — though this time he has some help from a very, very famous detective of his time, also.
Releasing a book is always a little like the end of school. You take a breath, sit back and just kick back for a tick, enjoying the moment with a clean slate.
For me, this usually also means I need something new to read. The past weeks have kept me busy with rewrites, edits and the preparations for the launch and I did not have a whole lot of time to read other than my own stuff.
So, as I am trying to decide upon a new book, — most likely one I’ve been pushing off for too long — it occurred to me that there should be some kind of list of books that everyone should read. I’m not talking about the classics like Dickinson, Shakespeare, Kafka or even books like Dracula where it is implied that everyone has read them. No, I’m talking about books that I have read over the years and that impressed me so much that I would like to recommend them to you with my warmest regards. They are the books I would not want to have missed out on. Of course, such a list can never be complete and reflects my own personal taste, so feel free to suggest other books that you find too valuable to be missed.
So here goes my Book Bucket List for you in no particular order
- The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Mars, by Ben Bova
- The List of Seven, by Mark Frost
- The Sword of Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
- Brimstone, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
- The Horatio Hornblower Series, bt C. S. Forrester
- Crime Beat, by Scott Nicholson (ed. note: I didn't put this in here!)
- There will be Dragons, by John Ringo
- The Seance, by John Harwood
- Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden
And then last, but not least, Curse of Kali. Yes, I know it reeks of self-promotion but if you want to know how Jason Dark and Sherlock Holmes met for the first time in their lives, you have to read this mystery. If you have only half as much fun reading it as I had writing it, we should all be in for a treat.