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Storyville: 3 Essential Books You Should Read in Every Major Genre

Storyville: 3 Essential Books You Should Read in Every Major Genre
This list is entirely subjective, based on books that I’ve read over the years. But what they all have in common is that they’ve stayed with me. Many of these titles I’ve read over and over again. Some are touchstones, lodestones that I reference when I get blocked, bowing at the feet of masters that have taught me everything I’ve ever learned about what makes compelling fiction. I’m hoping that you’ve read most of these and will spend much of this column nodding your head in agreement. More importantly, I hope you find some new authors and novels that will enlighten you at some point down the road. NOTE: The genres I’ve picked are “major” to me, not to publishing in general. The Hobbit (1937) and Lord of the Rings (1954-1955) by J.R.R. I’m just going to lump it all together, here, so grant me that if you would. Buy J.R.R. Weaveworld (1987) by Clive Barker Buy Weaveworld from Amazon.com American Gods (2001) by Neil Gaiman Buy American Gods: Author's Preferred Text from Amazon.com

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