Myke Cole Recommends…

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Myke Cole isn’t just a stern-faced champion of truth, justice and trigger discipline, he’s also a lover of all things sci-fi and fantasy. When I spoke with the Gemini Cell author at Elevengeddon we touched on a variety of subjects, from the inspiration for his military fantasy to the effects of PTSD and gays in the military. But he especially geeked out when I asked for some book recommendations.

So Myke Cole, what books do you recommend?

Oh my God, do you have a month? There are so many! Well, first of all, I always recommend…

warded manThe Warded Man — Peter V. Brett

Full disclosure, he is my best friend. But I also think he’s the second coming of Tolkien. He’s that amazing. Start with the Warded Man in his “Demon Cycle” series.

majesty's dragonHis Majesty’s Dragon — Naomi Novik

I love the Temeraire series. It’s the Napoleonic War with dragons. It’s great fantasy, but it’s great military fiction as well.

I love bleak, dark, but ultimately redemptive fantasies so I’m just going to rattle off a few names here. Scott Lynch, Joe Abercrombie, George R.R. Martin. I know I’m forgetting someone… Oh!

nameThe Name of the Wind — Pat Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss is less dark and more elegaic. But the Kingkiller Chronicles are just gorgeous.

Moving on to science fiction…

old man's warOld Man’s War — John Scalzi

I love this but so does everybody else. You don’t need my recommendation. Just read it.

lost fleet“The Lost Fleet” series — Jack Campbell

This is fabulous military science fiction, written from a retired navy intelligence officer and ship driver, it gets it exactly right. If you want to talk great military action with great writing as well, it’s an absolutely fantastic book.

About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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