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…
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.
I love the Temeraire series. It’s the Napoleonic War with dragons. It’s great fantasy, but it’s great military fiction as well.
Patrick Rothfuss is less dark and more elegaic. But the Kingkiller Chronicles are just gorgeous.
Moving on to science fiction…
I love this but so does everybody else. You don’t need my recommendation. Just read it.
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.