Wednesday, July 29, 2015

6 Books with Fantasy Author Django Wexler

Django Wexler is a computer scientist and author of the (excellent) flintlock fantasy series The Shadow Campaigns (see our reviews here and here), as well as the middle-grade Forbidden Library series. Today he shares his "6 books" with us…

1. What book are you currently reading?

Seveneves, which I’ve really enjoyed. I’ve been a Stephenson fan from way back, and this is one of his better books, with a thriller-y urge to keep reading to find out what happens.

2. What upcoming book you are really excited about?

This is a weird question for me, because I’m always so far behind on my reading! So what I’m excited about isn’t really upcoming for anyone else. I’d go with Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey, which has been out for a few months now. That’s another series that I absolutely love, and it gets better with each volume. Judging from reviews I’ve heard, I won’t be disappointed.

3. Is there a book you're currently itching to re-read?
I don’t re-read as much as I used to, but I’ve been thinking about going over some of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series again. Possibly as audiobooks, since I hear the productions are top-notch.

4. How about a book you've changed your mind about over time--either positively or negatively?

Some of the books I read as a young adult didn’t hold up when I went back to look at them again. Dragonlance, for example, is a lot of fun but mostly pretty fluffy.

5. What's one book, which you read as a child or young adult, that has had a lasting influence on your writing?

Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics, which I read around my senior year of high school, were an eye-opener in terms of great storytelling, especially very multi-layered storytelling. He takes wonderful advantage of the medium’s ability to slip things into the background. It was one of the first pieces of great writing I read that I recognized as great while I was reading it.

6. And speaking of that, what's *your* latest book, and why is it awesome?

My latest is The Price of Valor, book three of The Shadow Campaigns! This is my military fantasy series, with a vaguely Napoleonic setting. So it’s got muskets and cavalry charges and just enough supernatural stuff to keep things interesting. If you’re new to the series, you should start with book one, The Thousand Names.

-Django Wexler


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