July’s FEATURED AUTHOR: David’s Top TBR Five!

It’s Wednesday again (!!), and Featured Author D.B. Jackson is here today to share what’s at the top of his TBR pile!

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“The Books I’m Most Eager to Read” by D.B. Jackson

Like most book lovers, I have a To Be Read pile that stretches from floor to ceiling. There are so many terrific authors out there, many in the fantasy/science fiction genre, and many outside of it, and there just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day. For a long time, early in my career, I found that I could not read other people’s fiction when I was working on a book of my own. And since I was almost always working on a book, that meant that most of my reading had to be non-fiction, which I also enjoy, but not nearly as much.

Fortunately, as I have grown more comfortable with my voice as an author, I have been able to pick up novels once more. These days the problem is more finding the time for all the books I want to read amid all the books that I need to read for my work. I read for research, I read manuscripts for colleagues (many of whom do the same for me) and for editors seeking blurbs their authors’ books. My reading time has grown ever more precious and so I take some care in choosing books for that towering TBR pile.

So, what books am I looking forward to right now? Well, here’s a partial list, in no particular order:

1. Coyote Dreams, by C.E Murphy. Coyote Dreams is the third novel in Catie Murphy’s Walker Papers series. I have already read Urban Shaman and Thunderbird Falls, books one and two, and I’m fully aware that after Coyote Dreams I’ll have about six to go. I’m okay with that. I love Catie’s writing (and as a matter of full disclosure I should say that she is a good friend and a colleague on the Magical Words blog site) and have especially enjoyed the Joanne Walker books. Great voice, lots of action, memorable characters, and a cool magic system. Plus, Catie and I plan to collaborate on a short story next year, combining her Walker universe with the world I’ve created for my new urban fantasy series with Baen, which debuts in January 2015 under my other writing name, David B. Coe. So I need to be familiar with the series and its characters.

2. Death’s Rival, by Faith Hunter. This is the fifth book in Faith Hunter’s fantastic Jane Yellowrock series. Jane is a Cherokee skinwalker who shares her soul with a mountain lion. She is also a vampire hunter and a kick-ass point of view character. (Once more, in the interest of full disclosure, Faith and I are close friends and co-founders of the Magical Words site.) I have read the first four books of the series and loved them. I can’t wait to see what she does with the characters next. And again, I have a bunch more books to read in the series after this one. That, I guess, is the problem with having prolific friends. And again, Faith and I have discussed collaborating on stories or even something more. Stay tuned.

3. The Six-Gun Tarot, by R. S. Belcher. I met Rod Belcher last year at DragonCon, when he and I were in a bookselling booth together. He is a terrific guy, and this novel, his first, has garnered tremendous reviews and all sorts of accolades. It’s a steampunk Western with pirates, talking coyotes, and fallen angels. Why would I NOT want to read it? Can’t wait for this one.

4. The Hum and the Shiver, by Alex Bledsoe. Alex and I have never met, though we have tweeted and emailed and nearly crossed paths on Tor-sponsored signing tours. His work has been receiving rave reviews since the publication of his first novel in 2007. This novel begins a series set in Appalachia, where I live. It is, I am told, haunting and beautifully written. I’m eager to read it.

5. Moon Called, by Patricia Briggs. I’ve been writing urban fantasy in one form or another for a good number of years now, and since I started I’ve been told again and again that I HAVE to read Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson books. Well, this is the first one. I met Patty last year when we were Guests of Honor together at a convention out in Calgary, and she was kind and fun and so incredibly knowledgeable about the business. I can’t wait to start the series.

So there are my five. I could go on for another five and probably fifty more after that, but I don’t want to burn out Drey’s servers. What books are you looking forward to reading? Any recommendations for the rest of us?

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I LOVE your list! But, dude, you have some catching up to do! 🙂 It’s almost like serendipity or something, these are some of my favorite authors and series.

I’m so so so sad that the Walker Papers series is done, but that means it’s a good time for a binge read – and I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! I also can’t wait for Broken Soul (the next Jane Yellowrock – out in October!) or The Shotgun Arcana (the next in Belcher’s Golgotha series, also out in October), and I know I have books to catch up on in Bledsoe’s Tufa series. And now I’m bummed out that it’ll probably be a while before the next Mercy Thompson book is released, as the last one just came out in March. *sigh*

More books that I’m looking forward to: August releases of Kelley Armstrong’s Visions, John Scalzi’s Lock In, and Brent Weeks’ The Broken Eye; September’s releases of Seanan McGuire’s The Winter Long and Jussi Adler-Olsen’s The Marco Effect; November gives me Mira Grant’s Symbiont… I could go on and never stop (and burn out the servers myself)!

About D.B. Jackson

D.B. Jackson is also David B. Coe, the award-winning author of more than a dozen fantasy novels. Specializing in historical fantasy, D.B. is the author of the Thieftaker Chronicles, published by Tor Books.

D.B. lives on the Cumberland Plateau with his wife and two teenaged daughters. They’re all smarter and prettier than he is, but they keep him around because he makes a mean vegetarian fajita. When he’s not writing he likes to hike, play guitar, and stalk the perfect image with his camera.