Five Books for October That Will Blow Your Mind

Sword of the Ronin by Travis Heermann

The second of a planned trilogy by Travis Heermann, the characters are placed in very new challenges and the story moves forward brilliantly. The best aspect is the evolution of the main character Ken’ishi.

If you’re looking for an immersive world with relationships built within the world of a Ronin, look no further. Ken’Ishi is constantly reminded of the choice he made and the life he’s in, and the consequences are higher than they were in Heart of the Ronin. Can’t wait to see how intense things get for the third book.

Wool by Hugh Howey

This is a book I’m actually just diving into. However, after the immersive hype at this year’s RMFW Gold Conference from Kristin Nelson, Angie Hodapp, and Karyn Marcus, it turned it from a book I was interested in to a must read. The Silo Saga, by Hugh Howeyer, follows a group of survivors living in a bunker set hundreds of feet below ground. The setting itself is enough to sell a cover.

Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden

This isn’t an easy book to get through, but is a remarkable read. It tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk. He was a boy born inside of a North Korean political prison camp, and was the first known escapee.

The perspective of Shin, because of the environment he was born in, is mind-boggling and a disturbing reflection of the country’s methods of punishment. His level of trust is practically non-existent, believing no one can be trusted and will snitch to alleviate the mildest of issues.

Read this book and be astonished that this is going on in this day and age.

Chemical Burn by Quincy J. Allen

Quincy J. Allen promotes himself as a cross-genre author. In this book, he proves exactly why and then some. Elements of Blade Runner, with dark humor, lots of violence, and an eccentric cast of characters assemble into a marvelous little tale. Part one of a planned trilogy, the painting of a very different Los Angeles is not one to miss.

The Art of Styling Sentences by Ann Longkife Ph.D, and K.D. Sullivan

Forget the fact that author’s name, Ann Longknife Ph.D., should inevitably be an intelligent, unforgiving ass kicker in an action film. Instead, take a gander through this book if you need to improve your sentence structure, or just brush up. There’s incredible information and an easy to understand method of breaking structure down.

What book have you read, or are currently reading, that resonated with you? Chime in with the comments section. The conversation’s always live on Twitter @ThomasAFowler, use the has-htag #WritersConquest. Keep checking my official website for the latest updates. Thanks so much for taking on the Writer’s Conquest.


Published by thomasafowler

Thomas A. Fowler is the author of nerdy things, entertaining readers by writing primarily science fiction. An award-winning author, he self-publishes some books while pursuing the traditional route with his feature-length projects. Fowler works as a Producer/Project Manager to help pay the bills, especially since he is a father of four. He's had work featured in Buzzfeed, AdAge, Creativity Online, and is a proud Hufflepuff, INFJ, and forever Team Cap!

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