Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where book lovers post their top ten books for various themes that are given.
April 29: Top Ten Books You’ll Like if You Liked . . .
- If you like the BBC series Sherlock . . . First, of course, would be to read the original Doyle stories, as they are simply fantastic and amazing. Agatha Christie is certainly another author to look in to, particularly her Poirot novels. I’d also suggest watching the old Sherlock Holmes TV show with Jeremy Brett, if you enjoy Doyle’s stories.
- If you liked the film The Prestige, by Christopher Nolan . . . Well, first, the novel on which the film was based: The Prestige, by Christopher Priest. Like the film, it’s absolutely fantastic and brilliant (and also quite different, which was one of the most enjoyable things for me). But then I’d also recommend The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, as it too has to do with rival magicians set in Victorian-esque England. I’ve heard Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke, is another good magician novel, but haven’t read it yet myself (been meaning to for a while…definitely hope to soon). And for Nolan films in general, I’d actually recommend S., by J.J. Abrams & Doug Dorst. The book itself is a mystery, and reminds me a bit of Nolan’s flair for puzzles/mysteries/the psychological thriller twists/etc. (such as Memento, Following, etc.)
- If you liked the films Shooter or Olympus has Fallen by Antoine Fuqua . . . I’d recommend anything by Vince Flynn. Particularly, Olympus Has Fallen shares many similarities with Flynn’s first Mitch Rapp novel, Transfer of Power (and on a side note, Fuqua was once attached to adapt Consent to Kill, another of Flynn’s novels). Or, really, if you enjoyed any espionage film I’d recommend Vince Flynn. There’s also the obvious Tom Clancy who needs to be mentioned if you enjoy espionage films.
- If you enjoyed the tv show Buffy the Vampire Slayer . . . I actually only recently got into Buffy (I know, horrible), but I’ve been a fan of the Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher, for a few years now. I can certainly see why Entertainment Weekly calls it “Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe”, and for any fan of Buffy or Angel, I’d wholeheartedly recommend The Dresden Files.
- If you like the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip by Bill Watterson . . . it’s really hard to say, because I’ve never read a book that came near to being “like” Calvin and Hobbes. If it exists, I’ve never seen it. But without a doubt Watterson’s work certainly has a spirit that’s all its own, and it’s difficult to point to a book that has a similar spirit. Though Snicket and Trenton Lee Stewart come to mind, possibly DiCamillo as well, the author I would actually recommend most to the Watterson fan would be Lewis Carroll. There’s a man with a very different style, but a rather similar imagination.
- If you like the ABC drama Once Upon a Time . . . you might like the Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke. I don’t actually watch the show but I’m familiar with it, and Inkheart has a similar sort of story.
- If you like the Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender . . . Did I scare you, for a moment, when I said “Nickelodeon”? No, this is no Spongebob. The Avatar series (including its sequel, The Legend of Korra) is the best animated comedy drama I have ever seen. If you want a similar sort of adventure story packed with action and humor I would recommend Rick Riordan’s work; or, if you like something with a darker, more dramatic tone, and you go wild for the Asian culture, I recommend the Dragon Keeper series by Carole Wilkinson. Just look at the cover of Blood Brothers; that’s Aang!
- If you like the Kingdom Hearts video game series by Square Enix . . . I would recommend something like Faust, or Forster’s work, or for a lighter read, Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Despereaux. When I was younger I loved this series, and it’s done a lot to inspire me as a writer. It’s outgrown my old gaming systems by now, so these days I stick to reading the scripts.