About the Author
I’m Mike Stop Continues, author of wild, wonderful, and profound stories for those both young at heart and wise beyond their years.
Readers of my work can look forward to exploring a shared universe with strong connections between characters, places, and plots from story to story. Books may vary in tone and style, but what will remain constant is the engaging, thought-provoking, page-turning storytelling that I bring to all my work.
1949Though many have since enunciated the concept better, Joseph Campbell was the brilliant anthropologist who originally discovered the secret truth of story structure in the earliest human myths as well as the most recent. It’s dry and its dense, but its a must-read for anyone who considers him or herself a storyteller.
Valentine Michael Smith was raised by martians, and returns to earth as a modern day Christ figure. But rather than lead humanity to the rigors of Christianity, he leads them to spiritual freedom despite a world that doesn’t need one man beating to his own drum, let alone thousands. This is one of the foundational works of the hippie movement, but it has so much more to offer, even a half a century later.
Not only does The Wizard of Oz have the most compelling characters, setting, and style to ever grace the screen, but it also somehow reverberates as strongly today as 1929, both as social commentary and as a metaphor for what happens when we open our deadened hearts to a story and find ourselves immersed in a world of color and magic. California has a law against remaking the film, and with good reason. It’s probably the most perfect movie of all time.
Rare are the books that so completely shift our understanding of the universe. Finite and Infinite Games is one such book. Carse explores every aspect of human life through the lens of his own distinct flavor of game theory. I like to call Infinite Games the modern road to transcendence, and every time I read it, I grow more convinced.
Roland Deschain, the universe’s last gunslinger is on a quest for the Dark Tower, the center around which the many worlds turn. Though this first installment lacks so much of what makes the series outstanding, it sets up a thoroughly evocative setting, Roland’s home, a plane of existence where ideas go to die. Stephen King is known for his horror, but his dark fantasy series The Dark Tower is where it’s at.