An Unwelcomed Quest is the third, and currently last installment of the Magic 2.0 series. Just as the previous two books, it pushes the plot even further than you thought the story could go. If you even vaguely like Terry Prachett, you’ll love the Magic 2.0 series.
In this installment, Martin, the would-be wizard programmer, journeys back to Atlantis, time’s haven for women programmers sick of tech’s boys’ club. As with all great series, this book is even better than the first.
A programmer hacks reality, using what he discovered to travel through time posing as a wizard. But it turns out history is littered with nerdy hackers from the present day. Hysterically funny and engaging. Best of all, there’s two more books in the series.
Written by the Self-Publishing Podcast team, Write. Publish. Repeat. is a must read for all those just getting started in the publishing career now. The internet has transformed the industry, and if you want to make it, you need to embrace a different philosophy than writers starting even ten years ago. A great read, and thoroughly inspiring.
Darwin Carmichael lives in a version of New York where mythic beings are commonplace and a person’s karmic balance is a matter of public record. Darwin’s numbers are in the red, and its up to him to do some good in his life before he bites the bullet. The webcomic is free, but if you like it, buy the book.
Forget Shrunk & White. Clark’s Writing Tools is the essential guide to writing good prose in the twenty-first century. The book captures the perfect balance of advice and examples to illustrate his point, touching on all of the essentials from grammar to syntax to narrative. This book should be mandatory reading for writers and non-writers alike.
Don, Jr. sees a message in the paper—”Higher than eagles he wanted to learn to fly”—and calls the number hoping to unlock the secret of premonition. Narrated entirely in the alternation of driving voices against a pulsing bass and flurry of keys, this remains, on every level, one of the most deep and interesting musical works of all time.
Everyone’s heard of the three-act structure, but Save the Cat is the only book out there that effectively explores how to actually do it. After you read this book, you’ll find yourself marking the beats as you watch, read, or listen to stories, because literally every story out there follows this structure.
Carnivàle shifts gears in season 2, the rich and detailed tapestry of the first season coming to life as the forces of good and evil come into direct conflict with one another. Though the show was cancelled four seasons early, the conclusion of this season was thoroughly satisfying, and well-worth your attention.
A farm boy with the gift to heal finds himself traveling with a carnival of freaks at the center of an epic battle for the fate of mankind. This show was too much ahead of its time, and still stands as one of HBO’s best.