Bookshelf – Recommendations

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My life has been pretty simple. I grew up in Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor's in Advertising. I have spent about the last ten years in web development. In 1998, a friend of mine and I started a web design company we ran for three or four years before deciding to close it due to the demands of school. Since then, I stayed in the web working with various companies in Alabama. I worked for a brief period with Southern Progress, namely with Southern Living magazine and Health magazine, in their web departments. While there, I also wrote for Southern Living magazine,, and the company's internal newsletter. I write as much as I can. For the last five years, I have been working on my first novel. I am on the third revision now and hope to be finished with this draft by the end of the year. I also write short fiction, though not as frequently as I used to due to the time I spend on the novel. My goal is to have my novel published in the next three years. Other interests include: History (particularly medieval and ancient civlizations), Reading, Foreign Language (I currently speak Spanish but plan to learn as many as I can), Landscape Photography, the outdoors, sports (especially college football), and Travel.

4 thoughts on “Bookshelf – Recommendations”

  1. Hi Steven, I love your site! thanks for keeping it so current, it’s a great resource.

    I wanted to suggest Wilbur Smith’s novels for your bookshelf. If you haven’t read anything by Wilbur, I strongly suggest you look in to it. He is a fantastic historical fiction author with a very fluid writing style and engrossing stories, mainly about Africa. I’d recommend either starting with his Egyption series (River God/Seventh Scroll/Warlock) or the Courtney family series. Incredible writing!

    – Ben

  2. Thanks, Ben. I’m glad you enjoy the site! I did read one of Wilbur Smith’s novels about a year or two ago. Which one was it? Triumph of the Sun I believe it was. I liked it. Haven’t read the ones you mentioned. I assume those are some of his best ones?

  3. Yes, I think they’re hist best, and they’re the most critically acclaimed.

    I picked up Pillars of the Earth at your recommendation. 900 pages in three days! Great story.

    – Ben

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