This is the second part of our interview with Jamie Maltman.
I’ve always been a massive sports fan. I followed the Toronto Blue Jays growing up, and still do, but my main passion is the Toronto Raptors, and I’ve shared season tickets for 15 years now. Right now they’re better than they’ve ever been, after too many painful seasons, so it’s a lot of fun.
List your top ten memorable books.
Ever? Wow. They’re some of my favorite books, but memorable in the way they introduced me to a writer, a style of writing, or even a genre. In chronological order:
The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis
– the first novels I ever read, on my mother’s lap.
The Lord of the Rings, by JRR Tolkien
– started on The Hobbit when I was 5.
Bridge of Birds, by Barry Hughart
– first Asian fantasy I ever read, and wonderful
Shogun, by James Clavell
– first non-fantasy historical fiction
The First Man in Rome, by Colleen McCullough
– first book of my favorite historical fiction ever.
Foucault’s Pendulum, by Umberto Eco
– so much knowledge and plot packed into a single massive, gripping book
Outlaws of the Marsh, by Shi Nai’an
– my favorite of the four great Chinese classics
The Darkness That Comes Before, by R Scott Bakker
– gritty world-building and exploration of philosophical ideas, by a fellow Canadian breaking into fantasy more recently. He jolted me into wanting to seriously write again
1Q84, by Haruki Murakami
– more literary fantasy, really stuck with me
Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman
– the first of his books I read, and now I love them all