"If you were to recommend one book [written by Christopher Golden], which would it be?"
I responded that I couldn't pick just one, so I prepared one recommendation per genre:
MURDER MYSTERY: Body of Evidence (there are ten books featuring Jenna Blake, a forensic examiner's assistant; start with the first book, Body Bags; all real-life plausible plots with plenty of intrigue/murder/medical research, a la CSI, no horror/fantasy/sci-fi; for teens and adults)
SHAPESHIFTERS: Prowlers (the first in a quartet by the same name; for teens and adults)
ZOMBIES: Soulless (best zombie story I've ever read; for teens and adults)
DARK MAGICK AND TIME TRAVEL: The Boys are Back in Town (This is a standalone adult novel. What if, at a high school reunion, you realize your memories differ from those of your ex-classmates? This story combines altered memories and time travel. It is so marvelously crafted - complex, but fully explained and fully realized. Adult characters really must deal with the consequences of their actions as teenagers.)
VAMPIRES: The Gathering Dark (This, the fourth in The Shadow Saga sequence, may be read independently of the others. The sequence begins with Of Saints and Shadows, and, as I previously mentioned, is written for adults.)
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: The Lost Slayer (This was originally released as a serial novel in four separate parts, then re-released in as one mighty thick paperback. Fans of the television series will love this story, but those who didn't watch the show should pick up the book too. It is fast-paced and it is set in an alternate reality, which gave Golden a lot of artistic freedom.)
REINVENTED CLASSICS: Straight on 'til Morning (The tale of Peter Pan set as a coming-of-age horror story in the summer of 1981. Also written for adults - meaning it has violence and language and may not be suitable for younger viewers.)
MYTHOLOGY AND MAYHEM: The Menagerie series (A dark fantasy series co-written with Thomas E. Sniegoski, with four books so far, starting with The Nimble Man.)
FANTASY AND MAGIC: OutCast quartet (A juvenile fantasy series co-written with Thomas E. Sniegoski, starting with The Un-Magician. Brilliant, fast-paced, and inventive.)
ALSO: Pick up The Waking trilogy by Thomas Randall - Golden's used a pseudonym for this supernatural series, which follows an American girl's path when she and her father move to Japan and encounter new cultures, languages, and myths.
Learn more about the author and his books at his website.
Read other Bildungsroman posts about Christopher Golden's books - especially this author spotlight.