The idea for this series of posts was inspired by Lashaan at Bookidote. He asked what some of my favorite books were during my initial start of my Malazan Journey. That got me thinking, as I do have a “favorite” tag that I use in Calibre. So I did some exhaustive investigating [typing in “favorite” and hitting enter in Calibre is a real workout!] and out of the roughly 2900 books that I’ve read since 2000, there are around 300 that earned the Favorite moniker. There are a bunch of Favorites that are duplicates, as I’ve obviously re-read some of my Favorites time and time again.
However, listing 300+ books all in one post seemed like information overload. Therefore I have decided to do a much smaller list each month until the end of the year. You will get to see what I like in manageable doses and I get “thought free” posts Win-Win all around. I’m simply listing them Alphabetical by Author with just a word or four attached.
|The Black Company series|
A mercenary group that isn’t necessarily the good guys. Great stories even while some were definitely better than others. Steven Erikson, author of the Malazan Book of the Fallen based a lot of his stuff on the Black Company and you can really see the influence.
Gregor was one of the nice authors I interacted with during my time at Booklikes. While he promoted his works, he came across as a reader first. He writes in what I call the “Weird” genre and trust me, it gets really weird…
|The Complete Stories [Parts 1 & 2]|
|The Foundation Trilogy|
I grew up with Asimov so while literary fashions change, I’ll always enjoy his stuff. That doesn’t mean everything he wrote was fantastic but the man excelled at short stories. That really shows in the novels he wrote. As an aside I, Robot has nothing to do with that junko movie with Will Smith. It is a collection of shorts all about robots. The Complete Stories was supposed to be a trilogy collecting all his short stories over the years. It never was finished and is stuck at 2 parts. My guess is legal stuff and defunct magazines derailed that train. Since they are short stories though, both books stand tall on their own.
|The Return of the King|
|The Two Towers|
|The Fellowship of the Ring|
|The Hobbit; Or There and Back Again|
What can I say? The Hobbit is one of my favorite all time books and I read it every couple of years just to glory in its gleeful, childish sense of wonder.
Jack Campbell, aka John G. Hemry
|The Lost Fleet series|
|The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier series|
|The Lost Stars series|
|Pillars of Reality series|
The Lost Fleet, Beyond the Frontier and Lost Stars are military science fiction following the exploits of Jack Geary, better known as Black Jack. Campbell tells a good story, but be aware, there is a lot of explanation about time lag in fighting in space.
Pillars is Campbell’s foray into the young adult world. It’s a good series but I found my attention waning near the end and I won’t be reading the sequel series. Nothing bad, just not for me.
Ad Astra is a collection of short stories that shows his writing style. A good place to check him out if you’re on the fence.
Hemry also wrote several series under his own name before creating the Campbell personna. I’ve read them all and while adequate, didn’t get onto my Favorites list.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was eventually worked into a larger series about a European trading family, but really, it stands alone and I think it was the best of the bunch.
I like ALL of Austen’s works, but Persuasion was my favorite. Considering I didn’t get married until I was 30 it is no wonder a story about mature love attracted me.
|Through Wolf’s Eyes|
My wife introduced me to this book. It was great! Then I made the huge mistake of reading more in the series and things started edging into human/animal love. But this stands alone just fine and is a fantastic book. Bought it in hardcover.
The Legends of the Duskwalker trilogy was Posey’s debut and it really got me. It is the Solitary Hero on a Journey Saving Others story. Post apocalyptic.
|The Aeronaut’s Windlass|
|Furies of Calderon|
|First Lords’ Fury|
Codex Alera [the Furies series] is just plain awesome. The Aeronaut is the beginning of a new series and I enjoyed it. We’ll see how the rest of the series goes.
I couldn’t stand Dresden and if that had been my intro to Butcher [thankfully, Furies was] I probably would have dropped him and never tried his other stuff.
|The White Mountains|
|City of Gold and Lead|
|Pools of Fire|
|When the Tripods Came|
Think War of the Worlds, where we lost. This is middle grade stuff but I still enjoy it. When the Tripods came is a prequel and should be read last so as not to spoil any of the original trilogy.
And that is it for this month folks. Like to thank Lashaan for reminding me of this whole project, since I’d forgotten about it in my Deadhouse Gates readalong
And these posts are proving that so true!