♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 4)

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.


Glen Cook

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 Xane


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…



Isaac Asimov

The Complete Stories [Parts 1 & 2]
The Foundation Trilogy
I, Robot

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.


JRR Tolkien

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
Ad Astra

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.


James Clavell


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.


Jane Austen


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.


Jane Lindskold

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.


Jay Posey

Morningside Fall

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.


Jim Butcher

The Aeronaut’s Windlass
Furies of Calderon
Academ’s Fury
Cursor’s Fury
Captains’ Fury
Princeps’ Fury
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.


John Christopher

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!




  1. ♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 1)
  2. ♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 2)
  3. ♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 3)

39 thoughts on “♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 4)

  1. Oh gosh this list makes me so excited!! The Hobbit has the *exact* same effect on me. And I flit between Emma and Persuasion being my favourite Austen- both wonderful books for different reasons- I love the slightly more romantic edge to Persuasion (or I should say Romantic with a capital R- in terms of style it is a bit of a precursor to that movement) buuuut Emma is the perfect book- so it just about wins out for me. Both would be in my “best books I’ve ever read” list though. Anyway, I’m super impressed by the sheer number of books you’ve read, as ever!!

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  2. Christy Luis says:

    Great list! Your comments on Butcher made me laugh out loud because that’s exactly how I feel about his work. I loved The Codex Alera, liked Cinder Spires well enough and really can’t stand the Dresden books (read the first four…).

    I’m glad to hear your recommendation of Shogun, too! Ever since starting Lian Hearn’s Shikanoko series, I’ve been craving Japanese media, so this one has moved up on my tbr.

    And Jane Austen is the greatest, of course 😀

    Spiffy list, thank you!

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  3. nikihawkes says:

    Awesome list! I actually have been meaning to continue on with the Jane Lindskold series, but now I’m thinking maybe it’s a good thing I stopped. I tried a jack Campbell recently but found him insufferably long winded and redundant. And repetitive. Lol

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Campbell is definitely not for everyone and he shows his naval influence pretty hard.
      I wouldn’t want to read the Lost Fleet stuff all in a row either. I read it as it came out and that was about the right pace.

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      • nikihawkes says:

        That makes sense. The series I tried was the dragons of dorcastle one, and he spent at least 10 pages having one character explain to another the principles of taste. I think I’d probably like his lost fleet series better, in any case. I’ll be sure to break it up when/if I get to it, thought – thank you!

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  4. I seem to be the only one here who gives Harry Dresden some love 😉

    I have to admit.. I I never read any Austens.. (and that’s coming from a former literature student..I concentrated more on American lit, but still…)
    I LOVE the adaptations though. My favourite is the ‘Emma’ movie with Gwyneth Paltrow and the BBC version of Pride & Prejudice.

    Shogun.. I have a friend who is super excited about it. But way TOO excited, he started annoying me with it and I haven’t read it yet just because of him 😀

    I want to read the Foundation Trilogy, but not sure with which book to start. There’s a Prelude and then the actual Trilogy?

    Black Company.. yup, liked it as well but haven’t continued yet. My days need extra hours for reading 🙂

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I think Dresden gets more than enough love “out there” 🙂

      I too like the bbc production of P&P. It is good stuff.

      As for Foundation, start with the actual, original, Trilogy:
      Foundation and Empire
      Second Foundation
      Anything after that, you’re on your own. I tried some more of them, both sequels and prequels and didn’t care for the direction he, and other authors, took things.

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  5. Wonderful list that I will have to save as a future point of reference! I am really enjoying Cook’s Black Company Series and just picked up Isaac Asimov’s Foundation. But I am also confused on the starting point with this one. Help?

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Like I wrote to DeeZee, here’s what I recommend for Foundation:
      Foundation and Empire
      Second Foundation

      The rest of the books were written decades later and are completely different beasts. Then when you get into books written by other authors, forget about it! I didn’t care for those one bit.

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  6. I’ve never read Jack Campbell’s mil sci-fi, but I’ve always wanted to, given the high praise I’ve seen for his Lost Fleet series. He has a new series starter in that world coming out later this month called Vanguard, I think. Seems like a good place to jump on board and I’m looking forward to giving it a shot.

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  7. Tyson Adams says:

    I’m going to be that guy and say “how dare you not love Dresden!!!”

    Personally I loved Dresden as an introduction to Jim Butcher’s stuff, but I can certainly see how others would find it grating. Yet to read any Codex Alera, but looking forward to doing so. I also love how the series came into being.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Well, if it counts, my brother loves Dresden 🙂
      I’m just not into the Urban Fantasy scene very much. There are very few UF series that I like but every time I try to get into it, it just falls flat for me.

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      • Tyson Adams says:

        I got into Urban Fantasy via vampires. This is back in the pre-sparkly days, around the time Anne Rice was a big name, but before she started telling her fans off for writing fan-fic.

        I know one of the big problems I have with UF is the love triangle infestation it has. Similar issue for you?

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        • Bookstooge says:

          Yep, “modern romance” ie, meet’em, bed’em, leave’em, really turns me off. I don’t even like romance to play a major part in any book I read. Austen is the exception and she was not into smut.

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  8. Ah, James Clavell! I loved his books way back when… (it’s been a few decades, I guess), they were like a window into different cultures and although they told stories about real places and real people they felt a little bit like fantasy. That must be the main reason I enjoyed those stories so much…

    And of course my beloved Tolkien… The Professor rules! 🙂

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I concur about Clavell. The stuff was so foreign that it “felt” fantastic. It’s pretty cool how that stuff is real and in our world. Shows how our world is shrinking by the generation…

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  9. HCNewton says:

    1. You are completely and utterly wrong about Dresden. But I’m with you on the rest of Butcher (but skip his Spider-Man novel).

    2. You are spot-on with the Foundation series, though. 🙂

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    • Bookstooge says:

      1) I am the Voice of Reason amidst a Mob of Madness. I am the Tower of Power which the winds of Poor Taste may beat against and they shall not prevail.

      2) I remember reading Foundations’ Edge back in highschool and thinking how different it felt from the others. Then when I went further in my Foundation read, it just kept getting worse. It felt like Asimov had become a different author altogether.

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  10. Yay!! Always look forward to these at the end of the month. Couldn’t let you skip my monthly dose just like that! 😀 There’s quite a bunch of these that I had on my TBR, but this definitely solidifies my need to check them out though (especially Tolkien’s work… I always feel deep, deep shame whenever people mention the Hobbit as one of their all time favourite). 😀 Also discovered Jack Campbell and Shogun now. Amazing list, mate. 😀

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  11. I didn’t know about Ad Astra. I’ve added it to my list.

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