♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Final)

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 3100 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.

This post is the final one in this particular series of posts. I have really enjoyed going through some of my favorite books and authors and remembering them. Sometimes I forget just how good I’ve had it when it comes to reading. I hope you all have enjoyed this series as well.

So without further ado, let’s finish on up.

 

Tad Williams

The Very Best of Tad Williams
To Green Angel Tower, Part II
To Green Angel Tower, Part I
The Stone of Farewell
The Dragonbone Chair
Sea of Silver Light
Mountain of Black Glass
River of Blue Fire
City of Golden Shadow

 

Technically To Green Angel Tower is one book, and it is in hardcover. But the mass market paperbacks couldn’t handle such a massive amount of awesomeness. The whole Memory, Sorrow, Thorn trilogy was good epic fantasy.

The Otherland tetralogy was written right before, during, around when the internet was just taking off for mainstream America. I think these 4 books are his best works.

 

Takeshi Obata & Tsugumi Ohba

Death Note #1-13

A great manga about a very smart and twisted young man who is given a deathnote. Anyone’s name written in it dies. It turns into a battle of the minds between said twisted main character and several other extremely smart private detectives, all of who are no older than college kids. Very text heavy and not a shonen, battle laden, power up kind of manga.

 

Terry Goodkind

Wizard’s First Rule

I read the whole Sword of Truth series. I enjoyed the first 5 or 7 and then it turned into a soap box for the author. Him being a disciple of Ayn Rand should tell you how that went.

Anyway, this first book was great and it tells a complete story on its own. I plan on re-reading it sometime in the near future but no more than this one book.

 

Terry Pratchett

Hogfather
The Colour of Magic
The Light Fantastic

 

These are all discworld books. I enjoyed the whole of Discworld but these were the ones that I especially enjoyed. Your mileage with Discworld will vary from my recommendations, I guarantee it.

 

Tim Powers

The Anubis Gates

I initially read this back in highschool and have loved it ever since.  I read On Stranger Tides well before it was even considered for the Pirates of the Caribbean movie adaptation. But the rest of his stuff I’ve never cared for.

 

Timothy Zahn

Cobra series
Dragonback series
Star Wars: Thrawn trilogy
Cobra War series
Cobra Rebellion series

Zahn is a prolific writer. I didn’t bother adding individual titles of his standalones. But if you check out my Most Read Authors Post, you’ll see he leads the pack. His most recent books have been disappointing but I am not sure if that is because of him changing or me as a reader changing. And Thrawn. Probably the most awesome addition to the Star Wars pantheon. Fans know who he is. The End.

 

Tom Clancy

Patriot Games

I’ve read other Clancy books, but only Patriot Games got the Favorite Tag.

 

Ursula Le Guin

The Farthest Shore
The Tombs of Atuan
A Wizard of Earthsea

This trilogy [and I do mean trilogy. Not any of the other books she tacked on later] are the only books by Le Guin that I enjoy. But I enjoy the spit out of them! and the original woodcut picture covers? Love’em!

 

 

Yu Aida

Gunslinger Girl series

The gunslinger girl manga. What an action packed, disturbing and ultimately heart breaking series about little girls turned into anti-terrorist cyborgs who just want to please their “big brother” handlers. I almost cried at the end.

 

 

And there you have it folks. All of my Favorite Books and Authors. Below are the previous posts with all the other awesome gems.

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♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 7)

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.

 

Patricia Wrede

Enchanted Forest Chronicles
Mairelon the Magician duology
Frontier Magic Trilogy

I’m currently re-reading the Enchanted Forest Chronicles and they’re as fun as ever. Mairelon is a Magical England story with a young Lord taking on a street rat as his apprentice and raising her as a Lady. Frontier Magic follows Ef, the 13th child of a 13th child as the United States begin to push west.

 

Phillip Wylie & Edwin Balmer

When Worlds Collide
After Worlds Collide

I found this duology from the 50’s in the library in the early 90’s and I’ve been reading and re-reading it ever since.  The American Can-Do spirit can overcome even rogue planets!

 

Raymond Feist

A Darkness at Sethanon
Silverthorn
Magician: Apprentice
Magician: Master

The original Riftwar Saga.  A typical European fantasy world, with knights and magicians, etc, gets invaded by japanese’esque warriors from another world. And that’s the least of the problems. The Riftwar Universe has been wrapped up in the last couple of years, but beyond these 4, I never cared for most of it and stayed away.

 

Riichiro Inagaki & Yusuke Murata

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Another series that I am currently reading. A sports manga about American football in Japan.  Doesn’t sound like much I know, but my goodness, this has all the Heart and Soul of a young man growing up!

 

Robert Jordan

The Wheel of Time (13 books)

I will complain as much as the next person about this series but in the end I still like it even with all its faults. It tells a fantastic, epic story. Also, Jordan dying in the middle of the series was great drama. While Sanderson finished this off, it is still Jordan who birthed it.

 

Sean Russell

The Shadow Roads
The Isle of Battle
The One Kingdom

Another recent re-read that stood up well. A slow, river like journey through a land where 3 magical siblings arise again and their father and uncle must battle death incarnate. Of course, in true Russell style, most of the story is told from other character’s viewpoint. The Children of Wyrr might be the main movers and shakers, but it is the people of the time who flesh and clothe the story.

 

Stephen Lawhead

Arthur
Merlin
Taliesin

The Pendragon trilogy. It is an Arthurian legend story from a Christian perspective.

 

Steve Bein

Daughter of the Sword
Year of the Demon
Disciple of the Wind

The Fated Swords series takes place in Japan in both modern day and far past. The present focuses on one policewoman who becomes heir to a Fated Blade and must face off against other artifacts of power in the hands of nutjobs and terrorists. The far past has chronicled the beginnings of the swords and how they’ve been used through history.  Probably the closest I’ve ever come to a Police Procedural.  Also, I absolutely love these covers.

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Steven Erikson

Gardens of the Moon

I used to have the entire Malazan Book of the Fallen listed in my favorites, well, except for the last 3 but with my current re-reading I am finding they are even better written than before but the Existential Whine cuts like a buzzsaw through my skull.

 

 

And that wraps up this month’s Favorites. I’ve only got 1 more post’s worth of Favorites, so this little monthly segment will be ending soon. I was hoping to stretch things out to the end of the year, but each time I got excited and added an extra author or 3 and bam, I wasn’t going to make it to year’s end.

 

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♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 6)

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.

 

Louis L’amour

The Walking Drum

Good historical novel by L’amour.

 

Mark Millar

Red Son

Superman grows up in Russia with Stalin as his hero. This was a fun Elseworlds story about Supes.

 

Matthew Stover

Revenge of the Sith: Star Wars: Episode III

This book was 1 Million times better than the movie. It was what the movie SHOULD have been like.  But other than this, nothing of Stover’s ever sounded like it would appeal to me.

 

Michael Stackpole

Talion: Revenant
Once a Hero
Eyes of Silver
The Dark Glory War: A Prelude to the Dragoncrown War Cycle
At the Queen’s Command
Of Limited Loyalty

The first 3 are standalone novels. Do NOT confuse Once a Hero, which is a great book, with his co-authored A Hero Reborn. That was a piece of crap.

Dark Glory War was a great start but the Dragoncrown War trilogy puttered out and I’ve heard [can’t authenticate] that the last book and half were ghost written. It would explain why the trilogy as a whole sucked.

The final 2 were part of a series [both released in ’11 I believe] and the second book ends on a cliffhanger. Haven’t heard a peep that they’ll be continued. So while they got on my favorite list, I can’t recommend them now. There might have been legal stuff involved but on Stackpoles site [stormwolf.com] the latest info I could find was a title [An Ungrateful Rabble] and the fact that the closing of Nightshade Books was affecting it. That was back in ’13. And nothing from his site at all since November ’16.

 

Michael Sullivan

The Death of Dulgath
The Rose and the Thorn
The Crown Tower
The Riyria Revelations 1-6

I own all of these in hardcover. Good, simple fantasy. Sullivan is not pretentious and his writing is to tell a good fun story. He’s succeeded. I backed the kickstarter for Death of Dulgath in hardcover and am very glad I did. If Book 4 of the Riyria Chronicles comes out through Kickstarter, I’ll be backing that as well.

 

Michael Moorcock

The Elric Saga 6 books
The Chronicles of Corum 6 books

Both of these series are tied into Moorcock’s Eternal Champion series, which is a very loosely connected multi-verse. Very loosely connected. Each story is novella length and is full of sword and sorcery adventures and enough angst to fulfill even the most gothic emo’s dreams. And yet I still like them 🙂

And these covers. Great stuff! Should be clickable for a better view.

 

Mike Resnick

The Widowmaker tetrology
Santiago duology

Resnick has created a universe that is akin to the American Wild West, In Spaaaaace. Outlaws, bounty hunters, etc. All bigger than life, in situations bigger than reality.  I’ve also bought these in hardcover.

 

Neal Asher

Dark Intelligence
The Parasite
Jupiter War
The Skinner
Line War
Polity Agent
The Line of Polity
Gridlinked
Orbus
Brass Man

Most of Asher’s books take place in The Polity and are all within that literary universe. He does have another trilogy called The Owner Trilogy, which is a loose beginning of the Polity but more of the genesis of The Owner, who Asher has written some short stories about. The above are not all his books, but a decent selection.

 

Orson Scott Card

Visitors
Ruins
Pathfinder
Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game speaks for itself. Even the movie wasn’t half bad.

The other 3 comprise the Pathfinder trilogy.  I loved them. A hero with no doubts, time Travel and a divided world. This was pretty much a whine-free series.  We need more books with characters like that.

 

Patricia McKillip

Kingfisher
The Tower at Stony Wood
The Book of Atrix Wolfe
Song for the Basilisk
The Bell at Sealey Head
Harrowing the Dragon
Winter Rose
The Bards of Bone Plain

McKillip is an author who I like just about every book I’ve read of hers. The above again is not a comprehensive list, but a good place to start.

 

And that wraps up this month’s Favorites.

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♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 5)

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.

 

John Flanagan

The Lost Stories
The Ruins of Gorlan

Flanagan writes middle grade boys adventure stories with just the faintest hint of magic. I was introduced to him through The Ruins of Gorlan, the first book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series.  I enjoyed the last book as well, The Lost Stories. All the inbetween books I enjoyed but none of them got the favorite tag. There is another book after The Lost Stories, called the Royal Ranger but I do my hardest to pretend it doesn’t exist.

 

John Ringo

Into the Looking Glass

Ringo writes military SF, for the most part. This was 1 part Doom, 1 part Starcraft and 1 Part America will kickbutt. I’m pretty ok with all 3 of those. The rest of the series however, devolves with each book. As for Ringo’s other books, I don’t read his stuff.

 

Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia

This book almost moved me to tears.

 

Katsuhiro Otomo

Akira Volume 1-6

Akira is one the seminal mangas for me. The movie, not so much.

 

Kazuki Takahashi

Yu-Gi-Oh!
Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duelist
Yu-Gi-Oh!: R

I like Yugioh. I like the cardgame, I like a bunch of the mangas and I like a bunch of the anime, even those horribly edited 4Kids versions. But I only like the stuff with Yugi Moto, the little blonde kid with some serious zaggy hair. All the stuff after, with other various characters, never appealed to me.

 

Keith Laumer

Galactic Odyssey
The Compleat Bolo

Galactic Odyssey is one of my favorite standbyes and I’ve read it at least 3 times. It is a standalone Sci-Fi swashbuckling tale of adventure and romance. One man fighting against, and overcoming, the universe and getting the girl in the end.

Compleat Bolo was a book of short stories about Bolo’s, self-aware tanks. I’ve tried one or two of the novel length books about Bolo’s [and I’m not even sure they were by Laumer] and they never did it for me. Just this one.

 

L. Ron Hubbard

Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000

My first Epic book. This was almost 1000 pages and that was before 1000 page books were even really thought of. The adventures of Jonny Goodboy Tyler as he fights against the enslavers of mankind, the Psychlos.  Love it and own it in hardcover.

 

L.E. Modesitt, Jr

Scepters
Darknesses
Legacies

These were the first Corean Chronicles and as far as I’m concerned, the only decent books that Modesitt ever churned out. Really did like them.

 

L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables

As good as the made for tv mini-series is, the book is just that much better. Heartwarming is the correct term for it, but on a far vaster scale. Anne is the kind of girl who should be held out as a heroine in this day and age.

 

Larry Correia

Hard Magic
Spellbound
Warbound
Murder on the Orient Elite
Monster Hunter International
MHI: Vendetta
MHI: Alpha
MHI: Legion

Also throw in MHI: Nemesis.

The first 4 are the Grimnoir Chronicles. 1930’s urban fantasy. I don’t like noir’ish things or the time period of the 19-teens through the 50’s, but GC impressed me so much that I bought them in hardcover.

The MHI series on the other hand, is just fun. Guns, guts and monsters. Throw in a dash of the old gods, fallen angels and Frankenstein and you can’t help but have a good time. Unless you’re an SJW. Then Correia calls you out for your total bs and excoriates you on his blog. Since I believe in hard work, taking responsibility for my actions [both good and bad], I have no problems with Correia.

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Linda Nagata

The Red
The Trials
Going Dark

This Mil-SF trilogy was flat out awesome.

 

 

That’s all for this month folks!

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  1. ♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 1)
  2. ♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 2)
  3. ♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 3)
  4. ♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 4)

♪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

Taboogasm

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…

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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

Shogun

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

Persuasion

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

Dawnbreaker
Morningside Fall
Three

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

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And these posts are proving that so true!

 

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

♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 3)

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.

 

Dave Duncan

Sky Swords
The Gilded Chain
Lord of the Fire Lands

These were the original King’s Blades books and quite the tale they were. Considering that the  story is circular due to some funky time stuff, I am looking forward to re-reading these at some point in the future

 

David Drake

Lord of the Isles

I actually enjoyed the whole Lord of the Isles series and not just the first book, but didn’t feel like listing all 9 books. If you like the first book, you’ll like the the rest of the series, as Drake pretty much cut-n-pastes for all 9 books. Magic and violence in a fantasy setting.

 

David Eddings

Enchanters’ End Game
Magician’s Gambit
Castle of Wizardry
Queen of Sorcery
Pawn of Prophecy

I came to the Belgariad in highschool and have loved it ever since. In theory, I love his Elenium (Diamond Throne, Ruby Knight & Sapphire Rose) more, because it deals with one knight, but in all honesty, it doesn’t hold up as well. Still good, just not as good.

 

DC Comics/Dan Jurgens

Return of Superman
World Without a Superman
Death of Superman
Superman/Doomsday Hunter/Prey

This whole story arc in the comics world is what cemented my love for Supes. It also etched into my mind that Superman looked like this. He’s a man who has gone through a lot, he’s not some boy [I’m looking at you New52 Superman] fresh faced and off the farm.

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Dennis Schmidt

Way-Farer

I ran across Way-Farer when I was in middle school. I thought it was a standalone story for over a decade until I went on a road trip to Newfoundland and in a little used bookstore ran across the sequel. Turns out there were 4 books in total. Sadly, while I enjoyed the rest, they just didn’t have the magic of the first. But swords and zen in a science fiction setting? Yes please.

 

Don Pendleton

Tennessee Smash
Acapulco Rampage

Pendleton originally penned 37 novels about a vietnam vet who returned to the United States to hunt down the mafia who had killed his family. The series was called Mack Bolan: The Executioner. It is pretty pulpy 60’s, 70’s and 80’s stuff but these 2 stood out. The series did continue, but under various ghost author’s names.

 

Edward Roe

His Sombre Rivals

Published in 1883, this book was one of the finalists for my Best Book of 2015.  A story of loyalty, friendship, unrequited love and honor, I couldn’t have asked for a better story.

 

Evan Currie

Heirs of Empire
An Empire Asunder

Currie has written a bunch, but this series, The Scourwind Legacy, is probably his best to date. One of those Indie’s who has proved me wrong and I’m glad of that. Space Opera and super soldiers.

 

Frank Herbert

Dune
Dune Messiah
Children of Dune
God Emperor of Dune

What can I say? I am going to be re-reading the Dune Chronicles this year. It is epic in scope and time and scale. Dune is probably one of the finest books I’ll ever read.

 

George MacDonald

The Princess and the Goblins
The Princess and Curdie

The Princess and Curdie was the first book I owned as a child that was in hardcover. I bought it in 2nd grade and it has not left my side yet. A great children’s duology.

 

 

So there is March’s Favorites. Life is going to be busy for the rest of the month [car stuff, etc] so I suspect my posting schedule will be rather erratic at best.

 

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  1. Some of My Favorite Things I
  2. Some of My Favorite Things II

♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 2)

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.

 

Brandon Sanderson:

Shadows of Self
The Rithmatist
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

While I have recently parted ways with Sanderson due to his stance on homosexuality, I have enjoyed all his books up until then and will not deny that he is probably THE voice of fantasy for my generation.

 

Brent Weeks:

The Broken Eye
The Blood Mirror

I would probably include the 2 previous books in the Lightbringer series, but maybe I wasn’t using the “favorite” tag when I read them? Regardless, I own the whole series, to date, in hardcover, the massive, beautiful tomes 🙂

 

Brian Daley

Han Solo at Stars’ End
Han Solo’s Revenge
Han Solo and the Lost Legacy

Read these back in the 90’s before there were any other Star Wars books and just loved them. Definitely a nostalgia factor involved.

 

Brian Moses

The Devil’s Deuce
Hunting the Three

These are the first 2 of a trilogy. Moses is an indie and I was wicked impressed and really liking the story he was telling. Sadly, the final book put paid to the trilogy as he went off plot and got all philosophical in an epic fantasy trilogy. Not sure I would recommend these now considering how I felt about the final book.

 

Brian Lumley

Necroscope III: The Source

Probably the only Necroscope book that got this tag and that was because I just enjoyed the Russians getting trashed by a vamp in their secret base. It was also pretty gore and sex free.

 

C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia

All 7 of them.  I think Voyage of the Dawntreader was probably the one I liked the best of them all.

 

Charles Dickens:

A Tale of Two Cities
Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
The Pickwick Papers
Little Dorrit
Oliver Twist
Great Expectations

I know there are more Dickens’ that I like, but these are what I tagged. A Tale of Two Cities I found his most accessible, Pickwick was the funniest and Nickleby was just grand.

 

CLAMP

xxxHOLiC the series

CLAMP is a group of women who have written a lot of manga series. xxxHolic drew me in with its outlandish perspective on the human body and with its mystical/magical tone. And a little magical black bunny’ish thing that gets smashed whenever it can, that’s just funny.

 

Daniel O’Malley

The Rook
Stiletto

Urban fantasy that I actually like. Since I don’t care for most UF, that is high praise indeed.

 

And that wraps up this months edition of Favorite Books. Cheers!

 

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  1. Favorite Books Part 1

♪Some of My FAVORITE Things♪ (Part 1)

There will be NO puppy dogs, or brown paper packages or other such nonsense. This is serious business about a serious subject:

My Favorite Books (I don’t see how things can get more serious than THAT!)

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.

 

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Shadows of the Apt

War Master’s Gate
Heirs of the Blade
The Sea Watch
Blood of the Mantis
Dragonfly Falling
Empire in Black and Gold

Not all of the books got the tag, but these 6 did and the series as a whole certainly did.

 

Agatha Christie

Not a big mystery fan, but I really enjoyed these anyway

The Man in the Brown Suit
And Then There Were None

 

Alan Dean Foster

He’s a real hit or miss, mostly miss, but these books are all ones that really entertained me

Icerigger Trilogy

Icerigger
Mission to Moulokin
The Deluge Drivers

The Damned Trilogy

The Spoils of War
The False Mirror
A Call to Arms

Standalones

Sentenced to Prism x3 so far

 

Alex de Campi

Archie vs Predator

It doesn’t get much better than this in comics

 

Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo

This is the finest book in the world in my estimation. The book of books, as it were.

 

Anne McCaffrey

Dragonriders of Pern trilogy

The White Dragon
Dragonquest
Dragonflight

Added the favorite tag at the time [back in the early ’00’s] but really doubt they would hold up to a re-read by me now.

 

Azuma Kiyohiko

Yotsuba!&

Yotsuba&!, Volume 4
Yotsuba&!, Volume 5

My tagging of manga is sporadic at best, so consider the whole series tagged, not just those 2 volumes

 

Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes

The Revenge of the Baby-Sat
Weirdos From Another Planet!: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection
Calvin and Hobbes: Yukon Ho!
Something Under the Bed Is Drooling
Calvin and Hobbes
Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons

I used to live for my birthdays when I would get some money and I’d promptly go buy the latest C&H book. Reading them now, I don’t know that I’d go so crazy over them. Definitely some nostalgia factoring in.

 

And that is it for this month. Hope you have a great weekend!

 

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August ’17 Roundup & Ramblings

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16 books this month and 5464 pages.  It was a super mixed bag this month with some really high ratings and enjoyable books to ending the month on two 1star books. Combine that with the last week of the month being a tough work week and I have to consciously remember all the good books. So time to ramble!

 

The Good:

Salute the Dark 5 Stars

God Emperor of Dune 4.5 Stars

The Book of Atrix Wolfe 4.5 Stars

Funny thing is, all these books were re-reads. I OBVIOUSLY have great taste in books. Except I have some books going on The Bad list. Bleh.

 

The Bad:

The Last Good Man 1 Star

Bloodwalk 1 Star

Redmagic was a VERY generous 2 star on my part.

The Last Good Man, well, I liked everything about it. Except for the main character’s motivations and reactions stemming from those motivations. Your mileage may, and probably will, drastically vary from mine. Bloodwalk was just a mess of debut book that had no editorial oversight. Not unexpected in the Forgotten Realms series.

 

I am nearing the end of the Eyeshield 21 manga and actually plan to read the last 4 or 5 volumes this holiday weekend and review them all. So expect daily double manga posts. You have been warned. After this, I’ll be diving into the Oh My Goddess manga, which I own. It is finished, has 48 volumes and I’ve read up to #21 or #22 years ago. Starting from scratch and reviewing each volume, as before I’m pretty sure I wasn’t putting any reviews for my manga.

After taking a break from the various Malazan books, I’m jumping right back in this month. My first book of September will be House of Chains, weighing in at around 1000 pages. I expect my book numbers to drop with that behemoth clogging up the highway but my page numbers to stay on track.

On the personal side, I wrote some very interesting, to me, posts this last month. A History of…Journaling was fun to write. Closing in on the My Favorite Things posts with only 1 left to write. I’ve really enjoyed listing my favorite books each month and am definitely going to miss that. However, I also wrote my initial Surviving a Bad Book and I’m hoping I can turn that into a regular set of posts for a couple of months.

Rounding these doggies up with some cover love now. Here is an alternate cover to God Emperor of Dune that I found when I was looking for covers for my ebook.

 

coverNow that is some old school cover art right there!

 

 

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Surviving A Bad Book – The Space Vampires

the-space-vampires-1976_origAs I am currently updating my off-line book review database in Calibre, I come across some of the jewels that I’ve read over the years. Those books I try to include in my Some of my Favorite Things posts. Of course, there are times that I’ve come across some real pooper scooper books.

One such book that I read back in ’07 was The Space Vampires by Colin Wilson.  Sadly, since this was back in ’07, my review lacks somewhat in the verve and rip & gut that I find myself occasionally dabbling in these days. Kino also reviewed the book back in ’16. He wasn’t any more impressed than I had been.

I realize this isn’t an actual review even while I’m linking to an older review. But it amused me when I came across this and figured I could write something.  Now if you go to various social booksites and look at reviews, you’ll see how some people are praising this book. I think those people should be committed.

It was all about Sex is a Metaphor for Everything and Everything is Actually Sex. Goodness, I hate a lot of writings from the 70’s. Bloody Freud. And there was a movie but I’m not providing any links, as the few I saw convinced me it was softcore porn.

It didn’t help that I read the edition with the above cover. I felt very misled. Now, if I’d seen the covers below, I’d have had a better idea of just what I was getting into and maybe avoided it altogether.

 

I might have to go through my library and see what other 1 star or less atrocities I’ve read.  Sometimes it is good to be reminded of just what you’ve survived.

 

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