Bookstooge in 100 Books

(I got the idea for a 100 Book List from The Book Jotter. If you read her post, you’ll see that I’ve changed things a tiny bit)

 

The following list of books are ones that have affected me through the years. Good and bad. While my About page is a good look at me as a man, this is a good look at me as a reader. These aren’t organized in any particular order nor is this list in any way a comprehensive list of all the books I’ve read. If you see a majority of books that I hate and you love, or that you hate and I loved, think long and hard about following me.

 

 

Books I have Hated: 50

Toll the Hounds

Catch-22

Earthman Jack vs the Ghost Planet

Light

The Midden

Obsidian Worlds

Venetia

The Night of the Swarm

Feeling Lucky

Walden & Civil Disobediance

Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Think and Grow Rich

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

The Monk

Sullivan’s Sting

The Last Town

Free Ware

The Dracula Caper

The Boy and the Peddler of Death

Cadman’s Gambit/Sword of the Archon

Curse of the Wendigo

Threshold

We are Legion (We are Bob)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

The Store

The Punch Escrow

The Wizard

Badland

Beyond Varallan

A Quest of Heroes

Sandworms of Dune

The Daylight War

Superman: Doomed

Inkheart

The Fog

The Singer’s Crown

The Last Day

Wolf Hunting

Curse of the Mistwraith

Demon Deathchase

New Moon

Empire of Ivory

The Omen Machine

Superman: True Brit

Germline

The Darkness that Comes Before

Tehanu

The Way of Kings

Flight of the Night Hawks

The Great Gatsby

 

Books I have Loved: 50

The Bible

What Adventists Believe

Way-Farer

Dune

Sentenced to Prism

Galactic Odyssey

The Sublimity of Faith

Mere Christianity

Science Fiction Hall of Fame Vol 1

The Phantom Tollbooth

The One Kingdom

Empire in Black and Gold

Gardens of the Moon

Icerigger

The Many Faces of Evil

Nicholas Nickleby

Ready, Set, Hut (Eyeshield 21 #37)

Song for the Basilisk

Bridge of Birds

Flowers for Algernon

His Sombre Rivals

The Art of War

Persuasion

Oblomov

Across Five Aprils

Crime and Punishment

Talion: Revenant

Akira 1

The Death of Superman

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

A Memory of Light

Dealing with Dragons

Hogfather

Bridge to Terebithia

Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000

Count of Monte Cristo (abridged)

Thr3e

Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians

Anne of Green Gables

I, Joker

Furies of Calderon

Wizard’s First Rule

Through Wolf’s Eyes

The Eye of the World

The Warded Man

A Wizard of Earthsea

The Hobbit

Revenge of the Sith

Magician: Apprentice & Master

The Dragonbone Chair

 

 

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♪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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  1. Part 7
  2. Part 6
  3. Part 5
  4. Part 4
  5. Part 3
  6. Part 2
  7. Part 1

♫My Little Po– *ahem* TBR♫

Someone said they had a big tbr…

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I am not a List Aficionado,  but I  like lists. I have my Favorite lists, my TBR lists [and my TBR is a list of books I am actually going to read, not just a list of books I might someday, sometime, maybe perhaps, get around to reading]. I make grocery lists. I make Wish Lists on Amazon. I do the schedule for Children’s Story for church. I make lists of my Magic: The Gathering cards.

So to celebrate lists, I figured I’d post what is currently on my Kindle. That way you can see what is on my TBR for the next 6-12 months. When I finish one series, I simply replace it with another from my Calibre TBR list. Calibre is a fine piece of free ebook managing software. It is also where I keep my reviews offline. The numbers in parentheses are the number of books I have in that series that I still need to read. So without further ado, here’s a list of series I’m reading:

 

Dread Empire  by Glen Cook [3]

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriott. [1]

Brother Cadfael by Ellis Peters [10]

Omega Force by Joshua Dalzelle [5]

Blood on the Riek trilogy by Sand Mitchell. Warhammer novels [1]

Forgotten Realms: The Harpers by various and sundry [15]

The Sackets by Louis Lamour [13]

Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson [9]

Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky [9]

The Polity series by Neal Asher [14]

Count to the Eschaton by John Wright [1]

Books by Patricia McKillip [17]

Alex Hunter by Greig Beck [3]

Chronicles of Dune by Frank Herbert [7]

Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patrica Wrede [3]

Tales of Shikanoko by Lian Hearn [2]

The Space trilogy by C.S. Lewis [2]

Malaz Empire by Ian Esslemont [5]

Night Angel by Brent Weeks [2]

7Th Sword by Dave Duncan [3]

The Swan’s War by Sean Russell [2]

Chess Team Adventures by Jeremy Robinson [9]

Misc:

  1. Warrior King
  2. Guns of the Dawn
  3. Dreams of Distant Shores
  4. Infinity Engine
  5. The Twelfth Imam
  6. The City of Mirrors
  7. Revenger
  8. Lord of Light
  9. Indomitable
  10. A Fire Upon the Deep
  11. United States of Japan Currently Reading

 

The nice thing about having such a variety of series is that it takes me 6-8 weeks to cycle through them all, so I never feel like I’m reading something stale. And as you can see, several series only have 1, or 2, books left, so then I just replace them, thus continuing the cycle of fresh reading. The other bonus that it has for me, is that I don’t have to “choose” what book to read next. I simply read the next book of the next series. Back in ’11 or ’12 I tried to do the whole “read whatever the heck I feel like at the moment” and it ended up as a disaster. This type of thing definitely doesn’t work for everyone and I’d be very hesitant to recommend it, but it works for me and how I read.

 

Now here’s a funny Cyanide & Happiness comic strip about lists to end this post:

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ps, I am always available for a little bank-robbing, IF, you can guarantee that the cops will show up and we’ll go out in a blaze of gunfire and glory. Cops are negotiable, as I will settle for private security, mercenaries, aliens or even super-heroes, but the Guns & Glory are non-negotiable.