My Book Preferences

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My book reviews are written as a discussion of a book, and not as an advertisement.  Please be aware that there may be information that some would consider  spoilers and continue on at your own risk!

I read all kinds of books- but I must say the past few years have been pretty focused on science fiction and fantasy.

I take my book selection seriously, and I don’t take recommendations without some commonalities (do we even like the same books?).

In order to determine whether YOU want to take any of my recommendations, I will list some of my favorites:

Journey Books- books / series where the main character goes on a journey of self discovery and there is significant character development in addition to the solving of serious issues.

  1. Peter V. Brett- Demon Cycle
  2. Patrick Rothfuss- Kingkiller Chronicle
  3. Brent Weeks- The Night Angel and the Lightbringer series
  4. Nnedi Okorafor
  5. Eli Monpress- Rachel Aaron (this series has the most memorable characters)
  6. Anthony Ryan- Blood Song
  7. Neil Gaiman- Anasai Boys, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Procedurals- these remind me of shows like CSI / Law & Order, etc., each book is about the main character solving a problem.

  1. Patricia Briggs- Mercedes Thompson series (not the alpha omega series)
  2. Iron Druid Series- Kevin Hearne
  3. Lucy Valentine- Heather Webber

Stand alone books

  1. Where’d You Go Bernadette- Maria Semple

Eagerly anticipating the second novel (hoping the first one wasn’t a fluke)-

  1. Anthony Ryan- Blood Song
  2. Madeline Miller- Song of Achilles
  3. Richelle Mead- Gameboard of the Gods
  4. Cory Doctorow- Little Brother

And my least favorites:

  1. Twilight (Yes, I read the entire series, but the writing was TERRIBLE)
  2. Janet Evanovich (the main character is an airhead)

Biggest Disappointments:

  1. The second book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series by Laini Taylor.  
  2. The second book in the Pathfinder series by Orson Scott Card
  3. The third book in N.K. Jemisins The Hundred Kingdoms (I loved the first two, but after the last one I’m afraid to read ‘The Killing Moon’)
  4. The second book in the Nexus series (Crux) by Ramez Naam
  5. The second book in The Thin Veil (Jodi McIssac)

Favorite Book Quotes

“The sooner you learn it’s on you to make life interesting, the better off you’ll be”  Where’d you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

“I can believe things that are true and things that aren’t true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they’re true or not.  I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen – I believe that people are perfectable, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkled lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women. I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone’s ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state.  I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste.  I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we’ll all be wiped out by the common cold like martians in War of the Worlds. I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman.  I believe that mankind’s destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it’s aerodynamically impossible for a bumble bee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there’s a cat in a box somewhere who’s alive and dead at the same time (although if they don’t ever open the box to feed it it’ll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself.  I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn’t even know that I’m alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck.  I believe that anyone who says sex is overrated just hasn’t done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what’s going on will lie about the little things too.  I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman’s right to choose, a baby’s right to live, that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system.  I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”   American Gods by Neil Gaiman

2 thoughts on “My Book Preferences

  1. Jen K May 17, 2013 at 10:55 am Reply

    I love Song of Achilles.

  2. Manpreet Singh Dhillon June 13, 2013 at 5:34 am Reply

    I do have to agree on with you for the following sections:

    Journey Books- books / series where the main character goes on a journey of self discovery and there is significant character development in addition to the solving of serious issues.

    1. Anthony Ryan- Blood Song = Check
    2. Neil Gaiman = Check

    Procedurals- these remind me of shows like CSI / Law & Order, etc., each book is about the main character solving a problem.

    1. Iron Druid Series- Kevin Hernia = Check

    “Eagerly anticipating the second novel (hoping the first one wasn’t a fluke)”

    1. Anthony Ryan- Blood Song = Check

    And my least favorites:

    1. Twilight (I read first three and wanted to pull my hairs, foruth one was a disastre) = Check

    I am gonna check on your reviews and see if I can find myself a new book/author to read.

    P.S: You reviews are pretty honest, rare to find these days.

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