So, as I read a lot, I figure I may as well share what some of my favorite series are, as well as some of my favorite authors. These are being listed in the order that they come to mind, not in the order of which I like the most.
David Weber: Primarily consisting of science fiction, David Weber creates elegantly crafted worlds that are amazingly complex and realistic. I love his earlier work, especially the rewritten novel In Fury Born, but as I’ve aged, I’ve found him to be growing a little long-winded for me. But even so, I highly recommend him for sheer complexity and consistency of world-building.
The Dresden Files: Written by Jim Butcher, I first started this series when there were only four books out. I like Harry Dresden, and the world is rich and detailed. I don’t know how much more I can say about it…but sadly, I’ve never been able to get into Jim’s other series.
Lisa Shearin: Magic Lost, Trouble Found. I love this book. A kick-ass redhead elf main character, lots of magic, and a fair amount of moral ambiguity…I have to say that this series pushes almost all of my buttons. Alas, not a lesbian romance, but this is very high up my list of favorite series.
Niall Teasdale: I don’t like his ‘main’ series, starting with Thaumatology 101 very much. Also, his series tends to be very…porn-filled, honestly. I find myself skipping those sections in favor of finding plot, but most of his characters are polyamorous to a degree and bisexual, leaning toward lesbian. My favorite series is the Aneka Jensen series, followed by the Ultrahuman series.
Dire Saga: By Andrew Seiple, this is an alternate history superhuman setting, but is far grittier in many ways than most. Dire herself is a neat character, and I love the ‘voice’ that he uses for her. I had extremely high hopes for the last book which weren’t exactly dashed…but the author kind of wrote himself into a corner. Dire is a villain, and realistically has to rebuild her power base in every book, which is starting to get old.
The Completely Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant: This is the first book in a series by Drew Hayes. It’s written as a series of ‘case files’ as it were from the point of view of Fred, a vampire who would love nothing more than to keep his head down and have a quiet life. I love the series, and highly recommend it.
Dead Witch Walking: By Kim Harrison, this is the first book of the series. I liked it a lot at first, but hated the obvious intended main love interest of the main character. I didn’t finish the series, in spite of reading all but the last book because…well, let’s just say that my favorite character was killed completely off-screen, and this was the second important character in the series to just…be randomly offed off-screen. It pissed me off. The rest of the series was good alternate history urban fantasy, though.
Otherlife Awakenings (The Selfless Hero Trilogy): This is an odd one to me. It starts as an odd LitRPG book that…well, I debated whether to really get into it. But the last few chapters of book one totally made it for me. I’ll guiltily admit that the harem aspect of the book made me happy, and the entire package of how things were dealt with were largely satisfying to me. Better yet, in book 2 goddesses start getting involved, which is always something that gets my attention.
Confessions of a D-List Supervillain: This book is really pretty good. The author started turning it into a series which is…less good. A lot of retcons to allow for more depth to the character that almost detract, and the sequel has a lot of ‘let’s fill in the blanks’ parts to it that bugged me. But the original is a solid book all on its own.
I could go on, but those are the big ones that come to mind right off. Now, before anyone asks, yes, I’ve read The Slime Dungeon and Dungeon Born (The Divine Dungeon). They were a bit of the inspiration that led to Ancient Ruins, but only part. I consider both…decent. I think the latter is a better book, but I got sick of the dungeon fairy/wisp, and how completely amoral the dungeons got. Not to say Sistina is a lot better, but she’s not out to get others.
I’ve also read the first two and a half books of The Game of Thrones series. I actually originally loved the first, because I was utterly shocked that the author would actually dare kill the main character (in my mind). But then, as he kept killing off character after character I liked…about halfway through book 3 I realized I didn’t care about any of the characters anymore and quit. I’ve no intention of ever picking it back up, and actually have come to hate it with the burning passion of a thousand suns. (I’ve actually had to threaten to burn any additional copies I get gifted by my family to get the point across that I do NOT want it to them.)
Anyway, that was longer than I anticipated. Later!